January 21, 2021

Toyota protege Yamashita won’t race in WEC in 2021

Yamashita was handed a development driver role by Toyota for the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship season off the back of his results in Super Formula and SUPER GT, which he won in 2019 alongside Kazuya Oshima.He combined those duties with a drive in the WEC’s LMP2 class with High Class Racing, giving him his first experience of European sportscar racing, and earned plaudits from …Keep reading …

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Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan steps down after 25 years

Fehan has masterminded the General Motors marque’s assaults on the Le Mans 24 Hours, the American Le Mans Series and the IMSA SportsCar Championship with a line of Corvette racers since 1999. He oversaw eight class victories in GTS/GT1 and GTE Pro at Le Mans, eight ALMS drivers’ titles and four in the IMSA series with Corvette Racing. The Team’s list of IMSA titles …Keep reading …

Porsche LMDh prototype set for Le Mans, WEC, IMSA in 2023

The German manufacturer has been given board approval to develop a car for the LMP2-based LMDh hybrid category, which it revealed was under evaluation by its motorsport department back in March. Pascal Zurlinden, head of factory motorsport at Porsche, confirmed that the marque is “intending to run in both championships with a full commitment”, starting with the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona …Keep reading …

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Albuquerque keen to defend WEC title alongside IMSA drive

The Portuguese has signed up for a full IMSA programme with the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura DPi team, but he is hoping to return to drive for the United Autosports squad with which he won the 2019/20 LMP2 WEC title together with Phil Hanson. Albuquerque pointed out that there are no date conflicts on the 2021 IMSA and WEC schedules as they stand.”I would like to continue to do the WEC …Keep reading …

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Racing Team Nederland joins LMP2 field for Rolex 24

The Dutch squad’s maiden appearance in the blue riband event of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will precede another full season in the FIA World Endurance Championship, which will begin with the Sebring 1000 Miles in March.Ex-Formula 1 driver Giedo van der Garde and team owner Frits van Eerd will remain with the outfit next year, with Job van Uitert stepping up to a full-time …Keep reading …

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Porsche: Audi’s LMDh ambitions won’t affect our own plans

Audi announced on Monday that it would quit Formula E after the 2020/21 season to “intensively prepare” for an LMDh programme that would include the Le Mans and Daytona 24-hour races, and a Dakar entry from 2022.Audi’s sister company Porsche revealed back in March that it is also evaluating the LMDh ruleset which have been jointly devised by ACO and IMSA, raising the possibility of the …Keep reading …

Ferrari calls up Serra to race in Bahrain WEC finale

Brazilian racer Serra will replace WEC regular Alessandro Pier Guidi alongside James Calado at the wheel of the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE in the eight-hour race on November 14.Pier Guidi will instead represent Ferrari in the clashing GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup round at Paul Ricard, reprising his usual role in the manufacturer’s lead entry in that series entered under the AF Corse …Keep reading …

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LMDh’s full introduction to IMSA delayed until 2023

The North American series organizer announced in January that it planned for the new LMP2-based hybrid category to take over as its top class in 2022, with the caveat that market forces could push back the introduction. Now, it has revealed that the current Daytona Prototype international cars will race on into 2022 and that it is expecting to integrate the first LMDh contenders …Keep reading …

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Toyota bracing for LMDh to be delayed until 2023

The Japanese marque faces being the only major player in the top division when the new Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) regulations replace LMP1 in the WEC next year, facing opposition only from privateer outfits Glickenhaus and ByKolles.With LMDh initially scheduled to be introduced in 2022, it had been hoped Toyota would only have to go one more season before it could face manufacturer opposition once …Keep reading …

De Oliveira had to give up ByKolles Le Mans seat

The 2010 Formula Nippon champion and long-time Nissan GT500 driver revealed he tested the ByKolles ENSO CLM P1/01 last year and that plans were also made for him to be part of the team’s line-up for the preceding FIA World Endurance Championship round at Spa.But Japan’s strict immigration rules prevented de Oliveira from taking up the seat, as leaving the country would have prevented him from …Keep reading …