March 6th, 2014
New Audi prototype driver Filipe Albuquerque has been placed with the Jota Zytek team for a full European Le Mans Series campaign by the German manufacturer. The Portuguese, who has moved from Audi’s DTM line-up to drive at the Le Mans 24 Hours and Spa World Endurance Championship round in an R18 e-tron quattro, will share Jota’s Zytek-Nissan Z11SN LMP2 with Simon Dolan and Harry Tincknell in the five-round ELMS. Audi Sport boss Wolfgang Ullrich said: “It will give Filipe a better chance of developing more quickly into an endurance sportscar driver by competing in the ELMS and provide him with a solid foundation in a race scenario towards his preparation for his factory LMP programme.” Albuquerque said that he expected to learn a lot with Jota in the ELMS, [...]
March 5th, 2014
The new Ligier LMP2 coupe will hit the race track this week. The first Ligier JSP2, designed and built by OAK Racing sister company Onroak Automotive, has been completed and is scheduled for a shakedown test on the Le Mans-Bugatti circuit this Friday. The car will initially run with a Nissan V8, although the JSP2 has been designed to also accept HPD’s twin-turbo V6 and the Judd/BMW V8. Onroak design chief Nicolas Clemencon said: “Thanks to our top-class design office peopled with high-quality designers, we’ve penned a brand new LMP2 destined to write more chapters in the history of Ligier in endurance [racing].” It is not planned that the Ligier will race prior to the Le Mans 24 Hours round of the World Endurance Championship in June. There could be [...]
March 11th, 2013
The coupe version of the experimental DeltaWing prototype will be unveiled on the eve of the Sebring 12 Hours this week. The DeltaWing Racing Cars squad will on Friday take the wraps off a mock-up of the car that is due to race later in the season, possibly as early as round three of the American Le Mans Series at Laguna Seca in May. The show car is built around the moulds of a new monocoque that will replace the Aston Martin AMR-One tub of the DeltaWing DW LM12, which made its debut at last year’s Le Mans 24 Hours
February 19th, 2013
The FIA believes that it can create a set of regulations that will appeal to privateers wanting to challenge for overall victories at Le Mans and in the World Endurance Championship. AUTOSPORT recently reported that the sport’s governing body was working with Le Mans organiser the ACO to come up with a set of regulations for 2014 that will encourage privateer teams to enter the top class of prototype racing.
January 19th, 2013
Multiple GT champion team Risi will return to the American Le Mans Series for 2013 after a one-year hiatus. The team skipped last season having been unable to put a financial package together in time. It will be back this year with a single Ferrari 458 and has committed to 2014′s combined Grand-Am/ALMS championship too
August 26th, 2012
Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler delivered Audi the 2012 Silverstone 6 Hours crown after a race-long fight with the sister R18 and Toyota’s lone TS030 Hybrid. Victory also earned Audi the constructors’ title in the inaugural year of the FIA World Endurance Championship
by David Phillips on April 30th, 2012
It’s misleading at best, grossly unfair at worst, to call Simon Pagenaud a rookie in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series. After all, the soft-spoken Frenchman raced the full Champ Car World Series as teammate to Will Power in ‘07. He also impressed as a pinch-hitter in the IZOD IndyCar Series last year, stepping-in for the injured Simona de Silvestro and Justin Wilson in a trio of races. What’s more, Pagenaud has several seasons worth of top level sports car experience to his credit in the American Le Mans Series, not to mention a handful of appearances at the helm of the mighty Peugeot 908 HDi at Le Mans and Spa-Francorchamps. And in this, his first full IZOD IndyCar Series season, Pagenaud looks anything but a novice: witness his storming second [...]
by Chris Hall on March 25th, 2012
For the past seven years I’ve worked in the motorsport industry as a reporter, and in that time, I’ve enjoyed the comforts of free coffee, clean toilets and air conditioned media centres at circuits all over the world. As a result, I (and I feel my peers), have lost touch with what it’s like to actually be a race fan. Certainly, working in media means getting up-to-the-minute information and news that is digested, then delivered to race fans in a coherent manner; but it also means, losing the essence of what being a follower of motorsport is all about. Let’s not forget, it’s the paying fans who help to bring the money into the sport, via entry fees and sundry purchases, plus they are the key component of bringing a [...]
by David Phillips on January 21st, 2012
It would come as no surprise if Finland’s Joni Hagner were to stop into his local tattoo parlor for some bow-tie “ink.” After all, he’s pretty much a Chevrolet kind of guy when it comes to iRacing. A fixture in the top ten of the Corvette class of the iRacing.com Prototype and GT Challenge (Fixed and Open), he’s got his first championship in sight heading into the final weekend of 2011 Season 4, holding a narrow edge on Fernando Pento in the Fixed Set-up series. He’s also piloted his ‘Vette to the runner-up spot behind countryman Teemu Vuolle in the Open Set-up series. And Hagner is a very respectable P31 in Division 2 of the NASCAR Class A standings in, what else, a Chevrolet Impala. In truth, Hagner’s not so [...]
June 25th, 2011
Check the standings in a range of racing cars and series – Street Stock, Skip Barber, Mazda MX5 – and you’ll find Matthieu Fourtemberg’s name. You’ll also see the icons of his cars are usually colored in the reds, whites and greys of the BAM Pro Racing team of which he is a proud member. But if you really want to find what really floats the boat of the sim racer from Le Blanc Mesnil, France, check the iRacing.com Grand Touring Cup. There Fourtemberg is something of a fixture, having finished sixth in the Division 3 standings in 2011 Season 1 (thanks to 11 top five finishes including a couple of wins) and currently holds-down P14 in Division 2. Why the GT Cup? Simple. Fourtemberg’s favorite race car is the [...]
by Jon Denton on April 25th, 2011
It always feels like a special time when one visits Watkins Glen. Not just for the beautiful woodland that surrounds it, but for the feel that the place gives out. It has an aura of history that wraps around one’s soul as soon as one enters the place. So much has happened here over the many years, road racing in North America was almost born here, and in that sense it reminds me of a trip to Spa-Francorchamps, Le Mans or the Nordschliefe. So many racers have pedaled cars over this tarmac, so many of the great have won here, and far too many have lost their lives here. The third round of the iRacing.com IZOD INDYCAR Premier Series took place at this hallowed circuit over April the 16th, with [...]
by Chris Hall on April 23rd, 2011
This year sees Michael Mallock make a welcome return to the Avon Tyres British GT Championship, and although the 2010 European FIA GT4 pilot made cameo appearances in the KTM X-Bow last season, it’s his first serious attack on the series in eight years. Joining forces once again with Athanasios Ladas and the ABG Motorsports team, Mallock will contest the G4 class as he continues to carve out a name for himself in the motor-sport archives of the future. With the ink on his British GT Championship deal barely dry, we caught up with the Englishman to discuss his past, present and future in racing. Q: With the various 2011 race seasons about to get under-way, what are you doing at the moment? A: Well, I’ve just put pen to [...]
October 5th, 2010
BRASELTON, Ga. — There will be a new entry in 2011 in the American Le Mans prototype arena with the announcement that longtime Grand Am chassis supplier Bill Riley will produce a new design for the ALMS
September 30th, 2010
Franck Montagny and Peugeot fired the first shots of Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda 2 with the fastest lap in Wednesday’s official test session at Road Atlanta.
September 29th, 2010
After an eventful two years, with many wondering about its long-term future, the American Le Mans Series comes to the end of its 2010 season Saturday with Road Atlanta’s Petit Le Mans event in a far better position than had been expected and with great hope for the future.
by Chris Hall on June 23rd, 2010
Every June, I make the annual pilgrimage to the ultimate endurance race, the Le Mans 24. Despite opportunities to attend the French race in the course of my work, each year I load up my car, cross the English Channel and drive the 350 miles to the la Sarthe region, to ‘rough it’ with 250,000 other race fans. Whilst a lot of my non-racing-fan friends are unable to fathom why I choose to spend a week under canvass with little to no sleep, anyone that has visited Le Mans for its 24 hour event will know it’s the only way to truly experience what is arguably the greatest race in the world. As a reporter, I attend many races each year. But after a while, most of the events blend [...]
May 22nd, 2010
Ben Spies does not think the discomfort from his ankle injury will prevent him from taking a top 10 finish in the French Grand Prix. The American escaped any broken bones when he fell at the start of morning practice at Le Mans today, but was hampered by swelling and a lack of mobility in his damaged right ankle during qualifying, so will start only 12th. “It was just one of those cold tyre crashes, I think I tried to go a little bit too fast too soon and made a mistake, and it flipped me off,” Spies told the official MotoGP website.
March 19th, 2010
SEBRING, Fla. — If Team Peugeot Total weren’t the favorites to win Saturday’s 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway, they are now.
The Team Peugeot Total entries swept the front row for Saturday’s 12 Hours of Sebring Friday, with the No. 07 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP driven by Marc Gene setting fast time at 145.214 miles per hour.