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 3rd, 2014
Nissan GT Academy winner Wolfgang Reip will make his Le Mans 24 Hours debut this June at the wheel of the Japanese manufacturer’s ZEOD RC experimental racer. The 26-year-old Belgian has been chosen to drive the ZEOD after an impressive prototype debut aboard a Greaves Zytek at last year’s World Endurance Championship finale. That drive came at the end of his first full season of racing in the FIA GT Series and the Blancpain Endurance Series. Reip is the second driver to be announced for the ZEOD after fellow academy winner Lucas Ordonez. At the wheel of the Nissan ZEOD Nissan global motorsport boss Darren Cox said: “Every time we have given Wolfgang another opportunity he has grabbed it with open arms; he really opened everyone’s eyes with his LMP2 [...]
March 3rd, 2014
Mark Webber will share his Porsche 919 Hybrid with Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard in this year’s World Endurance Championship, the German manufacturer has confirmed. The driver line-ups in the two LMP1s, exclusively revealed by AUTOSPORT in January, have been announced on Porsche’s new twitter account. Webber, Hartley and Bernhard will drive the #20 car, while Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb will share the #14 entry in the eight WEC races. No explanation of the line-ups in the cars, which includes splitting long-time team-mates Bernhard and Dumas, has been given. Porsche is due to unveil its 2014 motorsport programme, including the livery in which the pair of 919s will run, at the Geneva motor show on Tuesday.
February 28th, 2014
The Bamboo Engineering touring car squad has forged a relationship with Aston Martin Racing for an attack on this year’s World Endurance Championship. The link will result in former Bamboo World Touring Car Championship drivers Darryl O’Young and Alex MacDowall racing the second GTE Pro class Aston Martin Vantage GTE in all eight WEC races. The third driver will be Brazilian Fernando Rees, who moves up to the Pro class after two years racing with the Larbre Competition Chevrolet team in GTE Am. The announcement follows this week’s confirmation that Bamboo will not be continuing as planned in the WTCC with a pair of Chevrolet Cruzes. Bamboo team boss Richard Coleman said: “This is a really prestigious programme for the company, a great engineering challenge that we all will relish. [...]
February 28th, 2014
Bruno Senna will contest just the Le Mans 24 Hours with Aston Martin Racing in 2014. The ex-Formula 1 driver, who undertook a full World Endurance Championship campaign with the British manufacturer in 2013, revealed to AMR that he would be unavailable for a season-long ride as early as last September. AMR team boss John Gaw said: “Le Mans is all Bruno is available for. “We have known about this since the Austin race last year, so a full programme for Bruno was never in the plan.” Senna won his class on two occasions last season. He will drive AMR’s additional third car at the WEC blue-riband event in June with team-mates who have yet to be decided. The Brazilian is expected to announce his 2014 plans shortly.
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 [...]