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Opinion: Peugeot news is the shot in the arm WEC needed

By: Jamie Klein News that Peugeot will join the FIA World Endurance Championship grid in 2022 is just the tonic the series needed at a time doubts were beginning to surface about the hypercar concept, writes Jamie Klein. Wednesday’s announcement that Peugeot is gearing up for its first assault on the Le Mans 24 Hours since […]

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Porsche wins all titles at the Petit Le Mans Road Atlanta finale

The Porsche GT Team concluded the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season by winning the manufacturer, driver and team titles. At the final round of the season at Road Atlanta (USA), the two Porsche 911 RSR flying the Coca-Cola colours finished on positions five and six. This race marked the 50th and final factory outing for […]

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Ford GT to make final factory-backed appearance at Petit Le Mans

The latest chapter in the history of Ford Racing – a gripping true story of triumph more than a century in the making – will be completed at Motul Petit Le Mans on Oct. 12. That’s when the iconic and inspiring Ford GT will make its final appearance as a factory-backed entrant in the IMSA […]

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LM24: Toyota reigns supreme

The 2019 running of the Le Mans 24 Hours certainly wasn’t without action. After a rather lackluster race last year, at the start of the ‘Super Season’, the ‘Super Finale’ delivered, in every class, with drama, right until the finish.In the end, it was Toyota Gazoo Racing that won overall, after another dominant performance against […]

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Toyota Gazoo Racing ready to defend Le Mans crown

Toyota GAZOO Racing will bring the curtain down on its record-breaking 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season when it sets out to defend its Le Mans 24 Hours crown next week in the most challenging event of the year. Following its historic first victory last year, in the second race of the 2018-2019 WEC […]

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Pol Espargaro: Le Mans result proves KTM’s rivals are ‘not gods’

Pol Espargaro says finishing the MotoGP French Grand Prix just 5.9 seconds from race winner Marc Marquez in sixth proves KTM’s rivals are “not gods”.Espargaro – who trailed Marquez by 32s in last year’s Le Mans race – was unable to set a lap in qualifying due to a crash in Q2, but leaped up […]

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Princess Charlene of Monaco to start 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours

South African born Princess Charlene of Monaco has been named as the official starter for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Her Serene Highness, Princess Charlene, a former Olympic swimmer, is actively involved in the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix will wave the start of the 87th running of the iconic endurance race which […]

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The FIA will be introducing mandatory fuel flow meters to the FIA World Endurance Championship’s GTE Pro class before the end of the 2018/19 ‘Super Season’.

This change to the regulations comes after the “unanimous agreement of LM GTE Pro Manufacturers”, according to the FIA, and will be recommended for next week’s FIA WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the penultimate round of the season, before being enforced “until further notice” ahead of next month’s the Le Mans Test Day and the […]

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Brabham announces 2021 GTE effort

Brabham Automotive intends to enter its new BT62 supercar at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, starting in 2021. Led by Le Mans winner David Brabham, the Australia-based factory effort will see the BT62 entered at the prestigious French endurance race as part of a full-time campaign spanning the 2021-2022 FIA WEC ‘Super Season.’ “Returning […]

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Mazda targets Petit Le Mans victory

Lucas Di Grassi and Marino Franchitti will join Mazda Team Joest for the ten-hour Petit Le Mans, the season-ending event of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.Di Grassi will join Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez in the No. 77 Castrol / Williams Scotsman Mazda RT24-P. Di Grassi is a Formula 1 veteran and a former Formula […]

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‘Hypercar’ regs could herald new Le Mans golden era – Brown

McLaren’s decision as to whether or not it will sign up to the 2020 as yet unnamed Hypercar regulations is set to come soon, and that with the regulations almost finalized, McLaren’s Zak Brown feels they could bring “glory years” back to Le Mans in the near future. Speaking during last weekend’s ELMS round at […]

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‘HYPERCARS, SUPERCARS’ CLASS TO REPLACE LMP1 AT LE MANS FOR 2020

Each manufacturer or constructor will build their own chassis for new class The next generation of car that will fight for outright victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans will have the look of hypercars and super sportscars. A class to be introduced for the 2020-21 World Endurance Championship calls for purebred racing prototypes that manufacturers will be […]

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TOYOTA LOCK OUT OVERALL FRONT ROW AS PORSCHE REPLICATE FORM IN GTE CLASSES

The rain that had threatened to fall on the Circuit de la Sarthe finally broke out of the overcast clouds, causing the last qualifying session to be hampered by a wet track. Due to this, the majority of the 24 Hours of Le Mans grid order remains the same as it was set at the start of the […]

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JUAN PABLO MONTOYA ENJOYING FIRST TASTE OF 24 HOURS OF LE MANS WITH UNITED AUTOSPORTS

Montoya teaming with IMSA rival Filipe Albuquerque in Le Mans The 24 Hours of Le Mans always makes for some interesting driver lineup combinations. It should come as no surprise, then, that two drivers who are rivals in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship are teammates this week in France — or that the team they’re […]

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Le Mans 24 Hours 2018: the preview

There’s a lot more to the Le Mans 24 Hours than Toyota’s quest for elusive victory. Jack Phillips unpacks the myriad of stories before this year’s endurance race This is Toyota’s Le Mans to lose. Scratch that, this is Alonso’s Le Mans to lose. That’s the general consensus. But Toyota knows as well as anyone that it’s […]

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TOYOTA CELEBRATES THE 86TH 24 HOURS OF LE MANS WITH TRIO OF HERITAGE LIVERIED GT86 COUPES

The 86th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours next week provides the perfect opportunity for Toyota to prepare a trio of one-off versions of its own famous “86”, the GT86 coupe. Each car sports a different livery celebrating some of Toyota’s great Le Mans cars of the past. And what better date for the […]

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TOYOTA ON THE BRINK OF LE MANS GLORY

Toyota is on the brink of an historic first victory at Le Mans with two hybrid race cars competing in the 86th edition of the classic French endurance race next weekend. The Toyota GAZOO Racing team is the race favourite and expects to fight for victory after 25,000km of pre-season testing designed to enhance the […]

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Toyota to remain in World Endurance Championship, Le Mans

 With Porsche’s July announcement of an exit from the World Endurance Championship, both Toyota and organizers of the series were left with the dilemma of there going to be just one manufacturer in the premier LMP1 class next season. The organizers, which include the ACO and FIA, have responded by changing the rules for the […]

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Porsche Will Reportedly Quit Le Mans Prototype Racing After This Year

Audi’s stunning exit from LMP1 endurance racing last year put the whole class in limbo. With only two manufacturers participating—Porsche and Toyota—and with no others expressing interest, it seemed like the LMP1 class could be on the way out. That might happen sooner than we thought: German media andSportscar365 report Audi’s corporate stablemate, Porsche, will […]

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Chemistry key to new Joest-Mazda partnership

Joest Racing technical director Ralf Juttner has a favorite word to describe the team’s new alliance with Mazda: chemistry. It speaks volumes about the sequence of changes for Audi Sport’s former LMP1-Hybrid partner. “It goes back to Daytona earlier this year when I met with John Doonan and Mazda, and it’s the feeling you have, […]

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Le Mans 24 Hours: Toyota ‘devastated’ as Le Mans jinx suffers on

Toyota Gazoo Racing boss Toshio Sato says his team is ‘devastated’ to see its hopes of securing an elusive Le Mans 24 Hours win ruined for another year as technical issues and on-track accidents sidelined all three cars. A year on from the manufacturer’s heart-breaking loss within sight of the finish, Toyota returned in 2017 […]

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Le Mans 24 Hours: Porsche takes victory with charge through Le Mans pack

The #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid has claimed a dramatic victory in the 85th Le Mans 24 Hours in a race of attrition for LMP1 challengers which saw the LMP2 #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca leading with 65 minutes to go. Both Toyota and Porsche saw cars leading comfortably only to tumble into retirement with […]

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Porsche Downplays LMP1 Exit Rumors

  Porsche LMP1 team principal Andreas Seidl has downplayed reports that the German manufacturer could exit the FIA World Endurance Championship at the end of the year, amid concerns over the car’s competitiveness and increasing questions on LMP1’s long-term future. German motorsports publication Motorsport Aktuell reported last week that Porsche’s current commitment through the end of the 2018 […]

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Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Seeking Encore at 24 Hours of Le Mans

One year ago, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – specifically its U.S.-based No. 68 Ford GT team of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Le Mans native Sebastien Bourdais – accomplished its stated mission: to return on the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40 victory in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans and win. A book […]

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Toyota admits to being Le Mans 2017 favourite

Toyota has admitted that it has emerged as favourite for victory in this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours prior to the start of practice and qualifying on Wednesday. The Japanese manufacturer believes that its performance in the official pre-race test at Le Mans earlier this month has installed it in that position ahead of Porsche. […]

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This man was blown up twice and shot six times but will now race in Le Mans

This St Helens man was blown up twice by grenades and shot six times while fighting in the Middle East but is now on a come back as a racing driver.Tony Williams (second from left) was serving as a corporal in Afghanistan when his Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing team were subject to attack by […]

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Braintree soldier who thought he had died will race at Le Mans

  An injured soldier from Braintree who suffered such extreme damage after a motorcycle crash that he thought he had died and was in purgatory will join a racing team at Le Mans.The team of four is set to make sporting history as the first-ever disabled drivers pack to compete in Le Mans.Warren McKinlay is […]

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Vilander, Fisichella Confirmed in Risi Ferrari for 24H Le Mans

Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella have been confirmed for Risi Competizione’s return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the highly competitive GTE-Pro class. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-long pairing will be joined by a third, yet-to-be-announced driver at the wheel of the Ferrari 488 GTE car in the French endurance classic. The […]