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GPX Racing’s Estre/Lietz/Christensen win Spa24H

Porsche won a battle of the heavyweights to clinch victory at the Total 24 Hours of Spa. The German marque beat fierce rivals Mercedes-AMG and Audi to climb the top step of the podium for the first time since 2010 and capture a one-two finish in the world’s toughest GT race. Porsche put significant emphasis […]

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IMS TO HOST INDIANAPOLIS 8 HOURS AS GT WORLD CHALLENGE AMERICA FINALE IN OCTOBER 2020

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli sports car championship Oct. 1-4, 2020, in conjunction with its North American series, GT World Challenge America. The Indianapolis 8 Hours will combine the two series for the first time in an epic endurance classic on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course at […]

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BLACK FALCON TAKE PROVISIONAL POLE FOR TOTAL 24 HOURS OF SPA

Provisional pole has been set with Thursday’s qualifying sessions for the 2019 24 Hours of Spa by the #4 Black Falcon driven by Yelmer Buurman, Luca Stolz and Maro Engel. The trio of AMG hot shot drivers had a combined time of 2:19.570. The Black Falcon’s time was 0.81seconds faster than the second place card of #2 WRT Audi of […]

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Bird Expecting Challenging 24H Spa as GT3 “Newbie”

Sam Bird is expecting a challenging Total 24 Hours of Spa despite being part of an all-star factory Ferrari lineup, owing to his relative inexperience with GT3 machinery. The Brit will share a last-minute one-off entry with reigning 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE-Pro winners James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi. While it’s arguably one […]

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Mazda 1-2 in Glen 6 hour for stunning first IMSA DPi win

Mazda Team Joest shook the monkey off its back in convincing fashion on Sunday, battling back to beat a determined Juan Pablo Montoya as an exclamation point in a dominant 1-2 run at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. Fast but unlucky to date in 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition, the team finally […]

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Toyota returns to race at ‘ring in GR Supra

* Toyota GAZOO Racing GR Supra to compete in Nürburgring 24-hour race ** ** Global president Akio Toyota (aka Morizo) joins driver line-up ** ** GR Supra race car based on production car that arrives here in September ** Toyota will take on the notorious “green hell” this weekend when the Toyota GAZOO Racing GR […]

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WEC confirms 33 entries for 2019-2020 season

The World Endurance Championship will see 33 entries join the 2019-2020 season having released the provisional full season entry list The World Endurance Championship will see 33 entries join the 2019-2020 season having released the provisional full season entry list at the ACO presentation ahead of the Le Mans 24 Hours. With the 2018-2019 campaign […]

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No need for a big budget

World Racing League gives racers a pro racing experience on an everyman budget “Our general approach is to offer the professional racing experience on an amateur budget,” explains Ian Mayberry, vice president of business and marketing for the World Racing League, of WRL’s approach to hosting endurance racing events. “From the time racers show up […]

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Bentley returns to winning ways as M-Sport takes emphatic win at Circuit Paul Ricard 1000kms

The #107 Bentley Continental GT3 has won the Circuit Paul Ricard 1000kms, converting pole position into victory to secure the British manufacturer a landmark success as it celebrates its 100th anniversary year.  The win is sweet redemption for the M-Sport crew of Jules Gounon, Steven Kane and Jordan Pepper, who came within a lap of […]

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Blancpain GT World Challenge America heads to Sonoma for Rounds 7-8

Blancpain GT World Challenge America teams have travelled from north of the border to Sonoma and the racetrack that sits in California’s wine country for Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2019 Championship. An 19-car field featuring GT3 machinery from the world’s top marques and drivers representing 10 nations will take to Sonoma Raceway’s picturesque […]

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Masters of endurance

Endurance racing advice from the Mazda Team Joest pros As more Mazda racers delve into endurance racing, there are many things to learn that don’t always apply to sprint racing. And as organizations like ChampCar, World Racing League and American Endurance Racing grow and add events, there will be more opportunities for more racers to […]

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BMW to withdraw from WEC

BMW will withdraw from the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2019/20, ending its program with Team MTEK after just a single season racing in GTE Pro.The German manufacturer’s last FIA WEC race in GTE Pro with the M8 GTE will therefore be next month’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

During the ‘Super Season’, the team has thus […]

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IMSA/WEC ‘Super Sebring’ returns for 2020

IMSA and the FIA World Endurance Championship will reunite in March for the second annual “Super Sebring” sports car event.The inaugural weekend featured IMSA’s traditional 12 Hours of Sebring for WeatherTech SportsCar Championship entries, which followed the WEC’s 1000 miles of Sebring as the two series gave fans days of constant entertainment. “The 2019 Super […]

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Hartley confirmed as Alonso’s WEC replacement

Brendon Hartley will replace Fernando Alonso at Toyota Gazoo Racing for the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship season. It will be the Kiwi’s fifth full season of WEC competition, following on from a successful spell with Porsche in LMP1 between 2014-17 that delivered 12 race wins, the 2015 and 2017 FIA WEC titles and the […]

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WEC confirm 33 cars entry for 6 Hours of Spa

The final entry for list for the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps has now been confirmed, with a few notable changes across the LMP1, LMP2 and the LMGTE Am classes. In LMP1, ByKolles Racing have confirmed that Great Britain’s Oliver Webb and Italy’s Paolo Ruberti will join Frenchman Tom Dillmann in the no. 4 car.   […]

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HubAuto claim California 8 Hours victory

Ferrari claimed California 8 Hours victory at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca earlier today thanks to a commanding performance from HubAuto Corsa drivers Nick Foster, Miguel Molina and Tim Slade. The Taiwanese squad, which was making only its second-ever appearance as Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli entrant, beat Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing’s Raffaele Marciello, Maxi […]

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Endurance racers set for Intercontinental GT Challenge California 8 Hours

International GT racing returns to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend with the Intercontinental GT Challenge California 8 Hours. The California 8 Hours is the West Coast’s only professional endurance race. Competitors are drawn from the global Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli who competed in February’s Bathurst 12 Hour, such as winning driver Matt […]

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WEC gives green-light for road-going hypercars to join 2020/21 grid

The World Endurance Championship will permit road-going hypercars to enter its new top-tier class from 2020/21, following a rule amendment. WEC and the FIA approved new rules last December which meant new prototype machinery that incorporated styling cues from road cars would make up the new class that replaces LMP1 in 2020. However major manufacturers […]

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Hankook 12H MUGELLO (29-30 March 2019) kicks off 24H SERIES European Championship

For many motorsport enthusiasts, the wait since the Hankook 24H DUBAI in early January has been quite long, but finally, the start of the 24H SERIES European Championship season beckons.  This week’s Hankook 12H MUGELLO (29-30 March) sees the 24H TCE SERIES and the 24H GT SERIES, both powered by Hankook, returning to the beautiful […]

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CADILLAC DOMINATES IMSA TWELVE HOURS OF SEBRING

The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R team of Felipe Nasr, Pipo Derani and Eric Curran were the class of the field for the vast majority of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts and were rewarded an overall victory in a grueling IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship battle on Saturday. Morning rains and exceedingly […]

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Toyota Gazoo Racing confirms 2019/2020 WEC entry

Toyota Gazoo Racing has confirmed that they will return to FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2019/2020 season. The current front runners in the FIA World Endurance Championship are set to return with a pair of TS050 Hybrid LMP1 cars, although their driver lineup remains unconfirmed at this time. Fernando Alonso’s further involvement with the […]

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Alonso smashes Sebring lap record to claim pole

Toyota Gazoo Racing and Fernando Alonso set the fastest-ever lap of Sebring International Raceway this evening during the FIA World Endurance Championship qualifying session. The Spaniard, driving the No. 8 TS050 HYBRID, set a blistering 1m40.124s in the first half of the 20-minute session before handing over to Kazuki Nakajima, who set a 1m40.513s to […]

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Porsche at the WEC and IMSA long-distance races in Sebring/USA

Porsche faces a huge sporting challenge. From March 13-16, the GT teams of the sports car manufacturer from Weissach field four works vehicles in two long-distance races at Sebring (USA). Two of the ca. 510 hp Porsche 911 RSR will race over more than 1,000 miles at round six of the Sports Car World Endurance […]

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Toyota sets unofficial lap record in Sebring testing

Toyota established a new unofficial lap record at Sebring International Raceway during testing for next weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship round at the Florida airfield track. On the first day of a two-day test being attended by the majority of WEC teams ahead of the Sebring 1000 Miles on March 15, Mike Conway set a […]

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Endurance racing roundup

Mazda Motorsports recently announced a new program for 2019 – support and contingency for endurance racers in ChampCar Endurance Series, American Endurance Racing and World Racing League. ChampCar and AER started their seasons in February, both with races at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and ChampCar with a West Coast event at Sonoma Raceway. Already some […]

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Ferrari and Mercedes-AMG commit to global Blancpain GT World Challenge

With the first round of the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge taking part at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend, SRO Motorsports Group is pleased to announce that Ferrari and Mercedes-AMG represented at all rounds of the full 18-event calendar will be competing for the inaugural Blancpain GT World Challenge title. As previously announced, […]

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SuperGT and GT classes add to 60-plus strong Sebring field

More than 60 cars are entered for this weekend’s opening round of the 2019 Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli at Sebring International Raceway. Entries include four classes — TA, TA2 powered by AEM, SuperGT and GT — with drivers hailing from 22 states, Canada and as far afield as Panama, Argentina and Brazil. As […]

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Preview: GT4 America SprintX

For 2019, the class formerly known as GTS – but had been all-GT4-homologated cars since 2018 – has the new name of GT4 America and consists of four championships – Sprint, SprintX, GT4 East and GT4 West. The latter two are two-driver, 60-minute SprintX championships as well. All three SprintX championships get under way this weekend […]

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Sebring WEC race shortened to 1,000 miles and moved to Friday

Round six of the World Endurance Championship’s ‘Super Season’ at Sebring has been  rescheduled to the earlier date of March 15 (Friday)thisyear. It will also be a shorter race of 1,000 miles – roughly eight hours. WEC confirmed a return to Sebring  with plans for a 1,500-mile race taking place on the same weekend as […]

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Garage 59 joins mid-season with Aston Martin at 24 Hours of Spa

Bumper grid expected for world’s biggest GT3 race First 2019-spec V8 Vantage GT3 confirmed. Entries for round three of this season’s Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli – the Total 24 Hours of Spa – are now being accepted. Amongst them will be the new-look Garage 59 for whom Spa marks the first of three appearances […]

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Bentley adds six new drivers for Total 24 Hours of Spa assault

Bentley Motorsport has revealed an impressive driver line-up for this year’s Total 24 Hours of Spa (25-28 July), where the British marque will add a further two cars to its regular roster as it chases the biggest prize in GT3 racing. The renewed assault coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Bentley brand, which was […]

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Land Confirms Two Audi Evos for 2019; New Driver Lineup

Montaplast by Land Motorsport will run a pair of Audi R8 LMS Evos in ADAC GT Masters this year with three new drivers signed for the season.Christopher Mies is the only member of the team’s 2018 lineup to be retained, with the Audi factory driver confirmed alongside 19-year-old Max Hofer in one of the cars. […]

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Toyota confirms WEC LMP1 return for 2019-20 season

Toyota will continue to race in the WEC next year, signing up for the 2019-20 campaign in the LMP1 class.Toyota Gazoo Racing has confirmed it will continue to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s LMP1 class through the 2019-20 season. Following the departure of fellow LMP1 manufacturers Audi and Porsche in 2016 and 2017 […]

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Earl Bamber team wins Bathurst 12-Hour for Porsche

After nearly 12 hours of racing, Matt Campbell’s Earl Bamber Motorsport Porsche makes an ambitious move for first in the final laps.New Zealand driver Earl Bamber experienced the winning sensation as an owner after watching his motor racing team deliver Porsche its first Bathurst 12 Hour race title in Australia. Earl Bamber Motorsport’s #912 Porsche […]

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Perini claims Radical pole but the Neilson’s claim Bathurst victory

An impressive field of entries assembled for the opening round of the eleventh season of Radical Australia Cup, with no less than three former champions holding seven titles between them entered, alongside a rising star, a part-time racing driver – who holds one of Australia’s most coveted entertainment awards – and one of Australia’s next […]

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Bathurst 12 Hour prepares to open 2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge campaign

Season Four of the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli begins this weekend at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour (February 1-3) where a record full-season entry is eager to prevent Audi from making the perfect start to its Manufacturers’ title defence. Mount Panorama’s annual endurance event has established itself as a firm favourite amongst teams, […]

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Ex-F1 driver Sirotkin lands SMP Racing WEC seat for rest of 2018/19

Ex-Williams F1 driver Sergey Sirotkin has sealed a drive with SMP Racing for the rest of the 2018/19 WEC season. Ex-Williams Formula 1 driver Sergey Sirotkin will drive for SMP Racing in the World Endurance Championship for the remainder of the 2018/19 campaign. The Russian, who lost his Williams seat at the end of 2018, […]