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G-Drive Crew Clinches Title as JOTA Wins Abu Dhabi Finale

By:Daniel Lloyd   JOTA claims Abu Dhabi weekend sweep but G-Drive Racing defends its LMP2 title… G-Drive Racing’s Ferdinand Habsburg, Rene Binder and Yifei Ye clinched the 2021 Asian Le Mans Series title with a fourth-place finish in Saturday’s season-ending race that was won by the JOTA pairing of Sean Gelael and Tom Blomqvist. Photo: […]

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Jonathan Aberdein to join United Autosports LMP2 Team for 2021 ELMS

United Autosports has confirmed that Jonathan Aberdein will join their LMP2 team for the 2021 European Le Mans Series. South African racing driver, Jonathan, is a former BMW DTM Factory driver and in 2019 raced for WRT Team Audi Sport in the DTM series. He has also raced in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship […]

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Breakthrough Rolex 24 Win for Acura, Historic Win for Wayne Taylor Racing

Era Motorsport Wins in LMP2, Riley Motorsports Takes LMP3 Debut Filipe Albuquerque suspected something was amiss with his closest competitor near the end of the race. He was right. Albuquerque watched in his mirrors and heard his team’s reaction over the radio Sunday when Renger van der Zande was forced to pit with a flat […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING INTRODUCES GR010 HYBRID HYPERCAR

  TOYOTA GAZOO Racing begins a new era of endurance racing with the launch of its all-new GR010 HYBRID Le Mans Hypercar, which will compete in the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The reigning world champions and three-time Le Mans winners will defend their titles against new manufacturer competitors using the racing version of […]

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Honda’s Kyalami defeat “hard to take” after dominating dry running

By Jamie Klein | autosport.com Honda’s defeat in last weekend’s Kyalami 9 Hour was “hard to take” after it commanded the first eight hours of the Intercontinental GT Challenge season finale, says Bertrand Baguette. The works Honda NSX GT3 shared by Baguette, Renger van der Zande and Mario Farnbacher had been firmly in control of […]

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SA’s Sheldon Sheldon van der Linde wins stormy Kyalami 9 Hour for BMW

By Motoring Staff | IOL This year’s Kyalami 9 Hour gave South Africans reason to celebrate after Sheldon van der Linde helped drive the BMW Walkenhorst Motorsport team to victory, while his co-drivers Augusto Farfus and Nick Catsburg scooped the 2020 International GT Challenge title in the process. The winning BMW M6 (#34) spent most […]

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Kyalami 9 Hour hosts Intercontinental GT Challenge title decider

Three manufacturers and nine driver crews will battle for Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli title honours at the season-closing Kyalami 9 Hour next weekend (December 10-12). Reigning champions, Porsche, are bidding to defend both crowns with two all-star line-ups that include drivers’ championship leaders Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor. Audi – champions in 2016-2018 […]

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9 HOUR: WIN OR BUST FOR PEPPER, BENTLEY BOYS

Jordan eyeing a Kyalami win to clinch ICGT championship South Africa’s Bentley Boy Jordan Pepper arrived home with a spring in his step on Wednesday, as he prepares to fight for the Intercontinental GT Championship crown at the Kyalami 9 Hour Saturday 12 December. Pepper and teammates, Jules Gounon and Maxime Soulet sit just three […]

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Sparco and M-Sport join forces for Kyalami 9 Hours

M-Sport and Sparco will join forces as Bentley Team M-Sport’s Jules Gounon, Jordan Pepper and Maxime Soulet race for the Intercontinental GT Challenge crown at the final round of the season – the Kyalami 9 Hours in South Africa. It’s been a tough year for world motorsport, but thanks to a celebrated victory at Australia’s […]

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Honda & Audi Prepping For Kyalami 9 Hours

Whilst the entry for the Kyalami 9 Hour, the season-ending round of the 2020 Intercontinental GT Challenge on December 10-12 is set to be significantly impacted by the ongoing logistical, health-led and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic (DSC currently anticipates a sub 20 car entry), those teams that are set to attend are taking […]

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Mazda wins Sebring thriller; Castroneves, Taylor claim DPi crown

By J.J. O’Malley | racer.com Harry Tincknell took advantage of his teammate Oliver Jarvis’ misfortune with 27 minutes remaining to win Saturday’s 68th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring for Mazda Motorsports, capping a night of heartbreak for many of the top contenders. Mazda won the battle with Tincknell, Jonathan Bomarito and […]

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BMW dominates inaugural Indianapolis 8 Hour

BMW scored its maiden Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli victory in dominant fashion with a one-two finish in Sunday’s inaugural Indianapolis 8 Hour. The German manufacturer was expertly represented by the Walkenhorst Motorsport squad, which delivered a faultless showing amid changeable weather conditions at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Nicky Catsburg, Connor De Phillippi and Augusto […]

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BMW : claims 20th overall victory at the Nürburgring 24 Hours – Nick Catsburg, Alexander Sims and Nick Yelloly triumph in the ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3.

Anniversary win for BMW in the ‘Green Hell’: the ROWE Racing team won the Nürburgring 24 Hours (GER) to present the Bavarian manufacturer with its 20th overall victory at the endurance classic. 50 years after the inaugural Eifel marathon, the #99 BMW M6 GT3 crossed the finish line in first place after 85 laps of racing. […]

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Tomita & van der Linde Take Race 1 Win At Zandvoort

#108 CMR Bentley wins in Silver Cup, #93 Sky Tempesta Ferrari wins again In Pro Am Ryuichiro Tomita and Kelvin van der Linde gave Belgian Audi Club Team WRT a commanding victory in Saturday morning’s opening Sprint Cup race at Zandvoort, sharing the podium with a pair of impressive Silver Cup runners after a highly […]

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Audis Finish 1-2 in NLS Six Hours after Chasing Down Ferrari

Audi Sport crews finished first and second in Saturday’s six-hour NLS enduro to set the manufacturer on the front foot heading into next month’s Nürburgring 24. Christopher Mies brought the Land-run No. 29 Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo across the line four seconds ahead of Mirko Bortolotti in the No. 32 Car Collection machine after […]

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Nine former Nürburgring 24 Hour winners in Audi’s 2020 line-up

When the starting lights for the Nürburgring 24 Hours go out on September 26, Audi Sport wants to fight for the sixth overall victory with a strong line-up. Since the beginning of the customer racing program in 2009 the brand has already won the endurance classic five times with the GT3 sports car Audi R8 […]

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Van der Linde ‘Didn’t Expect’ to Make Crucial Middle Stint Charge

Kelvin van der Linde was “not expecting” to take as many on-track places as he did during an inspired stint that put Team WRT into a winning position at the 3 Hours of Imola. The South African driver defied Imola’s reputation for being a difficult track to pass on by overtaking four cars in quick […]

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Kyalami 9 Hour moves to December following Intercontinental GT Challenge calendar confirmation

This year’s Kyalami 9 Hour will now take place on December 10-12, while 2020’s Intercontinental GT Challenge calendar remains at four events.South Africa’s historic international endurance race has been pushed back by three weeks to ease logistical considerations for teams, drivers and manufacturers whose regular programmes have been rescheduled due to COVID-19. The GT World […]

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25-hour edition for the Total 24 Hours of Spa

The Total 24 Hours of Spa will celebrate a once-in-a-lifetime autumn edition later this year by adding an extra hour of competition to its blue riband endurance race. The 22–25 October event will coincide with the end of Central European Summer Time, meaning clocks will move back by one hour at 03.00 on Sunday morning. […]

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Jonathan Aberdein upbeat after first test with BMW

South African driver Jonathan Aberdein was able to travel to Germany to take part in the final two days of the official DTM pre-season tests at the Nürburgring, providing the 22-year-old with the first chance to sample the BMW M4 DTM he’ll compete with this season. Aberdein was able to overcome travelling restrictions at the […]

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BMW takes a pot shot at Audi over ‘unsportsmanlike’ DTM exit

BMW brands Audi ‘unsportsmanlike’ for announcing its exit from the DTM before it had opened discussions with its rival manufacturer BMW has taken aim at its old rival Audi by branding its decision to quit the DTM at the end of the season as ‘unsportsmanlike’. Last week Audi confirmed it would be dropping out of […]

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The 12 Hours of Sebring Has Been Postponed

Shortly after the World Endurance Championship canceled its 1000-mile race at Sebring, IMSA has moved the 12-hour to November in response to the spread of COVID-19 Image: Getty The 12 Hours of Sebring, one of the premiere sports car races in North America, has been postponed to November. This news comes just hours after the […]

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GT World Challenge Europe forced to cancel opening round at Monza

The GT World Challenge Europe round scheduled to take place at Monza on 17-19 April has been cancelled due to ongoing concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). In light of the current situation in Italy, the cancellation is considered to be a case of force majeure. The contingency plan outlined by SRO Motorsports Group […]

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Estoril becomes 18th different circuit to host an official 24H SERIES event

Following the announcement that the inaugural 12H MONZA has been re-scheduled, and will now take place on 10-11 July, the Circuito Estoril to the 24H SERIES was added on the calendar for 2020. As communicated this Thursday, the inaugural 12H ESTORIL will now host the first European round of the 2020 24H SERIES season on […]

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TCR SPA 500 returns for 2020 with WSC and CREVENTIC back at the helm

CREVENTIC, the Dutch organising body behind the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook, and WSC, the entity behind TCR, will partner up once again in 2020 to promote and organise the TCR SPA 500, the world’s only 500-lap endurance motor race dedicated exclusively to touring cars. Set to take place on 1-2-3 May at the 7.004km […]

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Carlin Wins Dramatic 4H Sepang After Eurasia Penalty Post-race

Thunderhead Carlin Racing won a dramatic 4 Hours of Sepang after a late penalty for Eurasia Motorsport’s No. 36 Ligier JS P217 Gibson toppled the order in the penultimate round of the 2019-20 Asian Le Mans Series. Eurasia’s car crossed the line first but was later handed a 36-second penalty for ignoring race control’s instruction […]

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Toyota to be slowed by over two seconds at COTA

Toyota Gazoo Racing will be over two seconds slower than their Rebellion rivals for the upcoming Lone Star Le Mans round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. In a technical bulletin released by the Endurance Committee on Wednesday, the championship-leading #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez will be […]

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Honda vetoes Alonso/Andretti Indy 500 deal

If two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso is going to take another run at completing motor racing’s ‘Triple Crown’ by winning the Indianapolis 500, it will be with a Chevy-powered team. RACER has learned that the Spaniard, whose name has been heavily linked to a return with the Honda-powered Andretti Autosport team, had the […]

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Bentley’s Gounon, Pepper and Soulet win at Bathurst

Bentley finally broke its Intercontinental GT Challenge duck today at Mount Panorama where M-Sport trio Jules Gounon, Maxime Soulet and Jordan Pepper claimed a long-awaited Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour victory. The #7 Continental GT3 enjoyed a largely trouble-free run from 11th on the grid, the lowest starting position for any winner since the event’s first […]

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Monza and Kyalami additions ‘correct move at the correct time’ – Lietz

Porsche works driver Richard Lietz is happy with the new additions to the WEC calendar, saying the addition of Monza and Kyalami is the right move at the right time. The FIA World Endurance Championship announced its 2020/21 calendar in Bahrain, confirming that both Monza in Italy and Kyalami in South Africa would be joining […]

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Rossi thrilled with Gulf 12 Hours podium, class victory

‘Above all it was great fun. Luca was really strong, his potential in the race amazed me’ – Valentino Rossi, Gulf 12 Hours. Valentino Rossi may have been absent from the MotoGP podium since April, but the nine-time world champion completed 2019 on the rostrum – alongside brother Luca Marini and friend Alessio ‘Uccio’ Salucci […]

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Gulf 12hr proves to be a bruising encounter for both AMR runners

It was something of a bruising encounter for the two new Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT4 cars of Generation AMR and Optimum Motorsport as they were the sole representative’s of the marque at this weekends Gulf 12Hr from the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi. Coming back for another stab at the GT4 crown having […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO RACING DODGES FIRST-LAP MAYHEM, DOMINATES WEC 8 HOURS OF BAHRAIN

Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López drove the No. 7 TS050 Hybrid to its second World Endurance Championship victory of the 2019-2020 WEC season on Saturday in the 8 Hours of Bahrain. The win propelled the drivers to the lead in the drivers’ World Championship. The trio scored a one-lap margin […]

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FIA WEC TO VISIT SOUTH AFRICA AND ITALY IN NEW-LOOK 2020-2021 CALENDAR

The 2020-2021 FIA World Endurance Championship provisional calendar has been released. This sees Kyalami and Monza join mainstays of the series but unfortunately means Shanghai, as well as Sao-Paulo and the Circuit of the Americas, omitted from the eight-round season. The 2020-2021 season is going to be an important year due to the new Hypercar regulations […]