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    SMP Racing Announces WEC LMP1 Exit

    LMP1 entry reduced to six cars
    8 July 2019, 10:34 AM

    Russian LMP1 team SMP Racing has decided to withdraw from the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship season, reducing the full-season entry for the championship’s top class to six cars.

    Boris Rotenberg, SMP Racing’s founder, said the team has achieved the best results it could with its AER-powered BR1s during last season, and will, therefore, bow out.

    “For us, it was a difficult season,” Rotenberg said. “We worked a lot on our BR1 prototype. As a result, we were able to show and prove to everyone that the Russian team, Russian drivers and the Russian car are capable of achieving the highest results in the most difficult world championships and in such a prestigious race as the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

    “This is a well-deserved success of everyone who participated in this ambitious project, drivers, SMP Racing and ART GP, BR Engineering and Dallara. Our goal has always been only a victory, and we believe that we achieved this victory with the highest possible result in the given circumstances.

    “After the final race at Le Mans (where it scored a third-place finish overall), we decided that SMP Racing will leave the FIA WEC. Our team will not race in 2019-2020 season.”

    This news reduces the LMP1 field to six full-season cars. A pair of Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 HYBRIDs, Rebellion Racing R-13s and Team LNT Ginetta G60-LT-P1s remain.

    Rebellion is believed to have committed resources for one car whilst it seeks commercial partners to enable its second car to run for the full season.

    Team LNT meanwhile, will be on track at Paul Ricard this week as it works towards finalising details for its full-season entry.

    ByKolles and DragonSpeed, who also competed in the ‘Super Season’ in LMP1, don’t feature on the entry for the 2019/20 season, though ByKolles stated it will attempt to compete as a race-by-race entry as its focus shifts to developing a new car for the ‘Hypercar’ ruleset.
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    The LMP1/2 cars are spectacular but with such a small entry list it surely can't justify the expense incurred. GTE Pro/Am seems to offer closer racing with more manufacturers' road-based cars and to me this is what sportscar and endurance racing should be.

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    VALIANT EFFORT NETS SCUDERIA CORSA ONLY NINTH AT MOSPORT
    2019 IMSA - Watkins Glen

    Cooper MacNeil and Toni Vilander fought to a ninth-place finish for the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari in Sunday’s SportsCar Grand Prix at Mosport Park. The high-speed Canadian circuit played host to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as the series returned to sprint format racing with a two-hour, forty-minute race on Sunday.

    MacNeil started ninth in the white No. 63 WeatherTech Ferrari 488 GT3, and was able to hold that position throughout his 46-minute stint.


    Vilander was looking to add to his strong results at the track after winning in Blancpain GT competition earlier this season, and took over the controls from 12th in the order during a green-flag pit stop. He quickly got back into the top 10, but could not get the Ferrari into contention on the demanding circuit.


    “It was a tough day today; we struggled a little bit with the pace of our car compared to the others,” MacNeil said. “I try to drive the wheels off the thing in a smooth manner and managed to be within a few tenths of the leaders, but just couldn’t keep up. Toni got in and had some issues with the switches of the steering wheel, but he stuck with it and in the end we finished where we started, ninth.


    “It was not ideal, but the car is in one piece and we will work with the team to get more speed out of it for the Bull Ring that is Lime Rock in two weeks.”


    The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTLM and GTD classes will visit Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn., for the Northeast Grand Prix on Saturday, July 20.
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    Racing Into the Spanish Night
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    On Saturday 20 July the ELMS will return to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the first time in ten years for a 4-hour race that will be run after sunset, another first for the series.
    Forty-one cars across three classes will provide a weekend of action-packed racing for the fans to enjoy, with a truly international grid of twenty-nine teams and one hundred and thirteen drivers representing twenty-five different nations from across the globe.

    Local interest will be focused on former F1 test driver Dani Clos, the Spaniard racing on his home track for the first time since switching to endurance racing with Polish team Inter Europol Competition in the LMP2 class Ligier-Gibson alongside Adrian Tambay and Jakob Smiechowski.



    LMP2: the return after the 24 Hours of Le Mans

    There are eighteen cars in the LMP2 class and leading the way are the reigning LMP2 champions, G-Drive Racing, after their victory in Monza. 2018 drivers champion Roman Rusinov is joined by 2018 LMP3 champion Job Van Uitert. Jean Eric Vergne returns to the team after missing the opening two races of the season.

    IDEC Sport are just two points behind the Russian team after Memo Rojas, Paul-Loup Chatin and Paul Lafargue scored two podium finishes in the first two races. The round 1 winning DragonSpeed Oreca-Gibson is in third just 12 points behind the G-Drive Aurus.

    The grid also includes teams and drivers who competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last month, including Nicolas Lapierre who won the LMP2 category with former ELMS champions Signatech Alpine Matmut. Lapierre is now a four time Le Mans winner and returns to the ELMS in the no37 Cool Racing Oreca.



    LMP3: 15 cars on track for the victory

    The LMP3 class will feature 15 entries with Eurointernational heading the category after reigning Michelin le Mans Cup Champion Jens Petersen and Mikkel Jensen scored the teams ELMS debut win in Monza. Martin Hippe and Nigel Moore has taking two podium finishes so far to give Polish outfit Inter Europol Competition a good start to the 2019 season in second place in the championship standings. The all French Ultimate team are 18 points behind the leaders, the round 1 winning trio of Matthieu Lahaye, Jean-Baptiste Lahaye and François Heriau looking to get their championship back on track in Spain after failing to score any points in Monza last time out.



    LMGTE: 2 points separating the leaders

    The no77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche is proving to be the car to beat in the high quality 8 car LMGTE field with two pole positions for Matteo Cairoli and victory in Monza for the Italian and teammates Christian Ried and Riccardo Pera. They are just two points ahead of the no51 Luzich Racing Ferrari F488 GTE EVO of former FIA World GT Champion Alessandro Pier Guidi and fellow drivers Fabien Lavergne and Nicklas Nielsen.

    Jörg Bergmeister and Egidio Perfetti were the LMGTE Am race winners at Le Mans last month and in doing so they became the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance LMGTE AM Champions, with Team Project 1 taking the team world title. Perfetti and Bergmeister return to the ELMS in the no56 Project 1 Porsche alongside David Heinemeier Hansson.

    The LMGTE grid will also feature the FIA Women in Motorsport backed crew of Manuela Gostner, Rahel Frey and Michelle Gatting in the no83 Kessel Racing Ferrari. The all female crew got their season off to a great start with a hard fought second place in le Castellet.

    https://www.europeanlemansseries.com...try%20list.pdf
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    Host of international motorsport stars set to compete at WEC’s 4 Hours of Silverstone

    A first glimpse at the entry list for the WEC’s Season 8 opener, the 4 Hours of Silverstone, has today been revealed.

    No fewer than 14 British drivers will be part of the line-up of 30 cars confirmed to compete in this first round of the 2019-2020 FIA World Endurance Championship at Silverstone (30 August – 1 September).

    The WEC together with the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) and Porsche Carrera Cup GB will create a weekend of non-stop motorsport action for fans attending Silverstone, the home of British motor racing. Ticket prices start as low as £10 for the Friday, £25 on Saturday and just £50 for all three days. Children aged under 15 will go free, access to available grandstands is free and there will be the usual open paddocks, pit walks and autograph sessions with the WEC and ELMS drivers.

    The LMP1 line-up for Toyota Gazoo Racing remains unchanged apart from New Zealand’s Brendon Hartley who will make his first competitive outing with the Japanese squad. Hartley - a two-time WEC World Champion - will join Kazuki Nakajima and Sébastien Buemi in the No. 8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID.

    Driving the sister No. 7 car will be Britain’s Mike Conway who will be accompanied by José María López and Kamui Kobayashi. British squad Team LNT will field two Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AER cars with Britons Charlie Robertson and Michael Simpson set to race on home soil. Finally, Swiss team Rebellion Racing will field one car with its trio of drivers still to be confirmed.

    In LMGTE Pro, Porsche GT Team, AF Corse and Aston Martin Racing will each enter two cars for the WEC season-opener. At least two British drivers will compete on home turf including 2017 GTE Pro World Champion James Calado from the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo and Alex Lynn from the No. 91 Aston Martin Racing Vantage AMR. While Porsche has already announced an unchanged look to its line-up for Season 8, Ferrari and Aston Martin’s drivers will be confirmed soon.

    British interest will be focused primarily on two teams in the blossoming LMP2 category - JOTA and United Autosports, the American team being based in the UK and managed by an experienced British squad. Four British drivers have also been listed to drive in LMP2 at Silverstone including ex F1 driver and DTM star, Paul Di Resta. Di Resta will compete alongside fellow countryman Philip Hanson for United Autosports in the Oreca 07 Gibson. Anthony Davidson, the 2014 WEC World Champion, is entered under the No. 38 JOTA with another Oreca while Britain’s Will Stevens – another ex F1 driver - will compete in the Jackie Chan DC Racing No. 37 car.

    A driver shake-up in the LMP2 category for Silverstone will be Job van Uitert who will replace regular driver Nyck de Vries in the No. 29 Racing Team Nederland car, the 20-year-old F2 title contender having a clashing event. Van Uitert will drive the new Oreca 07 Gibson run by TDS for Racing Team Nederland, together with Frits van Eerd and Giedo van der Garde. The LMP2 category will see three other teams make their first competitive WEC debut: High Class Racing, Cool Racing and Cetilar Racing. Meanwhile, last year’s category winners Signatech Alpine Elf will be eager to get their Season 8 campaign off to the best possible start with a win.

    In LMGTE Am, eleven entries will make up the highly competitive field with four British entries confirmed to compete: TF Sport, Aston Martin Racing, Gulf Racing and newcomers Red River Sport. Red River Sport who, in collaboration with Spirit of Race, will compete in a Ferrari 488 GTE Evo and have enlisted the help of Britain's Bonamy Grimes, Charles Hollings and former ELMS GT Champion, Johnny Mowlem. Other British driver names so far include Michael Wainwright and Benjamin Barker in the No. 86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 RSR plus TF Sport’s Charlie Eastwood and Jonny Adam in the Aston Martin Vantage AMR.

    To view the full provisional entry list for 4 Hours of Silverstone click
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    Racing Into the Spanish Night
    ELMS -

    On Saturday 20 July the ELMS will return to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the first time in ten years for a 4-hour race that will be run after sunset, another first for the series.
    Forty-one cars across three classes will provide a weekend of action-packed racing for the fans to enjoy, with a truly international grid of twenty-nine teams and one hundred and thirteen drivers representing twenty-five different nations from across the globe.

    Local interest will be focused on former F1 test driver Dani Clos, the Spaniard racing on his home track for the first time since switching to endurance racing with Polish team Inter Europol Competition in the LMP2 class Ligier-Gibson alongside Adrian Tambay and Jakob Smiechowski.


    LMP2: the return after the 24 Hours of Le Mans

    There are eighteen cars in the LMP2 class and leading the way are the reigning LMP2 champions, G-Drive Racing, after their victory in Monza. 2018 drivers champion Roman Rusinov is joined by 2018 LMP3 champion Job Van Uitert. Jean Eric Vergne returns to the team after missing the opening two races of the season.

    IDEC Sport are just two points behind the Russian team after Memo Rojas, Paul-Loup Chatin and Paul Lafargue scored two podium finishes in the first two races. The round 1 winning DragonSpeed Oreca-Gibson is in third just 12 points behind the G-Drive Aurus.

    The grid also includes teams and drivers who competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last month, including Nicolas Lapierre who won the LMP2 category with former ELMS champions Signatech Alpine Matmut. Lapierre is now a four time Le Mans winner and returns to the ELMS in the no37 Cool Racing Oreca.


    LMP3: 15 cars on track for the victory

    The LMP3 class will feature 15 entries with Eurointernational heading the category after reigning Michelin le Mans Cup Champion Jens Petersen and Mikkel Jensen scored the teams ELMS debut win in Monza. Martin Hippe and Nigel Moore has taking two podium finishes so far to give Polish outfit Inter Europol Competition a good start to the 2019 season in second place in the championship standings. The all French Ultimate team are 18 points behind the leaders, the round 1 winning trio of Matthieu Lahaye, Jean-Baptiste Lahaye and François Heriau looking to get their championship back on track in Spain after failing to score any points in Monza last time out.


    LMGTE: 2 points separating the leaders

    The no77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche is proving to be the car to beat in the high quality 8 car LMGTE field with two pole positions for Matteo Cairoli and victory in Monza for the Italian and teammates Christian Ried and Riccardo Pera. They are just two points ahead of the no51 Luzich Racing Ferrari F488 GTE EVO of former FIA World GT Champion Alessandro Pier Guidi and fellow drivers Fabien Lavergne and Nicklas Nielsen.

    Jörg Bergmeister and Egidio Perfetti were the LMGTE Am race winners at Le Mans last month and in doing so they became the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance LMGTE AM Champions, with Team Project 1 taking the team world title. Perfetti and Bergmeister return to the ELMS in the no56 Project 1 Porsche alongside David Heinemeier Hansson.

    The LMGTE grid will also feature the FIA Women in Motorsport backed crew of Manuela Gostner, Rahel Frey and Michelle Gatting in the no83 Kessel Racing Ferrari. The all female crew got their season off to a great start with a hard fought second place in le Castellet.

    Barcelona entry list
    https://www.europeanlemansseries.com...try%20list.pdf
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    Returning to Barcelona
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    While the two-hour race for the Michelin Le Mans Cup on Saturday 20 July will be the first visit to Spain’s premier race track, there are two drivers on the grid who raced in the last Le Mans Series race to take place in Barcelona ten years ago.
    Reigning GT3 drivers champion Giacomo Piccini competed in the 1000km de Catalunya in the no29 Racing Box Lola-Judd in the LMP2 class. Piccini raced with fellow Italians Filippo Francioni and Andre Ceccato and claimed the class pole position in a time of 1m36.156s. In the 6 hour-race the Italian crew finished third in the LMP2 class, with their teammates Andrea Piccini, Matteo Bobbi and Thomas Biagi taking the LMP2 victory in the no30 Racing Box Lola.

    Giacomo Piccini will be competing with fellow GT3 champion Sergio Pianezzola in the no8 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GT3.

    The second driver who was on the grid ten years ago is John Hartshorne. The British driver is also racing for the Kessel Racing team, competing with compatriot Ollie Hancock in the no50 Ferrari.

    In 2009 Hartshorne drove the LMGT2 class no99 JMB Racing Ferrari F430 GT with French drivers Johan Boris Scheier and Romain Iannetta, the trio finishing 6th in the GT2 category at the end of the 1000km race.

    The two drivers will be hoping their previous experience of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will help them on the first visit by the Michelin Le Mans Cup.

    Round 4 of the Michelin Le Mans Cup will take place on Saturday 20 July, with the two hour race due to begin at 13h00.
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    Magnus Racing Adopt Apollo 11 Tribute Livery For Lime Rock

    IMSA approve one-off switch from #44 to #11


    Saturday sees the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and Magnus Racing will pay tribute to the historic event with a one-time, livery and car number for the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship’s Northeast Grand Prix, on the same day.

    The team’s #44 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO will adopt both a tribute livery and with special dispensation, the revised number #11 too, the livery designed to mimic the Saturn V rocket, to commemorate the mission.

    “We wanted to do something special to mark the occasion, and we felt this was the best way we could honour the event,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and co-driver John Potter. “Space exploration and the historical significance behind it has always been something I’ve held a long admiration for, so this is a very personal project to me. Obviously, the Apollo 11 mission is an amazing tribute to human ingenuity and creativity, and that’s something that translates extremely well to our sport. I’m glad we could pay tribute, and of course, I appreciate everyone on the team, as well as IMSA for some of the accommodations they’ve made to change our number and colour panel, for making this a reality. Hopefully, we can pay the ultimate honour by bringing home a win.”

    Lime Rock will also see the team offer free freeze-dried astronaut food for children in attendance, speciality autograph cards, tribute costumes and more!

    For Andy Lally, a similar enthusiasm is shared.

    “We’re excited to pay tribute in our own way,” stated Lally. “The camaraderie and team mentality required through the entirety of the Gemini and Apollo programs was unlike any in history, and that’s an ethos that any successful race team has to embrace. The heroism from the astronauts themselves is incredible, but at the same time, the effort and attitude from everyone on the project deserve incredible praise. We hope to represent well at Lime Rock.”
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