Category Archives: Sports Car Racing

WEC: Toyota with reduced programm for the rest of the season

Toyota announced today, that they will only run one TS030 Hybrid LMP1 (the #7 with Sarrazin, Davidson and Buemi) for the rest of the 2013 WEC season.

Expect of the 6h of Fuji were they, obviously, bring a two car entry there, because it’s their home race (and with Nakajima a local hero).

That means we’re only going to see four LMP1 cars, two Audi’s, one Toyota and one Rebellion-Lola (see last sports car racing post), what is quite poor for a World Endurance Championship.

To this time last year, we had 7 LMP1 cars, one of them included the JRM HPD entry who are now in the Blaincpain Endurance Series with the Nissan GT-R GT3 car and another HPD from Strakka who retired from this season, despite their LMP1 privatiers win at Le Mans.

And all these withdrawals happen because of the preperation for next year with the new cars.

But why didn’t ACO/FIA said that the teams could run this years cars also next year?

I mean it worked out in 2011, were some of the teams were racing the 2010 machines, back then we had nearly 13-15 LMP1 cars through the ILMC season.

So Wurz and Lapierre will do the simulator  and test work with the 2014 car and Nakajima will drive in Super GT and the Super Formula.

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ALMS: Rebellion only at Petit Le Mans

Rebellion-Lotus Racing announced today that they will only participate at the Petit Le Mans in Road Atlanta in this year’s American Le Mans Series.

Actually Rebellion wanted to compete the full ALMS season with one car, then they said that they will only drive at Road America, Austin and Petit LM.

The reason for all that is that they are concetrating on their next year’s LMP1 car, the Oreca Rebellion R-One and they also want to focus on this years WEC, with a one car entry.

The drivers for that aren’t confirmed yet, but it looks like Beche/Belicchi/Prost will drive the Lola B12/60 Coupe with the Toyota engine.

That’s sad to hear, because i was really hoping for another great race at Road America in the P1 class (like 2011, 2012).

But now with Rebellion gone, it looks like Picket will run away with the win again and Dyson driving with Burgess/McMurry again, who weren’t really up to pace at Mosport.

ALMS: Luhr/Graf with controlled win at Mosport

LMP1: Luhr/Graf with a perfect race

Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr won the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park GP 6 laps ahead of the Dyson Racing Lola Mazda from Tony Burgess and Chris McMurry, who were driving this car for the first time under race conditions.

The Delta Wing however from Andy Meyrick and Katherine Legge was on a surprising P2 on the starting grid.

The car was staying there in the first half an hour of the race but then electrical problems stopped the experimantel car and they had to retire.

So Luhr/Graf were having a perfect race, with no competition at all.

LMP2, LMPC: Cracking battles in both classes

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In LMP2, the two Level 5 HPD’s battled with the ESM HPD from Cosmo/Sharp for the first three postions through the whole race.

Cosmo and Conway were battling 45 minutes long for the lead until their first pitstop.

After the driver changes were done by ESM and Level 5, Franchitti passed his teammate Tucker at the end of the race.

Sharp also passed Tucker for 2nd and then closed the gap to Franchitti to 2 seconds at the last lap.

Franchitti/Tucker won in LMP2 and they’re leading the championship standings.

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In LMPC, it looked like a win from RSR Racing until they made their last pitstop, were they had problems with the starter and had to retire.

So Colin Braun and CORE Autosport won in PC.

Van der Zande and Marcelli were battling for 2nd until the last lap, Van der Zande was 2nd then, Marcelli 3rd.

GT,GTC: Vette vs. Viper, Top 3 battle in GTC

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The SRT Viper from Wittmer/Bomarito was on a fantastic pole and lead the race in GT, but then they became a penalty for speeding in the pitlane and finished 3rd.

The teammates however Farnbacher/Gossens were hunting down the #3 Corvette from Gavin/Milner for the win of the race.

Farnbacher then had a cracking battle with Milner in the last 20 minutes and it nearly became a photo finish.

Milner won the first race for Corvette in the 2013 ALMS season since the Sebring 12h.

SRT Motorsports got a 2nd and 3rd, what is the best result for the Viper since it’s return in GT compettion at Mid-Ohio last year.

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In GTC, Pumpelly was chasing Edwards for 2nd in class.

Then Edwards got spun by the Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT from Bryan Sellers, who got a 30 seconds stop & go penalty for that.

Pumpelly then got 2nd and tried to overtake the leading AJR Porsche from Bleekemolen at the last lap, but Bleekemolen hold on and won in GTC.

The next round of the American Le Mans Series is on the 11th of August at Road America.

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ELMS 3H of Red Bull Ring Review

LMP2: TDS wins, Jota again with bad luck

TDS Racing wins the 3H of Red Bull Ring with Beche/Thiriet ahead of Signatech Alpine and Morand Racing.

It’s their 2nd win of the season.

The Zytek Z11SN Nissan from Jota Sport with Turvey/Dolan was on pole after the actual pole time from the Signatech Alpine was cancelled because it was set under yellow flags.

So Sigantech Alpine had to start from the back of the LMP2 class.

Jota Sport had great start with Oliver Turvey dominating the race.

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But when Turvey was coming to his first pitstop, he was to fast on the pit straight and got a 30 seconds stop & go penalty.

Turvey was on P4 and then came for a driver change with Simon Dolan, who then made a spin on his outlap.

Dolan had then a great battle for P3 afterwards with the Race Perfomance Oreca 03 from Michel Frey.

Dolan came then for his final pitstop coming in for fuel and then had to settle for 4th.

TDS Racing however wasn’t the fastest on the track, but the consistent.

Despite of small problem at their 2nd pitstop the Oreca 03 Nissan didn’t had any problems and Thiriet was running away with the win.

Boutson Ginion Racing who were the favourites of the race with WEC Lotus LMP2 drivers Holzer/Kraihamer had problems with their Oreca 03 and finished on a disappointing 8th in class.

Also Murphy Prototypes with Hirschi/Hartley had early problems with their Oreca 03 Nissan, they had to retire.

The No. 48 Team Endurance Challenge Oreca FLM 09 with Paul-Loup Chatin and Gary Hirsch took victory in the LMPC class, with

Hirsch holding off a charging Nicolas Verdonck in the final laps for the win ahead of the Algarve Pro Racing PC car.

GTE, GTC: Ferrari all the way

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RAM Racing won with Ferrari F458 Italia GTE car, even making a 1-2 ahead other Ferrari from JMW.

The Porsche’s however from Proton Competition, Prospeed and IMSA Perfomance Matmut couldn’t go the pace of the Ferrari’s and were lacking topspeed.

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In GTC, we had a great battle between SMP Racing and AF Corse (both Ferrari) in the first hour.

But after a pitstop problem from the AF Corse Ferrari, SMP Racing made a 1-2 win in GTC.

3rd was Ecurie Ecosse Team with the BMW Z4 GT3, maintaining a 100% podium record this year.

The next race of the European Le Mans Series is going to be the 3H of Hungaroring in Hungary at the 14th of September.