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Andretti aims for triple crown Mario Andretti is aiming to emulate Graham Hill, and become only the second driver ever to achieve the treble of the F1 World Championship, the Indy 500 and Le Mans wins. He is to compete in the Le Mans 24...

Andretti aims for triple crown

Mario Andretti is aiming to emulate Graham Hill, and become only the second driver ever to achieve the treble of the F1 World Championship, the Indy 500 and Le Mans wins. He is to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours this year at the age of 60 years old. There has been no word yet of who he will drive for, though he has been connected with Audi, Cadillac and Courage.

Brun for Viper

Waler Brun - ex boss of Brun Motorsport - is set to drive a Chamberlain Chrysler Viper at the Daytona 24 Hours. Pierre-Henri Raphanel is lined up to drive for Oreca in their Viper

Papis for Dyson

Max Papis is to join James Weaver, Elliot Forbes-Robinson and Rob Dyson driving the Dyson Reynard at Daytona.

McNish for Ferrari

Allan McNish has signed to drive for Risi Competizione, with their Ferrari 333 SP at the Daytona 24 Hours. He will drive alongside Alex Caffi, Mimmo Schiaterella and Ralf Kelleners. He turned down a full season-long drive with Panoz for the drive saying "I am thinking of the long term, because I don't know how long Porsche will be away from racing".

Cadillac signs up drivers

Cadillac have signed up Butch Leitzinger, Franck Largorce and Eric van de Poele for their team at Daytona.

Malaysia ALMS race cancelled

The Malaysian round of the ALMS series has been cancelled. It was due to be run on December 3rd, but it clashes with the Muslim religious festival of Ramadan.

Ferrari heads testing at Daytona

The Ferrari 333SP, the now quite ancient sports car, was fastest in testing at Daytona. The Ferrari of Didier Theys was a second a lap faster than Jan Lammers' Lola-Ford, with Stefan Johnasson being third in the Reynard-Judd.

Panoz increases effort for Le Mans

At least six Panoz Roadsters will be entered in the Le Mans 24 Hours race this June. The factory are entering two Ford-engined cars, whilst DPR are entering four cars. More customer cars may yet be entered.

Lister to scrap Le Mans plans?

Laurence Pearce, team boss of Lister, has said that the team may not take the Jaguar engined Storm's to Le Mans this year. "I may concentrate on the FIA GT Championship" he said.

TVR awaits ruling

TVR have hit problems over the eligability of it's Cerbera 12 GT car. It wants to enter the car in the FIA GT Championship, but the organisers have said that it may not be within the rules, saying "[it's] a very extreme car". TVR claims it is a road car, but Stephane Ratel is not convinced "We want cars that are sold for the road first and then modified for the track".

It is also not clear when it will reach the minimum of 25 cars but it will be difficult to enforce the rule, as Lister and Marcos have been given exceptions already. -- Stephen M Baines http://www.motorsport.org.uk

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