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Kobayashi joins VSR Lexus for IMSA's Canada round

Toyota FIA World Endurance Championship driver Kamui Kobayashi will race for sister marque Lexus and the Vasser Sullivan team in this weekend’s Canadian round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Bruni not expecting Porsche LMDh seat, could look elsewhere

Porsche GTE Pro ace Gianmaria Bruni doesn’t expect to be a part of the marque’s LMDh programme next year and is willing to look elsewhere to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s Hypercar category.

ByKolles LMH a “better piece of engineering” than LMP1 car

ByKolles’ new Vanwall Le Mans Hypercar has been described as a “much better piece of engineering” than its LMP1 predecessor by team stalwart Tom Dillmann.

Risi Ferrari the "serial bridesmaid" after second at The Glen

The Risi Competizione team feels like the “serial bridesmaid” after coming close to GTD Pro victory in Sunday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Watkins Glen.

SUPER GT cars could fight for Le Mans win, says Makowiecki

Ex-SUPER GT driver Frederic Makowiecki believes a GT500 car has the speed to fight for the overall win in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Campbell prefers IMSA over WEC

Matt Campbell says he would prefer an IMSA programme over the World Endurance Championship as part of his Porsche LMDh deal.

Bourdais 'frustrated' Cadillac no match for Acura at The Glen

Chip Ganassi Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais admitted to ‘frustration’ after Cadillac failed to put up a fight to the Acura cars in Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen on Sunday.

Albuquerque: Watkins Glen win "magical" after late fuel-saving

Wayne Taylor Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque says he doesn’t know how he was able to hold on to victory in the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen after being forced into fuel-saving mode late in the race.

Porsche LMDh entry in WEC Bahrain depends on testing progress

Porsche will make a decision on whether to race its 963 LMDh prototype in November’s Bahrain World Endurance Championship finale based on the results of testing through the summer.

Both GT winners excluded from Watkins Glen IMSA race

The GT class winners in the Six Hours of the Glen IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship were both stripped of victory long after the checkered flag flew on Sunday.

Peugeot "starting from scratch" in WEC as Monza debut nears

Peugeot feels it is “starting from scratch” in the FIA World Endurance Championship as it gears up for its highly-anticipated debut at Monza next month.

Watkins Glen IMSA: Albuquerque usurps Blomqvist in Acura 1-2

Wayne Taylor Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor defeated Meyer Shank Racing’s Tom Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis to win the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of The Glen, when the Portuguese ace snatched the lead following a race stoppage.

Watkins Glen IMSA: Red flag halts race with under 90mins to go

Weather conditions forced IMSA to pause the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen after 4h44m due to thunderstorms in the area, with Meyer Shank Racing leading the event.

Cassidy: "Big desire" to have closer ties with Ferrari

Nick Cassidy says "there’s a big desire" to continue building his relationship with Ferrari, as the Italian marque gears up for its Le Mans Hypercar programme in 2023.

JOTA to field customer Porsche LMDh in 2023 WEC season

Multiple Le Mans 24 Hours class winner JOTA will field a customer Porsche 963 LMDh in the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship season. 

Watkins Glen IMSA: Blomqvist takes pole in Meyer Shank Acura

The seventh round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of Watkins Glen, will see Tom Blomqvist’s Meyer Shank Racing Acura lead the similar Wayne Taylor Racing car of Filipe Albuquerque to the green flag tomorrow.

JDC-Miller becomes first Porsche LMDh customer in IMSA

JDC-Miller MotorSports will field a single Porsche 963 LMDh car on a customer basis in the GTP class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2023.

Watkins Glen IMSA: Acura sets pace again in second practice

The best efforts of Tom Blomqvist and Filipe Albuquerque left the Acuras of Meyer Shank Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing just 0.026sec apart at the top of the times in second practice for the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of The Glen.

Lotterer to depart Porsche Formula E squad for LMDh seat

Andre Lotterer will vacate his Porsche Formula E race seat at the end of this season after the announcement that he is joining the German manufacturer’s LMDh sportscar squad.

Watkins Glen IMSA: Blomqvist puts MSR Acura on top in FP1

First practice for IMSA’s illustrious Sahlen’s 6 Hours of The Glen ended with Tom Blomqvist topping the times around the gorgeous 3.4-mile Watkins Glen road course.

Porsche reveals 963 LMDh car, Lotterer included in driver line-up

Three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Andre Lotterer will return to sportscar racing next year to drive Porsche’s new LMDh hybrid prototype, which has been christened the 963.

Le Mans Full Access: Episode 1
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Le Mans Full Access: Episode 1

In the first episode of the new Le Mans Full Access series, fans are given an exclusive look into what goes on behind the scenes at the iconic endurance race.

SRO boss Ratel voices support for WEC's GT3 Premium plan

Stephane Ratel, the architect of GT3, has voiced support for plans for the cars to run distinct bodywork when the class is adopted by the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2024.

Toyota: Door still open for Yamashita to return to WEC

Toyota says the door is open for Kenta Yamashita to return to the FIA World Endurance Championship in future should the Japanese driver wish to do so.

Ogier drops out of Richard Mille WEC squad, Chatin steps in

The Richard Mille Racing LMP2 team has named Paul-Loup Chatin as Sebastien Ogier's replacement for the second half of the FIA World Endurance Championship season.

Ferrari WEC GT drivers prepare for Hypercar era with LMP2 test

Several members of Ferrari's GTE stable in the FIA World Endurance Championship drivers recently took part in a test with an Oreca LMP2 car with a view to preparing them for the forthcoming Hypercar era.

Corvette aims to bounce back at The Glen after Le Mans disaster

Antonio Garcia says it’s time for Corvette Racing to bounce back from its appalling bad luck at the Le Mans 24 Hours and put on a strong showing in this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Watkins Glen.

Westbrook sure Glickenhaus can still fight for 2023 Le Mans win

Glickenhaus will remain a formidable competitor against an onslaught of new manufacturers in next year's Le Mans 24 Hours, reckons Richard Westbrook.

Johnson targets Le Mans 24 Hours in Hendrick Garage 56 entry

Jimmie Johnson is hoping to fit a 24 Hours of Le Mans campaign with Hendrick Chevrolet’s Garage 56 project in between his commitments for 2023.

Nasr to make Spa 24 Hours debut in EMA Porsche

Ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr will make his Spa 24 Hours debut next month as part of an all-factory driver line-up in a Porsche fielded by Australian entrant EMA Motorsport.

Kobayashi: Le Mans organisers didn’t want Alpine LMP1 to win

Toyota’s Kamui Kobayashi believes Le Mans 24 Hours organisers gave Alpine a last-minute Balance of Performance change because it did not want a grandfathered LMP1 car winning the race.

Le Mans test day moved permanently to one week before race

The official test day for the Le Mans 24 Hours will make a permanent move to one week before the blue riband round of the FIA World Endurance Championship next year.

Sugo modifies pit exit again after driver complaints

Sugo has modified its pit exit layout again ahead of this weekend's Super Formula race, following complaints from drivers last year.

Nakajima to drive Group C Toyota raced by father at Le Mans Classic

Three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Kazuki Nakajima will drive a Toyota-powered Group C car raced by his father Satoru in next month’s Le Mans Classic.

Alpine poised for LMP2 return for 2023 WEC season

Alpine has dropped the firmest hint yet that it will return to the LMP2 class for the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship season before it returns to the top division the following year with an all-new LMDh contender.

Toyota says Le Mans distance record now “impossible” to beat

Toyota says that it has given up on trying to beat the distance record at the Le Mans 24 Hours because the use of slow zones has made such a feat “impossible”.

Riley Ferrari lacked "oomph" to fight works GTE Pro cars

Riley Motorsports' privateer Ferrari lacked the "oomph" needed to seriously threaten the six works cars competing in the GTE Pro class in the Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend, admits team owner Bill Riley.

Peugeot 9X8 to complete two six-hour simulations before Monza WEC

Peugeot will undertake a minimum of two six-hour race simulations with its 9X8 FIA World Endurance Championship challenger at the final test prior to its debut at Monza in July. 

Estre, Christensen, Lietz re-unite at Spa 24 Hours in GPX Porsche

United Arab Emirates Porsche entrant GPX is re-forming the 2019 Spa 24 Hours-winning line-up of Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen and Richard Lietz for this year’s Belgian enduro.

Penske disappointed to miss podium on Le Mans 24 Hours return

Penske has admitted to disappointment with fifth in class on its modern debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours after challenging for a podium for much of the race.

Ogier may miss remainder of WEC season after Le Mans debut

Sebastien Ogier has revealed that he doesn’t plan to contest the remaining rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship season following his Le Mans 24 Hours debut.

Keating gets 2019 DQ redemption with "special" Am win

Ben Keating says his GTE Am class win in the Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend feels like redemption for the 2019 victory he lost due to a post-race disqualification.

Hartley: Third Le Mans win just as sweet as first with Porsche

Toyota driver Brendon Hartley has labelled his third Le Mans 24 Hours victory last weekend as just as special as his first back in 2017.

How dominant Toyotas put on a show to win Le Mans 2022

Toyota scored its fifth win on the trot at the Le Mans 24 Hours, but once again let its two cars battle it out. The #7 entry of Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa eventually defeated the rival #8 crew after an intense battle that was only decided by a minor technical problem for Jose Maria Lopez, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi

The "hectic moment" that threatened JOTA LMP2 Le Mans win

Antonio Felix da Costa has explained the "hectic moment" that risked the JOTA LMP2 team's dominant run to a first class victory since 2017 in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

How Formula E's double-duty drivers got on at Le Mans

Eight Formula E drivers made the 7,000-mile sprint from the streets of Jakarta to the fabled Circuit de la Sarthe and every one had a story to share at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. Despite a range of triumphs and disappointments, each driver doubling up on the day job played a key role in their teams' fortunes

Porsche's Bruni admits luck determined last Le Mans GTE Pro fight

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Gianmaria Bruni admits luck played its part in deciding the outcome of this year's GTE Pro battle in the French endurance class after misfortune befell early class leader Corvette, Ferrari and the #92 Porsche.

Sims: Corvette losing last GTE Pro Le Mans win "hard to swallow"

Corvette Racing’s Alexander Sims admits that losing the last-ever victory in the GTE Pro class at Le Mans 24 Hours following an incident with an LMP2 car is “difficult to swallow”.

Toyota praises Glickenhaus's Le Mans effort as "remarkable"

Toyota feels Glickenhaus did a “remarkable” job in only its second appearance at the Le Mans 24 Hours and was able to match its pace at times during the race.

Toyota's Hirakawa 'didn't sleep for a week' amid Le Mans pressure

Toyota's FIA World Endurance Championship rookie Ryo Hirakawa admits he didn't sleep properly for a week in the lead-up to his Le Mans 24 Hours victory with Sebastien Buemi and Brendon Hartley.

Misfiring engine hurt Glickenhaus's chances at Le Mans

Olivier Pla has revealed that the #708 Glickenhaus 007 LMH was severely hindered by a misfiring engine in the Le Mans 24 Hours, limiting the squad’s ability to keep up with the leading Toyotas.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota takes fifth straight win as rivals falter

Toyota secured its fifth consecutive victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours as the #8 crew of Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa came out on top in the 90th running of the La Sarthe classic.

Le Mans 24h, H20: Toyota closes on win, GTE Pro fight heats up

Toyota's #8 entry maintained a healthy lead heading into the final four hours of the Le Mans 24 Hours, while the battle for GTE Pro honours between Ferrari and Porsche heated up.

Corvette's Le Mans victory hopes destroyed in crash

Corvette Racing's hopes of scoring the final GTE Pro class win in the Le Mans 24 Hours were destroyed as Alexander Sims was side-swiped by an errant LMP2 car with just over six hours to go.

Rast on Turn 1 Le Mans clash: 'They all jumped the start'

Rene Rast has offered his version of the Turn 1 clash at the start of the Le Mans 24 Hours, saying his LMP2 class rivals jumped the start while he obeyed the rules.

Le Mans 24h, H16: Lead change after first Toyota drama

Toyota suffered technical dramas for the first time in the Le Mans 24 Hours just before two-thirds distance, with a brief stoppage for Jose Maria Lopez promoting the #8 car of Brendon Hartley into the lead.

The 2022 Le Mans 24 Hours as it happened

Live updates from the 90th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Le Mans 24h, H12: Slow zone breaks up raging Toyota duel

Toyota continued to dominate at the halfway mark of the Le Mans 24 Hours, as the pulsating duel between its cars was split up by circumstance.

Alpine calls early Le Mans gremlins "incredibly frustrating"

Alpine has described the technical gremlins that have all but ended its Le Mans 24 Hours victory challenge as "incredibly frustrating".

Le Mans 24h, H8: Toyotas swap places, disaster for Corvette

Toyota led at the eight-hour mark of the Le Mans 24 Hours, its cars swapping the lead on multiple occasions as each crew strived for the upper hand.