IMSA News

Porsche tests second 963 LMDh car
Albuquerque/Taylor win Road America
Albuquerque on pole, Bourdais shunts
IMSA reveals 2023 IWTSCC schedule
Ganassi Cadillac 1-2 in Road America

Porsche Penske Motorsport has begun testing a second example of the 963 LMDh contender as its ramps up preparation for its twin programmes in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2023.

Wayne Taylor Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor won Sunday’s rain-impacted IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at Road America, as title rival Oliver Jarvis crashed his similar Acura in the closing laps of the race and lost the points lead.

Wayne Taylor Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque took pole position for Sunday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at Road America for Acura in a red-flagged qualifying, while Lexus took GTD pole thanks to Jack Hawksworth.

IMSA has revealed an 11-race schedule for 2023, and while Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course has been confirmed as the penultimate race of the season, Mid-Ohio and Detroit have lost their dates.

Alex Lynn and Sebastien Bourdais sent Chip Ganassi Racing’s Cadillac DPi V-Rs to the top of the times in Practice 2 for Sunday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at Road America.

Road America IMSA: Taylor tops first practice in WTR Acura

Ricky Taylor was fastest driver in the 90min IMSA opening practice at Road America while Lamborghinis went 1-2 in the GTD class.

Bourdais says 2023 Cadillac LMDh “already in the window”

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais says the Cadillac for the next-gen IMSA/WEC GTP/LMDh regulations has “hit the ground running” and is less raw than Peugeots he drove in their development phases.

IMSA champion Derani says 2022 results are a “reality check”

Action Express Racing’s Pipo Derani says the team’s failure to defend its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship title proves you “can’t have any weak link in the team.”

Porsche unveils latest generation 911 GT3 car

Porsche has focused on drivability with the new GT3 contender it unveiled ahead of this weekend’s Spa 24 Hours.

IMSA will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2023

For the first time since 2014, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be back at the Racing Capital of the World in September 2023, with a 2hr40min “IMSA Battle on the Bricks”

Ferrari launches 296 GT3 car inspired by F1 technology

Ferrari has created a modular racing car that takes lessons from the Italian manufacturer’s Formula 1 team with its new 296 GT3, which was given an official launch on Friday.

BMW announces 2024 WEC programme, begins LMDh testing

BMW has announced that it will return to the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2024 after shaking down its LMDh contender in Italy on Monday.

Lamborghini names Bortolotti and Caldarelli as first LMDh drivers

Lamborghini has named Mirko Bortolotti and Andrea Caldarelli as the first drivers for its LMDh prototype due to start racing in 2024.

Acura completes first full test with 2023 ARX-06 LMDh car

Acura has completed a two-day test with the ARX-06 LMDh car at Magny-Cours as it steps up its preparation for the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

Lime Rock IMSA: Campbell/Jaminet win for Porsche amid late drama

Matt Campbell and Mathieu Jaminet won the GT-only IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at Lime Rock Park on Saturday in their Pfaff Motorsports-run Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Sims' FE exit motivated by desire to return to endurance racing

Alexander Sims' decision to quit Formula E at the end of 2021-22 was motivated by a desire to return to endurance racing, where he feels more at home.

Acura ARX-06 LMDh car completes first run in France

The new Acura ARX-06 LMDh car has been shaken down for the first time ahead of its debut in the new GTP class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2023.

Lime Rock IMSA: Pfaff Porsche and VS Lexus take poles

Matt Campbell scored his first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD Pro pole to claim Pfaff Porsche’s third P1 start of the season, while Frankie Montecalvo claimed GTD pole in the GT-only event.

Lime Rock IMSA: Campbell tops FP2 for Porsche by 0.051s

Porsche star Matt Campbell set the fastest time in second practice for the GTD-only IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at Lime Rock Park.

Lime Rock IMSA: Edwards puts BMW on top in FP1

John Edwards set the fastest time in opening practice for the GTD-only IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at Lime Rock Park for BMW.

BMW LMDh prototype engine based on old DTM V8 unit

BMW has revealed that the engine in its new LMDh prototype for next year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is based on the V8 from its 2017-18 DTM contender in turbocharged form.

The British pair at the heart of Lexus's sportscar push Prime

The British pair at the heart of Lexus's sportscar push

Have you heard the one about two British guys driving for a Japanese manufacturer in America’s top sportscar series? Time to sit down and talk with Jack Hawksworth and Ben Barnicoat about racing across the pond… and your accent being mistaken for Australian!

Why Peugeot couldn't afford to take a Le Mans gamble in 2022 Prime

Why Peugeot couldn't afford to take a Le Mans gamble in 2022

Ahead of the much-anticipated arrival of its new 9X8 Hypercar, Peugeot revealed that it would not be entering this year's Le Mans 24 Hours with its incoming machinery. Although development restrictions for homologated cars are partially responsible, the French marque can draw on its own lessons from its history in sportscars

Why the GTP name undermines convergence between IMSA and WEC Prime

Why the GTP name undermines convergence between IMSA and WEC

OPINION: The adoption by IMSA of the GTP name for its forthcoming LMDh versus Le Mans Hypercar era in 2023 appeals to fans of nostalgia - but it undermines the commonality achieved by bringing its rulebook into line with the WEC. GTP or Hypercar, both sides should settle on a single name

Celebrating the weird and wonderful monsters of sportscar racing Prime

Celebrating the weird and wonderful monsters of sportscar racing

Few disciplines of motorsport offer better possibilities to build a colossus of the track than sportscars. For Autosport's recent Monsters of Motorsport special issue, we picked out some of the finest (and not so fine) that have graced sportscar classics including Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring