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Gary Watkins

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Gary Watkins has, for reasons best known to himself, devoted all his working life to covering sportscar racing. This season is his 32nd as a motorsport journalist, during which time he has reported on major long-distance events on four continents and approaching 75 24-hour races. He reckons a degree in political philosophy makes him well qualified for covering the sometimes Machiavellian world of international sportscars.

Gary, who also writes for Autoweek, Motor Sport, Autocourse, RACER and others, lives in Surbiton but spends more time on the road than at home for most of the year.

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Rossi expects to continue in 2023 GT World Challenge Europe

Bike legend Valentino Rossi expects to continue in the GT World Challenge Europe next year for a second full season of car racing after ending his two-wheel career.

WRT and Audi to part ways at the end of 2022

The Belgian WRT squad will end its partnership with Audi in the GT3 arena after 13 seasons at the end of this year.

Spa 24 Hours: Mercedes takes first win since 2013

Mercedes claimed a first Spa 24 Hours victory since 2013 as the French Auto Sport Promotion team finally broke its duck in the Belgian enduro.

Spa 24 Hours: Lamborghini loses pole for engine infringement

Lamborghini has lost pole position for this weekend’s Spa 24 Hours for an engine infringement.

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.

Gulf 12 Hours replaces Kyalami as 2022 IGTC finale

The Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi has replaced Kyalami as the final round of this year’s Intercontinental GT Challenge.

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.

Spa 24 Hours: Iron Lynx takes 1-2 in first qualifying 24 Hours of Spa
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Spa 24 Hours: Iron Lynx takes 1-2 in first qualifying

The Iron Lynx Ferrari team began its bid to repeat its 2022 Spa 24 Hours victory by locking out the first two positions during first qualifying on Thursday evening.

Peugeot planning more testing with 9X8 LMH before Fuji WEC

Peugeot is planning to test at least once more with its 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar prior to the next round of the World Endurance Championship at Fuji in September. 

Maserati to return to sportscar racing with new GT2 challenger

Maserati will return to sportscar racing with a new GT2 contender developed out of its mid-engined MC20 road car.

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.

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.

Why romanticism isn't the key factor in Lola’s racing return Prime

Why romanticism isn't the key factor in Lola’s racing return

The iconic Lola name is being relaunched after it was taken over by new ownership. Part of that reboot is a planned return to racing, though the exact details of this are still to be finalised - though its new owner does have a desire to bring the brand back to the Le Mans 24 Hours. But romanticism doesn't appear to be the driving force behind this renewed project...

Peugeot open to supplying customer 9X8 Le Mans Hypercars

Peugeot has opened the door on the supply of customer 9X8 Le Mans Hypercars in the FIA World Endurance Championship in the future.

WEC plans extra European race before Le Mans on 2023 calendar

The additional race planned for next year’s FIA World Endurance Championship calendar will take place in Europe before the Le Mans 24 Hours in June.

Cadillac close to finalising drivers for 2023 WEC, IMSA programmes

Cadillac is close to finalising the driver line-up for its twin assaults on the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with its new LMDh prototype.

Peugeot happy to prove speed of new hypercar on Monza WEC debut

Peugeot believes it proved the pace of its new 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar over the closing stages of its debut in last weekend’s Monza round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

How Glickenhaus implosion helped Alpine to Monza WEC glory

Peugeot stole the headlines ahead of its FIA World Endurance Championship bow at Monza with the futuristic 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar, but it was Glickenhaus that stole the show in Italy - at least, until an engine failure set up a Toyota versus Alpine showdown. The Signatech-run machine emerged victorious, after a clash, to extend its crew's championship lead.

Glickenhaus convinced Monza win was still on despite penalty Monza
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Glickenhaus convinced Monza win was still on despite penalty

Glickenhaus believes it would have been able to come back from a penalty in Sunday’s Monza FIA World Endurance Championship round to challenge for victory but for its dramatic turbo failure. 

Toyota: Glickenhaus's rivals may have no chance in Monza WEC

Toyota believes Glickenhaus’s rivals will have no chance in Sunday’s Monza round of the FIA World Endurance Championship if the American manufacturer can convert its qualifying speed into consistent race pace.

Monza WEC: Glickenhaus takes pole, trouble for Peugeot Monza
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Monza WEC: Glickenhaus takes pole, trouble for Peugeot

Glickenhaus Racing secured pole position for this weekend's Monza FIA World Endurance Championship round in a qualifying session shortened by an issue for one of the brand-new Peugeot Le Mans Hypercars.

Monza WEC: Glickenhaus fastest in FP3, Peugeot close behind

Glickenhaus returned to the top of the times in final free practice ahead of qualifying for this weekend’s Monza round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, with Peugeot taking second and third.

Habsburg plans first fan-owned sportscar team in WEC

Le Mans 24 Hours class winner Ferdinand Habsburg has launched plans for what he is calling the first fan-owned and run sportscar team for next year’s FIA World Endurance Championship.

Monza WEC: Glickenhaus leads Alpine, Peugeot in first practice Monza
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Monza WEC: Glickenhaus leads Alpine, Peugeot in first practice

Glickenhaus ended up fastest in opening practice for this weekend’s FIA Monza World Endurance Championship round as the debuting Peugeot Le Mans Hypercar got within a second of the pace.

Ferrari to pick WEC Hypercar drivers from its GT roster
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Ferrari to pick WEC Hypercar drivers from its GT roster

Ferrari is aiming to pick the drivers for its Hypercar squad in next year’s FIA World Endurance Championship from its existing GT roster.

Porsche's Lietz to miss Monza due to COVID, Makowiecki steps in

Le Mans 24 Hours class winner Richard Lietz will miss this weekend’s round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Monza after testing positive for COVID. 

Ferrari WEC hypercar breaks cover at Fiorano test circuit

Ferrari’s new Le Mans Hypercar has run for the first time at the Italian manufacturer’s Fiorano test track.

WEC sets first Peugeot BoP for Monza debut

Peugeot’s new Le Mans Hypercar will be able to deploy hybrid power at a speed 40km/h lower than Toyota on its FIA World Endurance Championship debut at Monza this weekend.

Le Mans podium finisher and broadcaster Alain de Cadenet dies aged 76

Le Mans 24 Hours privateer and constructor Alain de Cadenet has died aged 76 after a long battle with illness.

JOTA confident of challenging factory Porsche with customer LMDh

The JOTA team is confident it can challenge the Penske factory Porsches when it goes up against them with its customer 963 in the FIA World Endurance Championship next season.

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.

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 FIA World Endurance Championship finale based on the results of testing through the summer.

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. 

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.

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.

Lola to relaunch under new ownership, targets racing return

The British Lola marque is being relaunched under new ownership and could be back on the grid inside two years.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Glickenhaus "on a par" with Toyota in race trim at Le Mans

Glickenhaus is confident it can match rivals Toyota and Alpine on race pace during during this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours after trailing them in qualifying. 

WEC explains motivation behind 'GT3 Premium' to replace GTE

FIA World Endurance Championship organisers have explained the motivation behind the introduction of 'GT3 Premium' cars with bespoke bodywork instead of regular GT3 machinery in the series in 2024.

Alpine gets power reduction in late Le Mans BoP change

Alpine's grandfathered LMP1 car has received a fresh Balance of Performance hit ahead of this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours. 

Ferrari teases first image of new Le Mans challenger

Ferrari has teased an image of the new Le Mans Hypercar with which it will make a first bid for outright victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 50 years.

Next-gen 2025 LMP2 prototypes to have performance balanced

The next-generation of LMP2 prototypes due for introduction in 2025 will be balanced to ensure that all four licensed constructors in the class have a chance to win.

"No concerns" about Ogier as Toyota evaluates third Le Mans car

Toyota says it has no concerns about the pace of rally legend Sebastien Ogier as it evaluates running him in a third car at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

TDS Racing driver banned following Le Mans practice shunts

TDS Racing LMP2 driver Philippe Cimadomo has been excluded from this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours as a result of three incidents during free practice.

Hartley thrilled to beat "Mr Qualifying" Kobayashi to pole

Beating Kamui Kobayashi made taking pole position for the Le Mans 24 Hours extra special for Brendon Hartley because his Toyota teammate is “Mr Qualifying” at the French enduro.

Cadillac plans multiple cars for Le Mans, one-car attack for WEC

Cadillac is aiming to field multiple entries at the Le Mans 24 Hours next year around a one-car assault on the FIA World Endurance Championship with its new LMDh prototype.

When the moribund GTE Pro class stole the show at Le Mans Prime

When the moribund GTE Pro class stole the show at Le Mans

As the GT class faces a time of transition, it’s a good time to recall the greatest hits of the GTE Pro years that pitched manufacturers and top drivers into the tightest of duels.

Cadillac reveals 2023 LMDh racer for WEC and IMSA programmes

Cadillac has revealed the first photographs and technical details of its 2023 LMDh prototype under the working name Project GTP Hypercar.

The great Le Mans garagistes that challenged factory might

Glickenhaus is the latest in a line of small-time constructors to take on the big names. Here are some of the finest in the history of the Le Mans 24 Hours

Single-seaters "no longer a priority" for Williams F1 reserve Aitken

Williams Formula 1 reserve driver Jack Aitken says he is willing to turn his back on single-seaters in order to focus on sportscar racing ahead of his debut in Le Mans 24 Hours.

Ogier: Decision imminent on third Toyota Hypercar for 2023 Le Mans

Rally legend Sebastien Ogier believes a decision on him joining Toyota to race a third car at the Le Mans 24 Hours next year is imminent.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota edges Glickenhaus in first qualifying

Kamui Kobayashi put Toyota at the head of the order in a rain-hit first qualifying session for the Le Mans 24 Hours on Wednesday evening, leading the two Glickenhaus entries.