Gary Watkins
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Gary Watkins

London, UK

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.

Latest articles by Gary Watkins

Jean-Pierre Jabouille obituary: More than Renault's F1 trailblazer

Jean-Pierre Jabouille obituary: More than Renault's F1 trailblazer

Formula 1
Formula 1

Jean-Pierre Jabouille obituary Jean-Pierre Jabouille obituary: More than Renault's F1 trailblazer

Ex-Audi boss Gass joins JOTA to lead WEC Hypercar programme

Ex-Audi boss Gass joins JOTA to lead WEC Hypercar programme

WEC
WEC

Ex-Audi boss to head JOTA WEC team Ex-Audi boss Gass joins JOTA to lead WEC Hypercar programme

20 years on: Porsche’s 911 GT Daytona 24 Hours giant-killing relived

20 years on: Porsche’s 911 GT Daytona 24 Hours giant-killing relived

IMSA
IMSA

Porsche’s D24 giant-killing relived 20 years on: Porsche’s 911 GT Daytona 24 Hours giant-killing relived

BMW boss Rahal says finishing Rolex 24 was "almost like a win"

BMW boss Rahal says finishing Rolex 24 was "almost like a win"

IMSA
IMSA
Daytona 24 Hours

BMW: Finishing Daytona like a win BMW boss Rahal says finishing Rolex 24 was "almost like a win"

How MSR took Acura to the first win of sportscar racing's new era

How MSR took Acura to the first win of sportscar racing's new era

Prime IMSA
Prime
IMSA
Daytona 24 Hours

How MSR took Acura to Rolex 24 win How MSR took Acura to the first win of sportscar racing's new era

WEC assessing Sebring alternative for US round from 2024

WEC assessing Sebring alternative for US round from 2024

WEC
WEC
Sebring

WEC assessing Sebring alternative WEC assessing Sebring alternative for US round from 2024

Inside BMW's long-awaited prototype racing return

Inside BMW's long-awaited prototype racing return

Prime IMSA
Prime
IMSA
Daytona 24 Hours

Inside BMW's prototype racing return Inside BMW's long-awaited prototype racing return

JOTA retains da Costa and Stevens for Porsche 963 WEC programme

JOTA retains da Costa and Stevens for Porsche 963 WEC programme

WEC
WEC

JOTA retains da Costa and Stevens JOTA retains da Costa and Stevens for Porsche 963 WEC programme

Glickenhaus, Vanwall plan additional Le Mans 24 Hours entries

Glickenhaus, Vanwall plan additional Le Mans 24 Hours entries

Le Mans
Le Mans

Glickenhaus plans second LM24 entry Glickenhaus, Vanwall plan additional Le Mans 24 Hours entries

Spirit F1 owner and Le Mans-winning Bentley team boss John Wickham dies aged 73

Spirit F1 owner and Le Mans-winning Bentley team boss John Wickham dies aged 73

Formula 1
Formula 1

Sprirt owner Wickham dies aged 73 Spirit F1 owner and Le Mans-winning Bentley team boss John Wickham dies aged 73

Cadillac not put off by lukewarm F1 reaction to Andretti entry plans

Cadillac not put off by lukewarm F1 reaction to Andretti entry plans

Formula 1
Formula 1

Cadillac not put off by reaction Cadillac not put off by lukewarm F1 reaction to Andretti entry plans

MotoGP legend Rossi set to test BMW LMDh prototype

MotoGP legend Rossi set to test BMW LMDh prototype

WEC
WEC

Rossi set for BMW LMDh test MotoGP legend Rossi set to test BMW LMDh prototype

Isotta Fraschini aiming for Monza WEC debut after entry rejected

Isotta Fraschini aiming for Monza WEC debut after entry rejected

WEC
WEC

Isotta Fraschini targets Monza debut Isotta Fraschini aiming for Monza WEC debut after entry rejected

WEC reveals 2023 entry list, 13 cars in Hypercar class

WEC reveals 2023 entry list, 13 cars in Hypercar class

WEC
WEC

Entry list for 2023 revealed WEC reveals 2023 entry list, 13 cars in Hypercar class

Giovinazzi joins WEC as Ferrari names 2023 Hypercar drivers

Giovinazzi joins WEC as Ferrari names 2023 Hypercar drivers

WEC
WEC

Ferrari names LMH drivers for 2023 Giovinazzi joins WEC as Ferrari names 2023 Hypercar drivers

Why the WEC should make space for modern garagistes in 2023

Why the WEC should make space for modern garagistes in 2023

Prime WEC
Prime
WEC

Why modern garagistes belong in WEC Why the WEC should make space for modern garagistes in 2023

Haas F1 reserve Fittipaldi joins JOTA for WEC LMP2 campaign

Haas F1 reserve Fittipaldi joins JOTA for WEC LMP2 campaign

WEC
WEC

Fittipaldi joins JOTA's LMP2 team Haas F1 reserve Fittipaldi joins JOTA for WEC LMP2 campaign

Le Mans 24 Hours runner-up Michel Ferte dies aged 64

Le Mans 24 Hours runner-up Michel Ferte dies aged 64

Le Mans
Le Mans

LM24 runner-up Michel Ferte dies Le Mans 24 Hours runner-up Michel Ferte dies aged 64

Complexity of LMDh cars prompted WTR-Andretti IMSA tie-up

Complexity of LMDh cars prompted WTR-Andretti IMSA tie-up

IMSA
IMSA

WTR-Andretti deal could lead to LM24 Complexity of LMDh cars prompted WTR-Andretti IMSA tie-up

Isotta Fraschini partners with Vector Sport for WEC Hypercar bid

Isotta Fraschini partners with Vector Sport for WEC Hypercar bid

WEC
WEC

Isotta Fraschini reveals LMH partner Isotta Fraschini partners with Vector Sport for WEC Hypercar bid

The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right

The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right

Prime General
Prime
General

The stand-ins who got it right The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right

Isotta Fraschini close to finalising 2023 WEC plans

Isotta Fraschini close to finalising 2023 WEC plans

WEC
WEC

Isotta close to finalising WEC plans Isotta Fraschini close to finalising 2023 WEC plans

Valentino Rossi joins BMW factory driver line-up

Valentino Rossi joins BMW factory driver line-up

GT World Challenge Europe Endurance
GT World Challenge Europe Endurance

Rossi joins BMW factory line-up Valentino Rossi joins BMW factory driver line-up

Is Qatar the price motorsport fans have to pay?

Is Qatar the price motorsport fans have to pay?

Prime WEC
Prime
WEC

Is Qatar the price fans have to pay? Is Qatar the price motorsport fans have to pay?

Jani to leave Porsche works driver role after 963 LMDh snub

Jani to leave Porsche works driver role after 963 LMDh snub

WEC
WEC

Jani to leave Porsche works role Jani to leave Porsche works driver role after 963 LMDh snub

Porsche unveils driver line-ups for 2023 WEC and IMSA campaigns

Porsche unveils driver line-ups for 2023 WEC and IMSA campaigns

WEC
WEC

Porsche unveils '23 driver line-ups Porsche unveils driver line-ups for 2023 WEC and IMSA campaigns

Sebring could keep place on '24 WEC calendar alongside Qatar

Sebring could keep place on '24 WEC calendar alongside Qatar

WEC
WEC

Sebring could stay on WEC calendar Sebring could keep place on '24 WEC calendar alongside Qatar

Glickenhaus commits to 2023 WEC Hypercar programme

Glickenhaus commits to 2023 WEC Hypercar programme

WEC
WEC

Glickenhaus commits to Hypercar Glickenhaus commits to 2023 WEC Hypercar programme

Qatar to host WEC season-opening race in 2024

Qatar to host WEC season-opening race in 2024

WEC
WEC

Qatar to hold 2024 curtain-raiser Qatar to host WEC season-opening race in 2024

The lesser-remembered sportscar exploits of BMW's two-trick pony

The lesser-remembered sportscar exploits of BMW's two-trick pony

Prime Le Mans
Prime
Le Mans

Steve Soper's sportcar exploits The lesser-remembered sportscar exploits of BMW's two-trick pony

Le Mans 24 Hours to reserve 15 slots for LMP2 cars in 2024

Le Mans 24 Hours to reserve 15 slots for LMP2 cars in 2024

Le Mans
Le Mans
24 Hours of Le Mans Centenary Trophy unveil

Le Mans to reserve 2024 LMP2 slots Le Mans 24 Hours to reserve 15 slots for LMP2 cars in 2024

F1 world champion Villeneuve in frame for Vanwall WEC seat

F1 world champion Villeneuve in frame for Vanwall WEC seat

WEC
WEC

Villeneuve in frame for Vanwall WEC F1 world champion Villeneuve in frame for Vanwall WEC seat

LMP2 class set to be axed from WEC from 2024

LMP2 class set to be axed from WEC from 2024

WEC
WEC

LMP2 set to be axed from WEC in 2024 LMP2 class set to be axed from WEC from 2024

Grosjean joins Lamborghini ahead of 2024 LMDh drive

Grosjean joins Lamborghini ahead of 2024 LMDh drive

WEC
WEC

Grosjean joins Lamborghini LMDh Grosjean joins Lamborghini ahead of 2024 LMDh drive

How Toyota defeated Alpine for the 2022 WEC title

How Toyota defeated Alpine for the 2022 WEC title

Prime WEC
Prime
WEC

How Toyota defeated Alpine in 2022 How Toyota defeated Alpine for the 2022 WEC title

Villeneuve set to test Vanwall Le Mans Hypercar

Villeneuve set to test Vanwall Le Mans Hypercar

WEC
WEC

Villeneuve to test Vanwall Hypercar Villeneuve set to test Vanwall Le Mans Hypercar

The long road to convergence for sportscar racing's new golden age

The long road to convergence for sportscar racing's new golden age

Prime IMSA
Prime
IMSA

Sportscars long road to convergence The long road to convergence for sportscar racing's new golden age

Toyota announces unchanged driver line-up for 2023 WEC season

Toyota announces unchanged driver line-up for 2023 WEC season

WEC
WEC

Toyota retains all six WEC drivers Toyota announces unchanged driver line-up for 2023 WEC season

Peugeot to complete first 24-hour test with 9X8 before Christmas

Peugeot to complete first 24-hour test with 9X8 before Christmas

WEC
WEC

Peugeot to complete first 24H test Peugeot to complete first 24-hour test with 9X8 before Christmas

Alpine won't use F1 engine as basis for 2024 LMDh contender

Alpine won't use F1 engine as basis for 2024 LMDh contender

WEC
WEC

Alpine won't use F1 engine in LMDh Alpine won't use F1 engine as basis for 2024 LMDh contender

Peugeot "in the mix" now with WEC Hypercar after Bahrain finale

Peugeot "in the mix" now with WEC Hypercar after Bahrain finale

WEC
WEC

Peugeot feels "in the mix" now Peugeot "in the mix" now with WEC Hypercar after Bahrain finale

How hobbled Ferrari denied Porsche an era-ending WEC title

How hobbled Ferrari denied Porsche an era-ending WEC title

WEC
WEC
Bahrain

How hobbled Ferrari denied Porsche How hobbled Ferrari denied Porsche an era-ending WEC title

Tandy and Makowiecki complete Porsche LMDh driver line-up

Tandy and Makowiecki complete Porsche LMDh driver line-up

WEC
WEC

Tandy, Makowiecki join Porsche LMDh Tandy and Makowiecki complete Porsche LMDh driver line-up

Ferrari's Pier Guidi completed WEC finale using just fifth gear

Ferrari's Pier Guidi completed WEC finale using just fifth gear

WEC
WEC
Bahrain

Pier Guidi finished with fifth gear Ferrari's Pier Guidi completed WEC finale using just fifth gear

Ye joins JOTA Porsche LMDh squad for 2023 WEC season

Ye joins JOTA Porsche LMDh squad for 2023 WEC season

WEC
WEC

Ye joins JOTA Porsche team for 2023 Ye joins JOTA Porsche LMDh squad for 2023 WEC season

Bahrain WEC: Toyota on pole for title decider, Alpine only fifth

Bahrain WEC: Toyota on pole for title decider, Alpine only fifth

WEC
WEC
Bahrain

Toyota on pole, Alpine only fifth Bahrain WEC: Toyota on pole for title decider, Alpine only fifth

Porsche set to rule out customer 963 LMDh cars for Rolex 24

Porsche set to rule out customer 963 LMDh cars for Rolex 24

IMSA
IMSA

Porsche to delay customer 963 LMDh Porsche set to rule out customer 963 LMDh cars for Rolex 24

Bahrain WEC: Peugeot claims 1-2 to head FP1 over #7 Toyota

Bahrain WEC: Peugeot claims 1-2 to head FP1 over #7 Toyota

WEC
WEC
Bahrain

Peugeot claims 1-2 to head FP1 Bahrain WEC: Peugeot claims 1-2 to head FP1 over #7 Toyota

Prema unlikely to defend ELMS title, could run two WEC cars

Prema unlikely to defend ELMS title, could run two WEC cars

WEC
WEC

Prema unlikely to defend ELMS title Prema unlikely to defend ELMS title, could run two WEC cars

Toyota rules out all-new Hypercar for 2023 WEC season

Toyota rules out all-new Hypercar for 2023 WEC season

WEC
WEC

Toyota rules out all-new Hypercar Toyota rules out all-new Hypercar for 2023 WEC season

Five drivers in running for Meyer Shank IMSA ride

Five drivers in running for Meyer Shank IMSA ride

IMSA
IMSA

Five contenders for Meyer Shank spot Five drivers in running for Meyer Shank IMSA ride

Peugeot gets performance break for Bahrain WEC finale

Peugeot gets performance break for Bahrain WEC finale

WEC
WEC
Bahrain

Peugeot gets BoP break for Bahrain Peugeot gets performance break for Bahrain WEC finale

Why Ferrari's long-awaited prototype return is a milestone moment

Why Ferrari's long-awaited prototype return is a milestone moment

WEC
WEC
Ferrari Hypercar unveil

Why Ferrari's LMDh is a milestone Why Ferrari's long-awaited prototype return is a milestone moment

Jarvis won't defend IMSA crown in 2023

Jarvis won't defend IMSA crown in 2023

IMSA
IMSA

Jarvis won't defend IMSA crown Jarvis won't defend IMSA crown in 2023

How Ferrari's new Le Mans contender is a statement of philosophy

How Ferrari's new Le Mans contender is a statement of philosophy

WEC
WEC
Ferrari Hypercar unveil

Analysis: The new Ferrari hypercar How Ferrari's new Le Mans contender is a statement of philosophy

Ferrari testing with two 499P WEC hypercars from early stage

Ferrari testing with two 499P WEC hypercars from early stage

WEC
WEC
Ferrari Hypercar unveil

Ferrari testing with two LMH cars Ferrari testing with two 499P WEC hypercars from early stage

Ferrari unveils 499P Le Mans Hypercar in full race livery

Ferrari unveils 499P Le Mans Hypercar in full race livery

WEC
WEC
Ferrari Hypercar unveil

Ferrari unveils Le Mans Hypercar Ferrari unveils 499P Le Mans Hypercar in full race livery

How the returning motorsport ‘Olympics’ is aiming to make its mark

How the returning motorsport ‘Olympics’ is aiming to make its mark

General
General

The return of motorsport ‘Olympics’ How the returning motorsport ‘Olympics’ is aiming to make its mark

Ex-F1 driver Wehrlein emerges as Porsche LMDh contender after test

Ex-F1 driver Wehrlein emerges as Porsche LMDh contender after test

WEC
WEC

Wehrlein a Porsche LMDh contender Ex-F1 driver Wehrlein emerges as Porsche LMDh contender after test

ARTA to join forces with Mugen for 2023 SUPER GT season

ARTA to join forces with Mugen for 2023 SUPER GT season

Super GT
Super GT

ARTA set for 2023 Mugen tie-up ARTA to join forces with Mugen for 2023 SUPER GT season