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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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Jordan 191 set to feature in new Masters F1 demos

A Jordan-Cosworth 191 is set to be among the Formula 1 cars at Donington Park next month for the first of a new series of demos from Masters Historic Racing.

Spa opens revised WEC calendar, Portimao moved to June

The 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship will kick off at Spa in May after the postponement of next month's scheduled series opener at Portimao to June.

Le Mans 24 Hours postpones 2021 edition until August

The Le Mans 24 Hours will be postponed from its usual June slot for a second year in a row owing to the global health crisis, and will now take place in August.

Glickenhaus satisfied with maiden hypercar test

The new Glickenhaus Le Mans Hypercar completed more than 100 laps on its maiden test over two days at the Vallelunga circuit in Italy this week.

WRT reveals full driver line-up for debut WEC season

Former DTM racer Ferdinand Habsburg will remain with the WRT squad for its maiden FIA World Endurance Championship campaign in 2021.

Corvette to contest WEC opener, Glickenhaus sits out

Chevrolet will contest the opening round of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season at the Portimao circuit in Portugal with its mid-engined Corvette C8.R.

Why Ferrari is ending its 50-year top-flight sportscar racing exile Prime

Why Ferrari is ending its 50-year top-flight sportscar racing exile

Making a return to top-flight sportscar racing after 50 years away, Ferrari will enter the Le Mans Hypercar ranks in 2023. The Italian marque denies the link with Formula 1's new cost cap that frees up resources, but it's certainly no coincidence...

Gordon Murray names new £3.1m T.50 track-day supercar after Niki Lauda
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Gordon Murray names new £3.1m T.50 track-day supercar after Niki Lauda

Legendary Formula 1 design legend Gordon Murray has named the new track-day version of his forthcoming T.50 supercar in honour of three-time world champion Niki Lauda.

Lotus unveils electric prototype with fighter jet-inspired aero

British sportscar maker Lotus has unveiled a design study for an electric endurance racer of the year 2030 that incorporates active aerodynamics inspired by a jet fighter.

Champion returns with Dumas to contest Pikes Peak

The Le Mans 24 Hours-winning Champion team will return to motorsport after an absence of 12 seasons at this year's Pikes Peak hillclimb with course record holder Romain Dumas.

Dumbreck steps down from Falken's Nurburgring 24h line-up

DTM race winner Peter Dumbreck is standing down from the Falken Motorsports team's Nurburgring 24 Hours line-up after 14 consecutive appearances in the German enduro.

Three teams set to run Mercedes cars in DTM

Mercedes is set to be represented by a minimum of three teams on its return to the DTM following the championship's switch to GT3 rules for the 2021 season

Peugeot WEC signing Magnussen rules out Haas substitute role

New Peugeot FIA World Endurance Championship signing Kevin Magnussen has ruled out returning to Formula 1 with Haas if asked to substitute for one of its new drivers in 2021.

Toyota "back on track" with hypercar test plan

Toyota is "back on track" to achieve the target test mileage with its new Le Mans Hypercar ahead of the start of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

Duval has "unfinished job" with Peugeot at Le Mans

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Loic Duval says he will have "unfinished job" when he returns to the wheel of a Peugeot prototype in the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

Magnussen, di Resta land 2022 Peugeot WEC drives

Ex-Formula 1 drivers Kevin Magnussen, Paul di Resta and Jean-Eric Vergne will race Peugeot's new Le Mans Hypercar in the World Endurance Championship in 2022. 

GreenGT to supply 2024 Le Mans Hydrogen class with powertrains

The Swiss-based GreenGT organisation will produce the electric powertrains for the new class of hydrogen-powered prototypes set for introduction at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2024.

Mazda lost Rolex 24 victory shot with rear wing issue Daytona 24
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Mazda lost Rolex 24 victory shot with rear wing issue

Mazda lost a shot at victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona with a rear wing issue that robbed its solo entry of downforce in the closing stages. 

Packed Rolex 24 grid gives race "a survival feel" - Cameron

Former IMSA SportsCar Championship title winner Dane Cameron is predicting this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona season opener will be a "wild one". 

Ganassi considering LMDh, outright Le Mans victory

Chip Ganassi Racing has ambitions to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours and bid for outright victory when the new LMDh category comes on stream. 

Nine things to watch at the 2021 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona Daytona 24 Prime
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Nine things to watch at the 2021 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona

After a 100-minute sprint race to whet the appetite, the 2021 IMSA SportsCar Championship gets underway properly this weekend. With plenty of significant changes during the winter, here are the key points you need to keep an eye on

Glickenhaus unveils full driver line-up for Hypercar debut

Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Romain Dumas will race for the new Glickenhaus Le Mans Hypercar squad in the FIA World Endurance Championship this season. 

Smith returns to Sebring with United Autosports

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Guy Smith will return to the Sebring 12 Hours for the first time since 2013 with the United Autosports squad in March. 

Tincknell: Off-season stability may be key to Mazda win

Mazda driver Harry Tincknell believes that the Japanese marque is "in a strong place" in its bid for a first win in the Rolex 24 at Daytona this weekend.

Kubica aiming for longterm LMP2 future, will not race DTM

Formula 1 test and reserve driver Robert Kubica has ruled out remaining in the DTM and is instead targeting a full-time move into the LMP2 prototype class.

Oliver Gavin's Corvette Racing highlights Prime

Oliver Gavin's Corvette Racing highlights

Oliver Gavin has stepped down from the full-time Corvette Racing line-up after a stellar career with the team spanning nearly 20 years. He looks back on a stint that encompassed, among other successes, five Le Mans 24 Hours victories.

Alpine confirms driver line-up for WEC LMP1 effort

Former Toyota factory driver Nicolas Lapierre will return to the top class of the FIA World Endurance Championship with Alpine in 2021.

Red Bull, Oreca to supply chassis for Le Mans' hydrogen class

Red Bull Advanced Technologies will partner with French constructor Oreca to produce the chassis for the new hydrogen class set for introduction at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2024. 

How Tandy joined an exclusive club of endurance legends Prime
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How Tandy joined an exclusive club of endurance legends

Victory at last year's Spa 24 Hours meant Nick Tandy had completed the unofficial sextuple crown of the world's six biggest endurance races, becoming the first Briton to do so. Ahead of his fresh start with Corvette Racing, he explains how he did it…

The ground-up refresh behind Toyota's new Le Mans challenger Prime
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The ground-up refresh behind Toyota's new Le Mans challenger

Toyota's new GR010 contender for the World Endurance Championship's Hypercar era has little in common with the LMP1 TS050 that preceded it. But within the confines of the scaled back new rules, its latest challenger will be no less formidable a prospect

WEC cancels Sebring opener, Portimao named as replacement

The scheduled opening round of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship at Sebring set for March has been replaced by a new fixture at the Algarve circuit in April.  

ByKolles Le Mans Hypercar unlikely to race this year
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ByKolles Le Mans Hypercar unlikely to race this year

FIA World Endurance Championship stalwart ByKolles looks unlikely to race in the series this year, despite being on the verge of testing its new Le Mans Hypercar.

WEC reveals 2021 entry, Glickenhaus names first drivers
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WEC reveals 2021 entry, Glickenhaus names first drivers

Glickenhaus has named Ryan Briscoe and Gustavo Menezes as drivers for its two Le Mans Hypercars on the expanded 33-car entry list for the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

Doubts grow over viability of WEC's Sebring opener

Toyota has expressed doubts that the opening round of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship scheduled for Sebring will go ahead in the face of the escalating COVID-19 pandemic.

Toyota officially launches GR010 hypercar in livery
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Toyota officially launches GR010 hypercar in livery

Toyota has revealed that its Le Mans Hypercar is powered by an all-new twin-turbo V6 engine on the official launch of its latest FIA World Endurance Championship contender.

Albon set to race Ferrari as part of Red Bull DTM programme

Alex Albon and Liam Lawson are set to race Ferrari 488 GT3s in the DTM as part of Red Bull’s return to the category, Motorsport.com has learned.

Toyota reveals first pictures of new Le Mans hypercar

Toyota has released the first pictures of its new Le Mans Hypercar and a name for its latest FIA World Endurance Championship challenger. 

Glickenhaus joins forces with Joest Racing for WEC debut

Multiple Le Mans 24 Hours winner Joest Racing has been brought in by niche manufacturer Glickenhaus to bolster its maiden FIA World Endurance Championship assault in 2021.

ACO announces successor to outgoing WEC CEO Neveu

Frederic Lequien has been announced as the new boss of the FIA World Endurance Championship in place of Gerard Neveu.

Castroneves, Brundle, van der Zande join Inter Europol

Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves will make his FIA World Endurance Championship debut at Sebring in March with the Inter Europol prototype squad.

Two-time Daytona 24 Hours winner John Paul Jr dies

Two-time Daytona 24 Hours victor John Paul Jr, who was also a race winner in CART and IndyCar, has died aged 60 after a long battle with a neurological condition.

The cherished curios kept by motorsport's professionals at home Prime

The cherished curios kept by motorsport's professionals at home

Keeping trophies and momentos of key triumphs is par for the course for motorsport professionals, but what are the most cherished souvenirs picked up by the drivers and engineers who have seen and done it all?

Aston Martin axes factory WEC GTE Pro programme
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Aston Martin axes factory WEC GTE Pro programme

Aston Martin has axed its GTE Pro programme and will not defend its FIA World Endurance Championship drivers' and manufacturers' titles or its Le Mans 24 Hours crown in 2021.

Lopez impressed by “complex” Toyota Le Mans Hypercar reliability

The reliability of Toyota's new Le Mans Hypercar has impressed FIA World Endurance Championship title winner Jose Maria Lopez across its first two tests.

Lexus ends factory support for European GT3 programme

Toyota brand Lexus has ended factory support of its racing program with the RC F GT3 contender in Europe. 

Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan steps down after 25 years

Long-time Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan is standing down after 22 seasons at the helm of the ultra-successful Chevrolet GT squad. 

The Porsche icon that forged sportscar racing's greatest era Prime
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The Porsche icon that forged sportscar racing's greatest era

Porsche is returning to the top class of Le Mans with an LMDh prototype that it hopes will write its next successful chapter in sportscar racing. But it will have to go some to emulate its 956/962, a car which defines the Group C age more than any other.

Porsche hopes sportscars will enter new golden era with LMDh

Porsche believes that sportscar racing could be heading into a new golden era with levels of manufacturer participation in the top class rivalling that of the 1980s and early '90s.

Porsche LMDh prototype set for Le Mans, WEC, IMSA in 2023
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Porsche LMDh prototype set for Le Mans, WEC, IMSA in 2023

Porsche will return to the Le Mans 24 Hours with an LMDh prototype in 2023 as part of a dual assault on the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Catsburg went off “at least four times” on way to IGTC title
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Catsburg went off “at least four times” on way to IGTC title

New Intercontinental GT Challenge champion Nicky Catsburg has revealed that he went off track multiple times under full-course yellow conditions on the way to victory in Saturday's Kyalami finale.

Peugeot: Reliability will dictate when Hypercar will race
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Peugeot: Reliability will dictate when Hypercar will race

Peugeot has suggested that the reliability of its new Le Mans Hypercar in testing will dictate when during the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season it will make its race debut.

Peugeot reveals powertrain details for 2022 Hypercar
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Peugeot reveals powertrain details for 2022 Hypercar

The new Le Mans Hypercar with which Peugeot will enter the World Endurance Championship in 2022 will be powered by a 2.6-litre V6 twin-turbocharged engine. 

Porsche reveals 2021 911 GT3 Supercup car

Porsche has taken the wraps of its latest Supercup contender that will come on stream in next season's Formula 1 support championship and selected regional one-make series around the world.

Kyalami 9 Hour: Farfus, Catsburg snatch IGTC title for BMW
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Kyalami 9 Hour: Farfus, Catsburg snatch IGTC title for BMW

BMW drivers Augusto Farfus and Nicky Catsburg snatched the Intercontinental GT Challenge title with victory in the Kyalami 9 Hour together with Sheldon van der Linde.

Jani replaces Christensen in Porsche's WEC stable

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Neel Jani will join Porsche's works GTE Pro team for the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

Albuquerque keen to defend WEC title alongside IMSA drive

FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 title winner Filipe Albuquerque wants to defend his crown in 2021, despite his new Acura IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship drive taking priority.

How Tom Kristensen forged his ‘Mr Le Mans’ legend Prime
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How Tom Kristensen forged his ‘Mr Le Mans’ legend

He is synonymous with success at the Circuit de la Sarthe, but Tom Kristensen's sportscar legacy amounts to much more than his record-breaking nine Le Mans wins, as the most successful driver ever at Sebring and a world champion to boot…

The tiny increments that decided the final LMP1-era WEC Prime

The tiny increments that decided the final LMP1-era WEC

The system of success handicaps devised by the FIA World Endurance Championship to level the LMP1 playing field in the category's swansong season ended up having a counterproductive effect, as COVID cancellations also played in the champions' favour.

BMW ends partnership with RBM

The Belgian RBM team that guided Andy Priaulx to a hat-trick of World Touring Car Championship titles has been released by BMW for next season. 

BMW ends its relationship with Schnitzer team

BMW will end its relationship with the Le Mans 24 Hours-winning Schnitzer Motorsport squad after more than 50 years.