Gary Watkins
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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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Pittard becomes Aston Martin factory GT driver

Nurburgring Endurance Series title winner David Pittard has become an Aston Martin Racing factory driver for 2022.

Sorensen to make WEC GTE return with TF Sport

Two-time FIA World Endurance Championship class title winner Marco Sorensen will make a full-time return to the series in 2022 with the TF Sport Aston Martin team.

Peugeot 9X8 Hypercar track tests begin without rear wing

Track testing of the new Peugeot 9X8 FIA World Endurance Championship contender has started without a rear wing.

New Porsche LMDh prototype for WEC & IMSA makes test debut
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New Porsche LMDh prototype for WEC & IMSA makes test debut

The new Porsche LMDh prototype that will join the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2023 has hit the track for the first time.

When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push Prime

When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push

There was an ace up the sleeve during the 1983 F1 title-winning season of Nelson Piquet and Brabham. It made a frontrunning car invincible for the last three races to see off Renault's Alain Prost and secure the combination's second world title in three years

WEC confident Sebring opener will go ahead despite COVID concerns
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WEC confident Sebring opener will go ahead despite COVID concerns

The FIA World Endurance Championship has no concerns that the opening round of this year's series at Sebring in March will have to be postponed or cancelled.

Peugeot must race at Sebring or Spa for Le Mans 24 Hours entry
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Peugeot must race at Sebring or Spa for Le Mans 24 Hours entry

Peugeot will have to contest at least one prior round of the FIA World Endurance Championship if it wants to enter the blue riband Le Mans 24 Hours in June.

WEC rejects ByKolles Le Mans Hypercar entry for 2022
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WEC rejects ByKolles Le Mans Hypercar entry for 2022

The FIA World Endurance Championship has revealed it turned down an entry from the ByKolles team with a new Le Mans Hypercar for this year's series.

Penske LMP2 headlines record 39-car entry in 2022 WEC

US racing powerhouse Team Penske will compete full time in the FIA World Endurance Championship's LMP2 class this season as part of a record 39-car entry for the series.

Ex-F1 driver Gutierrez joins Inter Europol for 2022 WEC campaign

Ex-Formula 1 driver Esteban Gutierrez will move into sportscar racing in 2022 for an attack on the World Endurance Championship with the Polish Inter Europol squad.

WRT reveals first drivers for expanded 2022 WEC LMP2 programme
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WRT reveals first drivers for expanded 2022 WEC LMP2 programme

Reigning FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 title-winning team WRT has revealed the first drivers for its expanded two-car assault on the series in 2022.

Ex-F1 driver Bourdais to contest full WEC campaign for first time
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Ex-F1 driver Bourdais to contest full WEC campaign for first time

Ex-Formula 1 driver Sebastien Bourdais is set to contest a full season in the FIA World Endurance Championship for the first time after joining the new British Vector Sport team for 2022.

Gelael switches to WRT LMP2 team for 2022 WEC season

FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 runners-up Stoffel Vandoorne, Tom Blomqvist and Sean Gelael are set to switch from JOTA to the title-winning WRT squad for the new season.

KCMG set for Rolex 24 debut with Porsche factory support
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KCMG set for Rolex 24 debut with Porsche factory support

The Le Mans-winning KCMG team will make its Rolex 24 at Daytona debut this month with a factory-supported Porsche in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's new GT Daytona Pro class.

The racing comeback artists who resurrected long-dormant careers Prime

The racing comeback artists who resurrected long-dormant careers

Making it in motorsport can be tough, and sometimes drivers move elsewhere before their best chance arrives. Here are some of those who made it back

Garage 59 returns to McLaren for 2022 GT3 campaigns

Former McLaren factory team Garage 59 will switch back to the British manufacturer for its 2022 GT3 programmes after three seasons running Aston Martins.

Ex-F1 driver Nasr heads Porsche's LMDh charge for 2023
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Ex-F1 driver Nasr heads Porsche's LMDh charge for 2023

Ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr and American Dane Cameron have been announced as the first drivers for Porsche's new LMDh contender due to begin racing in 2023.

Jani re-signs for Porsche, won't be part of its WEC GTE Pro team
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Jani re-signs for Porsche, won't be part of its WEC GTE Pro team

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Neel Jani has renewed his contract with Porsche but will not be part of its GTE Pro class FIA World Endurance Championship squad in 2022.

Why F1-snubbed Davidson has no regrets in retirement Prime

Why F1-snubbed Davidson has no regrets in retirement

He may not have won the Le Mans 24 Hours - falling agonisingly short in 2016 - and didn't get the opportunities in Formula 1 his talents merited. But after calling time on his professional career last month, Anthony Davidson says his pride in his performances with Peugeot and Toyota in LMP1 mean more than the results he achieved

Le Mans winner Bernhard to enter Porsche team in DTM

Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Timo Bernhard's Porsche team will move into the DTM next season.

Juan Pablo Montoya teams up with son Sebastian for Sebring 12 Hours

Seven-time Formula 1 race winner Juan Pablo Montoya will team up with son Sebastian in the Sebring 12 Hours round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in March.

Jarvis makes return to WEC with United Autosports

Multiple Le Mans 24 Hours podium finisher Oliver Jarvis will return to the FIA World Endurance Championship with United Autosports next season.

Lotus co-founder Hazel Chapman dies
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Lotus co-founder Hazel Chapman dies

Hazel Chapman, co-founder of Lotus with husband Colin Chapman, has died aged 94.

Peugeot's WEC hypercar could make track debut this month

Peugeot's new 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar contender could run on a race circuit before the end of December. 

Rossi 'nothing if not competitive' in GT car, says WRT boss
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Rossi 'nothing if not competitive' in GT car, says WRT boss

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi has the potential to be a frontrunner in sportscar racing following his retirement from two-wheel competition, according to WRT team boss Vincent Vosse.

Sorensen joins Corvette in second car for Rolex 24 at Daytona
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Sorensen joins Corvette in second car for Rolex 24 at Daytona

Two-time FIA World Endurance Championship title winner Marco Sorensen will join Corvette Racing for the Rolex 24 at Daytona IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship opener next month.

Acura confirms Oreca collaboration for LMDh effort

Acura's new LMDh prototype for 2023 will be developed in conjunction with French constructor Oreca, the Honda brand has confirmed.

Kobayashi named Toyota WEC team principal
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Kobayashi named Toyota WEC team principal

Kamui Kobayashi will have a fully operational role in his new position as team principal of the Toyota FIA World Endurance Championship squad.

Nakajima retires from racing, takes on new Toyota WEC role
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Nakajima retires from racing, takes on new Toyota WEC role

Long-time Toyota driver Kazuki Nakajima has announced his retirement from racing following the end of his tenure in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Hirakawa replaces Nakajima in 2022 Toyota WEC line-up
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Hirakawa replaces Nakajima in 2022 Toyota WEC line-up

Toyota has officially named Ryo Hirakawa as Kazuki Nakajima's replacement in its line-up for the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

Rossi to contest Gulf 12 Hours ahead of 2022 GT programme
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Rossi to contest Gulf 12 Hours ahead of 2022 GT programme

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi will contest January's Gulf 12 Hours at the wheel of a Ferrari at the start of what looks set to be a full programme of car racing in 2022.

Racing Team Nederland joins IMSA for endurance rounds
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Racing Team Nederland joins IMSA for endurance rounds

Racing Team Nederland will contest the enduro rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next season after taking title honours in this year's FIA World Endurance Championship.

Kyalami 9 Hours IGTC round gets new date in February 2022
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Kyalami 9 Hours IGTC round gets new date in February 2022

The Kyalami 9 Hours round of the 2021 Intercontinental GT Challenge has been rescheduled for the first weekend of February next year.

McLaren signs Kirchhofer to factory GT deal

McLaren has signed former GP3 frontrunner Marvin Kirchhofer as a factory GT driver for next season.

G-Drive set for full-time WEC return and Rolex 24 in 2022

Former FIA World Endurance Championship title-winning outfit G-Drive Racing will make a full-time return to the series in 2022 after an absence of three seasons.

Ferrari appoints Oreca to build next-gen GT3 car

Ferrari is teaming up with French motorsport organisation Oreca for its forthcoming next-generation GT3 contender scheduled to start racing in 2023.

Why Le Mans didn't decide Toyota's WEC title outcome in 2021 Prime

Why Le Mans didn't decide Toyota's WEC title outcome in 2021

Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez scored a second successive FIA World Endurance Championship title in the #7 Toyota, as its new Le Mans Hypercar went unbeaten. Motorsport.com recaps how each of the four classes in the 2021 season were won and picks out the best LMH and GTE drivers

Kyalami 9 Hour postponed after new strain of COVID detected

The final round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge scheduled for Kyalami next month has been postponed in the wake of the latest developments in the COVID pandemic.

Rosenqvist and O'Ward to join Zak Brown for Gulf 12 Hours

McLaren IndyCar drivers Felix Rosenqvist and Pato O'Ward will share a car with team boss Zak Brown in next January's Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi.

Jani explores other LMDh options while Porsche deal unsigned

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Neel Jani has revealed he has yet to conclude a new contract with Porsche and is talking to other manufacturers about the new LMDh category. 

Glickenhaus commits to full-season WEC 2022 entry with one car
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Glickenhaus commits to full-season WEC 2022 entry with one car

American entrant Glickenhaus will make one full-season entry for next year's FIA World Endurance Championship with the intent to contest all six races. 

Chadwick not planning W Series return in 2022
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Chadwick not planning W Series return in 2022

Two-time W Series title winner Jamie Chadwick has no plans to return to the championship next season.

Porsche withdraws Bahrain WEC appeal over controversial clash Bahrain II
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Porsche withdraws Bahrain WEC appeal over controversial clash

Porsche has withdrawn its appeal against the decision of the stewards to reject its protest of the GTE Pro-winning Ferrari in Saturday's Bahrain 8 Hours FIA World Endurance Championship round.

The unanswered questions that define WEC 2021's controversial ending

OPINION: The deeply unsatisfying ending to a brilliant World Endurance Championship GTE Pro battle in Bahrain had Ferrari provisionally heading back from the desert as the victor. But Porsche plans to appeal the outcome, which rests on a number of confusing elements that have yet to be satisfactorily explained.

How the WEC's heavyweight duel reached its controversial flashpoint Prime

How the WEC's heavyweight duel reached its controversial flashpoint

The Ferrari versus Porsche fight for the FIA World Endurance Championship's GTE Pro title had been a finely-poised affair, right up until Alessandro Pier Guidi's punt on Michael Christensen in the closing stages of the Bahrain 8 Hours handed Ferrari a provisional title, pending Porsche's appeal. Here's how the controversy played out.

Porsche to take WEC case to International Court of Appeal

Porsche has appealed the decision of the stewards to reject its protest of the GTE Pro-winning Ferrari in Saturday's Bahrain 8 Hours World Endurance Championship round. 

Glickenhaus can return to WEC only if it enters every race
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Glickenhaus can return to WEC only if it enters every race

Glickenhaus will only be permitted to return to the FIA World Endurance Championship next year if it commits to entering and racing one of its Le Mans Hypercars in every race.

Porsche files protest against Ferrari after Bahrain GTE clash Bahrain II
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Porsche files protest against Ferrari after Bahrain GTE clash

Porsche has protested the GTE Pro winning Ferrari after its late clash with the German manufacturer's lead entry in the Bahrain World Endurance Championship finale.

Toyota reveals qualifying focus for Bahrain 8 Hours

Toyota has revealed its cars undertook multiple qualifying simulations in free practice for the Bahrain 8 Hours because of the importance of the point for pole in the title fight.

WEC stewards reject Ferrari's BoP protest in Bahrain

Ferrari's protests against the GTE Pro Balance of Performance changes made ahead of each of the two Bahrain rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship have been thrown out.

SRO to jointly run Asian Le Mans Series with ACO

GT boss Stephane Ratel is joining forces with Le Mans 24 Hours organiser the Automobile Club de l'Ouest to run the Asian Le Mans Series.

Bahrain 8h WEC: Hartley keeps #8 Toyota ahead in final practice

Brendon Hartley got the better of Kamui Kobayashi as Toyota undertook qualification simulations in final practice for this weekend's FIA Bahrain World Endurance Championship finale.

Alpine can take on Toyota after sorting WEC fuel mileage woes

Alpine is confident that it has solved its fuel consumption issues and will be able to take the fight to Toyota in the final FIA World Endurance Championship race of the season in Bahrain.

FIA targets participation of 90 countries in 2022 Motorsport Games

The FIA and event promoter Stephane Ratel are aiming to attract 90 nations to compete in the second edition of the Motorsport Games centred on Paul Ricard next October.

Porsche "not happy" with Ferrari BoP change ahead of WEC finale

Porsche has questioned the Balance of Performance change in favour of GTE Pro rival Ferrari ahead of this weekend's final round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Bahrain. 

Bahrain 8h WEC: Hartley puts #8 Toyota top in FP1 Bahrain II
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Bahrain 8h WEC: Hartley puts #8 Toyota top in FP1

Brendon Hartley went quickest for Toyota in first practice for this weekend's eight-hour FIA World Endurance Championship finale in the Bahrain.

Buemi: Toyota #8 crew "will take risks" in season finale

Sebastien Buemi has promised an aggressive approach from the #8 Toyota car crew at this weekend's Bahrain World Endurance Championship finale in an against-the-odd bid for the title.

Nakajima set for new Toyota role after stepping down from WEC seat
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Nakajima set for new Toyota role after stepping down from WEC seat

Kazuki Nakajima looks set for an off-track role with Toyota next season after the end of his driving career with the Japanese manufacturer's FIA World Endurance Championship squad.

The remarkable fixes Toyota used to avert another Le Mans disaster

The 1-2 finish achieved by Toyota at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours was a result that will have surprised few, given its status as pre-event favourite. But the result was anything but straightforward, as worsening fuel pressure concerns required the team's drivers and engineers to pursue "creative fixes" on the fly. Here is the full story of how it reached the end without a lengthy pit visit

Nakajima to leave Toyota Hypercar team after 2021 WEC season
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Nakajima to leave Toyota Hypercar team after 2021 WEC season

Kazuki Nakajima will leave Toyota's FIA World Endurance Championship squad after this weekend's 2021 series finale in Bahrain.