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IndyCar aces are PPM enduro options
Monza WEC round to allow spectators
Visser won't be replaced for Monza
How Alpine failed to stop Toyota
Calado "surprised" to beat Porsche

Roger Penske says he hopes that his current IndyCar drivers will be part of the endurance race line-ups when Porsche Penske Motorsport's LMDh cars start competing in IMSA and WEC in 2023.

Spectators will be allowed to return to the FIA World Endurance Championship at Monza next month for the first time in nearly 18 months.

Calderon, Floersch set to race as a duo at Monza Monza
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Tatiana Calderon and Sophia Floersch are set to become the first prototype drivers since 2018 to contest a six-hour FIA World Endurance Championship race as a duo next month at Monza.

Despite going stride for stride for pace at Portimao, Alpine’s grandfathered LMP1 couldn’t convert pole position into a sustained victory fight against Toyota. And due to rules and car limitations that are set in stone, the French manufacturer will be searching for solutions in its own battle of endurance.

Ferrari's James Calado admits he was "quite surprised" to beat Porsche in Sunday's FIA WEC Portimao 8 Hours considering the pace advantage the German marque appeared to hold.

Da Costa revels in "amazing" home win after JOTA battle

JOTA LMP2 driver Antonio Felix da Costa says his first international home win at the WEC 8 Hours of Portimao "feels amazing" after passing teammate Tom Blomqvist for the lead at the end of the race.

Toyota explains late Portimao team orders call Algarve
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Toyota explains late Portimao team orders call

The Toyota FIA World Endurance Championship squad has revealed a change to its internal rules of engagement to allow its cars to race to the chequered flag in the wake of Sunday's Portimao 8 Hours.

Portimao WEC: #8 car wins after Toyota team orders Algarve
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Portimao WEC: #8 car wins after Toyota team orders

Toyota celebrated its 100th world championship endurance race with victory in the FIA WEC 8 Hours of Portimao for the #8 entry of Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley.

Portimao WEC: Toyota in control at half-distance Algarve
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Portimao WEC: Toyota in control at half-distance

Toyota's pair of Le Mans Hypercars held the advantage over the Alpine LMP1 as the Portimao 8 Hours FIA World Endurance Championship round reached the halfway mark.

Alpine expects fuel mileage disadvantage for full WEC season

Alpine has conceded that it will have to live with its inability to match the fuel mileage of the new Le Mans Hypercars through the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

Portimao WEC: Alpine beats Toyotas to maiden pole Algarve
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Portimao WEC: Alpine beats Toyotas to maiden pole

Alpine edged out Toyota to claim pole position for this weekend's Portimao 8 Hours FIA World Endurance Championship round in a closely-fought qualifying session.

Portimao WEC: United LMP2 leads Alpine in final practice Algarve
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Portimao WEC: United LMP2 leads Alpine in final practice

Paul di Resta and United Autosports completed a clean sweep for LMP2 machinery across free practice for Sunday's Portimao FIA World Endurance Championship round, as the Glickenhaus made a dramatic improvement. 

Charting 100 world championship sportscar starts for Toyota Prime

Charting 100 world championship sportscar starts for Toyota

This weekend's Portimao 8 Hours round of the FIA World Endurance Championship marks the 100th world champion prototype start for Toyota. Here are the major milestones on the road to three figures since the earliest low-key days of its entry into the Group C arena nearly 40 years ago.

Portimao WEC: LMP2s fastest again in FP2, di Resta quickest Algarve
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Portimao WEC: LMP2s fastest again in FP2, di Resta quickest

LMP2 cars locked out the top three places in Saturday morning’s second practice session for this weekend’s Portimao FIA World Endurance Championship round, as United Autosports' Paul di Resta set the overall pace. 

Portimao WEC: Da Costa's JOTA LMP2 fastest in FP1 Algarve
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Portimao WEC: Da Costa's JOTA LMP2 fastest in FP1

JOTA LMP2 driver Antonio Felix da Costa jumped to the top of the times in the dying minutes of first practice for this weekend's FIA World Endurance Championship round at Portimao.

McLaren Formula E and WEC programmes “remain under review”

McLaren Racing is yet to make a final decision on its option to join Formula E but says that and a potential FIA World Endurance Championship programme “remain under review”.

Toyota won't contest "not avoidable" Portimao BoP blow Algarve
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Toyota won't contest "not avoidable" Portimao BoP blow

Toyota has no complaints with the double performance hit its Le Mans Hypercars have received for this weekend's Portimao round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Le Mans 24 Hours fans won't be divided into groups

The 50,000 spectators allowed to attend this year's rescheduled Le Mans 24 Hours in August will not divided into smaller groups.

Scherer to miss Portimao WEC after positive COVID test Algarve
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Scherer to miss Portimao WEC after positive COVID test

United Autosports LMP2 driver Fabio Scherer has been forced to sit out this weekend's Portimao FIA World Endurance Championship round after testing positive for COVID-19.

Le Mans 24 Hours to admit 50,000 spectators in August
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Le Mans 24 Hours to admit 50,000 spectators in August

A crowd of 50,000 will be permitted at this year's Le Mans 24 Hour round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in August.

BMW to make top-flight sportscar racing return in 2023
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BMW to make top-flight sportscar racing return in 2023

BMW will make a return to top-flight sportscar racing after an absence of more than 20 years in the new LMDh prototype category in 2023.

Glickenhaus hypercar "100 percent ready" for WEC debut Algarve
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Glickenhaus hypercar "100 percent ready" for WEC debut

The new Glickenhaus Le Mans Hypercar is "100 percent ready for Portimao", according to British driver Richard Westbrook. 

The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing

Most of the column inches after the World Endurance Championship's opener were centred around the relative pace of the Hypercar class and the LMP2s, but there's another question that needs addressing in order for the new division to have a successful future

How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era

Amid concerns that the new Hypercar class would be upstaged on debut by the spec LMP2 machines at Spa, Toyota delivered the pole and victory that the vast majority of observers expected. But neither car had a clean run, which gave the grandfathered Alpine LMP1 an unexpected shot at glory.

What to expect from sportscar racing's bold new Hypercar era Prime

What to expect from sportscar racing's bold new Hypercar era

A slim field of three cars will be entered in the Hypercar class for the first round of the World Endurance Championship's post-LMP1 age. But there are plenty of reasons for optimism with the new wave of manufacturer entries and competing class philosophies just around the corner