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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Williams F1 reserve Aitken making GT switch to broaden skillset

Williams Formula 1 reserve Jack Aitken's 2021 GT World Challenge Europe campaign with the Emil Frey Lamborghini squad was motivated by a desire to broaden his skillset as a driver.

How an ingenious fix prevented Paul Newman from winning Le Mans Prime

How an ingenious fix prevented Paul Newman from winning Le Mans

It's one of the great what-if stories in Le Mans history. Paul Newman finished second in the 24 Hours in 1979, but it could easily have been a famous victory were it not for the resourcefulness of the late Manfred Kremer.

Glickenhaus to skip first round of WEC at Spa

Glickenhaus Racing will skip the opening round of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season at Spa in May with its new Le Mans Hypercar.

Bentley to contest Pikes Peak with extreme Continental GT3

Bentley will mount a factory assault on this year's Pikes Peak hillclimb with the most extreme version of its Continental GT3 racer ever built.

Porsche, Ferrari guarantee GTE's future through 2022

Ferrari and Porsche have committed to continue racing in the GTE Pro class of the FIA World Endurance Championship until the end of 2022, safeguarding the category's immediate future.

Farfus to contest full WEC season in Prodrive-run Aston

BMW factory driver Augusto Farfus will contest the FIA World Endurance Championship in Paul Dalla Lana's Prodrive-run GTE Am class Aston Martin.

Hawkey loses Iron Lynx seat over incorrect driver grading

Porsche Carrera Cup GB class champion Esmee Hawkey has been dropped from the Iron Lynx Ferrari team's all-female European Le Mans Series line-up over an incorrect driver grading.

Lynn joins United Autosports for Le Mans 24 Hours

Former Aston Martin factory driver Alex Lynn will team up with Paul di Resta for the rescheduled Le Mans 24 Hours in August at the United Autosports LMP2 squad.

WEC makes extra LMP2 performance cut for 2021 season

LMP2 machinery has been slowed for a second time to ensure a performance differential to the cars racing in the new Hypercar division of the FIA World Endurance Championship this season.

Glock, Wittmann headline Walkenhorst BMW GTWCE line-up

Ex-Formula 1 racer Timo Glock and DTM champions Martin Tomczyk and Marco Wittman will race for the Walkenhorst BMW squad in the 2021 GT World Challenge Europe. 

GTWCE Sprint Cup event at Brands Hatch moved to August

The Brands Hatch round of the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup has been rescheduled for August.

How Dumfries’s Lotus F1 dream turned into a nightmare

When the late Johnny Dumfries, who has died aged 62, joined Lotus for the 1986 Formula 1 season, the pressure cranked up on the rookie sharing a garage with Ayrton Senna. In the 18 August 2011 issue of the magazine, Dumfries explained to Autosport how it all came about and why a promising campaign turned into a disappointment

Manfred Kremer: Le Mans-winning mastermind engineer dies

Manfred Kremer, who has died aged 81, was the engineering mastermind of the family Porsche team run together with brother Erwin that won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1979.

Middle Eastern event to replace cancelled Suzuka 10 Hours

The Suzuka 10 Hours round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge has been cancelled for the second season in a row as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname Prime

How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname

Sportscar racing lost one of it's greatest talents 20 years ago today when Bob Wollek was knocked from his bicycle prior to the Sebring 12 Hours. The enigmatic Frenchman never won the Le Mans 24 Hours, but many still remember today why 'Brilliant Bob' became a legend

Corvette enters Spa, hints at increased WEC involvement

Corvette Racing has hinted at an increased involvement in the FIA World Endurance Championship after confirming its participation in the new opening round of the 2021 series at Spa in May.

Corvette joins 62-car Le Mans 24 Hours entry list

Corvette Racing's return to the Le Mans 24 Hours has been confirmed with the publication of a capacity 62-car entry for this year's rescheduled race in August.

Aitken to race in GT World Challenge Europe with Lamborghini

Williams Formula 1 reserve driver Jack Aitken will race in the GT World Challenge Europe in 2021 with Lamborghini.

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 now "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?