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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Le Mans 24 Hours will be Penske’s final LMP2 entry this year

Team Penske has announced that the team will not race in the LMP2 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship beyond next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Saudi female racer Juffali starts sportscar team, targeting Le Mans

Saudi Arabia’s first female racing driver Reema Juffali has set up her own sportscar team with the aim of competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Lamborghini to enter WEC and IMSA in 2024 with new LMDh

Lamborghini will join the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2024 with a new LMDh prototype. 

The prototype that Porsche hopes will become its latest legend

Porsche is well advanced in its return to the top level of sportscar racing in the new LMDh category. Its as-yet-unnamed car has been piling up the miles before its scheduled debut next year, with victories at Le Mans and Daytona the stated target.

Intercontinental GT Challenge set to expand to five 2023 rounds

The Intercontinental GT Challenge is set to expand back to five races next season with the likely return of Suzuka as the Asian date.

Penske could have fought for maiden WEC LMP2 podium at Spa

Team Penske is confident it made a step forward with its FIA World Endurance Championship programme at last weekend’s Spa 6 Hours round. 

F1 must avoid Le Mans clashes in future - FIA deputy president Reid

New FIA deputy president Robert Reid believes a Formula 1 grand prix should not clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours in its traditional mid-June calendar slot.

How Toyota’s sole survivor turned the tables at Spa

After a chastening opening to the season at Sebring that ended in an enormous accident, Toyota's #7 crew got their World Endurance Championship underway with victory at a treacherously slippery Spa to make up for its sister car's Sebring defeat to Alpine, as Glickenhaus's promising qualifying turned to disaster in the race

Penske in talks to bring WEC to Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske has revealed a desire to bring the World Endurance Championship to the legendary track.

Calado "nearly crashed three times" before Spa GTE Pro win

Ferrari driver James Calado has revealed he almost crashed three times in the final stages of Saturday’s Spa 6 Hours as he strived to hang onto the GTE Pro lead.

Lopez: Spa WEC race conditions “like a horror movie”

Jose Maria Lopez described watching his Toyota teammates on track in Saturday’s incident-packed Spa round of the FIA World Endurance Championship as “like a horror movie”.

Spa WEC: Pla secures maiden pole for Glickenhaus

Olivier Pla claimed a first FIA World Endurance Championship pole position for Glickenhaus at Spa on Friday.

Spa WEC: Toyota leads the way with 1-2 in final practice

Toyota topped final free practice for this weekend’s round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Spa when its two cars undertook their usual qualification simulations. 

Spa WEC: WRT LMP2 squad sets the pace in first practice

Reigning FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 title winners WRT topped the times in first free practice for round two of this year’s series at Spa on Saturday.

Porsche to supply up to four customer LMDh prototypes in 2023
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Porsche to supply up to four customer LMDh prototypes in 2023

Porsche will make four LMDh prototypes available to customer teams to race against its Penske factory cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next season.

Lamborghini unveils new Huracan GT3 racer
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Lamborghini unveils new Huracan GT3 racer

Lamborghini has unveiled the latest evolution of its Huracan GT3 racer ahead of its release to customers for next season.

Porsche: Four-car LMDh attack for Le Mans 2023 unlikely
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Porsche: Four-car LMDh attack for Le Mans 2023 unlikely

Porsche appears unlikely to bring the North American arm of its Penske-run LMDh factory team to next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours to bolster its FIA World Endurance Championship squad.

Rossi 'needs to work on' getting up to speed faster in GT cars

MotoGP great Valentino Rossi has admitted he needs to get on the pace quicker as he transitions to four wheels in the GT World Challenge Europe this year.

Brands Hatch GTWCE: Ferrari and Mercedes share sprint wins Brands Hatch
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Brands Hatch GTWCE: Ferrari and Mercedes share sprint wins

Ferrari claimed a first overall victory in the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup in nearly seven years as the Italian manufacturer and Mercedes shared out the honours at Brands Hatch.

Rossi eager to start GTWCE Sprint season at "very difficult" Brands GP

Bike racing legend Valentino Rossi is relishing the chance to race on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit for the first time in this weekend’s GT World Challenge Europe round.

Williams F1 reserve Aitken set to make Le Mans LMP2 debut

Williams Formula 1 reserve Jack Aitken is set to make his Le Mans 24 Hours debut in June with the Algarve Pro Racing LMP2 squad.

Alpine hit with BoP power reduction for Spa WEC

The Sebring 1000 Miles-winning Alpine has been given a power reduction under the FIA World Endurance Championship’s Balance of Performance for round two at Spa next month.

ByKolles completes "very good" first test with Vanwall Hypercar

The new Vanwall Le Mans Hypercar developed by the German-based ByKolles squad completed a successful first test on a race circuit last week.

Aston Martin to make factory supported Nurburgring 24 Hours return

Aston Martin will make its first bid for overall honours at the Nurburgring 24 Hours since 2018 this year with a factory-supported assault with TF Sport.

Rally legend Ogier admits to struggles on WEC debut

Rally legend Sebastien Ogier is “learning from mistakes” after what he described as a challenging FIA World Endurance Championship debut with the Richard Mille Racing team at Sebring last week. 

ByKolles ready to race Vanwall LMH in WEC in 2023 if “welcome”

The ByKolles team will be ready to race its new Vanwall Le Mans Hypercar in the FIA World Endurance Championship next year if it receives “a welcome”.

Aston Martin reveals all-factory GTWCE Endurance line-up

Aston Martin will be represented by an all-factory driver line-up in a full GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup campaign for the first time this season.

How Toyota's WEC dominance was curbed at stormy Sebring

Toyota’s stranglehold on the FIA World Endurance Championship ended at the 2022 opener at Sebring, but all accusing eyes were on the Balance of Performance system as the key to the shake-up. Here's how it unfolded, to see Alpine celebrating under a stormy sky having blown away the defending champions...

Bamber "made a meal" of run to Sebring 12 Hours win

Earl Bamber has admitted that he “made a meal” of his run to victory in the Sebring 12 Hours round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with the Ganassi Cadillac team. 

Sebring 12H, Hour 6: Action Express Cadillac leads at halfway

The Action Express Racing Cadillac squad led the Sebring 12 Hours IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at the halfway point.

WEC allows LMDh cars to race in Hypercar class in 2022

The new breed of LMDh prototypes due to come on stream next season will be able to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship this year on a non-points paying basis. 

WEC Sebring 1000 Miles: Major crash for Toyota's Lopez causes red flag Sebring
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WEC Sebring 1000 Miles: Major crash for Toyota's Lopez causes red flag

The Sebring 1000 Miles FIA World Endurance Championship season opener was red-flagged midway through the fourth hour when Toyota driver Jose Maria Lopez crashed heavily. 

Jackie Chan DC Racing announces return with 2023 IMSA programme

The Le Mans 24 Hours class-winning Jackie Chan DC Racing team will return to competition after a two-year absence in 2023 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Toyota not surprised by poor Sebring WEC qualifying showing

Toyota has expressed no surprise at ending up at the back of the Hypercar pack and among the fastest LMP2s in qualifying for Friday’s FIA World Endurance Championship opener at Sebring.   

WEC, Le Mans GTE Pro class gets car-count ultimatum for 2023
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WEC, Le Mans GTE Pro class gets car-count ultimatum for 2023

GTE Pro will only continue at the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the FIA World Endurance Championship next year if it attracts a minimum of four cars from two manufacturers.

NASCAR Next Gen “has to have hybrid” for Le Mans 24h entry

NASCAR’s Next Gen Cup car will have to race with hybrid engine technology for the first time at the Le Mans 24 Hours if Chevrolet lands the Garage 56 entry in 2023 as intended.

Why Penske remains ambitious for its WEC learning year Prime

Why Penske remains ambitious for its WEC learning year

Team Penske is gearing up for its role in running Porsche’s LMDh programme from 2023 by entering this year's World Endurance Championship with an LMP2 car. Although the team is considering 2022 as a season to learn, it is no less serious about winning than ever - which should make the already fiercely competitive class even more so

WEC Sebring 1000 Miles: Alpine fastest in FP2, Toyota hit by penalty

Alpine claimed the top spot in second free practice for the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Sebring on Friday.

WEC Sebring 1000 Miles: Glickenhaus tops Alpine in FP1

Glickenhaus topped the times in a rain-interrupted first session of free practice for this week’s Sebring 1000 Miles FIA World Endurance Championship season opener.

Toyota has taken "big hit" with new WEC hybrid limitations

Toyota has described the increase in the speed at which it can deploy hybrid power as a “big hit” after being outpaced in last weekend’s Sebring FIA World Endurance Championship Prologue test. 

LMP2 champions WRT end Sebring WEC Prologue with 1-2

Reigning LMP2 champion team WRT ended up 1-2 in the official FIA World Endurance Championship pre-season Prologue test at Sebring.

WRT still targeting WEC LMDh move despite Audi uncertainty

The LMP2 title-winning WRT team is still aiming to graduate to the top class of the FIA World Endurance Championship whether or not Audi’s LMDh programme continues. 

WEC releases Balance of Performance for Sebring opener

The speed at which Toyota will be able to use four-wheel-drive has been raised from 120 to 190km/h for this month’s World Endurance Championship opener at Sebring.

Audi set to call off WEC, Le Mans return after pausing LMDh project

Audi looks set to axe its return to front-line sportscar racing next year with a new LMDh prototype after admitting that the project has been put on hold.

Full 62-car field for 2022 Le Mans 24 Hours after G-Drive withdrawal

A full 62-car entry for the Le Mans 24 Hours FIA World Endurance Championship round in June has been released.

WEC reveals 36-car entry for Sebring 1000 Miles opener

A total of 36 cars will take part in the 1,000 Miles of Sebring FIA World Endurance Championship opener later this month.

Glickenhaus' Le Mans third car bid falls through

Glickenhaus has been unable to pull off its late bid to enter a third car for the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Valentino Rossi enjoys "good" first official GTWCE test in WRT Audi

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi enjoyed a “a good day of testing” on his first competitive appearance with the WRT Audi team ahead of his 2022 GT World Challenge Europe campaign.

Glickenhaus plans third Hypercar for Le Mans 24 Hours

Glickenhaus has revealed it is working to put a third car on the grid for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

ACO re-opens Le Mans 24 Hours and WEC entry procedure

Entries for this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours and FIA World Endurance Championship have been re-opened in the wake of G-Drive's withdrawal.

Toyota reveals updated GR010 Hybrid for 2022 WEC season
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Toyota reveals updated GR010 Hybrid for 2022 WEC season

Toyota has revealed the updated specification of its GR010 Hybrid Le Mans Hypercar ahead of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

G-Drive withdraws from WEC, Le Mans over FIA’s Russia code of conduct

Russian entrant G-Drive Racing appears to have withdrawn from this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Valentino Rossi to be joined by Muller, Vervisch in WRT GTWCE squad

Valentino Rossi’s teammates in his first full season of car racing with the WRT Audi squad in the GT World Challenge Europe will be Nico Muller and Frederic Vervisch.

Why Peugeot couldn't afford to take a Le Mans gamble in 2022 Prime

Why Peugeot couldn't afford to take a Le Mans gamble in 2022

Ahead of the much-anticipated arrival of its new 9X8 Hypercar, Peugeot revealed that it would not be entering this year's Le Mans 24 Hours with its incoming machinery. Although development restrictions for homologated cars are partially responsible, the French marque can draw on its own lessons from its history in sportscars

Le Mans 24 Hours entry list announcement delayed

The announcement of the Le Mans 24 Hours entry list for this year’s race has been delayed.

Tincknell returns to WEC in Proton Porsche alongside Priaulx Jr

Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours class winner Harry Tincknell will return to the FIA World Endurance Championship full-time this year with the Proton Porsche team.

Magnussen Le Mans reunion possible if Peugeot delays entry

Kevin Magnussen could team up with this father Jan at the Le Mans 24 Hours for a second time this year if Peugeot opts against contesting the race.

Town scrutineering returns for 2022 Le Mans 24 Hours

Scrutineering for the Le Mans 24 Hours will return to its traditional home in the city centre for the first time since 2019 at this year's event.

Valentino Rossi impresses WRT in wet Magny-Cours test

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi impressed the WRT Audi team with his speed in the wet at the latest test ahead of his GT World Challenge Europe campaign this year.

Aston Martin could revive Valkyrie Le Mans Hypercar project

Aston Martin appears to be aiming to revive its Valkyrie Le Mans Hypercar programme for a future FIA World Endurance Championship entry.