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Spengler to make Le Mans debut with ByKolles

DTM champion Bruno Spengler will make his debut in the Le Mans 24 Hours this September with the ByKolles LMP1 team.

Racing Team Nederland shuffles drivers for Spa WEC

LMP2 squad Racing Team Nederland has called up Job van Uitert to make a second appearance of the FIA World Endurance Championship season in next month's Spa race.

Farfus replaces Turner at Aston Martin for final WEC races

BMW factory driver Augusto Farfus will make a return to the FIA World Endurance Championship with Aston Martin for the final rounds of the 2019/20 season, replacing Darren Turner.

Yamashita faces uncertainty over 2020 WEC plans

Toyota protege Kenta Yamashita faces a possible scheduling headache that could force him to miss races in the FIA World Endurance Championship or Super Formula later this year.

De Vries added to Toyota's LMP1 reserve roster

The Toyota LMP1 team has announced reigning Formula 2 champion Nyck de Vries as its new test and reserve driver for the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Toyota: "Disappointing" not to explore limits of current LMP1 car

FIA WEC manufacturer Toyota says it’s “disappointing” that it won’t be able to explore the absolute limits of its advanced TS050 LMP1 hybrid, even though it welcomes the new era of hypercar regulations.

How Toyota overcame a traumatic trio of Le Mans 24 Hours defeats

On June 19 2016 Toyota was at the heart of the most dramatic finish in Le Mans history when its leading car broke down with one lap to go. Three key players from Toyota's LMP1 programme explain how the team bounced back from that heartbreaking loss, which was one of several near misses.

Le Mans reveals condensed four-day schedule for 2020

A new, condensed four-day timetable has been announced for the rescheduled Le Mans 24 Hours FIA World Endurance Championship round in September.

The greatest ever Le Mans 24 Hours finish

The 1969 Le Mans 24 Hours was a landmark for many reasons, not least the famously close finish between Ford and Porsche. Adam Cooper recounts the tale of the race’s greatest finish.

Why the GTE ruleset looks to have run its course Prime

Why the GTE ruleset looks to have run its course

The GTE ruleset has served sportscar racing in both Europe and the United States well over the past decade. But now there are clear signs that the end of its life is in sight as manufacturer support continues to fade.

Vanthoor "fears the worst" for GTE after Porsche's IMSA exit

Porsche factory driver Laurens Vanthoor says he “fears the worst” for the future of the GTE class after the German marque’s decision to pull out of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Race of my Life: Martin Brundle on the 1991 British Empire Trophy

The latest episode in Autosport’s Race of My Life podcast series is Martin Brundle, talking about an amazing drive in his Jaguar Group C car at Silverstone that was so good it made him cry.

Glickenhaus to field two hypercars in 2021 WEC season

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has announced it intends to field two hypercars in the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours and FIA World Endurance Championship.

Lotterer has sympathy for Audi DTM drivers

Andre Lotterer says he has sympathy for Audi's DTM drivers, who are now facing an uncertain future as he did when the German marque ended its LMP1 project four years ago.

WEC: "The market will decide" if LMDh is delayed

FIA World Endurance Championship boss Gerard Neveu admits that the "market will decide" whether the series has to push back the introduction of LMDh cars until the 2023 season.

ByKolles resumes testing after gaining Le Mans entry

The ByKolles LMP1 team has resumed testing as it prepares for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, following its expected graduation to the main entry list for the French classic.

Lotterer, Jani interested in Porsche LMDh drives

Porsche drivers Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani have both indicated interest in being part of the German manufacturer's potential return to sportscar racing's top flight in 2022 under the new LMDh rules.

May 12, 2020

Gallery: Corvette's 20-year history at Le Mans

Following the news that Corvette will skip the 88th running of Le Mans 24 Hours, we revisited our photo archive to find the best images from the American brand's 20-year history in the French endurance classic.

Corvette withdraws from 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours

Corvette Racing has pulled its pair of GTE Pro C8.Rs from the rescheduled Le Mans 24 Hours, citing several factors for the withdrawal.

LM Hypercar rules amended to converge with new LMDh regs

The rules for the LM Hypercar FIA World Endurance Championship category have been brought into line with the new LMDh regulations due to come into force one season later.

WEC teams call for reduced 2021 calendar

Several FIA World Endurance Championship teams are calling for fewer races in 2021 in the face of the economic fallout from the global coronavirus pandemic.

Peugeot's return on target despite Hypercar/LMDh dilemma

Peugeot's return to sportscar racing in the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship remains on target despite delaying its decision on whether to develop an LM Hypercar or a LMDh contender.

Opinion: WEC should double down on its IMSA tie-up

In a post-coronavirus world, motorsport series are going to have to work together more than ever to ensure their survival. That's why the FIA World Endurance Championship should deepen its growing ties with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

ACO, IMSA reveal LMDh regulation details

The ACO and IMSA have announced more details of their latest joint regulations for the new LMDh prototype class.