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Chadwick, Powell join Richard Mille for Bahrain WEC rookie test

Newly-crowned W Series champion Jamie Chadwick will sample an LMP2 car for the first time at next month’s FIA World Endurance Championship rookie test in Bahrain.

The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert Prime

The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert

It's 50 years since Jo Siffert was killed in his prime at Brands Hatch. The Swiss scored just two world championship wins in a Formula 1 career spent largely with privateer teams, but showed on numerous occasions in single-seaters and in sportscars with Porsche that he could beat any of the best drivers of his era given the right equipment.

WRC legend Ogier to test Toyota Hypercar in Bahrain Bahrain
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WRC legend Ogier to test Toyota Hypercar in Bahrain

Seven-time World Rally Championship title winner Sebastien Ogier will test the Toyota Le Mans Hypercar in Bahrain next month.

Toyota, Alpine get weight reduction for Bahrain WEC race

The Hypercar Balance of Performance has undergone major revisions for the next round of the FIA World Endurance Championship season in Bahrain. 

Lamborghini edging closer to WEC/IMSA prototype entry for 2024 Bahrain
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Lamborghini edging closer to WEC/IMSA prototype entry for 2024

Lamborghini is closing on its LMDh prototype entry into the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in time for the 2024 season.

FIA set to revise sportscar driver classification criteria for 2022

The FIA has revealed that it is expecting to make revisions to its system of driver categorisation in time for next season.

Ex Renault F1 engine boss Taffin joins Oreca as technical director
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Ex Renault F1 engine boss Taffin joins Oreca as technical director

Former Renault engine Formula 1 engine chief Remi Taffin, who engineered Fernando Alonso to the world championship in 2005 and 2006, has joined French constructor Oreca as technical director.

Alpine WEC LMP1 car granted extra year of homologation
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Alpine WEC LMP1 car granted extra year of homologation

Alpine will have the chance to race on in the FIA World Endurance Championship with its Oreca-designed A480 LMP1 car next year. 

Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood

Team WRT has been at the forefront of GT racing for years and made a successful move to prototypes for 2021, capped by an LMP2 win on its Le Mans debut. It could've been even better had the race been one lap shorter, when its cars ran 1-2, but the stranger-than-fiction reality has spurred the team to reach greater heights.

Kubica joins High Class LMP2 squad for Bahrain WEC races Bahrain
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Kubica joins High Class LMP2 squad for Bahrain WEC races

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 reserve driver Robert Kubica will return to the High Class Racing LMP2 team for the final two rounds of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season in Bahrain.

Rast, Muller join Audi's LMDh programme for 2023

Three-time DTM champion Rene Rast and series frontrunner Nico Muller have been announced as Audi’s first two drivers for its return to Le Mans 24 Hours in 2023.

Alpine reveals two-car LMDh Hypercar entry in WEC from 2024

French manufacturer Alpine has confirmed it will enter two LMDh cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s Hypercar category from 2024 that will “benefit from all the expertise” of its F1 project.

Lynn to join Ganassi Cadillac IMSA line-up with view to '23 WEC deal

Alex Lynn will join the Ganassi Cadillac squad for next year's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in a deal that is set to take him into the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2023.

Ogier open to lower-level endurance seat for Le Mans preparation
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Ogier open to lower-level endurance seat for Le Mans preparation

Sebastien Ogier has suggested he would be open to a race programme in the lower ranks of endurance racing next year as he aims to fulfil his ambition of contesting the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Hirakawa unsure of Toyota WEC seat after "tough" second test

Ryo Hirakawa remains uncertain of his chances of a Toyota FIA World Endurance Championship drive in 2022 following what he described as a "tough" second test in the GR010 Hybrid last week.

Milesi handed Toyota hypercar test chance in Bahrain
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Milesi handed Toyota hypercar test chance in Bahrain

Le Mans 24 Hours class winner Charles Milesi will get the chance to drive Toyota's Hypercar in the FIA World Endurance Championship rookie test in Bahrain at the end of the season.

D'station eyeing long-term WEC stay, SUPER GT return

D'station Racing is targeting a long-term stay in the FIA World Endurance Championship after tackling the Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time last month, and is also evaluating a return to SUPER GT.

Enzinger to step down as Porsche Motorsport boss
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Enzinger to step down as Porsche Motorsport boss

Fritz Enzinger, who oversaw Porsche's Le Mans 24 Hours hat-trick with the 919 Hybrid, is stepping down as boss of the German manufacturer's motorsport department.

Hanson stays at United Autosports for 2022 WEC season
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Hanson stays at United Autosports for 2022 WEC season

Phil Hanson will remain with the United Autosports squad for the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season, the team has announced.

Glickenhaus: Toyota's Le Mans winning margin shows BoP flaws

The boss of the Glickenhaus marque has questioned the effectiveness of the Balance of Performance for the Hypercar class in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Impul boss Hoshino urges Hirakawa to seize Toyota WEC chance

Impul Super Formula boss and Japanese racing legend Kazuyoshi Hoshino has urged his driver Ryo Hirakawa to seize the "rare" chance he's been given to join Toyota's FIA World Endurance Championship line-up.

Prema to join WEC LMP2 ranks with Iron Lynx partnership

Top single-seater squad Prema will enter the FIA World Endurance Championship next season in the LMP2 prototype division in association with new sister team Iron Lynx.

Watch: This Week with Will Buxton, Le Mans Special Edition

Check out the Le Mans Special Edition of This Week with Will Buxton, as the popular Formula 1 presenter makes his first visit to the world’s most famous sportscar race.

Lopez reveals detail on Toyota's "serious" Le Mans fuel issue

Toyota's Jose Maria Lopez has explained in detail how the #7 car he shared with Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi managed to win last weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours despite "serious" fuel problems across the final hours.

United Autosports expands to two WEC LMP2 entries in 2022

Reigning FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 title winners United Autosports will expand to run two cars in the series next year.

Blomqvist on late LMP2 drama: "I'd have rather lost by more"

JOTA driver Tom Blomqvist says he would have been happier to lose by more than the seven tenths by which the team missed out on LMP2 victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Hirakawa handed second Toyota Hypercar test chance

SUPER GT and Super Formula star Ryo Hirakawa has been handed a second chance to test Toyota’s Le Mans Hypercar as the Japanese firm evaluates him for a full-time drive.

Cadillac announces WEC, IMSA programmes with new LMDh contender
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Cadillac announces WEC, IMSA programmes with new LMDh contender

Cadillac has announced a twin programme in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship from 2023 with an LMDh contender built around a Dallara chassis.

Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked

Toyota scored its fourth Le Mans 24 Hours victory and a 1-2, with the #7 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez beating the #8. But although it looked straightforward from the outside, Toyota faced serious problem that had to be solved with some quick-thinking and ingenuity.

Conway "crying like a little girl" after overdue Le Mans win

Mike Conway says he was "crying like a little girl" after finally winning the Le Mans 24 Hours with Toyota following many near misses, with teammate Jose Maria Lopez admitting the final hours were "very stressful" due to fuel issues.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota wins with new hypercar, #7 crew breaks jinx

The #7 Toyota of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez found redemption after years of heartbreak by finally winning the first Le Mans 24 Hours of the Hypercar era, while Ferrari beat Corvette in GTE Pro.

Le Mans 24h, H20: Toyota on course for win despite issues

Toyota looks well-placed to record another 1-2 win in the Le Mans 24 Hours with four hours left to run, but fuelling issues for both its Hypercars have become its main cause for concern.

Le Mans 24h, H12: Toyota, Ferrari maintain control at halfway point

Toyota strengthened its grip on the Le Mans 24 Hours as the race reached the halfway mark, with the #7 crew maintaining the advantage over the sister #8 machine.

Le Mans 24h, H4: Toyota restores 1-2, safety car for big Aston crash

The #7 Toyota of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez has taken a controlled lead in the Le Mans 24 Hours at the four-hour mark, as a first safety car intervention disturbed several class battles.

Le Mans 24h, H1: #7 Toyota leads after dramatic opening hour Road to Le Mans
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Le Mans 24h, H1: #7 Toyota leads after dramatic opening hour

The #7 Toyota led the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours from Alpine after the first hour, after contact during a wet start dropped the #8 Toyota back.

ACO extends deal with FIA to promote WEC

Le Mans 24 Hours organiser Automobile Club l'Ouest has extended its deal with the FIA to continue promoting the FIA World Endurance Championship.

What we've learned from the Le Mans 24 Hours so far

The new dawn for the FIA World Endurance Championship has arrived at Le Mans, as Hypercars prepare to duel for victory in the world's oldest endurance race. Motorsport.com picks out the 10 things we have learned in the build up to the race.

Le Mans 2021: The team-by-team guide

After a two-month delay due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours is set to get underway with the start of the Hypercar era at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Sebastian Montoya to test DragonSpeed LMP2 car in Bahrain Monza
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Sebastian Montoya to test DragonSpeed LMP2 car in Bahrain

Sebastian Montoya, son of former Formula 1 ace and Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya, will get a surprise first-ever LMP2 outing at November's WEC Bahrain rookie test with DragonSpeed.

HubAuto: Le Mans pole can inspire other privateers to try GTE Pro

HubAuto's achievement in beating GTE Pro factories to take a class pole position for the Le Mans 24 Hours can inspire other aspiring privateer entrants, according to its technical director.

Alonso an "ideal" option for Alpine if it builds new car for WEC

Formula 1's Fernando Alonso will be in the frame to race sportscars with Alpine should it stay in the top class of the FIA World Endurance Championship with an all-new car.

Hydrogen cars to be able to fight for outright Le Mans 24 Hours wins

The new hydrogen fuel-cell prototypes due to be introduced at the 2025 Le Mans 24 Hours will be able to challenge for outright victory from the outset.

GT3 cars to replace GTE class at Le Mans from 2024
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GT3 cars to replace GTE class at Le Mans from 2024

GT3-based cars will take over from the current GTE class at the 2024 Le Mans 24 Hours, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest has announced.

ACO presents six-round 2022 WEC calendar
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ACO presents six-round 2022 WEC calendar

The FIA World Endurance Championship is scheduled to return to Sebring next year for the opening round of a calendar that will remain at six races.

Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse?

One Toyota, normally with the number 7 on the side, always seems to attract the bad luck in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez are hoping for a change in fortune this time around, but face significantly more unknowns than in recent years

Alpine targeting 12-lap stints for chance at Le Mans victory

Alpine is targeting 12 laps between refuelling stops in an attempt to unlock its hopes of victory in this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Le Mans 24h: Buemi leads Toyota 1-2 in second practice

Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi set the fastest time in the first night-time running ahead of this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours, while Porsche and Ferrari dueled over top spot in GTE Pro.

Le Mans 24h: #7 Toyota tops qualifying, Hyperpole slots locked in

Toyota's #7 crew of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez topped the first qualifying session at the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours, leading Alpine prior to Thursday's Hyperpole session.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota leads Alpine by 0.086s in tight FP1

Less than a tenth of a second separated the top three cars as the two Toyotas sandwiched the Alpine in first free practice for this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow

Many were quick to dismiss Glickenhaus when the boutique American sportscar firm's entry into the top class of the Le Mans 24 Hours was announced. It's all-new LMH racer, powered by an engine built by a rally specialist, goes in as the underdog against Toyota but the mathematical odds suggest that it has more than just a faint hope of success.

Kubica hopes Le Mans debut will be "different" to previous 24h races

Ex-Formula 1 star Robert Kubica is targeting a race finish in this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours, having failed to see the chequered flag in previous endurance races of the same length.

Pierson set to become youngest Le Mans driver at 16 next year
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Pierson set to become youngest Le Mans driver at 16 next year

American Josh Pierson is set to become the youngest driver to race at the Le Mans 24 Hours when he contests the FIA World Endurance Championship with United Autosports next year.

Glickenhaus: Le Mans test day shows we can challenge for win

Glickenhaus believes its timesheet-topping pace in the Le Mans 24 Hours test day is further proof that it can mount a credible challenge in the French endurance classic.

Le Mans Hypercars: Top speed, rules & how they differ from LMP1

A new breed of racing car makes its Le Mans 24 Hours debut this month. But what is a Le Mans Hypercar, and how does it differ from LMP1?

United under "a lot of pressure" at Le Mans, says di Resta

Ex-Formula 1 driver Paul de Resta believes United Autosports faces added pressure in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours due to the team’s status as the reigning champions.

What to expect from the all-female Richard Mille Racing Team at Le Mans

Ninth in class at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours was a strong result for the newly-formed Richard Mille Racing Team in its first attempt at the legendary endurance race.

Gallery: Le Mans 24 Hours test day in pictures

Glickenhaus topped the official test day ahead of next week's Le Mans 24 Hours, with Olivier Pla outpacing both Toyotas in the #708-Pipo Hypercar. Here's a selection of images from the test.

Ogier appears set for Toyota Hypercar run in WEC rookie test
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Ogier appears set for Toyota Hypercar run in WEC rookie test

Seven-time World Rally Championship title winner Sebastien Ogier appears set for a try-out in a Toyota Le Mans Hypercar at the Bahrain FIA World Endurance Championship rookie test in November.

How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car Prime

How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car

The JW Automotive Engineering team won twice at the Le Mans 24 Hours with ageing Fords and was considered the heavy favourite to add more victories to its tally after partnering with Porsche. But despite being armed with the all-conquering 917, this formidable combination was never as successful in real life as on the big screen.

Le Mans Records: Biggest winning margin, most distance & more

Motorsport is a numbers game. Think hours, minutes and seconds (and fractions thereof), laps, points, miles an hour, whatever.