WEC
Aug 29

OAK Racing Trio Set Sights On WEC LMP2 Title

OAK Racing Trio Set Sights On WEC LMP2 Title

Photo: DPPI/FIA WEC

With a dominant run in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which saw a 1-2 result in LMP2, OAK Racing heads into this weekend’s Six Hours of Sao Paulo looking to continue its title chase in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The French squad’s No. 35 Morgan-Nissan of Bertrand Baguette, Martin Plowman and Ricardo Gonzalez claimed a dominant victory in the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic, which propelled the trio to the top of the LMP2 standings, five points ahead of their sister No. 24 entry.

Aug 16

Sao Paulo WEC Grid Taking Shape

LE MANS- Sao Paulo WEC Grid Taking Shape

Photo Credit: John Dagys

An updated provisional entry list for the 6 Hours of São Paulo has been released with some of the teams confirming their driver line ups for the race on Sunday 1 September. Twenty-eight cars, two more than for the inaugural 6 Hours of São Paulo in 2012, have been entered for the South American round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Brazil’s Bruno Senna will now be joined in the LMGTE Pro No. 99 Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8 by Rob Bell after the British driver was confirmed by the team. The team mates for the other Brazilian driver Fernando Rees remain unchanged with Julien Canal and Patrick Bornhauser sharing the driving duties in the No. 50 Larbre Competition Chevrolet Corvette.

The final member of the Rebellion Racing Lola-Toyota driver line up in LMP1 will be Mathias Beche, the Swiss driver joining Nicolas Prost and Nick Heidfeld in their attempt to secure an overall podium against the mighty Audi and Toyota teams.

Aug 14

Stanaway, Thiim Added To AMR Lineup For WEC Brazil

Circuit de La Sarthe, Le Mans, France. 19th - 23rd June 2013. Christoffer Nygaard/Kristian Poulsen/Allan Simonsen, Aston Martin Racing (Prodrive), No.95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE

Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic

Aston Martin Racing’s five-car entry for next month’s Six Hours of Sao Paulo will feature a new and returning driver to the factory British squad.

Nicki Thiim will make his debut with AMR, filling the seat of Allan Simonsen, who lost his life in an early race accident at Le Mans. Thimm will be joined by fellow Danes Christoffer Nygaard and Kristian Poulsen, who both currently sit fifth in the GTE-Am drivers’ championship.

Aug 7

Honda Performance Development Reveals 2014 LMP1 Engine

LE MANS- HPD Reveals 2014 LMP1 Engine

Photo Credit: HPD

Honda Performance Development, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., is continuing its commitment to customer LMP1 endurance sports-car racing with the 2014 introduction of an all-new, turbocharged V6 engine, to be followed in 2015 by a range of bespoke energy recovery options, for FIA World Endurance Championship competition.

After several successful seasons supplying the normally aspirated Honda LM-V8 engine to private teams in both the WEC and American Le Mans Series, HPD engineers and designers made the decision to offer their partner teams access to updated technology which the company believes will be necessary to successfully compete on the world stage, under the ACO’s new LMP1 energy-based power train regulations.

The new engine, to be designated the Honda HR22T, is based on the same architecture used in the Indianapolis 500-winning, 2.2-liter direct injection turbocharged V6 engine used in IZOD IndyCar Series competition since 2012, designed to be coupled with a new energy recovery system developed in concert with HPD technical partner Magneti Marelli.