Lola Unveils B11/80 LMP2 Coupe.

Lola B11/80 Coupe Render

Lola's recently unveiled B11/80 LMP2 Coupe. - Image Courtesy Lola-group.com

Last week SportscarGeek covered the unveiling of Lola’s latest open cockpit LMP2 offering, the B11/40. Lola has today unveiled its Coupe counterpart, the B11/80.

Like the B11/40, the closed-cockpit design features a strong resemblance to its predecessors, sporting many recent revisions seen on the current crop of Lola LMPs and its recently revealed open-cockpit counterpart.

Some of the notable changes to the chassis include an all-carbon bodykit, rear/side bodywork and air intake modifications, the addition of Lola’s quick-release bodywork and High-Torque transmission systems, an increased length wheel base, and the recently mandated ‘Shark-fin’ attachment, designed to increase aerodynamic stability.

Like the B11/40, the chassis will also provide compatibility with GT/Production engines from a wide array of manufacturers (i.e. BMW, Ford, HPD, Jaguar, Nissan, Toyota, Judd etc).

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ALMS: Robertson Racing Confirm Second Petit Le Mans Entry.

Robertson Racing FordGT, Laguna Seca, 2010.

Robertson Racing's FordGT during the Six Hours of Monterey, 2010. - Image Courtesy Doug Werner/Speedtv.com

After months of speculation over the future of Robertson Racing’s FordGT programme, the team today confirmed the plans for expansion many fans had been hoping for.

Despite lacking factory-support, and facing one of the toughest financial climates in motorsport history, Robertson Racing has unveiled plans to field an additional FordGT entry before season’s end.

With chassis construction now underway, the team has elected for a wide cross-selection of talent to spearhead their all-professional assault on the series. Having driven alongside Andrea/David Robertson throughout the 2009 season, the seasoned hands of Robertson Racing regular and ALMS veteran David Murry will move to the new chassis. Murry will be joined by two-time Le Mans Series GT2 champion Rob Bell, and former IndyCar/NASCAR driver Anthony Lazzaro.

Robertson Racing Team Manager, Andrew Smith had the following to say: “We have been working hard for some time now to turn this into a reality so it’s fantastic to finally announce our expansion into a two-car squad. The Series’ GT class is probably the most competitive in world motorsport which makes running an independent team without works-backing very challenging.”

The team’s second FordGT entry will make its series debut at the 13th running of the Petit Le Mans event in early October. The race will also serve as the sole North American event during the inaugural running of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.

Spa 24H Entry List (Provisional) Released.

Spa24 Hour 2010 Poster

Provisional entry listings for the 2010 Total 24 Hours of Spa are now available.

The  provisional entry list can be seen below.

Cat.
#/Team/Car
Drivers
Tyre
GT2
#1 AF Corse
Ferrari F430 M GT2
Michael Waltrip
Nicola Cadei
Robert Kauffman
Marco Cioci
Michelin
GT2
#2 AF Corse – ALD Team Vitaphone
Ferrari F430 M GT2
Eric van de Poele
Bert Longin
Gianmaria Bruni
Toni Vilander
Michelin
GT2
#7 Trackspeed
Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997) M GT2
David Ashburn
Carl Rosenblad
Sebastian Asch
TBA
Avon
GT2
#13 ProSpeed Competition
Porsche 997 GT3 RSR
Richard Westbrook
Marco Holzer
Marc Goossens
Marc Lieb
Michelin
GT2
#16 IMSA Performance Matmut
Porsche 997 GT3 RSR
Raymond Narac
Patrick Long
Patrick Pilet
Richard Lietz
Michelin
GT2
#17 IMSA Performance Matmut
Porsche 997 GT3 RSR
Christophe Bourret
Pascal Gibon
Jean-Philippe Belloc
Richard Balandras
Michelin
GT2
#23 BMS Scuderia Italia
Porsche 997 GT3 RSR
Romain Dumas
Jörg Bergmeister
Martin Ragginger
Wolf Henzler
Michelin
GT2
#31 ProSpeed Competition
Porsche 997 GT3 RSR
Paul van Splunteren
Phil Bastiaans
Niek Hommerson
Louis Machiels
Michelin
GT3
#50 Phoenix Racing
Audi R8 LMS
Anthony Kumpen
Marcel Fässler
Lucas Luhr
Mike Rockenfeller
Michelin
GT3
#51 Phoenix Racing
Audi R8 LMS
Alex Margaritis
Marc Hennerici
Andrea Piccini
Henri Moser
Michelin
GT3
#52 Mühlner Motorsport
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S
Armand Fumal
Jérôme Thiry
Mark J. Thomas
Gianluca De Lorenzi
Michelin
GT3
#53 Mühlner Motorsport
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S
Jürgen Häring
Dimitrios Konstantinou
Gilles Vannelet
Arnaud Peyroles
Michelin
GT3
#55 Sport Garage
BMW Alpina B6 GT3
Romain Brandela
Gaël Lesoudier
Thierry Prignaud
Thierry Stepec
Michelin
GT3
#56 M.P. Racing (Sport Garage)
BMW Alpina B6 GT3
Andre-Alain Corbel
Thomas Duchene
Christian Beroujon
TBA
Michelin
GT3
#58 VDS Racing Aventures
Ford Mustang FR500C GT
Raphael van der Straten
Karim Al-Azhari
Jose Close
Erik Qvick
Michelin
GT3
#60 ProSpeed Competition
Porsche 911 GT3 R
Remy Brouard
Christophe Kerckhove
Philippe Nozière
TBA
Michelin
GT3
#61 Prospeed Competition
Porsche 911 GT3 R
Jos Menten
Oskar Slingerland
Maxime Soulet
Julien Schroyen
Michelin
GT3
#63 BRS Aston Martin Racing
Aston Martin DBRS9
Jérôme Demay
Christophe D’Ansembourg
Pierre Grivegnée
TBA
Michelin
GT3
#64 BRS Aston Martin Racing
Aston Martin DBRS9
Eddy Renard
Koen Wauters
Jeffrey van Hooydonk
Tim Verbergt
Michelin
GT3
#67 United Autosports
Audi R8 LMS
Mark Blundell
Zak Brown
Richard Dean
Eddie Cheever
Michelin
GT3
#68 United Autosports
Audi R8 LMS
Stefan Johansson
Alain Li
Mark Patterson
Emil Assentato
Michelin
GT3
#71 Team RPM
Ford GT
Alex Mortimer
Peter Bamford
Matt Griffin
Michelin
GT3
#72 WRT
Audi R8 LMS
Greg Franchi
Vincent Vosse
Frank Stippler
Frank Biela
Michelin
GT3
#73 WRT
Audi R8 LMS
Stéphane Lemeret
Kurt Mollekens
Stéphane Ortelli
François Verbist
Michelin
GT3
#74 WRT
Audi R8 LMS
Christian Kelders
Jean-Luc Blanchemain
David Tuchbant
Frédéric Bouvy
Michelin
GT3
#84 Reiter Engineering
Lamborghini LP560-4
Peter Kox
Marc Hayek
Ettore Bonaldi
Jeffrey Lee
Michelin
GT3
#85 Gulf Team First
Lamborghini LP560-4
Fabien Giroix
Frédéric Fatien
Jean-Pierre Valentini
Anthony Beltoise
Michelin
GT3
#86 Gulf Team First
Lamborghini LP560-4
Didier Andre
Mike Wainwright
Gregoire De Moustier
Roald Goethe
Michelin
GT3
#87 Argo Racing
Lamborghini LP560-4
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
Michelin
GT3
#92 G2 Racing
Ferrari F430 GT3
Björn Grossmann
Claudio Sdanewitsch
Stéphane Clareton
Cédric Mézard
Michelin
GT3
#98 Marc VDS Racing Team
Ford GT
Bas Leinders
Maxime Martin
Marc Duez
Michelin
GT3
#99 Marc VDS Racing Team
Ford GT
Eric de Doncker
Renaud Kuppens
Markus Palttala
Michelin
GTN
#66 Jet Alliance
Porsche 997 Cup
Lukas Lichtner Hoyer
Vitus Eckert
Marco Seefried
Martin Rich
Michelin
GTN
#78 BMW Motorsport
BMW M3 E92
Jörg Muller
Pedro Lamy
Uwe Alzen
TBA
Dunlop
GTN
#79 BMW Motorsport
BMW M3 E92
Dirk Werner
Dirk Adorf
Dirk Müller
TBA
Dunlop
GTN
#81 Gravity International
Mosler MT900R
Romain Grosjean
Vincent Radermecker
TBA
TBA
Michelin
GTN
#91 EBRT/ Level Racing
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup
Philippe Broodcooren
TBA
TBA
TBA
Michelin
GTN
#100 First Motorsport
Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S
Hoevert Vos
Jeroen Schothorst
Raymond Coronel
Harrie Kolen
Michelin
GT4
#59 Team Jota
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Simon Dolan
Sam Hancock
Roger Wills
Joe Twyman
Pirelli
GT4
#62 RJN Motorsport
Nissan 370Z
Rob Barff
Lucas Ordonez
Alex Buncombe
Chris Buncombe
Michelin
GT4
#69 Speed Lover
Porsche 911 GT3
Patrick Deblauwe
René Brugmans
Didier Grandjean
Jean-Michel Gerome
Michelin
GT4
#70 Speed Lover
Porsche 911 GT3
Sebastien Viale
TBA
TBA
TBA
Michelin

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ALMS: LimeRock Results (Final).

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Final result listings for round five of the 2010 American Le Mans Series can be seen below.

Pos. No. Cat. Drivers No Laps Diff Total Time Best Time Make
1 1 P (Pickett)/

Graf*

171 -.— 2:45:04.386 50.592 Porsche RS Spyder
2 2 P Brabham*/

(Pagenaud)

171 27.810 2:45:32.196 50.056 ‡ HPD ARX-01c
3 1 PC Jeannette/

(Julian*)

162 9 Laps 2:44:35.241 54.308 Oreca FLM09
4 2 PC Figge*/

(Papadopoulos)

162 9 Laps 2:45:08.822 54.048 ‡ Oreca FLM09
5 1 GT Bergmeister/

(Long*)

161 10 Laps 2:45:40.015 56.022 Porsche 911 RSR
6 2 GT Auberlen*/

(Milner)

161 10 Laps 2:45:41.510 56.107 BMW M3 GT
7 3 GT (Mueller)/

Hand*

161 10 Laps 2:45:44.094 55.943 BMW M3 GT
8 4 GT Salo*/

(Kaffer)

160 11 Laps 2:45:56.305 56.196 Ferrari 430 GT
9 5 GT (Beretta)/

Gavin*

159 12 Laps 2:45:15.385 55.973 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
10 3 PC Tucker*/

(Wallace)

158 13 Laps 2:45:50.793 54.486 Oreca FLM09
11 6 GT (Sharp)/van Overbeek* 157 14 Laps 2:45:15.161 56.292 Ferrari 430 GT
12 7 GT Law/

(Neiman*)

157 14 Laps 2:46:01.752 56.598 Porsche 911 RSR
13 8 GT Sellers/ (Henzler*) 156 15 Laps 2:45:24.356 56.996 Porsche 911 RSR
14 1 GTC (Richard)/ Lally* 152 19 Laps 2:45:35.320 59.086 ‡ Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
15 9 GT Dalziel*/

(Goossens)

152 19 Laps 2:45:43.100 58.482 Jaguar XKRS
16 2 GTC (Pappas)/

Bleekemolen*

151 20 Laps 2:45:40.181 59.368 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
17 10 GT (Brown)/

Cosmo*

150 21 Laps 2:45:52.356 57.281 Ferrari 430 GT
18 3 GTC Lewis*/ (Vento) 149 22 Laps 2:45:55.142 59.728 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
19 4 PC Sedivy*/

(Zugel)

146 25 Laps 2:45:46.529 57.698 Oreca FLM09
20 4 GTC (Curtis)/

Sofronas*

146 25 Laps 2:46:02.110 59.402 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
21 5 GTC Miller*/

(Hines)

140 31 Laps 2:36:26.132 59.515 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
22 3 P (J.Field*)/

C.Field

140 31 Laps 2:46:00.826 51.670 Lola B06 10
23 6 GTC (Sweedler)/

Kapudija*

123 48 Laps 2:46:01.638 1:00.571 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
24 4 P Drayson/

(Cocker*)

113 58 Laps 2:45:46.060 50.360 Lola B09 60
25 11 GT (Murry*)/

A.Robertson

110 61 Laps 2:45:04.838 57.535 Doran Ford GT-R
26 5 PC Marcelli*/

(Wong)

108 63 Laps 1:55:21.221 54.358 Oreca FLM09
27 12 GT Magnussen*/

(O’Connell)

35 136 Laps 40:56.658 57.110 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
28 13 GT (Melo*)/

Bruni

22 149 Laps 2:43:13.334 56.601 Ferrari 430 GT
29 5 P (Dyson)/

Smith*

7 164 Laps 6:36.117 51.466 Lola B09 86 Mazda
30 6 PC (Tucker)/

Bouchut*

0 171 Laps -.— -.— Oreca FLM09

ALMS: Porsche GT3R Hybrid to Race at Petit Le Mans.

Porsche GT3R Hybrid Nürburgring 24 Hour 2010.

Porsche's GT3R Hybrid during the 2010 Nürburgring 24 Hour. - Image Courtesy Webridestv.com

After months of speculation, Porsche’s latest benchmark in race technology, the GT3R-Hybrid, saw it’s participation in the running of the 2010 Petit Le Mans confirmed.

Having already managed several impressive finishes in the German VLN series, and lead the 2010 Nürburgring 24 Hour event for over eight hours (before later retiring as a result of an engine failure), a visit to the self-proclaimed home of  ‘Green Racing’ would seem a logical step in the development cycle of such a vehicle.

Despite the confirmation of eligibility, the GT3R-Hybrid will run in VLN-specification, and unclassified due to ACO regulations disallowing the participation of GT3-spec chassis.

Head of Porsche Motorsport Activities Hartmut Kristen had the following to say:

“After the 911 GT3 R Hybrid’s fantastic performance at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, we are now eager to gain more experience with the hybrid technology on a variety of race tracks. At the same time, we would like to show fans and customers in our most important market how our ‘race lab’ performs under racing conditions.”

The GT3R-Hybrid will make it’s  Stateside debut at the 13th running of the ten hour Petit Le Mans event in early October.



Lola Unveils 2011 B11/40 LMP2.

Lola B11/40 LMP2

Image Courtesy Lola-group.com

Lola Cars today unveiled the latest addition to its range of LMP chassis, the LMP2 specification B11/40.

The chassis bears a strong resemblances to its predecessors (namely the B07/40, B10/80), featuring recent aero updates seen on the current-spec Lola machinery (i.e. rear/side bodywork, air intake etc).

Designed to 2011 ACO regulations, the open-cockpit chassis aims to provide privateer teams a financially viable means of participation under the newer, cost-capped ruleset. Under new class rules the chassis price must not exceed €325,000 (without engine), or €400,000 with engine package.

As one of the first customer cars designed under the new ruleset, the chassis will provide a number of revisions. Notably an all-carbon bodykit, quick-release rear bodywork, Lola’s High-Torque transmission system, and the recently mandated ‘Shark-fin’ attachment (pictured).

Additionally, the chassis will also be compatible with GT/Production engines from a wide array of manufacturers (i.e. BMW, Ford, HPD, Jaguar, Nissan, Toyota, Judd).

ALMS: Lime Rock Park Entry List Released.

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Provisional entry listings for Round five of the ALMS are now available. Despite the omission of several entries present at last weekends’ GP of Utah at Miller, the field remains at 31 entries.

A notable mention goes to the inclusion of the #61 Risi entry, making it’s second 2010 ALMS appearance. The #61 receives a change in driver lineup, with the familiar faces of Mika Salo and Pierre Kaffer returning Stateside to represent the prancing horse.

LMP

  • 1 Patrón Highcroft Racing – HPD ARX-01c – David Brabham / Simon Pagenaud
  • 6 Muscle Milk Team CytoSport – Porsche RS Spyder – Greg Pickett / Klaus Graf
  • 8 Drayson Racing – Lola B09 60-Judd – Paul Drayson / Jonny Cocker
  • 13 Dyson Racing Team Castrol – Lola B09 86-Mazda – Chris Dyson / Guy Smith
  • 37 Intersport Racing – Lola B06 10-AER – Jon Field / Clint Field

GT

  • 3 Corvette Racing – Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – Jan Magnussen / Johnny O’Connell
  • 4 Corvette Racing – Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – Olivier Beretta / Oliver Gavin
  • 17 Team Falken Tire – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Bryan Sellers / Wolf Henzler
  • 40 Robertson Racing – Doran Design Ford GT – Andrea Robertson / David Murry
  • 44 Flying Lizard Motorsports – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Darren Law / Seth Neiman
  • 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Joerg Bergmeister / Patrick Long
  • 61 Risi Competizione – Ferrari 430 GT – Pierre Kaffer / Mika Salo
  • 62 Risi Competizione – Ferrari 430 GT – Jaime Melo / Gianmaria Bruni
  • 75 JaguarRSR – Marc Goossens / Ryan Dalziel
  • 90 BMW Rahal Letterman – BMW M3 GT – Dirk Müller / Joey Hand
  • 92 BMW Rahal Letterman – BMW M3 GT – Bill Auberlen / Tommy Milner
  • 01 Extreme Speed Motorsports -Ferrari 430 GT – Scott Sharp / Johannes van Overbeek
  • 02 Extreme Speed Motorsports – Ferrari 430 GT – Ed Brown / Guy Cosmo

LMPC

  • 36 Genoa Racing – Oreca FLM09 – Tom Sedivy / Christian Zugel
  • 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports – Oreca FLM09 – Tom Papadopoulos / Alex Figge
  • 55 Level 5 Motorsports – Oreca FLM09 – Scott Tucker / Christophe Bouchut
  • 89 Intersport Racing – Oreca FLM09 – Brian Wong / Kyle Marcelli
  • 95 Level 5 Motorsports – Oreca FLM09 – Scott Tucker / Andy Wallace
  • 99 Green Earth Team Gunnar – Oreca FLM09 – Gunnar Jeannette / Elton Julian

GTC

  • 23 Alex Job Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Bill Sweedler / Romeo Kapudija
  • 32 GMG Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Bret Curtis / James Sofronas
  • 48 ORBIT – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Bryce Miller / Luke Hines
  • 54 Black Swan Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Timothy Pappas / Jeroen Bleekemolen
  • 63 TRG – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Henri Richard / Andy Lally
  • 80 Alex Job Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Ricardo Gonzalez / Luis Diaz
  • 88 Velox Motorsports – Shane Lewis / Jerry Vento

LMP= 5 GT = 13 LMPC = 6 GTC = 7 Total = 31