ALMS: Long Beach Provisional Entry List.

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Provisional entries for the second round of the 2011 American Le Mans Series at Long Beach are now available and, as the first ALMS round outside of the ILMC, grid numbers have dropped significantly.

As expected, the prototype ranks were most significantly affected. The (albeit anticipated) omission of series regulars Highcroft, Intersport, and AutoCon, leaving the LMP field in an ailing state, with only four (2x LMP1, 2x LMP2) entries between the two categories.

Long time series stalwarts, Robertson Racing will not compete at the event. As first time Le Mans competitors in 2011, the team and its pair of Doran Ford GT chassis, will be required to attend the Le Mans test day on April, 24. Logistical difficulties have prevented the squad from participating at Longbeach.

Provisional entry listings for the event can be seen below.

LMP1

  • 6 Muscle Milk AMR – Lola-AMR Coupe B08-82 – Lucas Luhr/Klaus Graf
  • 16 Dyson Racing Team – Lola B09/86-Mazda –  Chris Dyson/Guy Smith

LMP2

  • 33 Level 5 Motorsports – Lola B11/40-HPD – Scott Tucker/Christophe Bouchut
  • 055 Level 5 Motorsports – Lola B11/80-HPD – Scott Tucker/Luis Diaz

GT

  • 3 Corvette Racing – Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 – Olivier Beretta/Tommy Milner
  • 4 Corvette Racing – Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 – Oliver Gavin/Jan Magnussen
  • 17 Team Falken Tire – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Bryan Sellers/Wolf Henzler
  • 44 Flying Lizard Motorsports – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Darren Law/Seth Neiman
  • 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Jörg Bergmeister/Patrick Long
  • 48 Paul Miller Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Bryce Miller/TBD
  • 55 BMW Team RLL – BMW E92 M3 – Bill Auberlen/Dirk Werner
  • 56 BMW Team RLL – BMW E92 M3 – Dirk Mueller/Joey Hand
  • 62 Risi Competizione – Ferrari F458 Italia – Jaime Melo/Toni Vilander
  • 98 JaguarRSR – Jaguar XKR – Bruno Junqueira/Cristiano Da Matta
  • 99 JaguarRSR – Jaguar XKR – PJ Jones/Paul Gentilozzi
  • 01 Extreme Speed Motorsports – Ferrari F458 Italia – Scott Sharp/Johannes van Overbeek
  • 02 Extreme Speed Motorsports – Ferrari F458 Italia – Ed Brown/Guy Cosmo
  • 08 West Yokohama Racing – Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 – Nicky Pastorelli/Dominik Schwager

LMPC

  • 18 Performance Tech – Oreca FLM09 – Anthony Nicolosi/Jarrett Boon
  • 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports – Oreca FLM09 – TBD/TBD
  • 63 Genoa Racing – Oreca FLM09 – Eric Lux/Elton Julian
  • 05 CORE AutoSport – Oreca FLM09 – Jon Bennett/Frankie Montecalvo
  • 06 CORE AutoSport – Oreca FLM09 – Gunnar Jeannette/Ricardo Gonzalez

GTC

  • 11 JDX Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Nick Ham/Scott Blackett
  • 23 Alex Job Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Bill Sweedler/Leh Keen
  • 32 GMG Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Bret Curtis/James Safronas
  • 34 Kelly Moss Motorsports – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Peter LeSaffre/Andrew Davis
  • 54 Black Swan Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Tim Pappas/Jeroen Bleekemolen
  • 66 TRG – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Duncan Ende/Spencer Pumpelly
  • 68 TRG – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Dion von Moltke/TBD
  • 77 Magnus Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – John Potter/Craig Stanton

LMP1= 2 LMP2 = 2 GT = 14 LMPC = 5 GTC = 8 Total = 31

LMS: Paul Ricard Entry List.

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Entries for the Le Mans series season opener at Paul Ricard were released this week and, although sustaining late withdrawals from both LMP and GT, round one will bear a healthy grid of 34 competitors.

Entry listings can be seen in full below.

LMP1

  • 009 Aston Martin Racing – AMR-One – Mücke/Turner/Primat
  • 12 Rebellion Racing – Lola B10/60 Coupé-Toyota – Prost/Jani
  • 13 Rebellion Racing – Lola B10/60 Coupé-Toyota – Belicchi/Boullion
  • 16 Pescarolo Sport- Pescarolo-Judd – Collard/Tinseau/Jousse
  • 18 Guess Racing Europe – Lola B09/80 Coupé-Judd – Hazebrouck/Kaufmann
  • 20 Quifel-ASM – Zytek-09SC – Amaral/Pla

LMP2

  • 36 RML – HPD ARX -01d – Newton/Erdos/Collins
  • 39 Pecom Racing – Lola B11/40-Judd – Companc/Russo/Kaffer
  • 40 Race Performance – Oreca 03-Judd – Frey/Meichtry/Thor-Christian Ebbesvik
  • 41 Greaves Motorsport – Zytek Z11SN-Nissan – Ojjeh/Chalandon/Kimber-Smith
  • 42 Strakka Racing – HPD ARX-01 – Leventis/Watts/Kane
  • 43 RLR msport – MG Lola EX265-AER – Gates/Garofall/Phillips
  • 44 Extreme Limite AM – Norma M200P-Judd – Rosier/Luco/Basso
  • 45 Boutsen Energy Racing – Oreca 03-Nissan – Kraihamer/De Crem
  • 46 TDS Racing – Oreca 03-Nissan – Beche/Thiriet/Firth

FLM

  • 91 Hope Polevision Racing – FLM Oreca-09 – Moro/Tinguely/Shanqi
  • 92 Neil Garner Motorsport – FLM Oreca-09 –  Hartshorne/Keating/Keen
  • 93 Genoa Racing – FLM Oreca-09 – Petersen/Julian/Zugel
  • 95 Pegasus Racing – FLM Oreca-09 – Schultis/Simon
  • 99 JMB Racing – FLM Oreca-09 – TBA/TBA

GTE-PRO

  • 51 AF Corse – Ferrari F458 Italia – Fisichella/Bruni
  • 66 JMW Motorsport- Ferrari F458 Italia – Bell/Walker
  • 71 AF Corse – Ferrari F458 Italia – Melo/Vilander
  • 75 Prospeed Competition – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Holzer/Westbrook
  • 76 IMSA Performance Matmut – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Narac/Pilet
  • 77 Team Felbermayr Proton – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Lieb/Lietz
  • 78 Gruppem-Eterniti Racing – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Sugden/Jelley
  • 79 JOTA – Aston Martin Vantage – Hancock/Dolan
  • 86 Young Driver AMR – Aston Martin Vantage – Enge/Muller
  • 89 Hankook Team Farnbacher – Ferrari F430 GT – Farnbacher/Simonsen

GTE-AM

  • 61 AF Corse – Ferrari F430 – Perazzini/Cioci/Lemeret
  • 67 IMSA Performance Matmut – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Narac/Armindo
  • 70 Kessel Racing – Ferrari F458 Italia – Broniszewski/Peter
  • 72 AF Corse – Ferrari F430 – Kauffman/Aguas
  • 82 CRS Racing – Ferrari F430 – Hummel/Christidoulou/Quaife
  • 88 Team Felbermayr Proton – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Ragginger/Ried/Long

Aston Martin unveils AMR-One LMP1 challenger

Aston Martin's new LMP1 challenger, the AMR-One. - Image courtesy Aston Martin Racing.

Aston Martin's new LMP1 challenger, the AMR-One. - Image courtesy Aston Martin Racing.

After months of anticipation, Aston Martin Racing has today revealed its latest generation LMP1 challenger, the AMR-One to the sportscar racing fraternity, along with its driver lineup and race programme for the 2011 season. A rapid departure from Aston Martin’s previous prototype forays, the open-top chassis marks AMR’s first purpose-built motorsport chassis since 1956.

Unlike its competitors, the AMR-One will utilise a 2.0 litre gasoline, turbo-charged, direct-injected, inline six powerplant. The car’s transmission will be supplied by X-trac, in the form of a six-speed pneumatic, semi-automatic shifting system. Front suspension has been revealed as a double A-arm design.

Despite having opted against the coupe route chosen by its competitors, the open cockpit design bears multiple semblances to both its rivals in minor ways. The first of of which, and most note-worthy, being the use of front-mounted, rear-wheel sized tyres as a means gaining additional front-end grip and corner stability through increased tyre contact.

Originally pioneered by Wirth Research on the ARX-02a, the concept has also been employed by both Audi and Peugeot on their latest generation LMP1 chassis.

Split nose design of the AMR-One. A radical departure from that of the Lola-AMR. - Image Courtesy Aston Martin Racing.

Split nose design of the AMR-One. A radical departure from that of the Lola-AMR. - Image Courtesy Aston Martin Racing.

The raised/split nose design (also utilised by Peugeot) is an unexpected addition to the AMR-One. The feature, which conjures thoughts of several prototypes (both past and present), had not been an anticipated development for many.

As a result, the car’s cosmetics have already been labeled as less-desirable than its competitors. Without a basis for on-track comparisons the practicality of the design has not yet been gauged.

Another unexpected development is the use of an asymmetric cooling system. In recent times LMP constructors had primarily opted for symmetrical systems, opting for either twin side-mounted air-intakes (usually located above rear wheel archs) and, where necessary, an additional roof mounted intake.

Unlike its rivals, the AMR-One bears a single side-mounted air-intake unit. A second intake unit is mounted between the rollhoops, beside the driver’s head, and attached to the now mandatory fin adorning the car’s rear.

The AMR-One also bears what appears to be a constant (or at least minimally varying) trailing edge on its sidewalls. Which are noticeably higher than those of its rivals.

The AMR-One's high riding sidewall. - Image courtesy Aston Martin Racing.

AMR also revealed details of its driver lineup for the 2011 season. Announcing the return of Stefan Mücke, Darren Turner, Adrian Fernandez, Harold Primat, and recent addition Andy Meyrick. The sixth driver, who will partner both Mücke/Turner in the 007, has not yet been revealed.

The marque also further confirmed its intentions to compete in the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. Despite this, AMR will not be present at opening round of the ILMC this March, removing the Sebring 12 Hour from its 2011 schedule. Team members cited a lack of preparation as the deciding factor.

AMR will instead debut the AMR-One at the LMS season opener at Paul Ricard, on 1-3 April.

Although lacking in some areas cosmetically, the overall design of the AMR-One appears to be a melding of ideas from other successful LMP designs, along with additional AMR ingenuity. Whether the package can be deemed effective is yet to be proven.

The AMR-One is expected to commence preliminary testing in March.

Ecurie Ecosse announces sportscar revival; Commits DBRS9 for Spa 24

Famous Scottish team Ecurie Ecosse has recently announced plans for a return to sportscar competition as soon as 2011. The famous team yesterday revealed its intention to enter the Spa 24 hour event in July.

The Edinburgh-based squad will campaign a single Aston Martin DBSR9 GT3 chassis under the Ecurie Ecosse banner, utilising the services of esteemed British outfit, Barwell Motorsport who, in addition to providing services to Ecurie Ecosse, will campaign their own DBRS9 throughout the 2011 Blancpain Endurance Series, and Spa 24 Hour.

The team will also receive factory assistance from AMR in the form of both technical, training, and engineering support.

Team boss, Ian McCaig made the following statement in relation to the announcement:

“This is a very exciting development for Ecurie Ecosse. I have been looking for an opportunity to take the team back into sportscar racing for some time, but the overall package had to be right. Now, with a team of ambitious and talented young drivers, together with a competitive manufacturer-backed car run by experienced engineers, I am extremely pleased that we can now take this major step forward. We have partnered with Aston Martin before and it is great to be doing it again some 20 years later. Ultimately we want to be back at Le Mans and this is a fantastic starting point.”