LM24: Final qualifying results; AudiSport secures Le Mans pole.

Audi drivers Lotterer, Treluyer, and Fassler celebrate AudiSport's first pole position since 2006. - Image courtesy Lemans.org

AudiSport Team Joest today rounded out the week’s third and final qualifying session to secure both the overall pole, and front row of the grid.

With just over 45 minutes remaining in today’s final session, the #2 Audi of Treluyer, Lotterer, and  Fassler rose to the top of the timesheets with a time of 3:25.728. The trio securing AudiSport’s first pole at Le Mans since 2006.

Audi’s reigning champions in Rockenfeller, Bernhard, and Dumas of the #1 sister car would secure a close second, managing a time of 3:25.799 to round out an all Audi front row.

Having moved to third during the later stages of the night session, the #9 entry of Pagenaud, Lamy, and Bourdais lead the Peugeot factory charge with a time of 3:26.010. Followed by the #8 sister car of Minassian, Sarrazin, and Montagny.

Despite a late charge for pole the #3 Audi of elder statesmen, Kristensen, McNish, and Capello would be left to settle for fifth position following a spin in the dying moments of the night time session.

Rebellion Racing’s Toyota-powered Lolas emerged as fastest runners within the LMP1 petrol contingent. Achieving a time of 3:32.883, the #12 car of Jani, Prost, and Bleekemolen would marginally oust nearest competitors, Pescarolo to manage eighth position overall.

SignaTech’s Oreca-Nissan package would prove quickest in LMP2, narrowly edging out class favourites (and reigning LMP2 champions) Strakka Racing for class pole.

After setting the benchmark for single-lap pace in earlier sessions, BMW Motorsport maintained its dominance to qualify first and third in the GTE-PRO category.

BMW Motorsport #55 of Farfus, Müller, and Werner would achieve the class pole with a time of  3:57.592. Closely followed by the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 entry of Fisichella, Bruni, Vilander, who would  secure second with a time of 3:58.040.

An eventful start to the weekend saw a highly anticipated all-professional appearance for the Flying Lizard squad suffer several setbacks. The #80 crew of Bergmeister, Long, and Luhr qualifying twelfth in class following car difficulties.

Qualifying results can be seen in full below.

  1. 2 Audi Sport Team Joest – Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer – Audi R18 TDI – 3:25.738
  2. 1 Audi Sport Team Joest – Bernhard/Dumas/Rockenfeller – Audi R18 TDI – 3:25.799
  3. 9 Team Peugeot Total Lamy/Bourdais/Pagenaud – Peugeot 908 – 3:26.010
  4. 8 Peugeot Sport Total Montagny/Sarrazin/Minassian – Peugeot 908 – 3:26.156
  5. 3 Audi Sport North America – Capello/T. Kristensen/McNish – Audi R18 TDI – 3:26.165
  6. 7 Peugeot Sport Total – Gene/Wurz/Davidson – Peugeot 908 – 3:26.272
  7. 10 Team Oreca Matmut – Lapierre/Duval/Panis – Peugeot 908 HDI-FAP – 3:30.084
  8. 12 Rebellion Racing Jani/Prost/Bleekemolen – Lola B10/60 Coupe-Toyota – 3:32.883
  9. 16 Pescarolo Team – Collard/Tinseau/Jousse – Pescarolo Judd – 3:33.066
  10. 13 Rebellion Racing – Belicchi/Boullion/Smith – Lola B10/60 Coupe-Toyota – 3:34.573
  11. 15 Oak Racing – Monteiro/Moreau/Ragues – OAK Pescarolo-Judd – 3:34.933
  12. 22 Kronos Racing – Ickx/Martin/Leinders – Lola Aston Martin – 3:36.551
  13. 20 Quifel-Asm Team – Amaral/Pla/Hughes – Zytek 09 SC – 3:37.393
  14. 26 Signatech Nissan – Mailleux/Ordoñez/Ayari – Oreca 03-Nissan – 3:41.458
  15. 24 OAK Racing Nicolet/Hein/Yvon – OAK Pescarolo-Judd – 3:41.908
  16. 42 Strakka Racing – Leventis/Watts/Kane – HPD  ARX01d – 3:42.615
  17. 48 Team Oreca Matmut – Premat/Hallyday/Kraihamer – Oreca 03-Nissan – 3:43.098 38
  18. 39 Pecom Racing – Perez-Companc/Russo/Kaffer – Lola B11/40-Judd BMW – 3:43.223
  19. 49 OAK Racing – Nakano/De Crem/Charouz – OAK Pescarolo-BMW – 3:43.479
  20. 41 Greaves Motorsport – Ojjeh/Lombard/Kimber-Smith – Zytek Nissan – 3:43.802
  21. 40 Race Performance – Frey/Meichtry/Rostan – Oreca 03-Judd BMW – 3:44.294
  22. 007 Aston Martin Racing – Klien/Mucke/Turner – Aston Martin AMR-One – 3:45.918
  23. 36 RML – Erdos/Newton/Collins HPD ARX01d – 3:47.308
  24. 5 Hope Racing – Zacchia/Lammers/Elgaard – Oreca Swiss Hy Tech-Hybrid  – 3:47.691
  25. 009 Aston Martin Racing – Fernandez/Meyrick/Primat – Aston Martin AMR-One – 3:48.355
  26. 44 Extreme Limite AM Paris – Rosier/Haezebrouck/De Fournoux – Norma M200P-Judd-BMW – 3:48.420
  27. 35 OAK Racing –  Barlesi/Da Rocha/Lafargue – OAK Pescarolo-Judd BMW – 3:48.665
  28. 33 Level 5 Motorsports – Tucker/Bouchut/Barbosa  – Lola Coupe-HPD – 3:48.863
  29. 55 BMW Motorsport – Farfus/Muller/Werner – BMW M3 GT – 3:57.592
  30. 51 AF Corse SRL – Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander – Ferrari 458 Italia – 3:58.040
  31. 56 BMW Motorsport – Priaulx/Muller/Hand – BMW M3 GT – 3:58.426
  32. 74 Corvette Racing – Gavin/Magnussen/Westbrook – Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 – 3:59.519
  33. 89 Hankook-Team Farnbacher – Farnbacher/Simonsen/Keen – Ferrari 458 Italia – 3:59.519
  34. 73 Corvette Racing – Garcia/Milner/Beretta – Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 – 3:59.633
  35. 77 Team Felbermayr-Proton – Lieb/Lietz/Henzler – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – 3:59.662
  36. 59 Luxury Racing – Ortelli/Makowiecki/Melo – Ferrari 458 Italia – 3:59.901
  37. 75 Prospeed Competition – Goossens/Holzer/Van Lagen – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – 3:59.962
  38. 79 JOTA – Dolan/Hancock/Buncombe – Aston Martin Vantage – 4:00.747
  39. 66 JMW Motorsport – Bell/Sugden/Maassen – Ferrari 458 Italia – 4:00.890
  40. 80 Flying Lizard Motorsports – Bergmeister/Long/Luhr – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – 4:01.024
  41. 58 Luxury Racing – Beltoise/Jakubowski/Thiriet – Ferrari 458 Italia – 4:01.176
  42. 61 AF Corse SRL – Perazzini/Cioci/Breslin – Ferrari F430 – 4:01.282
  43. 88 Team Felbermayr-Proton – Miller/Tandy/Al-Faisal – Porsche 911 RSR (997)- 4:01.752
  44. 71 AF Corse – Kauffman/Waltrip/Aguas – Ferrari 458 Italia – 4:02.216
  45. 76 IMSA Performance Matmut  – Pilet/Narac/Armindo – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – 4:02.548
  46. 63 Proton Competition – Ried/Felbermayr Jr. /Felbermayr Snr. – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – 4:03.532
  47. 81 Flying Lizard Motorsports – Neiman/Law/Pumpelly – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – 4:03.648
  48. 70 Larbre Competition – Bourret/Gibon/Belloc – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – 4:03.918
  49. 83 JMB Racing – Rodrigues/Menahem/Marroc – Ferrari F430 – 4:04.640
  50. 60 Gulf AMR Middle East – Giroix/Goethe/Wainwright – Aston Martin Vantage – 4:04.825
  51. 57 Krohn Racing – Krohn/Jonsson/Rugolo – Ferrari F430 – 4:05.211
  52. 50 Larbre Competition – Bornhanuser/Canal/Gardel – Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 – 4:05.955
  53. 62 CRS Racing – Ehret/Lynn/Wills – Ferrari F430 – 4:07.236
  54. 65 Lotus Jetalliance – Rossiter/Mowlem/Hirschi – Lotus Evora – 4:07.465
  55. 68 Robertson Racing – Robertson/Robertson/Murry – Ford GT-Doran – 4:08.208
  56. 64 Lotus Jetalliance – Slingerland/Rich/Hartshorne – Lotus Evora – 4:12.569
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VLN: Lowndes/Luff rejoin Audi Race Experience for Nürburgring debut.

Lowndes & Luff celebrate their podium finish with fellow team mates following the 2011 Bathurst 12 Hour. - Image courtesy Bathurst12H.

Lowndes & Luff celebrate their podium finish with fellow team mates following the 2011 Bathurst 12 Hour. - Image courtesy Bathurst12H.

Following a highly successful showing at this year’s Bathurst 12 Hour event, V8SC regulars Craig Lowndes and Warren Luff are now set to etch another milestone to their already impressive list of achievements.

Having achieved a second-placed finish on their maiden appearance with Audi’s R8 GT3 chassis, the duo appear to have stamped quite an impression in the sportscar racing fraternity.

After successfully integrating with the AudiSport operation on their debut, both drivers have been selected for an additional appearance with the marque.

Despite originally being selected for the Bathurst 12 hour event on a standalone basis, the Australian pairing have now secured a further competitive outing with the AudiSport (Race Experience Team Joest) squad.

On this occasion the Australian duo will make their paired Nürburgring debut, competing in the SP9 (GT3) category within Germany’s highly-competitive VLN endurance series.

Despite Lowndes having never driven the Nürburgring, the event marks Luff’s third appearance at the legendary circuit. With Luff’s most recent, competitive outing having been with (the now down-scaled) Australian-based Juniper Racing, during the 2008 edition of the Nürburgring 24 hour event.

Lowndes and Luff will take command of the R8 LMS GT3 chassis once more, rejoining the Odenwald-based outfit for a four hour event at round four of the VLN (Langstreckenmeisterschaft) series this May (27/28).

LMS, ILMC: Spa Provisional Entry List Released.

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Entry listings for Spa, round two of the Le Mans series (also the second round of the ILMC) are now available. Bolstered by the inclusion of ILMC runners, the circuit will play host to an unprecedented (at least in recent history) field of sixty entries.

Notable mentions go to the highly anticipated (albeit delayed) appearance of two Lotus Evora entries in the GTE-PRO category, along with the now customary, pre-Le Mans additional entries for Audi, Peugeot, and AMR squads in LMP1.

Entry listings can be seen in full below.

LMP1

  • 007 Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin AMR-One – Mücke/Turner/Klien
  • 009 Aston Martin Racing – Aston Martin AMR-One – Meyrick/Primat/Fernandez
  • 1 Audi Sport Team Joest – Audi R18 TDI – Bernhard/Dumas/Rockenfeller
  • 2 Audi Sport Team Joest – Audi R18 TDI – Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer
  • 3 Audi Sport North America – Audi R18 TDI – Capello/Kristensen/McNish
  • 5 Hope Racing – Oreca-SwissHyTech Hybrid – Zacchia/Marroc
  • 7 Peugeot Sport Total – Peugeot 908 – Wurz/Gené/Davidson
  • 8 Peugeot Sport Total – Peugeot 908 – Montagny/Sarrazin/Minassian
  • 9 Peugeot Sport Total – Peugeot 908 – Bourdais/Pagenaud/Lamy
  • 10 Team Oreca Matmut – Peugeot 908 HDi-FAP – Lapierre/Duval
  • 12 Rebellion Racing – Lola B10/60 Coupé-Toyota – Prost/Jani
  • 13 Rebellion Racing Lola B10/60 Coupé-Toyota – Belicchi/Boullion
  • 15 Oak Racing – OAK Pescarolo-Judd – Lahaye/Moreau/Ragues
  • 16 Pescarolo Team – Pescarolo-Judd – Collard/Tinseau/Jousse
  • 18 Guess Racing – Lola B09/80 Coupé-Judd – Hazebrouck/Kaufmann
  • 20 Quifel-ASM Team – Zytek 09SC – Amaral/Pla
  • 23 MIK Corse – Zytec 09 Hybrid – Cortes/Geri/Piccini
  • 24 OAK Racing – Pescarolo-Judd – Nicolet/Hein

LMP2

  • 26 Signatech Nissan – Oreca03-Nissan Mailleux/Ordoñez/Ayari
  • 33 Level 5 Motorsports – Lola Coupé-HPD – Tucker/Bouchut/Barbosa
  • 35 OAK Racing – Pescarolo-Judd – Barlesi/Da Rocha/Lafargue
  • 36 RML – HPD ARX-01d – Newton/Erdos/Collins
  • 39 Pecom Racing – Lola B11/40-Judd – Companc/Russo/Kaffer
  • 40 Race Performance Oreca03-Judd – Frey/Meichtry/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 –  Oreca03-Nissan – Kraihamer/De Crem
  • 46 TDS Racing – Oreca03-Nissan – Beche/Thiriet/Firth

FLM

  • 91 — – FLM Oreca-09 – Moro/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 – Rodrigues/Menahem

GTE-PRO

  • 51 AF Corse – Ferrari F458 Italia – Fisichella /Bruni
  • 55 BMW Motorsport – BMW M3 – Farfus/Müller
  • 56 BMW Motorsport – BMW M3 – Priaulx/Alzen
  • 58 Luxury Racing – Ferrari F458 Italia – Jakubowski/Beltoise
  • 59 Luxury Racing – Ferrari F458 Italia – Ortelli/Makowiecki/Deletraz
  • 64 Lotus Jetalliance – Lotus Evora – Slingerland/Rich
  • 65 Lotus Jetalliance – Lotus Evora – Hirschi/Rositer/Mowlem
  • 66 JMW Motorsport – Ferrari F458 Italia – Bell/Walker
  • 71 AF Corse – Ferrari F458 Italia – Melo/Vilander
  • 75 Prospeed Competition – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Goossens/Holzer
  • 76 IMSA Performance Matmut – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Pilet /Henzler
  • 77 Team Felbermayr Proton – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Lieb/Lietz
  • 79 JOTA – Aston Martin Vantage – Hancock/Dolan
  • 89 Hankook Team Farnbacher – Ferrari F430 GT – Farnbacher/Simonsen

GTE-AM

  • 50 Larbre Competition – Corvette C6-ZR1 – Bornhauser/Canal/Gardel
  • 57 Krohn Racing – Ferrari F430 – Krohn/Jönsson/Rugolo
  • 60 Gulf AMR Middle East – Aston Martin Vantage – Giroix/Goethe/Wainwright
  • 61 AF Corse – Ferrari F430 – Perazzini/Cioci/Lemeret
  • 62 CRS Racing – Ferrari F430 – Ehret/Lynn/Wills
  • 63 Proton competition – Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Ried/TBA
  • 67 IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 911 RSR (997) – Narac/Armindo
  • 70 Kessel Racing – Ferrari F430 – 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)- Felbermayr Sr./Felbermayr Jr./Miller

LMP1: 18    LMP2: 12    FLM: 5     GTE-PRO: 14    GTE-AM: 11    Total: 60

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

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.”

LMS: Toyota-Powered Future For Rebellion.

 

Rebellion Racing's Judd-powered Lola, during the 2010 Le Mans 24H. - Image Courtesy Marshall Pruett/SpeedTV.com

Following a successful 2010 campaign, Rebellion Racing today confirmed the suspicions of many within the sportscar racing fraternity. During a press release, the Swiss team publicly announced the formation of a technical partnership with Toyota Motorsport.

As suggested by brief reports leaked weeks earlier, the agreement sees Rebellion Racing emerge as the official and exclusive partner of Toyota Motorsport within the LMP1 category for the 2011 season, with Toyota Motorsport supplying engines and technical assistance to the squad.

Although technical details regarding the engine package are not yet known, the origins of the powerplant are believed to be of SuperGT derivation and, with the team having reportedly completed successful tests with an interim package in both Portimao and Barcelona, development is already well underway.

Having secured contract renewals for Jani, Prost, Belicchi, and Boullion, the team also confirmed the return of its regular driving outfit for the 2011 season during the announcement. Additional drivers for the 24H have not yet been announced.

Rebellion Racing Team Manager, Bart Hayden issued the following statement:

“We are delighted to partner with Toyota Motorsport and we look forward to working alongside them, with this company with a rich history, ranging from Formula 1 to Le Mans. We look forward to establishing a solid relationship with them based on the long term. ”

Although currently a ‘toe-in-the-water’ approach, the news is perceived by many as the first tentative steps toward a possible factory return, and perhaps an early signaling of intent by the auto-giant to rectify unfinished business with Le Sarthe.