ALMS: Laguna Seca Entry list released.

ALMS LogoThe provisional entry listings for the third round of the 2010 American Le Mans series were released yesterday afternoon. After seeing impressive grid numbers in Longbeach, the series now heads to Laguna Seca, expecting a total of thirty-six entrants.

The full listing can be seen below:

LMP

  • 1 Patrón Highcroft Racing Patrón – HPD ARX-01c – David Brabham Simon Pagenaud/Marino Franchitti
  • 6 Muscle Milk Team Cytosport – Porsche RS Spyder – Greg Pickett/Klaus Graf/Sascha Maassen
  • 8 Drayson Racing Drayson Racing – Lola B09 60-Judd – Paul Drayson/Jonny Cocker/Emanuele Pirro
  • 12 Autocon Motorsports – Lola B06 10-AER – Bryan Willman/Tony Burgess/Pierre Ehert
  • 16 Dyson Racing Team BP – Lola B09 86-Mazda-AER – Chris Dyson/Guy Smith/Andy Meyrick
  • 37 Intersport Racing – Lola B06 10-AER – Jon Field/Clint Field/Nikolas Konstant

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 – David Robertson/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 Krohn – Ferrari 430 GT – Tracy Krohn/Nic Jonsson
  • 62 Risi Competizione – Ferrari 430 GT – Jaime Melo/Gianmaria Bruni
  • 75 JaguarRSR – Jaguar XKR – Paul Gentilozzi/Ryan Dalziel/Marc Goossens
  • 90 BMW Rahal Letterman Racing – BMW M3 GT – Dirk Müller/Joey Hand
  • 92 BMW Rahal Letterman Racing – 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

  • 11 Performance Tech – Oreca FLM09 – Kyle Marcelli/TBD
  • 36 Genoa Racing Genoa Racing – Oreca FLM09 – Tom Sutherland/TBD
  • 52 PR1/ Mathiasen Motorsports – Oreca FLM09 – Johnny Mowlem/Tom Papadopoulos
  • 55 Level 5 Motorsports – Oreca FLM09 – Scott Tucker/Christophe Bouchut
  • 89 Intersport Racing – Oreca FLM09 – Mitch Pagerey/Brian Wong
  • 95 Level 5 Motorsports – Oreca FLM09 – Scott Tucker/TBD
  • 99 Green Earth Team Gunnar – Oreca FLM09 – Gunnar Jeannette/Christian Zugel/Elton Julia

GTC

  • 23 Alex Job Racing Battery Tender – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Bill Sweedler/Romeo Kapudija/Jan-Dirk Lueders
  • 28 911 Design Porsche Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Loren Beggs/Doug Baron
  • 32 GMG Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Bret Curtis/James Sofronas
  • 48 Orbit Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Bryce Miller/John McMullen
  • 54 Black Swan Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Timothy Pappas/Jeroen Bleekemolen
  • 63 TRG – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Henri Richard/Rene Villeneuve/Andy Lally
  • 69 WERKS II Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Robert Rodriquez/Galen Bieker
  • 80 Alex Job Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Ricardo Gonzalez/Luis Diaz/Rudy Junco, Jr.
  • 81 Alex Job Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Juan Gonzalez/Butch Leitzinger
  • 88 Velox Motorsports – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Shane Lewis/Jerry Vento

LMP= 6 GT = 13 LMPC = 7 GTC = 10 Total = 36

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    LMS: Spa 1000km Entry list released.

    LMS_Tag_TabThe entry list for round two of the LMS 2010 season, the 1000km of Spa has been released, unveiling some noteworthy surprises.

    Notable mentions go to the appearance of additional entries from both Schnitzer BMW Motorsports (#79), and ProSpeed (#98), including the appearance of a GT1 class yielding a seven car field (as opposed to the single entry seen at Paul Ricard). It is also important to highlight that Formula Le Mans class runners have once again been lumped in with the LMP2 field.

    The total car count for the event stands at fifty-two.

    The full entry listing can be seen below:

    LMP1:

    • 008 – Signature Plus – France – Lola Aston Martin – Pierre Ragues/Franck Mailleux/Vanina Ickx
    • 1 – Team Peugeot Total – France – Peugeot 908 HDi-FAP – Marc Gené/Alexander Wurz/Anthony Davidson
    • 2 – Team Peugeot Total – France – Peugeot 908 HDi-FAP – Franck Montagny/Stéphane Sarrazin/Nicolas Minassian
    • 3 – Team Peugeot Total – France – Peugeot 908 HDi-FAP – Pedro Lamy/Sébastien Bourdais/Simon Pagenaud
    • 9 – Audi Sport North America – France – Audi R15 TDI Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas/Mike Rockenfeller
    • 4 – Team Oreca Matmut – France – Peugeot 908 HDi FAP – Oliver Panis/Nicolas Lapierre/Loïc Duval
    • 5 – Beechdean Mansell – United Kingdom – Ginetta-Zytek 09S – Nigel Mansell/Leo Mansell/Greg Mansell
    • 7 – Audi Sport Team Joest – Germany – Audi R15 TDI – Dindo Capello/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish
    • 8 – Audi Sport Team Joest – Germany – Audi R15 TDI – Marcel Fassler/Andre Lotterer/Benoît Treluyer
    • 12 – Rebellion Racing – Switzerland – Lola B10/60 Coupé – Rebellion Nicolas Prost/Neel Jani
    • 13 – Rebellion Racing – Switzerland – Lola B10/60 Coupé – Rebellion Andrea Belicchi/Jean-Christophe Boullion

    LMP2:

    • 24 – Oak Racing – France – Pescarolo – Judd Mathieu Lahaye/Jacques Nicolet
    • 25 – RML – United Kingdom – Lola HPD Coupé – Tommy Erdos/Mike Newton/Andy Wallace
    • 27 – Race Performance – Switzerland – Radical SR9 – Judd – Michel Frey/Ralph Meichtry/Tyler Dueck
    • 29 – Racing Box – Italy – Lola B09 Coupé – Judd – Marco Cioci/Piergiuseppe Perazzini/Luca Pirri
    • 30 – Racing Box – Italy – Lola B09 Coupé – Judd Ferdinando Geri/Andrea Piccini/Giacomo Piccini
    • 35 – Oak Racing – France – Pescarolo – Judd – Richard Hein/Guillaume Moreau
    • 36 – Pegasus Racing – France – Courage-Oreca LC75 – AER – Julien Schell/Jean-Christophe Metz/Frederic Da Rocha
    • 39 – KSM – Germany – Lola B08/47 – Judd – Jean De Pourtales/Hideki Noda/Jonathan Kennard
    • 40 – Quifel – ASM Team – Portugal – Ginetta-Zytek – 09S Miguel Amaral/Olivier Pla
    • 41 – Team Bruichladdich – United Kingdom – Ginetta-Zytek 09S – Karim Ojjeh/Tim Greaves/Thor-Christian Ebbesvik
    • 42 – Strakka Racing United – Kingdom HPD ARX – 01 Nick Leventis/Danny Watts/Jonny Kane
    • 43 – Dams – France – Formula Le Mans – Oreca 09 – Andrea Barlesi/Alessandro Cicognani/Gary Chalandon
    • 44 – Dams – France – Formula Le Mans – Oreca 09 – Dean Stirling/Luke Hines/Edoardo Piscopo
    • 45 – Boutsen Energy Racing – Belgium – Formula le Mans – Oreca 09 – Dominik Kraihamer/Nicolas De Crem/Bernard Delhez
    • 46 – JMB Racing – Monaco – Formula Le Mans – Oreca 09 – Peter Kutemann/Maurice BassoJohn/ Hartshorne
    • 47 – Hope Polevision Racing – Switzerland – Formula Le Mans – Steve Zacchia/Luca Moro/Wolfgang Kaufmann
    • 48 – Hope Polevision Racing – Switzerland – Formula Le Mans – Mathias Beche/Christophe Pillon/Vincent Capillaire
    • 49 – Applewood Seven – France – Formula Le Mans – Oreca 09 – Damien Toulemonde/David Zollinger/Ross Zampatti

    GT1:

    • 50 – Larbre Competition – France – Saleen S7-R – Gabriele Gardel/Patrice Goueslard/Fernando Rees
    • 52 – Young Driver AMR – Germany – Aston Martin – DBR9 Tomas Enge/Christoffer Nygaard/Peter Kox
    • 60 – Matech Competition – Switzerland – Ford GT – Thomas Mutsch/Yan Zimmer
    • 61 – Matech Competition – Switzerland – Ford GT – Cindy Allemann/Rahel Frey
    • 66 – Atlas FX-Team Full Speed – Austria – Saleen S7-R – Julien Schroyen/Carlo Van Dam/Stéphane Lemeret
    • 70 – Marc VDS Racing Team – Belgium – Ford GT – Bas Leinders/Markus Palttala/Eric De Donker
    • 72 – Luc Alphand Aventures – France – Corvette C6.R – Julien Jousse/Stephan Gregoire

    GT2:

    • 75 – Prospeed Competition – Belgium – Porsche 997 GT3 RSR – Marco Holzer/Richard Westbrook
    • 76 – IMSA Performance Matmut – France – Porsche 997 GT3 RSR – Raymond Narac/Patrick Pilet
    • 77 – Team Felbermayr Proton – Germany – Porsche 997 GT3 RSR – Marc Lieb/Richard Lietz
    • 78 – BMW Team Schnitzer – Germany – BMW M3 – Jörg Müller Dirk Werner
    • 79 – BMW Team Schnitzer – Germany BMW M3 – Andy Priaulx/Dirk Müller
    • 85 – Spyker Squadron – Netherlands – Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R – Peter Dumbreck/Tom Coronel
    • 88 – Team Felbermayr Proton – Germany – Porsche 997 GT3 RSR – Martin Ragginger/Christian Ried
    • 89  – Hankook Team Farnbacher – Germany – Ferrari F430 GT – Dominik Farnbacher /Allan Simonsen
    • 90 – CRS Racing – United Kingdom – Ferrari F430 GT – Pierre Ehret/Phil Quaife/Pierre Kaffer
    • 91 – CRS Racing – United Kingdom – Ferrari F430 GT – Andrew Kirkaldy/Tim Mullen
    • 92 – JMW Motorsport – United Kingdom – Aston Martin V8 Vantage – Robert Bell/Darren Turner
    • 93 – JWA Racing – United Kingdom – Porsche 997 GT3 RSR – Paul Daniels/Oskar Slingerland
    • 94 – AF Corse – Italy – Ferrari F430 GT – Luis Perez/CompancMatias Russo
    • 95 – AF Corse – Italy – Ferrari F430 GT – Giancarlo Fisichella/Toni Vilander/Jean Alesi
    • 96 – AF Corse – Italy – Ferrari F430 GT – Gianmaria Bruni/Jaime Melo
    • 98 – Prospeed – Competition – Belgium – Porsche 997 GT3 RSR – Paul Von Splunteren/Niek Hommerson/Louis Machiels

    LMS: Post Paul Ricard Race wrap.

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    The Le Mans Series 2011 season began in superb style this weekend at Paul Ricard HTTT for the inaugural running of the 8 hours of Le Castellet.

    The first event of the season played host to a field of high calibre entrants, some seasoned veterans, others trying their hand at endurance for the first time.  All in all results were somewhat varied. LMP2 and GT2 categories played host to many intense battles and, to the surprise of many, the production of exhilarating racing at Paul Ricard ensued.

    Le Castellet_first lap battle.

    Joest, Oreca, and AMR entries engage in heated exchange on lap one. - Image Courtesy EnduranceMag / GeoffreyBarre.

    The opening minutes of the race saw a flurry of movement in prototype and GT classes. As drama struck early in LMP1, class favourites Audi and Peugeot inflicted minor contact upon one another while navigating chicanes on lap one. This allowing the #009 Lola-AMR of Stefan Mücke to assume the race lead (if only briefly), before the the diesels continued their charge.

    In the later stages of hour one, the #4 Oreca-entered Peugeot’s chances of victory suffered a diminishign blow. As Sarrazin was forced to pitlane as a result of mechanical issues with the car’s airjack mounting system – noticed by crew members during the team’s first pit stop. This failure would prove costly, costing the #4 approximately twenty minutes on repairs, ultimately leading to a seven lap loss on class rivals, Joest. Benefiting from the late race misfortunes of the team’s #6 Oreca01 sister car, the #4 would go on to secure fourth overall.

    Audi's R15+ turns competitive laps for the first time, during the 8H Le Castellet - Image Courtesy EnduranceMag.fr / GeoffreyBarre.

    Unhindered after trading paint with the Oreca Peugeot, the #7 Audi (with McNish then at the wheel) would go on to obtain first place from the AMR-Lola. The Scot continued to lap flawlessly in the R15+, maintaining a constant pace of 1:43-1:45s per lap before ceding driving duties to teammate, Capello.

    Inheriting the car mid-way through hour two of the event, the Italian continued in much the same fashion as McNish. Demonstrating the virtues of consistent lapping and tyre/fuel conservation afforded by Audi’s modified R15+ chassis. The #7 would complete the remaining six hours of the race with minimal difficulty to secure first overall, covering a distance 1540km, and taking double championship points.

    As a direct result of Oreca’s mechanical dramas, the #009 Lola-AMR inherited second place in the latter stages of the opening hour, maintaining the position for the entire race. Exempting a late race tyre-lockup, the #009 crew of Mücke, Fernandez and Primat would round out an almost faultless showing, taking a well-deserved second place overall, and first of the petrol LMP1 finishers.

    Rebellion #13

    Rebelllion's #13 Lola-Judd.- Image Courtesy EnduranceMag.fr / GeoffreyBarre.

    After experiencing early-race suspension difficulties with the team’s #12 car, Rebellion managed to turn the tables with their remaining #13 Lola-Judd. Having been gifted further position in the opening hour of the race (a result of the Oreca Peugeot’s misfortune), the #13 crew of Smith, Boullion, and Belicchi would maintain pace with AMR’s #009 Lola-AMR squad for several hours – even looking likely to challenge the AMR squad for second overall in at certain periods of the race. Rebellion’s remaining chassis would ultimately go on to maintain third position to achieve a podium for the squad.

    Strakka's #42 ARX01c LMP2 challenger - Image Courtesy EnduranceMag.fr / GeoffreyBarre.

    Having set the pace during qualifying, Strakka racing surged to an early lead in the LMP2 class, reaffirming the solidity of Acura’s ARX01c package. Reigning champions Quifel-ASM slotted into second, followed by OAK.

    Opting to maintain a steady pace in favour of single-lap speed, both cars would visibly struggle to maintain pace with Strakka. Despite this, the #42 would later suffer issues in pitlane, placing the Strakka squad five laps down on class leaders Quifel-ASM, who would inherit the lead, followed by OAK Racing’s pair of Pescarolos.

    In what was (with little doubt) one of the drives of the race, Strakka’s trio of Watts, Kane and Leventis, mounted a dramatic comeback charge. Managing to thread their way through slower GT and prototype traffic (often maintaining a pace comparable with P1 entries), Strakka would regain a five lap margin on class leaders Quifel-ASM, taking victory in spectacular fashion.

    Felbermayr 1-2.

    Felbermayr's pair of #77/88 entries running in 1-2 tandem - Image Courtesy EnduranceMag.fr / GeoffreyBarre.

    Having endured arguably one of the series tightest qualifying sessions in recent history (  positions 1-11 separated by 1.7sec) the GT2 battle looked promising from the outset. Jostling for position commenced early, and in a heated manner with heavy movement at both ends of the category.

    Pole setter, Bruni commenced the race for AF-Corse by drawing a considerable margin over nearest rivals. Felbermayr’s #77 of Lietz moved from second to seventh from the start in mere seconds. The #96 AF-Corse entry would eventually suffer race-ending engine difficulties during the fifth hour. One of the many Ferrari casualties throughout the day.

    Although slightly down the order, the #77 would continue to set the pace in GT2, snaring the lead prior to the downfall of the #96, a position the duo of Lietz/Lieb would maintain for the remainder of the event. The #88 sister car of Ragginger/Long/Ried would finish in second place, after avoiding drama to gradually work its way through the field and ensure a Felbermayr 1-2 finish.

    BMW M3_8H Le Castellet

    BMW M3 E92 of Jörg Müller/Dirk Werner - Image Courtesy EnduranceMag/GeoffreyBarre.

     

    One of the highlights of the GT2 class was the #78 M3 E92 Schnitzer/BMW Motorsports entry. The Charley Lamm led squad opted for a fuel-efficient strategy,deciding against outright pace in the hope of offsetting their rivals pitstops during the final hours.

    Drivers Werner/Müller managed to bring the car to third place in the GT2 field during the first half the race before suffering a radiator leak, forcing the team into damage control mode, and losing several laps to the class leader. Werner/Müller would go on to finish sixth in class.

    Classified as part of the LMP2 category (thus appearing at the deep end), the Formula Le Mans class spent much of the race in the shadow of faster P1/P2 counterparts. A great mistake on the ACO’s part, given that the class provided exciting racing throughout the course of the day.

    The Hope Pole Vision, DAMS, and AppleWood Seven teams battled furiously throughout the eight hour event, with victory eventually going to to the Gulf-liveried AppleWood seven entry.

    While the inaugural running of the event didn’t quite deliver the LMP1 mega battle fans may have been hoping for, the LMP2, GT2, and FLM classes provided some great racing for viewers (although the majority of the race wasn’t ‘viewed’ persay – courtesy of our good friends at EuroSport). If Paul Ricard is but a taste of what is yet to come in 2010, LMS is due for what looks to be one of the most action packed seasons in recent years.

    Tokai University announces LMP1 Hybrid development.

    Tokai University's Courage LC70, Le Mans 2008 - Image courtesy Speedtv.com

    After narrowly missing out on a Le Mans 2010 invite, the Tokai University team has announced an ambitious undertaking for 2011.  In a recent interview with Endurance-Info, Professor Hayashi Yoshimisa (Program director) revealed plans to develop an LMP1 Hybrid system for use in 2011.

    Yoshimisa also stated that the team had been testing over the winter, working on aerodynamic, suspension, and engine developments with the aim of improving both performance/reliability, and reducing the overall weight of the car.

    While Yoshimisa revealed very little regarding the team’s latest project, the proposed system is said to differ from traditional Hybrid technologies (i.e. KERS).