This week's episode of Sportscar365's Double Stint Podcast recaps the WEC and ELMS action in Silverstone, as well as IMSA and PWC at Long Beach; RGR Sport by Morand's Bruno Senna calls in to discuss his WEC LMP2 win at Silverstone and we answer a viewer's question. Click Here: http://sportscar365.com/lemans/wec/double-stint-silverstone-recap-bruno-senna-interview-4-19-16/
Regional Sports News
Sportscar 365 (Motorsport - Road Racing)
Latest News & Results
Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso has directly confirmed his interest in competing in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona following speculation in recent days of plans with United Autosports.
As first reported by Sportscar365 on Thursday, Alonso is in contention to race with the Anglo-American squad at Daytona as part of its expanded entry for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener.
Alonso has links to United Autosports via its co-owner, Zak Brown, who is also the executive director for the McLaren F1 team where the Spaniard will race full-time in 2018.
However, as part of his push to become just the second driver in history to win the ‘Triple Crown’ of motorsport, Alonso is keen to enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year, made possible by lack of clashes with his F1 commitments.
Alonso said on Thursday he would be open to extra preparation for a Le Mans debut, hinting at Daytona, but directly addressed appearing in January’s event during a fan forum event at the Circuit of The Americas on Saturday.
“Obviously I will do my best to race in America as many races as I can,” Alonso said.
“The Indy 500 experience was one of the best races of my life in terms of feeling, in terms of racing approach. I would like to experience more American races.
“One maybe comes in January with the Daytona 24 Hours, so that will be nice.”
This marks Alonso’s first direct reference to the race at Daytona on Jan. 27-28, adding momentum to a possible sports car debut with United Autosports.
Were Alonso to join the team for Daytona, he would be part of a two-car Ligier JS P217 Gibson entry that already features Williams F1 reserve Paul di Resta, McLaren colleague and junior Lando Norris, United Autosports regular Will Owen and the incoming Phil Hanson.
And is Risi GTLM returning to make it 9 cars?
Any idea when Corvette Racing goes through a refresh? I feel they have had the C.7R for a lot of seasons now.
But Audi does have an silver rated driver, or not? And what about Bentley Absolute, Lamborghini FFF. Will be missing some good silver drivers like Marchy Lee. Btw, isn’t Darryl O’Young also confirmed in the VLT Craft Bamboo Porsche?
Augusto Farfus and Tom Blomqvist are the latest drivers to be confirmed for next month’s FIA GT World Cup in Macau, with the BMW factory aces set to join the previously announced Marco Wittmann at the wheel of BMW M6 GT3 cars for the Nov. 16-19 event.
Farfus will pilot the 18th BMW Art Car for BMW Team Schnitzer, while fellow DTM star Blomqvist will be at the wheel of a ROWE Racing-entered BMW.
At least three BMW factory drivers will take part in the event, with two-time DTM champion Wittmann having been confirmed in September to line up alongside Virgin Australia Supercars driver Chaz Mostert in AAI Motorsports’ two-car effort.
“I have been to Macau several times and love this track. It is very demanding and doesn’t allow for even the smallest of mistakes,” Wittmann said. “With its demanding mix of fast and very narrow sections, it really gets the pulse rate of every driver going.
“I enjoyed great success there in Formula 3 in particular, and made it onto the podium. My GT experience there so far has been in the BMW Z4 GT3. I’m excited to see how the BMW M6 GT3 fares on the narrow streets.
“I’m really looking forward to my final race of the year and hope that my win at the DTM finale in Hockenheim will spur me on in Macau.”
BMW joins previously announced factory or works-supported efforts from Audi, Honda and Ferrari for the event, with Porsche expected to field Romain Dumas and defending race winner Laurens Vanthoor.
Organizers have imposed an entry cap of 25 cars, and are requiring that all drivers are either Gold or Platinum-rated, following incident-filled events in both 2015 and last year.
A full entry list is expected to be released within the next week.
Watch the full-length replays of the final two Audi R8 LMS Cup races of the season, held at the brand-new Zhejiang International Circuit in China.
Awesome article that will be an awesome car.
Did anybody notice Yacaman took #40 from 9th to 1st? 5 of those spot on start?
It’d be nice to go a little beyond press release kind of copy from time to time… : |
Not nearly as pathetic as your level of fanboy butthurt. Does it make you feel better about yourself to belittle other people on the internet, behind the protection of anonymity? What’s your issue, daddy not throw the ball to you enough as a child?
Congrats to Memo, Leo and the DragonSpeed/G-Drive crew, consistently quick with solid results all season long, well done lads!
Founded by international motorsports journalist John Dagys (left), Sportscar365 delivers your daily dose of news, analysis and features from the world of endurance racing.
At a time of change in the motorsports industry, with the merger of North American sports car racing as well as evolving television and Web site platforms, Sportscar365 fills the gap for creditable and in-depth online coverage sports car racing fans deserve.
With nearly a decade of motorsports experience, including his recent five-year stint with SPEED.com as its sports car racing reporter, Dagys has traveled the world covering all major domestic and international championships.
A versatile writer, photographer and videographer, Dagys has delivered some of the most significant stories of this era, including uncovering the historic GRAND-AM/ALMS merger in September, 2012, as well as being the leading source on the unification process.
Dagys brings that same level of dedication to Sportscar365, which features extensive coverage of United SportsCar Racing and the FIA World Endurance Championship, plus frequent updates on the European Le Mans Series, Blancpain Endurance Series, FIA GT Series, Asian Le Mans Series, Pirelli World Challenge and major GT endurance races from around the globe.
Let Sportscar365 be your one-stop for up-to-date news, stunning photography and video content you won’t find elsewhere.