Huge Grid For British GT At Silverstone

The 2016 British GT Championship moves to Silverstone on June 12 with a three-hour race for the fifth round of the season.

The race has attracted a number of new entrants, specifically in the GT3 field. As this race is also combined with the third round of the 2016 Competion102 GT4 European Series an additional 18 cars have joined the GT4 ranks to produce a total grid of 51 cars.

Joining the GT3 field, FF Corse has entered the #2 Ferrari 488 GT3 to be driven by Marco Attard and Adam Carroll. Carroll’s vacant seat in the #6 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 has been filled by Alexander Sims. Barwell Motorsport has also entered a third Lamborghini Huracán GT3, the #666 car, with Mark Poole and Richard Abra sharing the driving duties. Continue reading Huge Grid For British GT At Silverstone

Audi Tops Time Sheets At Le Mans Test

On a day when the weather stayed dry, in stark contrast to the deluge that interrupted the ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring the previous weekend, Audi Sport Team Joest topped the time sheets at the traditional Test Day held on the full 24 Hours Circuit de la Sarthe.

The day was divided into two four-hour sessions.

The morning session saw the #2 and #1 Porsche 919 Hybrids head the time sheets. Neel Jani set the fastest time of the session with a 3:22.334 in the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid followed by Mark Webber in the #1 car with a 3:22.555. Third and fourth quickest were the two Audi R18s. Marcel Fässler inj the #7 Audi R18 was third quickest with a 3:22.761 followed by Loïc Duval in the sister #8 car with a 3:22.797.

The two Toyota TS050 – Hybrids fought hard all morning. Anthony Davidson in the #5 car put in a 3:23.197 in the last laps of the morning session to go fifth quickest overall while Kamui Kobayasi put in a 3:23.721 in the #6 car to go ninth quickest. Continue reading Audi Tops Time Sheets At Le Mans Test

Change Of Drivers At G-Drive For Le Mans

In a sudden and surprising turn of events, G-Drive Racing, run by JOTA Sport of Tunbridge Wells, Kent, has announced a change of drivers for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Nathanaël Berthon, who joined the team at the start of year, will no longer drive for the team. Will Stevens, currently driving for Manor WEC, will instead share the driving duties for the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Roman Rusinov and René Rast in its #26 Nissan-powered ORECA 05 LM P2.

No reasons have currently been provided for the switch.

“I would like to thank Nathanaël for his efforts with the team in 2016,” said David Clark of G-Drive Racing. “We achieved two solid results at Silverstone and Spa and he showed he can be part of a front running team and we wish him every success in the future.”

24 year-old Stevens is being loaned to G-Drive Racing by Manor for Le Mans only. Stevens is understandably delighted at the opportunity.

“The offer to join G-Drive specifically for Le Mans and share the car with Rene and Roman was compelling,” said Stevens. “My partnership with René at WRT Audi is working well and with his and Roman’s experience in this race, it offered me a race winning opportunity which I’m pleased to accept. I’m grateful to the Manor WEC Team for releasing me for this occasion and we will continue to work together for the remainder of their first season in endurance racing.”

“We are very happy to welcome Will to the team,” said Alexander Krylov, G-Drive Racing General Manager and PJSC Gazprom Neft Regional Sales Director. “We know that Will is an excellent professional who can add a great deal to our already impressive line-up of Roman (Rusanov) and René (Rast).

Subsequent to these announcements, it has been revealed that Roberto Merhi will replace Stevens in the #44 Manor ORECA 05 for the 24 Hours of Le Mans