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The EGT Friday Sportscar Round-Up (10.11.17)

As seasons draw to a close, winter seasons are beginning and there has been a lot of activity in the world of sportscar and endurance racing over the past few days.

Looking back to the end of October, the 2017/1 Asian Le Mans Series launched with first round being held in Zhuhai. The Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA team won the opening round in dominant fashion with the #8 JCDC X JOTA ORECA 05, with the driver line-up of Thomas Laurent, Harrison Newey (son of Adrian and contesting his first race in prototypes) and Stéphane Richelmi, crossing the line ahead of the #37 BBT Ligier JS P2 crewed by Davide Rizzo, Anthony Xu and Pipo Derani.

You can read a report of the race here. The coverage of the race was equal to that of any global endurance series with an excellent commentary team, multiple camera positions and clear on-screen graphics. Combined with live-timing, the series looks to have come of age this season and, with prizes of 24 Hours of Le Mans entries available to the championship winners, can only increase in its significance and grid size in future seasons.

The FIA World Endurance Championship visited Shanghai for the penultimate round of the 2017 season. Victory went to the #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050-Hybrid driven by Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima, followed the #2 Porsche LMP Team Porsche 919 Hybrid of Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley.

You can read a report of the race here.

Second and third in Shanghai meant that Porsche was able to wrap up the World Manufacturers Championship, with Bernhard, Bamber and Hartley securing the FIA World Endurance Drivers Title, a first for Bamber and the second for Bernhard and Hartley.

The final round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship takes place in Bahrain on November 16 – 18.

Looking ahead to the 2018/19 ‘Super Season’ for the FIA WEC, Ginetta has announced the names of the first two customers for its new privateer LMP1 car. Manor Endurance Racing and TRS Racing will both campaign the new Ginetta LMP1 with an engine partner to be announced ‘in due course’.

You can read about the announcement here.

Ginetta also announced that it will be presenting its new LMP1 car to the wider motorsport industry and the world’s media at Autosport International 2018 at the NEDC in Birmingham, England on January 11-14.

“I am delighted to be launching the Ginetta LMP1 car at Autosport International,” said Ginetta Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson. “The show represents the ideal environment to introduce our latest model to the media, industry and fans who are the lifeblood of British motorsport. Not only that, but we’ll be using the show to demonstrate the Ginetta motorsport ladder in action, with our Ginetta Racing Drivers Club putting on a show in the Live Action arena.”

Autosport International Show Director Kate Woodley said:

“We’re thrilled that Ginetta has chosen Autosport International to unveil its LMP1 car. With such a longstanding relationship between us, we can’t wait to see the company’s latest project in the metal and to help them share this great addition to their range with the wider industry.”

You can buy tickets for Autosport International 2018 here.

Student Motorsport, the on-line community that connects students, graduates and educators to professionals and organisations in the motorsport industry continues to grow as founder and owner JP Latham looks ahead to 2018.

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Student Motorsport recently announced that Jessica Shanahan, coach, journalist and owner of www.racingmentor.com has joined as a Contributor.

“I used to be a race team boss and I’ve worked with students and drivers from all walks of life,” explained Jessica Shanahan. “I realised that a lot of people don’t know what path to take to get into motorsports, so from there Racing Mentor was born.”

“I’m still a driver manager but focus a lot of my efforts on teaching drivers to find sponsorship, and coaching people into engineering, media and management careers within motorsport.”

Founder JP Latham is delighted that Jessica Shanahan and Racing Mentor have joined the Student Motorsport community.

“I am thrilled to be personally supported by such a professional individual with a wealth of knowledge in areas such as motorsport sponsorship, journalism and coaching,” said JP Latham. “It was fantastic to meet Jess through a mutual contact in motorsport which shows how crucial it is to make good connections in this industry. I’m looking forward to supporting our members through her professional services and advice.”

Finally, Bentley Motorsport has revealed its new 2018 Continental GT3. The manufacturer is looking to build on its 2017 successes of winning the British GT Championship with Team Parker Racing and taking the Teams Championship in the Blancpain GT Endurance Series Cup.

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Brian Gush, Director of Motorsport at Bentley, is excited at the opportunities that the new car offers.

“After four years of success with our Continental GT3, we’re very excited to reveal our second-generation car,” said Gush. “It leaves no area or system untouched in search of even better performance, and early test results are promising.”

“The new Continental GT3 road car has proved to be a great starting point for the development of a new racer and the engineering development work is true to Bentley’s impeccable standards.”

Bentley Motorsport Unveils New Continental GT3 (10.11.17)

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Bentley Motorsport has unveiled its GT3 challenger for 2018, the new Continental GT3.

The new car promises to be lighter, more dynamic and more powerful than its predecessor. Bentley Motorsport enjoyed great success in 2017, winning the British GT Championship in the hands of Team Parker Racing and drivers Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt and taking the Teams Championship in the Blancpain Endurance Series Cup.

Brian Gush, Director of Motorsport at Bentley, is excited at the opportunities that the new car offers.

“After four years of success with our Continental GT3, we’re very excited to reveal our second-generation car,” said Gush. “It leaves no area or system untouched in search of even better performance, and early test results are promising.”

“The new Continental GT3 road car has proved to be a great starting point for the development of a new racer and the engineering development work is true to Bentley’s impeccable standards.”

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The new Continental GT3 has been designed from the all-new Continental GT road car, using a mostly aluminium structure.

The engine is an evolution of the race-proven Bentley twin-turbo V8 and exterior surfaces have been extensively tested in the wind tunnel.

A six-month test programme for the new Continental GT3 has already begun and will include a full 24 hour endurance race simulation.

It is expected that the new car will make its race debut at the opening round of the 2018 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at Monza on April 22.

Student Motorsport Continues Impressive Growth (09.11.17)

Student Motorsport, the on-line community that connects students, graduates and educators to professionals and organisations in the motorsport industry, continues to grow as founder and owner JP Latham looks ahead to 2018.

With the foundations for the current community being laid in 2011, Student Motorsport today is focused on changing the way that young motorsport professionals develop and present themselves to the wider industry.

“We’re dedicated to helping young people showcase themselves and letting the supply seek the demand,” explains Founder JP Latham. “Connecting and supporting young people, undergraduate and graduate students, institutions and professionals in the motorsport and engineering industries and fuel career development is what we do.”

Supported by a team of contributors from the wider motorsport industry, Student Motorsport has recently been joined by Jessica Shanahan, coach, journalist and owner of www.racingmentor.com. Jessica’s site is full of free content designed to help young drivers fund their racing careers. Jessica is looking to expand the reach of her support with podcasts and additional advice and content, available to subscribers to the Racing Mentor newsletter.

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“I used to be a race team boss and I’ve worked with students and drivers from all walks of life,” explained Jessica Shanahan. “I realised that a lot of people don’t know what path to take to get into motorsports, so from there Racing Mentor was born.”

“I’m still a driver manager but focus a lot of my efforts on teaching drivers to find sponsorship, and coaching people into engineering, media and management careers within motorsport.”

Founder JP Latham is delighted that Jessica Shanahan and Racing Mentor have joined the Student Motorsport community.

“I am thrilled to be personally supported by such a professional individual with a wealth of knowledge in areas such as motorsport sponsorship, journalism and coaching,” said JP Latham. “It was fantastic to meet Jess through a mutual contact in motorsport which shows how crucial it is to make good connections in this industry. I’m looking forward to supporting our members through her professional services and advice.”

Jess will also be working John Paul to develop a new version of the Student Motorsport website.

“I’m excited about all the new developments coming to the website and what it’ll do for our members,” explained JP. “There’s a huge synergy between Student Motorsport and Racing Mentor and I’m getting first-hand experience of what our members will get from working with Jess and her team.”

Sign up to become part of Student Motorsport here and subscribe to the Racing Mentor newsletter here.

Ginetta To Present New 2018 WEC LMP1 Car At Autosport International (08.11.17)

Leeds-based Ginetta Cars has announced that it will unveil its new LMP1 entry for the 2018 FIA World Endurance Championship at Autosport International in January.

Ginetta Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson is excited at the opportunity to showcase the new car and to showcase the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club.

“I am delighted to be launching the Ginetta LMP1 car at Autosport International,” said Tomlinson. “The show represents the ideal environment to introduce our latest model to the media, industry and fans who are the lifeblood of British motorsport. Not only that, but we’ll be using the show to demonstrate the Ginetta motorsport ladder in action, with our Ginetta Racing Drivers Club putting on a show in the Live Action arena.”

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Ginetta had previously announced that Manor WEC and TRS Racing will be its first customers for the new LMP1 car with a further team yet to be named. The 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship, in which the Ginetta LMP1 will compete, has been dubbed the ‘Super Season’, encompassing two visits to the Circuit de la Sarthe for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a double visit to the Circuit de Spa–Francorchamps.

Autosport International Show Director Kate Woodley said:

“We’re thrilled that Ginetta has chosen Autosport International to unveil its LMP1 car. With such a longstanding relationship between us, we can’t wait to see the company’s latest project in the metal and to help them share this great addition to their range with the wider industry.

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Autosport International is Europe’s largest indoor pre-season motorsport event and takes place at the NEC in Birmingham on January 11 – 14. Tickets can be purchased here.

Toyota Gazoo Racing Wins In Shanghai. Porsche’s Bernhard, Bamber And Hartley Win 2017 Drivers Title (06.11.17)

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The #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050-Hybrid with the driver line-up of Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima took the chequered flag at the 6 Hours of Shanghai to win Round Eight of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.

One lap back, in second place in the LMP1 category, was the #2 Porsche LMP Team Porsche 919 Hybrid of Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley.

Taking the final podium place in the premier class was the sister #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid, piloted by Neel Jani, André Lotterer and Nick Tandy.

The second and third places were enough to secure the World Manufacturers Championship for Porsche.

Second place for Bernhard, Bamber and Hartley meant that the crew of the #2 entry won the 2017 FIA World Endurance Drivers Title, a first for Bamber and the second for Bernhard and Hartley.

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In LMP2 it was the #31 Vaillante Rebellion ORECA 07 with the driver line-up of Julien Canal, Nicolas Prost and Bruno Senna, that took the class victory, 35.280 seconds ahead of the #36 Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine A470 piloted by Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes and André Negrão.

Taking third place in the LMP2 class was the sister #13 Vaillante Rebellion entry, the car driven by Mathias Beche, David Heinemeier Hansson and Nelson Piquet Jr.

Victory for the #31 entry means that Vaillante Rebellion moves to lead the standings in the LMP2 FIA World Endurance Teams Trophy, four points ahead of the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA 07, piloted by Ho-Pin Tung. Oliver Jarvis and Thomas Laurent. Senna and Canal also lead the LMP2 Drivers Trophy standings.

Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK took the victory in the LMGTE Pro category with Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell crossing the line 11.0892 seconds ahead of the #91 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR, piloted by Richard Lietz and Frederic Makowiecki.

Third place in the LMGTE class went to the #51 AF Corse Ferrari F488 GTE driven by James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi. Calado and Pier Guidi go to the final round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship in Bahrain with a two-point lead in the GT Drivers Standings, ahead of Makowiecki and Lietz who left Shanghai on 133 points.

The #98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin V8 Vantage driven by Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda took the class victory in the LMGTE Am category, finishing one lap ahead of the second-placed #86 Gulf Racing UK Porsche 911 RSR (991) driven by Khaled Al Qubaisi, Ben Barker and Nicholas Foster.

The Stuttgart manufacturer took second and third in the LMGTE Am class after the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR (991) of Christian Ried, Matteo Cairoli and Marvin Dienst took the final podium position.

The final round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship, the 6 Hours of Bahrain, takes place on November 16 – 18.

Toyota Gazoo Racing On Pole In Shanghai (04.11.17)

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Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi pit the #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050-Hybrid on pole for November 5’s 6 Hours of Shanghai after the British driver lapped ion 1:43.139 and Kobayashi put in a 1:42.526 to average 1:42.526, over .7 seconds quicker than the average of the #1 Porsche LMP Team Porsche 919 Hybrid which was qualified by André Lotterer and Nick Tandy.

Staring from third on the grid in the premier prototype class will be tha #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing entry in which Sébastien Buemi lapped in 1:43.470 and Anthony Davidson put in a 1:43.421 to average 1:43.445.

In the LMP2 category it was the #31 Vaillante Rebellion ORECA 07 which took pole after Julien Canal and Bruno Senna lapped in an average of 1:49.217. The #31 car was over .2 seconds quicker than the second quickest #26 G-Drive Racing ORECA 07 in which Léo Roussel and Nico Muller lapped in 1:49.460.

Third on the grid in the LMP2 category will be the #13 Vaillante Rebellion entry which was qualified by David Heinemeier Hansson and Nelson Piquet Jnr.

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Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørenson took pole in the LMGTE Pro category after Thiim lapped in 1:59.59 and Sørenson put in a 1:59.806 to average 1:59.697 in the #95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage for the two runs.

Joining the #95 car on the front row of the LMGTE Pro grid will be the #92 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR of Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre who circulated in an average of 1:59.916.

AF Corse with its #51 Ferrari F488 GTE rounded out the top three in the category after James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi averaged 2:00.247.

Aston Martin / Porsche 1 -2 in qualifying was replicated in the LMGTE Am category after Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy put the #98 Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage on class pole with the Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR (991, qualified by Christian Ried and Matteo Cairoli, second quickest.

The lights go out for the start of the 6 Hours of Shanghai at 11:00 local time on Sunday November 5.