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
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
The #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 won a lights-to-flag victory in Round Four of the 2016 British GT Championship at the hands of Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt Jnr.
Second was the #79 Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse McLaren 650S GT3 driven by Alasdair McCaig and Rob Bell. Completing the GT3 podium was the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán with Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw at the wheel.
In GT4 Mike Robinson and Graham Johnson took their second class win of the weekend in the #50 PMW World Expo Racing / Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 ahead of the #60 Ebor GT Motorsport Maserati GT MC GT4 driven by Abbie Eaton and Marcus Hoggarth. Third in class was the #75 RCIB INSURANCE RACING #75 Ginetta G55 GT4 with the driver pairing of Aaron Mason and Rob Barrable. Mason was making his British GT debut this weekend at Oulton Park. Continue reading Morris And Parfitt Take First Victory Of The Season For Team Parker Racing In British GT
Adam Carroll and Liam Griffin won Round Three of the 2016 British GT Championship in the #6 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3.
Second was the #7 AMDTuning.com BMW Z4 GT3 driven by Lee Mowle and Joe Osbourne. Closing rapidly over the final laps of the one-hour race was the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 which was started by Rick Parfitt Jnr and handed over to Seb Morris for a blinding last twenty minutes which saw him close the gap to the #7 car to .23 of a second as they crossed the line.
In GT4 the PMW World Expo Racing / Optimum Motorsport pairing of Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson, driving the #50 Ginetta G55 GT4 took the class victory. Second was the #42 Generation AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT4 driven by Matthew Graham and Jack Mitchell. Taking the third podium slot was the #45 RCIB INSURANCE RACING Ginetta G55 GT4 driven by William Phillips and Jordan Stilp. Continue reading Griffin And Carroll Take Maiden Win For Barwell Motorsport’s Lamborghini Huracán In British GT
Further excitement was added to qualifying for rounds three and four of the 2016 British GT Championship as all four class qualifying sessions helped shaped the grids for the two one-hour races.
The grid for race one on Monday May 30 was set by the GT3 Am and GT4 Am qualifying sessions and the grid, and the starting drivers, for the second race was set by the GT3 Pro and GT4 Pro qualifying sessions.
Barwell Motorsport locked out the front row for the first race when Jon Mishaw put the #33 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 on pole with a 1:35.618. Starting alongside Minshaw will be Liam Griffin in the sister #6 Lamborghini Huracán after he set a 1:35.618. Team Parker Racing with its #31 Bentley Continental GT3 completed the first three on the grid after Rick Parfitt Jnr set a 1:35.680. Continue reading Barwell Motorsport Locks Out Front Row For British GT Round Three
2016 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Ford’s famous 1-2-3 with the Ford GT40. The Virage de Mulsanne Association will be celebrating the occasion at one of the famous corners in motorsport – Mulsanne Corner.
EnduranceAndGT.co.uk spoke to Mr Claude Ouvrard, President of the Virage de Mulsanne Association to find out more about the event on Friday June 17.
The name “Mulsanne Corner” is known throughout the world to enthusiasts of motor racing. What does the association with the most famous motor race in the world mean to the residents of Mulsanne and to you personally?
“The 24 Hours of Le Mans along with Mulsanne Corner are famous iconic places, drawing all motor racing enthusiasts. To contribute to the excitement of the event and to enhance its image to the world is an exciting challenge.” Continue reading L’association Virage De Mulsanne Celebrates 1966 Le Mans Ford 1-2-3