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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.”

The EGT Friday Sportscar Round-Up (10.03.17)

Photo Above: Britishgt.com

It was a typical mid-March pre-season week for news as teams announced drivers, embarked on testing and positioned themselves for 2017.

On Sunday March 5 Jackie Chan Dc Racing in partnership with Jota Sport announced its full driver line-ups for its two-car entry into the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.

In the #37 ORECA 07, and joining co-founder David Cheng, will be Alex Brundle and Tristan Gommendy. Alex Brundle is no stranger to the Kent-based LMP2 Le Mans-winning team as he joined it mid-way through 2016. Radio Le Mans commentator and son of former F1 pilot Martin, Brundle is delighted that he has a full season drive for 2017.

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“I’m delighted to be making a full time return to the WEC with Jackie Chan DC Racing,” said Brundle. “After a hat trick of wins to conclude last season my objective this winter was to return for a full WEC campaign to build on that success.”

Tristan Gommendy has enjoyed a long career in motorsport and first raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2003. He competed in the 2016 European Le Mans Series for Eurasia Motorsport in the ORECA 05.

In the #38 car, and partnering Ho-Pin Tung, will be the young Frenchman Thomas Laurent and 2016 FIA WEC runner-up Oliver Jarvis. Jarvis will be combining his full-season seat within the FIA World Endurance Championship with his driving commitments at Bentley Motorsport in the Blancpain Endurance Series.

You can read the full Jackie Chan DC Racing story on EnduranceandGT here.

FALKEN announced on Monday March 6 that it will contest selected rounds of the VLN series as well as the 24 Hours Nurburgring with two cars. Joining its existing FALKEN Porscge 911 GT3 R (Type 991) will be a new arrival – its BMW M6 GT3.

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The BMW M6 GT3 will be driven by Peter Dumbreck and Alexandra Imperatori whilst piloting the Porsche 911 GT3 R (Type 991) will be FALKEN driver Martin Ragginger and Porsche works drivers Jörg Bergmeister, Dirk Werner and Laurens Vanthoor.

You can read the full story on Falken-europe.de here.

As we count down to the season-launching Media Day for the 2017 British GT Championship, driver announcements came thick and fast.

Macmillan AMR announced its drivers for its GT4 entry with the news that William Phillips will be partnered by Danish newcomer Jan Jønck.

Jonck has made the switch this season from single-seaters after contesting part of the BRDC British F3 campaign in 2016. The 18-year-old sampled the Macmillan Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT4 at the end of last year and tested the car recently at Portimao.

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“The British GT Championship is one of the most competitive series in Europe, with lots of international-standard drivers and teams,” said Jønck. “The circuits are great, too. Well-run, exciting and challenging – some of the best anywhere – and the mix of classes, with GT3 and GT4 together, makes for very competitive and very exciting racing.”

Read the full Macmillan AMR story on EnduranceandGT.co.uk here.

Century Motorsport will have two entries in the GT3 class in the 2017 British GT Championship for the first time. The Fenny Compton-based squad announced on March 8 that 16-year-old American Chase Parker will join long-standing Ginetta driver Charlie Robertson in the second factory-supported Ginetta G55 GT3.

Photo: centurymotorsport.com
Photo: centurymotorsport.com

“I am very excited to extend my arrangement with Ginetta,” said Chase. “2016 was an incredibly successful year in the G55 GT4. I can’t wait to be part of the 2017 season with Ginetta in the GT3 car. This will be another exciting year. I really appreciate all of Ginetta’s support.”

Read the full Century Motorsport story on EnduranceandGT.co.uk here.

In an exciting media development on March 9, the British GT Championship announced that Front Runner, the UK’s only free-to-air sports channel who recently announced coverage of the 24H SERIES, will be airing the UK rounds of the 2017 championship live.

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“This is fantastic news for British GT and MINI Challenge, their drivers and teams, who, together with Front Runner, now have a platform capable of reaching millions of new and existing fans,” said British GT Championship Manager Benjamin Franassovici.

Read the full story on EnduranceandGT.co.uk here.

Looking forward to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Clearwater Racing, who was awarded two entries into the 2017 French classic, has announced its drivers for its second entry. Richard Wee will be joined Alvaro Parente and Hiroki Katoh in piloting the team’s Ferrari 488 GTE.

Wee, Parente and Katoh will join the team’s first entry which will be driven by Weng Sun Mok, matt Griffin and Keita Sawa.