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Lance Stroll Joins Rosenqvist, Frijns and Juncadella For Jackie Chan DCR JOTA Rolex 24 At Daytona Assault (30.11.17).

Photo: Jakob Ebrey

Kent-based Jota Sport has announced that Williams Martini F1 driver Lance Stroll will join Felix Rosenqvist, Robin Frijns and Daniel Juncadella to drive one of its pair of Jackie Chan DCR JOTA Oreca 07s in the 2018 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

The 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona will be the first time that Jackie Chan DCR JOTA has raced in the early season classic.

Stroll has enjoyed an impressive season on his debut in the FIA Formula One World Championship, finishing 12th in the Drivers Championship on 40 points, three behind his vastly more experienced team-mate Filipe Massa.

Stroll is delighted at the opportunity to race at a circuit on which he has some experience.

“We are going to Daytona to enjoy, compete and of course try and win,” said the young Canadian.

“I always want to be the best and most competitive I can be. I’ll be out there with some of my buddies in the same car and it is going to be a pleasure to do this race again as I just love to race. We are four young guns so it will be great fun I’m sure because we go way back together. A big part of Daytona is who you share the care with so I’m really looking forward it.”

There won’t be any fuel or tyre management to worry about and it will be racing hard and racing in traffic which I will enjoy,” continued Stroll. “I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Jackie Chan DCR JOTA team so I cannot wait to be a part of it.”

“I’m really grateful to Williams Martini Racing for realising I want to keep my racing sharpness through the winter and letting me race at Daytona.”

Jota Sport is pleased at the line-up it now has for the American sportscar classic.

“The collection of talent that we have been able to secure for the Rolex 24 at Daytona is very exciting,” said David Clark, Director of JOTA Group. “As a team this shows the trust in quality that the Jackie Chan DCR JOTA team can bring to the best endurance races in the world.”

“Lance, Felix, Daniel and Robin are a collection of some of the finest young talents to emerge in recent years,” continued David Clark. “To have them all in the same car for such an important race like the Rolex 24 at Daytona is an important milestone in Jota’s history.”

The 2018 running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona will be held on January 27 – 28.

Mazda Team Joest Announces Drivers For 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (29.11.17)

Photo: Mazda Motorsports

Mazda Team Joest has announced its driver line-up for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Current Mazda Motorsports drivers Jonathan Bomarito and Tristan Nuñez will be joined Oliver Jarvis and Harry Tincknell. For the longer endurance races, the line-up will be joined by Spencer Pigot and René Rast.

Oliver Jarvis, who drove for Jackie Chan DC Racing alongside Ho-Pin Tung and Thomas Laurent in the 2017 FIA World, finishing runner-up in the Teams Trophy after a titanic battle with Bruno Senna in the #31 Vaillante Rebellion, is excited by the opportunity.

during the 2017 FIA WEC World Endurance Championship, 6 Hours of Bahrain from November 15 to 18 at International Circuit of Sakhir - Photo Jean Michel Le Meur / DPPI

Photo: Mazda Motorsports

“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Mazda at such an exciting time,” said Jarvis. “I have followed the project closely since the launch of the stunning RT24-P and I am convinced that the project will be successful. It was an easy decision when the opportunity arose to be part of it.”

“Having raced and won both the Daytona 24 Hours and Sebring 24 Hours, the IMSA Championship is one I know very well” continued Jarvis. “It has always been a goal of mine to race in the championship full-time and I don’t think there’s ever been a better time to be part of the Championship as it continues to grow.”

Harry Tincknell has enjoyed a spectacular journey over the past four year, joining Jota Sport for its assault on the 2014 European Le Mans Series, a season which included winning the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans, being part of Nissan Motorsports line-up for the 2015 running of the French classic, winning the LMP2 class with G-Drive Racing in the 2016 Europe Le Mans Series and, latterly, driving for Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2016 and 2017.


2017 World Endurance Championship Round 9, Bahrain 15th - 18th November 2017 Photo: Drew Gibson


Photo: Drew Gibson

“I’m really honoured to be able to race for Mazda Team Joest this season in the WeatherTech Championship, “said the Exeter, UK-based driver. “The whole Mazda Team has put in so much effort and made a lot of progress in every area and after my first test in the car I can’t wait to see how we get on at Daytona.”

John Doonan, director of Mazda Motorsports in North America explains how the team arrived it its driver line-up.

“Mazda has had a driver development program since 2007,” said Doonan. “ So, It’s a big part of our Mazda Prototype program to feature drivers that have come up through the Mazda ranks, whether that’s in sports care like Tristan Nuñez or the open-wheel side things with Bomarito and Pigot. We’re thrilled that those superb young men are back with us again in 3018.”

“Working with Joest, we were also able to secure fast, winning drivers from their recent history, which makes Jarvis and Rast a good fit, as is Tincknell, who has been successful in both GT and Prototype cars. We ask a lot of our drivers outside the car as well, so it’s great to add drivers who will fit the chemistry of what we hope to achieve as a team.”

The 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship opens with the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 25 – 28.

The EGT Friday Sportscar Round-Up (17.03.17)

Photo Above: United Autosports

With the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the 24H SERIES 12H Mugello this weekend, The Prologue to the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship just over a week away and the European Le Mans Series test at Monza the following week, the 2017 endurance and GT-racing season is bursting into life.

As a result, this week saw announcements concerning, amongst others, the Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup, the European Le Mans Series and the British GT Championship.

United Autosports started the week with the announcement that race team owner, driver, businessman and former professional baseball player CJ Wilson and compatriot Andrew Evans will be joining the team for an assault on the 2017 Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup. Wilson retired from professional baseball at the age of 36 and now owns a substantial automotive dealership business, amongst other businesses.

“My goal is to develop as a driver and climb the ranks,” said Wilson. “United Autosports has proven they can win at develop drivers. Andrew and I decided that this is a huge opportunity to get across the Atlantic and challenge ourselves with an incredible platform in LMP3.”

Read the full story on here.

Century Motorsport confirmed its entries in the GT4 class of the 2017 British GT Championship. Anna Walewska will be returning the team to partner highly-experienced Ginetta driver Mike Simpson. The sister car will feature two names new to the British GT Championship but both are experienced endurance racers. Stephen Fresle and Dane Jacob Mathiassen, who competed in the Britcar Endurance series in 2016, will pilot Century Motorsport’s second entry in the GT4 class.

“It’s great to be back in British GT with Century Motorsport after our success last year,” said Anna Walewska. “I am excited to race with Mike Simpson who has so much experience to bring to the team. Together we will be a fierce driver pairing and I can’t wait to see how the season unfolds.”

Read the full story on here.

In the European Le Mans Series, which opens at Silverstone on April 15, Panis-Barthez Compétition has announced its driver line-ups for its LMP2 and LMP3 entries. Nathanaël Berthon, Fabien Barthez and Timothé Buret will pilot the Ligier JS P217 in the LMP2 class while Eric Debard, Simon Gacher and young American driver Theo Bean will form the driving line-up for the team’s Ligier JS P3.

Team Principal Olivier Panis said: “I am very happy to start our program. The arrival of the new Ligier JS P217 in LMP2 is going to make us reach a turning point in terms of technical and physical performance. It will also require a higher level of driving. That is why we wished to have a driver with solid experience in Endurance by Fabien and Timothé’s sides and Nathanaël Berthon meets this requirement.”

Read the full story here.

At G-Drive by DragonSpeed, Léo Roussel has been confirmed as the third full-season driver for its ORECA 07, joining Memo Rojas and Ryo Hirakawa. The young Frenchman completes the two–car European Le Mans Series effort for the team who will also be racing under the 10Star DragonSpeed banner for its second car, to be driven by Henrik Hedman, Nicolas Lapierre and Ben Hanley.

You can read the full story here.

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship enters its second round this weekend with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fuelled By Fresh From Florida. The flag drops for the start of the US classic at 10:40 local time (06:40 GMT for UK fans). Click here for the provisional entry list.

Also racing this weekend is the 24H SERIES 12H Mugello. The first six-hour session starts at 14:00 local time. The excellent live-timing screen can be accessed here.

Wherever you are and whatever you’re racing and watching, have a great sportscar weekend!

The EGT Friday Sportscar Round-Up (03.03.17)

Photo: Roger Jenkins

With less than four weeks to the Media Day and season launch of the 2017 British GT Championship, there was plenty of news from across the world of sportscar racing to whet our appetites for the year ahead.

Looking at the British GT Championship, In2Racing has confirmed that it will campaign two McLaren 570S GT4s this season. The Stratford-upon-Avon-based team had planned a to race a Porsche Cayman GT4 in last year’s championship but was unable to take delivery of a car in time to enter the season fully prepared.

However, In2Racing is back in 2017 with the McLaren 570S GT4, a car which made its debut at the 2016 British GT Media Day. The team has also announced its first driver line-up.

Gareth Howell and Richard Marsh will pilot the first of its entries. A full-time McLaren development driver, Howell is returning to racing for the first time since 2010. Although he has plenty of development miles under his belt in the road-going car, he has only tested the GT4 version of the 570S.

Richard Marsh has previous experience in the British GT Championship, having had four outings in 2008 in the Chad Peninsula Racing Ferrari 430 GT3. 2017 will be his first year in GT4 machinery. You can read the full story on here.

JYPoster a.a. 17.03.03

Poster for Oulton Park: Jake Yorath and, having announced last year that it would be campaigning the new Mercedes AMG GT3 in 2017, confirmed that Lee Mowle and Ryan Ratcliffe will be sharing driving duties. Ratcliffe, by his own admission, had a difficult year in 2016 when his full-season entry in the Optimum Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3 was brought to a premature conclusion. Ratcliffe is excited by the opportunities presented this season.

“I think me and Lee will be a good pairing who can run towards the front end of the grid,” said Ratcliffe. “I think we’ll have good pace when it comes to the races where strategy will also play a role, and I’d like to think we can challenge for podium positions.” was out testing the car this week and both drivers, via their comments on social media, seem confident that the car will deliver on its promises. Read the full story on  here.

Team Parker Racing, after an exciting debut season last year for its Bentley Continental GT3, announced that it will place two full-season examples of the iconic marque on the grid in 2017. 2016 driver pairing Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt Jnr enjoyed three pole positions and a win at Oulton Park to finish third in the GT3 Drivers Championship. This week the team announced that Ian Loggie and Callum Macleod will be piloting the first of its entries this year.

Loggie and Macleod have experience in the Bentley Continental GT3, having raced in the 2016 Blancpain GT Series. They also made British GT Championship appearances at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps. Read the full story on here.

There was exciting news this week from Ginetta. After announcing its project to build an LMP1 car for 2018 in January, the team confirmed that Mecachrome has been appointed as engine supplier for the car.

Ginetta Technical Director Ewan Baldry said of the appointment: “We are delighted to be working with Bruno (Engelric – Mecachrome Motorsport Manager) and Mecachrome on the Ginetta LMP1 engine. Both parties see the current landscape in LMP1 as the perfect opportunity to become involved in the project and we look forward to a very exciting 2017.”

Ginetta has also confirmed the appointment of Paolo Catone as a full-time consultant on its LMP1 project. Catone was part of the Peugeot LMP1 project and, more recently, the BR01 LMP2 project.

Read about the Ginetta – Mechachrome partnership here.

Elsewhere the driver line up for the #77 Dempsey-Proton Porsche 911 RSR has been finalised. Christian Ried, Marvin Dienst and Matteo Cairoli will share the driving duties in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship. You can read the full story from here.

In the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing has announced that it will enter three Ford GTs at the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 18.

Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance said: “We wish we could send all four cars like we did at the Rolex 24 At Daytona but the WEC cars will already be prepped for The Prologue test at Monza and the first race of the season at Silverstone. Even though it’s impossible to bring all of our Ford GTs, we didn’t want to see this important opportunity to continue our cross-development pass us by”

You can read the full story from here.

Looking east, the Automobile Club de L’Ouest has announced the dates for the 2017 Asian Le Mans Series Sprint Cup. The series will be held over four rounds at the Sepang International Circuit. The dates are listed here.

Sports Car Season – 2017 (26.02.17)

In planning for the season ahead, I compiled, for my own use, a spreadsheet showing dates and rounds of the championships and series that I will be reviewing.

With such a packed schedule on both sides of the Atlantic, if my spreadsheet is of help to you in planning your viewing or listening, please feel free to use it.

I’ll be adding further details and series over the next few days.

Have a great 2017 season!

EnduranceAndGT Sportscar Racing Calendar 2017