The EGT Friday Sportscar Round-Up (08.12.17)

As preparations continue across all series for 2018, the Asian Le Mans Series entered its second round for the 4 Hours of Fuji on Sunday December 3.

Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA dominated the event by taking first and third in the LMP2 class with the #8 Nissan-powered ORECA 05, piloted by Thomas Laurent, Stéphane Richelmi and Harrison Newey crossing the line over a minute ahead of the #37 BBT Ligier JS P2 driven by Anthony Xu Liu, Pipo Derani and Davide Rizzo.

The sister Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA entry, the #7 ORECA driven by David Cheng and Jazeman Jaafar took the final podium position in the LMP2 class.

The Chinese team, managed by Kent-based JOTA Sport also won the LMP3 class after its #6 Ligier JS P3 piloted by Patrick Byrne and Guy Cosmo crossed the line some four laps ahead of the #65 Viper Niza Racing entry.

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You can read about the race here.

The British GT Championship was well-represented at the annual British Racing Drivers Club awards. Team Parker Racing duo Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris, 2017 Champions in the team’s #31 Bentley Continental GT3, won the John Cobb Memorial Trophy, an award given to drivers racing a British car ‘who achieved success of outstanding character’.

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GT4 Teams and Drivers Championship-winning HHC Motorsport drivers Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton were the first joint winners of the Henry Surtees Trophy, acknowledging the most outstanding performances by BRDC Rising Stars.

A report on the BRDC awards can be found here.

HHC Motorsport was in the news again after it announced its driver line-ups for the 2018 British GT Championship. The 2017 Teams and Drivers championship-winning team will be campaigning two Ginetta G55 GT4s in 2018, one with a Silver-graded pairing and the sister car with a Pro/Am line-up.

Ginetta GT4 Supercup champion Callum Pointer will be joined by Ginetta Junior Rookie of the year Patrick Mathiesen in a Silver Cup-entered GInetta G55 GT4.

In the sister Pro/Am entry, 2017 BTCC driver and 2016 Ginetta GT4 Supercup vice-champion Will Burns will partner Mike Newbould.

Talking to Motorsport News, team manager Charlie Kemp described how he felt with the new driver line-ups announced for 2018.

“We’re really excited about British GT for next season and we’ve definitely got two driver line-ups that can impress,” said Kemp. “In Callum we have a very proven young driver, who’s coming into British GT knowing the G55 inside-out but from a sprint race format. Patrick we ran to the Ginetta Junior Rookie title in 2015 and we know his pace. He’s bringing endurance racing experience so together they should be right at the front.”

You can read the full story here.

The FIA World Motor Sport Council approved evolutions to its World Endurance Championship. In summary, the LMP1 title will move to a team recognition rather than a manufacturers title. Only the points of a team’s highest placed finishing car will count towards the teams title.

Points awarded will depend on the duration of the race with the 24 Hours of Le Mans awarding 50% more points than a six-hour race and the Sebring twelve-hour race awarding an additional 25% points haul.

Tyre changes will be allowed while cars are being re-fuelled.

You can read a further summary of the changes here.

Finally, all eyes are now focused on the 2018 running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. United Autosports has announced that Bruno Senna will be joining Will Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer in one of its entries while Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris and and Phil Hanson will pilot the sister car.

The Roar Before The 24 takes place on January 5 – 7

Enjoy your weekend!

FIA WMSC Approves Evolution To World Endurance Championship (07.12.17)

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Ahead of the transitional 2018/18 FIA World Endurance Championship, the FIA World Motor Sport Council has approved changes to the regulations.

The primary change is that the LMP1 title will now be awarded to a team and not a manufacturer. This is in response to the launch of the privateer LMP1 class in 2018. Additionally, only the highest-placed car within a team will score points towards the teams’ classification. Commentators have pointed out that this is a move designed to encourage multi-car teams.

The three priorities that the ACO has set for the World Endurance Championship are to encourage more manufacturers and private teams, control budgets and maintain a cutting-edge approach to technology. Manufacturers are encouraged to supply non-hybrid engines to private teams and there is a possibility that a manufacturer could enter a non-non-hybrid car under a branding deal with a partner.

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GT4 Champions HHC Motorsport Announces Two-Car Entry To 2018 British GT (06.12.17)

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GT4 Teams and Drivers champions HHC Motorsport has announced that it will campaign two cars in the GT4 class of the 2018 British GT Championship.

Ginetta GT4 Supercup champion Callum Pointer will be joined by Ginetta Junior Rookie of the year, Patrick Matthiesen in a Silver Cup-entered Ginetta G55 GT4.

In the sister car 2017 BTCC driver and 2016 Ginetta GT4 Supercup vice-champion Will Burns will partner Mike Newbould in the Pro/Am entry.

Talking to Motorsport News, team manager Charlie Kemp described how he felt with the new driver line-ups announced for 2018.

“We’re really excited about British GT for next season and we’ve definitely got two driver line-ups that can impress,” said Kemp. “In Callum we have a very proven young driver, who’s coming into British GT knowing the G55 inside-out but from a sprint race format. Patrick we ran to the Ginetta Junior Rookie title in 2015 and we know his pace. He’s brining endurance racing experience so together they should be right at the front.”

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Prestigious BRDC Awards For British GT Stars Parfitt, Morris, Tregurtha, Middleton and Adam (04.12.17)

The British Racing Drivers Club honoured stars from the British GT grid at its annual awards on December 4.

Team Parker Racing duo Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris, 2017 Champions in the Team Parker Racing #31 Bentley Continental GT3, won the John Cobb Memorial Trophy, an award given to drivers racing a British car ‘who achieved success of outstanding character’.

Parfitt Jnr, who suffers from Crohn’s disease, a condition which caused him to race in considerable discomfort on occasions this season, was delighted to receive the award.

“This is the pinnacle, really,” said Parfitt Jnr. “It was such a privilege to be up on stage receiving both awards in from of my peers and so many incredible people from across motor racing. But it’s also very satisfying to achieve the level of credibility that comes from winning awards like these, and amazing to think that my name will forever be on the same trophies as so many greats from our sport.”

“That’s not something anyone can take away from you. Equally, it was nice that the difficulties I’ve had this year, and in previous years, were recognised, and that we’ve managed to achieve something special without always being at 100%.”

Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton, drivers with GT4 Teams Championship-winning HHC Motorsports were the first joint winners of the Henry Surtees Trophy, acknowledging the most outstanding performances by BRDC Rising Stars.

Two-time British GT champion Jonny Adam, along with Aston Martin Racing driver Darren Turner won the Woolf Barnato Trophy for the highest-placed British drivers in a British Car at Le Mans. Adam, who simultaneously held the British GT, Blancpain GT Series and Le Mans titles at one point in the 2017 season, won the Fairfield Trophy for an outstanding performance by a BRDC member.

 

Triple Podium For Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA At Fuji For Asian Le Mans Series (03.12.17)

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Jackie Chan DFC Racing X JOTA enjoyed a highly successful second round of the 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series when it took first and third in the LMP2 class and won the LMP3 class.

The #8 Nissan-powered ORECA 05, piloted by Thomas Laurent, Stéphane Richelmi and Harrison Newey, crossed the line to take the LMP2 class victory 1:00.354 minutes ahead of the #37 BBT Ligier JS P2 with the driver line-up of Anthony Xu Liu, Pipo Derani and Davide Rizzo.

Taking the final podium position in the LMP2 class was the sister #7 Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA entry driven by David Cheng and Jazeman Jaafar.

Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA driver Thomas Laurent was delighted at the win.

“My teammates did a really good job at the start of the race,” said the French driver. “I was around 20 or 30 seconds behind the BBT car in front of us. I was able to close the gap and pass him in my first stint and I tried to manage our tyres for the rest of the race while managing my lead. The team did a really good job to maintain the cars as well as possible. A big thank you to my team mates and my team.”

Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA also took the victory in the LMP3 class after its #6 Ligier JS P3 piloted by Patrick Byrne and Guy Cosmo crossed the line some four laps ahead of the second-in-class #65 Viper Niza Racing Ligier JS P3 piloted by Douglas Khoo, Dominic Ang and James Winslow. Taking the final podium was a delighted Shinyo Sano in the TKS Ginetta LMP3 driving alongside Yuta Kamimura and Takuya Shirasaka.

“We battled a lot with managing the tyre pressures throughout the race,” said Patrick Byrne, driver of the #6 entry. “But everything worked out well and we went from 5th to 2nd. I got out – Cosmo got in and just demolished it. He went up to first and had a huge time gap so we knew we were comfortable for the pit stops. For me it was an enjoyment to watch, an enjoyment to be with the drew, a great team , great mechanics – we just go out there and drive – they are the ones that are working hard and staying late. And thanks to the Asian Le Mans Series as well – it is a great series.”

In the GT category it was the FIST-Team AAI who scored a 1-2 in class after its #90 Ferrari F488 GT3 driven by Lam Yu, Ollie Millroy and Marco Ciocci took class honours, followed by the sister #91 BMW M6 GT3 piloted by Junsan Chen, Jesse Krohn and Chaz Mostert.

Third in the GT class was the Tianshi Racing Team Audi R8 LMS driven by Peng Liu, Weian Chen and Massimilano Wiser.

Round Three of the 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series takes place on January 11 – 13 with the 4 Hours of Buriram.

The EGT Friday Sportscar Round-Up (01.12.17)

It has been another busy week in the world of sportscar and endurance racing with driver announcements being made, focusing on the first big race of 2018, the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Firstly though, SRO Motorsports Group held its annual prize giving ceremony, this time in Paris at the Palais Brongniart.  Founder and CEO Stéphane Ratel used the opportunity to outline his vision for the future and specific changes being made for 2018.

There will a continued focus on the growing GT4 class with SRO Motorsports Group launching several series to bring the total to seven GT4 championships over the next two seasons.

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Asia will also have its own stand-alone GT4 series included on the Blancpain GT Asia package,

In the Pirelli World Challenge the FIA driver grading system will be adopted. You can  read more about SRO Motorsports Group’s plans here.

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