Ford Chip Ganassi Racing has revealed its full driver line-up for the 2018 running of the 24 Heures du Mans.
The Detroit-based manufacturer will be taking four examples of its Ford GT to the French classic, two from its entry to the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship and two from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
From the WEC entries, the #66 car driver paring of Stefan Mücke and Olivier Pla, the two regular FIA World Endurance Championship drivers, will be joined by 2016 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS class champion Billy Johnson. The #67 Ford GT will be driven by regular drivers Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell and, joining them at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Brazilian IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan. Kanaan drove with Joey Hand and Dirk Müller at Le Mans in 2017, finishing 6th in the LM GTE Pro class.
From the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the #68 car will be driven by the regular season #66 car driver line-up of Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sébastien Bourdais. Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon will pilot the #69 car, the #67 car from the North American Championship.
The lights go out for 86th running of the 24 Heures du Mans on Saturday 16.06.18 at 15:00 local time.
Market Drayton-based ERC Sport has announced that it will enter the 2018 British GT Championship with a Mercedes-AMG GT3 to be driven by Yelmer Buurman and car owner Lee Mowle.
Mowle has moved from AMDTuning.com to the new team established by Keith Cheatham.
Dutchman Buurman has significant experience in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 having won the 2018 24H Dubai with the marque and Team Black Falcon.
Buurman is looking forward to tackling the premier national GT championship with ERC Sport and Lee Mowle.
Continue reading ERC Sport / Mowle / Buurman To Enter 2018 British GT Championship (13.02.18)
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Rochester-based Team HARD has announced it will campaign two Ginetta G55 GT4s in the 2018 British GT Championship.
The team, led by Team Principal Tony Gilham, is also set to announce a new driver line-up for its two-car entry.
Team Manager Gary Allen is looking forward to the new season after a frustrating 2017.
“It was touch and go for a while as to whether we had our two cars accepted for 2018,” said Gary Allen. “The appeal of GT racing and the SRO package has meant that the series is in fact over-subscribed, so it was a case of working as hard as possible to make sure we were in the best shape possible following approval of our entries.”
“We now have a dedicated GT factory and have built a very solid infrastructure as we look to challenge again for the team championship we won in 2016.”
Currently the team has a Silver pairing agreed for the first car as well as a driver described by the team as a ‘star of the future’ in the sister car.
Team HARD Team Principle Tony Gilham is under no illusions about the challenge ahead.
“GT4 is growing at a very fast rate and the level of competition is very high,” said Tony Gilham. “We are under no illusions about how strong the grid will be this year but are more than ready and as a team we are always up for the challenge. I think the rise of interest in the GT world, and especially GT4, makes it a very appealing career move for up-and-coming racing drivers. Couple that with our unique concept as a team and that is arguably one of the best overall packages available.”
The 2018 British GT Championship season opens at Oulton Park on March 31 – April 2.
Photo: Andy Lloyd
Current British GT Championship GT3 champion Rick Parfitt Jnr will be joined by Ryan Ratcliffe for the 2018 premier national GT championship season, driving one of two Bentley Continental GT3s entered by Team Parker Racing.
Parfitt sought a new driving partner after former team-mate Seb Morris decided to seek fresh challenges in Europe this season.
Parfitt and Ratcliffe are not strangers, however, having won the British GT GT4 title in the Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G50 GT4 in 2013.
Continue reading Reigning British GT GT3 Champion Rick Parfitt Jnr To Be Joined By Ryan Ratcliffe For 2018 Campaign (06.02.18)
Swiss racing team Rebellion Racing, 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 champions, has announced that its LMP1 entry for the 2018/19 ‘Super Season’ will be an ORECA-designed-and-built chassis designated the Rebellion R 13. It will be powered by a Gibson engine.
ORECA Group CEO Hughes de Chaunac is delighted at how the project has developed.
“To design this new LM P1 prototype is a wonderful challenge” said de Chaunac. “When the design bureau began developing the ORECA 07, we really wanted to move up to the next level, one step higher compared to the ORECA 05. The successes achieved last year really motivated and convinced us to now tackle this highly competitive main category. Fitted with an atmospheric engine, this LM P1 will face a hard task against the Hybrid car but the Rebellion R 13 will be a very determined challenger.”
Continue reading Rebellion Racing To Campaign ORECA-Built Rebellion R 13 LMP1 In 2018/19 FIA WEC Super Season (05.02.18)
The #8 Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA ORECA 95, piloted by Stéphane Richelmi, Harrison Newey and Thomas Laurent, won the 4 Hours of Sepang and, with it, the 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series LMP2 title and an entry to the 2018 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Second across the line in the LMP2 class was the #37 BBT Ligier JS P2 with the driver line-up of Anthony Xu Liu, Davide Rizzo and Pipo Derani.
The final podium spot in the LMP2 class was taken by the #33 Eurasia Motorsport Ligier, piloted by Nabil Jeffri, Marco Asmer and Jake Parsons.
Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA also won the LMP3 class and title after its #6 Ligier JS P3 piloted by Guy Cosmo, Patrick Byrne and Gabriel Aubry took the chequered flag one lap ahead of the #11 Taiwan Beer GH Motorsport Ligier with the driver line-up of Hanns Lin and Shaun Thing.
Third in the LMP3 class was the #1 WIN Motorsport Ligier with the driver line-up of William Lok, Richard Bradley and Phillipe Descombes.
The GT class saw a 1-2 for the FIST Team AAI entries where the team’s #91 BMW M6 GT3 driven by Junsan Chen, Jesse Krohn and Markus Palttala won the class 18 laps ahead of the sister #90 Ferrari F488 GT3 piloted by Sarun Serreethornakul. Ollie Milroy and Bhurit Bhirombhakdi.
Team NZ with its #77 Porsche 997 Cup entry was the sole contestant in the GT Cup class.