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‘Day off’ for Sellers Results in Second-Place Finish at Lime Rock
Teammate Madison Snow Drove the No. 1 Lamborghini
for the Entire Weather-Shortened Race

 
July 21, 2021
By Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Considering he didn’t set foot in the race car, Bryan Sellers reaped quite the benefit when his team finished second in the GT Daytona (GTD) class at Saturday’s Northeast Grand Prix.
 
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event at Lime Rock Park was scheduled for two hours, 40 minutes, but it was halted by lightning in the Lakeville, Connecticut, area with 70 minutes remaining.
 
To that point, co-driver Madison Snow had taken the No. 1 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 from fifth on the starting grid to second place. With the race unable to resume before the time limit would expire, the No. 1 finished in the runner-up spot without Sellers taking the wheel.
 
Snow was the first of the GTD entrants to pit, with the team electing to keep him in the car to save time on the stop. He wound up one of just two drivers not to swap out for a co-driver, along with Trent Hindman in the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R. The track position Snow gained through the quick stop proved pivotal to the fourth podium finish this season for the No. 1 Lamborghini.
 
And all Sellers had to do was watch.
 
“A race when you can do absolutely nothing and still end up on the podium is special,” Sellers said afterward. “The only involvement I really had today is that they asked me what I thought about strategy, and I said it wasn’t a bad idea.
 
“The guys on the box did a great job today, and Madison did even better. He drove a perfect race. He put down fast laps when he needed to put down fast laps, and he created gaps when he needed to create gaps. The strategy call put us where it did, and after that it was up to Madison to hold on.”
 
Snow did just that in steamy, sultry conditions.
 
“It was incredibly hot and humid before the storm rolled through, and those aren’t easy conditions to work in,” said Mitchell Simmons, team manager at Paul Miller Racing. “I’m especially proud of Madison today. He was out there in the heat, with a malfunctioning drinks bottle, as one of the only drivers double stinting and as an Am driver amongst pros, and he really did a great job.”
 
Snow took it all in stride, seeming almost oblivious to the unusual nature of his day.
 
“It was probably a weird race from the outside, but for me – until it ended – it was pretty normal,” he said. “I got in there and drove. We made a strategy call that ended up being great and adapted to the conditions. It really ended up working out for us, the car got better and better as the temperatures dropped and the rain got closer, and we had a good car to begin with.
 
“It wasn’t quite good enough to work our way through the field, but with the strategy call getting us up there, it was good enough to hold on to second place. Finishing on the podium is always good for the championship, too!”
 
The result kept Snow, Sellers and the team in the thick of the battles for the GTD season championship and the IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup. They sit third in season points, just 70 out of the lead with five races remaining. There are four events left in Sprint Cup, with the No. 1 in fourth place, 218 points back.
 
The next WeatherTech Championship race is the IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The race will stream live at 2:35 p.m. ET Sunday, Aug. 8 on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold, with the NBCSN telecast beginning at 8 p.m.

 

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Converging on a Bright Future
The Plan for LMDh and LMH Prototypes to Compete on Equal Footing
Globally Is Great News for Everyone Involved

 
July 15, 2021
By John Oreovicz
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s fair to say that the recent confirmation of agreement between IMSA and worldwide sanctioning authorities over technical specifications for a joint top class is the biggest news in decades for fans of endurance sports car racing.
 
In development for nearly two years, the plan will allow IMSA’s new-for-2023 LMDh prototypes to compete on equal terms against FIA and ACO-sanctioned LMH “Hypercars” for overall victories in World Endurance Championship events, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans .
 
The last time a U.S.-based program scored the outright win at Le Mans came in 2010, when Audi Sport North America completed a run of four wins in five years in the classic enduro.
 
Conversely, Hypercars will be eligible to go into battle with the LMDh field at every round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, starting with the 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. It’s a win-win situation, especially for fans.
 
“Now, even further than they do today, our fans will get to see the best manufacturers and drivers and teams all competing head-to-head,” IMSA President John Doonan said. “There’s a lot of anticipation for a stacked field.”
 
An enormous amount of head scratching and number crunching went into trying to balance two radically different sports car platforms, one of which is new this year (Hypercar) and another still in the design and development phase.
 
Technical leaders from ACO, WEC, IMSA and key global auto manufacturers collaborated to create a formula that will equalize the effects of different powertrain solutions, including tires, braking capability, the acceleration profile for all-wheel drive cars versus rear-wheel drive and aerodynamics.
 
The so-called convergence of worldwide sports car racing has been a long time coming, and it’s still a work in process. But all signs point to success.
 
“Without sounding too clichéd, I really believe this type of announcement is something folks across so many different audiences in the sports car community have wanted for some time,” Doonan proclaimed.
 
“Across every media platform, positive feedback and comments have come in since the announcement from every facet of our sport. Across the sport, people are thrilled that this is now official, and we have a lot to look forward to. We have a lot to execute between now and January 2023 at the 61st Rolex 24, but I think there is a big spotlight on our future.”
 
The technical agreement creates the tantalizing prospect of WEC-compliant Hypercar enhancing the already-intense competition in the top prototype class of the WeatherTech Championship. That alone makes IMSA a winner.
 
But IMSA delivers star power of its own that will add value to the WEC show. Ask any French fan who has heard Corvettes thundering down the Mulsanne Straight at the Circuit de la Sarthe…
 
The cost-effective nature of IMSA’s LMDh formula has enticed Porsche, Audi and BMW back into prototype competition. Acura will continue its successful prototype program by developing its own LMDh, and other manufacturers are expected to follow suit. A key selling point for those returning manufacturers was the removal of barriers preventing IMSA’s top prototypes from competing for the overall victory at Le Mans and other WEC events.
 
“In the end, they know now that they can use the same vehicle and its platform to compete in IMSA and WEC/ACO competition,” Doonan said. “It’s mutually positive across both sides of the ocean.”
 
The benefits trickle down. With growth at the manufacturer level comes a greater demand for quality teams. Many manufacturers contract independent racing teams to run their “factory” racing programs.
 
Porsche, for example, has already announced that Team Penske will spearhead its LMDh efforts in IMSA and WEC, and that additional customer cars will be made available. BMW’s LMDh program has been linked to current IMSA teams. And with interest building worldwide in sports car racing’s new era of convergence, opportunities exist not only to attract new sponsors, but to enhance or expand existing partnerships.
 
The manufacturer-supported racing programs are going to need quality drivers. It must surely be a great time to be a young sports car driver, with so many potential factory rides on the horizon.
 
“The ultimate goal in sports car racing for a guy in my position is to be working directly with and for a major manufacturer,” said 25-year-old Trent Hindman, the 2019 WeatherTech Championship GT Daytona (GTD) class co-champion who is gaining valuable prototype training this year in the IMSA Prototype Challenge development series that runs Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) cars, on top of his continuing presence in the WeatherTech Championship’s GTD class. “Of course, you want to be in position to drive an LMDh car and contend for overall wins.”
 
Doonan was in a unique position as the technical convergence agreement evolved. He started the process as Director of Motorsports for Mazda and ended it as IMSA President, having been appointed to the position in late 2019.
 
He’s extraordinarily proud of the hard work that so many people put in to make the prospect of a common top formula a reality for worldwide sports car racing.
 
“From a personal standpoint, I’m just honored and thrilled to have been in the room and part of it,” Doonan said. “Work dates to the 1980s to make something like this happen in the ‘90s, and to now be part of it is one of those boyhood dream experiences.
 
“Part of the foundation of IMSA is, ‘What’s good for the sport?’” he added. “That’s the most satisfying part of seeing it come together. Everybody put a lot of work in toward a common goal.”

 

Local Team Making Michelin Pilot Challenge Debut at Lime Rock
The No. 52 AutoTechnic Racing BMW Features
a Pair of Connecticut Drivers as Well

 
July 14, 2021
By Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – AutoTechnic Racing is looking for a little home cookin’ when the team makes its IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge debut this weekend at Lime Rock Park. Based in New Milford, Connecticut and boasting a pair of Connecticut drivers, the team has entered the No. 52 AutoTechnic Racing BMW M4 GT4 to race in Saturday’s Lime Rock Park 120 on the road course in Lakeville, Connecticut.
 
Attilio Albani and Elivan Goulart will co-drive the No. 52 BMW in the Grand Sport (GS) class. Each has one previous Michelin Pilot Challenge start, Albani in 2011 and Goulart in 2012. While AutoTechnic is making its Michelin Pilot Challenge debut, the team has extensive experience racing BMWs in other series.
 
“I’m very excited to have this opportunity to drive alongside my co-driver and friend Attilio with AutoTechnic Racing in the highly competitive GS class,” said Goulart, who also made a single start in IMSA’s top-tier series – the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – in 2012. “We both are looking forward to being in a familiar paddock with a competitive and local team for our race at Lime Rock Park.”
 
Albani is just as excited as his teammate for the opportunity.
 
“Expanding my driving into GT4 with the BMW M4 is exciting, and along with my long-trusted co-driver Elivan makes it easy.” Albani said. “We’re both looking forward to a great weekend at Lime Rock Park.”
 
The Michelin Pilot Challenge schedule for Lime Rock includes two Friday practice sessions ahead of qualifying at 4:20 p.m. ET that same day. The two-hour race starts at 11:05 a.m. Saturday, with live coverage on NBC Sports Gold’s TrackPass and IMSA Radio. The NBCSN race telecast airs at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10.

 

What to Watch for: Northeast Grand Prix
WeatherTech Championship GT Classes and Michelin Pilot Challenge
Get Their Chance to Shine at Lime Rock Park

 
July 14, 2021
By David Phillips
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A unique dimension to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is its “shape-shifting” events featuring mix ’n’ match combinations of the Daytona Prototype international (DPi), GT Le Mans (GTLM), GT Daytona (GTD) and Le Mans Prototype 2 and 3 (LMP2 and LMP3) classes. All five classes are not on the card in all 12 events on the 2021 WeatherTech Championship calendar. Thus, every class has – if not a weekend in the sun – a chance to shine when one or more of the other classes enjoys an “off” weekend.
 
With the prototype competitors taking a well-deserved summer vacation from this weekend’s Northeast Grand Prix, the spotlight falls on the GTLM and GTD classes at historic Lime Rock Park. It’s both a chance for the GT classes to shine and an eminently practical decision, given that when IMSA last mixed the top-level prototypes and GT cars at Lime Rock Park, the prototypes were 10 seconds quicker per lap than the GT3 cars. With the prototypes turning sub-45-second laps on the 1.474-mile circuit, it made for a “busy” race day for all concerned.
 
That said, here’s what to keep an eye on for what will be an exciting weekend of racing in Connecticut.
 
Flip a Coin
 
Per usual, it’s anyone’s guess which marques and teams will figure most prominently in GTD this weekend. Oddsmakers have two barometers by which to pick a favorite: Take the short view and base your pick on the 2021 season to date; or take the long view and base your pick on past GTD results at Lime Rock Park.
 
Based on the short view, the GTD championship-leading No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 is the nominal favorite, having won two of the past four events. On the other hand, Vasser Sullivan Racing is coming off a convincing 1-2 finish with their Lexus RC F GT3s in the IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Watkins Glen, while The Heart of Racing Team’s Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 have been fixtures on the podium throughout the season and could be due for a win.
 
Then there’s Porsche, which figures in both the short view, having scored a 1-2 of its own at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts this year courtesy of the Pfaff Motorsports and Wright Motorsports 911 GT3Rs, and the long view given that Porsches have won two of the past three Northeast Grands Prix. On the other hand, Lamborghini won at Lime Rock in 2018 and, for good measure, Audi won in 2016.
 
All of which favors a third means of setting the odds for the 2021 Northeast Grand Prix: flip a coin.
 
The Short and Long of GTLM
 
By a similar token, if you rely on the long view for GTLM, you’ll roll snake eyes given Ford ruled the Lime Rock roost in 2018 and ’19 before exiting the series. In the short view, Corvette Racing’s twin C8.Rs are prohibitive favorites given that they’ve finished 1-2 in half of the four points-paying races this season.
 
But, given the fact that last year’s Northeast GP was canceled owing to the pandemic, the C8.R is new to the close confines of the closest thing sports car racing has to a bull ring. What’s more, Porsche enthusiasts will be buoyed by the knowledge that Porsche finished best of the rest behind the victorious Ford GT in 2019 and third in 2018 after a dominant 1-2 finish in 2017. So, it would seem the No. 79 WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 RSR-19 may have its best chance so far of repeating its upset win at this year’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts.
 
Lest We Forget
 
The celebration of sports cars that is the Northeast Grand Prix includes Saturday’s Lime Rock Park 120, Round 6 of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. Sticking with the short view/long view perspective, the Grand Sport (GS) class figures to feature the Turner Motorsport BMW M4 GT4s and the No. 13 AWA McLaren 570S GT4, winners of three of five events so far. In the case of the No. 95 Turner BMW, it is the current championship leader ahead of the ultra-consistent (but so far winless) No. 3 Motorsports In Action McLaren.
 
Speaking of consistency, the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport has finished second in three of the last four races not to mention – in the long view – that Porsche finished on the podium in two of the most recent Lime Rock races.
 
As for the Touring Car (TCR) class, Honda is on a roll, given the Nos. 94 and 84 Atlanta Speedwerks Civic FK7 TCRs scored back-to-back wins at Watkins Glen. In contrast, Audi’s RS3 LMS SEQs started off strong with wins at Daytona and Sebring by Unitronic JDC-Miller MotorSports and Road Shagger Racing and will be looking to return to the top step of the podium at Lime Rock.
 
That’s all well and good, but it will be impossible to ignore the flotilla of Hyundai Veloster and Elantra Ns from Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian, Michael Johnson Racing, CB Motorsports, Copeland Motorsports and van der Steur Racing at Lime Rock. Hyundai has “just” a single win (at Mid-Ohio) this season – so far. But Michael Lewis and Taylor Hagler enjoy a 130-point lead in TCR thanks to a consistent run of podium finishes. And, not to forget the long view, Hyundai won the most recent Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR race at Lime Rock in 2019. Where better to return to those winning ways than at the bucolic Connecticut circuit?

 

 

From Agony to Ecstasy, Robichon Recalls 2019 Lime Rock Win
Drama Reigned in the First WeatherTech Championship
Victory for the Driver and Pfaff Motorsports

 
July 14, 2021
By Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Zacharie Robichon remembers it all too vividly … and all too nervously.
 
Watching anxiously from the pit stand as his first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship win was within grasp, excitement quickly turned to agony when the report of a tire losing pressure came over the radio on the final lap at Lime Rock Park in 2019. But just when it looked like exuberance was becoming misery, Dennis Olsen somehow nursed the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R around the 1.474-mile circuit to win the GT Daytona (GTD) class by a slim 0.01 seconds in the Northeast Grand Prix.
 
Since Lime Rock didn’t host a race last year, Robichon and Pfaff return to the track in Lakeville, Connecticut, as defending champions.
 
“The emotion on that last lap was just crazy!” Robichon said Wednesday when recalling the drama two years ago that delivered the first series win for driver and team.
 
“Dennis did a fantastic job just to hang on. When he came over the radio saying, ‘I have an issue, I think a tire’s going down,’ I remember thinking, ‘Of course. There’s no way that luck could go our way after the races we’d had to that point.’ I had basically lost all faith going into the last lap. Then he managed to hang onto it.
 
“I think had it been any other track that wasn’t quite as short as Lime Rock, we wouldn’t have made it,” Robichon admitted. “Seeing that finish just made it all that much sweeter because we went from being super excited to almost accepting that we weren’t going to win and then going back to winning the race.”
 
Robichon will share the No. 9 entry this weekend with Laurens Vanthoor, who finished on the GTLM podium in a Porsche in the last three Lime Rock races (2017-19) and started the 2019 race from the pole position. The duo sits fourth in the GTD standings, highlighted by their win at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts in March.
 
The lessons the then-fledgling “Plaid Porsche” team learned the weekend of that maiden victory at Lime Rock have helped carry the Canadian-based group forward to more success.
 
“It wasn’t a particularly good weekend up until the race,” Robichon said about 2019. “I’ll admit, I didn’t really love the track – I hadn’t been there before. It was a race that was super hot; very, very hot. Tire wear was a huge issue.
 
“We kind of just stayed out of trouble and had some amazing pit stops. I don’t think we were outright the fastest car that weekend, but we put ourselves in a position to win and it taught us a lot about what it takes to win at this level. It’s not always about being the fastest car; it’s about making smart decisions and making the right strategy calls and just keeping yourself out of trouble. I think the lessons we learned have stayed with us.”
 
As for this weekend’s return to Lime Rock Park, Robichon said the team is at a better baseline setup because of the 2019 experience. The same goes for the 29-year-old from Ottawa, though he admits he has less track time at Lime Rock than any other circuit on the schedule.
 
“We’re excited to go back because we won,” he said. “But for me, I know that I still have a lot of work to do there. That’s what I’m thinking of right now, not necessarily that we won there.
 
“It’s a very condensed weekend so Friday’s going to be super important,” Robichon added. “Our team’s really going to have to thrash on Friday in those first two (practice) sessions and qualifying, but I have all the confidence in the world in our team so I’m not too concerned that we’ll have a car that can compete.”
 
Practices are set for 11:25 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. ET Friday, with qualifying at 5:15 p.m. (livestream on IMSA.com/TVLive). The two-hour, 40-minute race airs live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold and IMSA Radio (Sirius 216, XM 202, SiriusXM Online 992) beginning at 3:10 p.m. Saturday. NBCSN’s telecast begins at 5:30 p.m.

 

 

Corvette Drivers Have Love-Hate Relationship Racing Each Other
Talented Quartet Sharing the Same Equipment Makes for Tight Competition

 
July 12, 2021
By Jeff Olson
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s always advantageous to have fast teammates. But when those teammates are your competition, the dynamic becomes more complicated.
 
Take the situation at Corvette Racing. The team’s two entries and four drivers are again fighting for the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class championship in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and, per usual, the fight is close and intense.
 
"I'd say it's fun, but it's stressful at the same time,” said Jordan Taylor, who drives the No. 3 Corvette Racing C8.R with Antonio Garcia. “There are no team orders of who will win the race. They let us race on track, but obviously any contact will be frowned upon. We had a head-to-head battle at Daytona, and the last couple of weekends have been head-to-head. The guys in the (No.) 4 car are professionals and two of the best in GT racing.”
 
As it stands after four of the 10 WeatherTech Championship events paying season-long points for the GT classes this season, Taylor and Garcia lead Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy, who share the team’s No. 4 Corvette C8.R, by 156 points. That lead was increased by successive pole positions and wins at Watkins Glen International by the No. 3 Corvette. In both races, the No. 4 wasn’t far behind.
 
The Corvettes are being pursued by the No. 79 WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 RSR-19, whose full-season driver Cooper MacNeil is just 39 points behind Milner and Tandy. The No. 79 Porsche won the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts in March with MacNeil and co-drivers Matt Campbell and Mathieu Jaminet but was derailed early in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen on June 27 by a fire in the car.
 
The frustrating part for Milner and Tandy is knowing they’re on pace with the No. 3 car but not achieving comparable results.
 
“We're doing everything right with the things we can control with the strategy,” Milner said after last week’s IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Watkins Glen. “Nick did an awesome job at the start to get us out front. It's just not going our way right now. It's tough, but I'm proud of the guys. I know they're bummed. We've been fast and done everything right that we can control. We haven't had the luck.”
 
He’s hoping the luck returns July 16-17 for the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut. The event will feature the GTLM and GT Daytona (GTD) classes, giving the GT classes a rare opportunity to enjoy top billing. It also amplifies the battle within Corvette Racing.
 
“(It) is difficult because they have the same car and same tools as you,” Garcia said of the No. 4. “I'm very happy for Corvette to go 1-2. We're looking forward to the next few races, and then Le Mans is coming closer (Aug. 21-22, where both Corvettes and the Porsche will compete in the famous 24-hour race). We're looking forward to that, too."
 
With anticipation comes the knowledge that their teammates are likely their primary challengers.
 
“It’s great to have that rivalry, but it's difficult when you've got such great drivers in both cars,” Taylor said. “You're competing against the best in the same equipment. We've come out on top the last two races, but just as easily those guys could have won as well."
 
Live coverage of the Northeast Grand Prix begins Saturday, June 17 at 3:10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold’s TrackPass and IMSA Radio (Sirius 216, XM 202, SiriusXM Online 992). The NBCSN telecast begins at 5:30 p.m.
Young at Heart and Behind the Wheel, Giovanis Keeps on Motoring
The 75-Year-Old IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Team Owner and Driver
Has No Plans to Slow Down

 
July 12, 2021
By Godwin Kelly
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Let’s have a Ted Talk about racing, or rather let Ted Giovanis talk about his amazing IMSA racing career.
 
Giovanis is not your normal sports car driver.
 
Consider this: He got his Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) racing license when he was 46 years old and turned pro to compete in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge at the tender age of 60. A decade after that, Ted Giovanis Motorsports (TeamTGM) took home the Michelin Pilot Challenge Grand Sport (GS) class championship in 2018.
 
TeamTGM has two cars entered for Saturday’s Lime Rock Park 120, the next race on the 2021 Michelin Pilot Challenge calendar.
 
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Giovanis made his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut in the 2021 Rolex 24 At Daytona just weeks after turning 75. A drivetrain issue forced him to exit the race after turning 515 laps over Daytona International Speedway’s 3.56-mile road course.
 
Giovanis is road racing’s version of “Benjamin Button.” The older he gets, the younger he drives. The Highland, Maryland, team owner and driver doesn’t really care to talk about age, racing and such.
 
“I feel very fortunate to be able to do what I do,” he says. “I think a lot of us (drivers) feel like that. I don’t know why I can do what I do. Maybe it’s genetic. Maybe it’s desire. I don’t know, maybe something else. I have never dwelled on this kind of stuff.”
 
In addition to racing, Giovanis is a health industry advocate, author and something of a fitness guru who follows a strict diet and workout regime to maintain his skills behind the steering wheel. He gained a bit of notoriety during the Rolex 24 when NBC analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. talked about him during the telecast.
 
“(My age) was not discussed much, that is, until the Rolex 24 this year,” Giovanis said. “After the race, I got a ton of calls from friends and they told me, ‘They were talking about you on television. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was making a big deal out of it.’ So, you have one of the most popular people in racing talking about me and everyone is listening. He was using me to poke fun at himself. He said things like, ‘Hey, this guy is still racing, that means I have some time left.’”
 
For the record, Earnhardt Jr., the two-time Daytona 500 winner, retired as a full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver in 2017 at the age of 43, then went to the NBC announcer booth.
 
Once the Rolex 24 was done, Giovanis parked the No. 64 Porsche 911 GT3R he obtained from Wright Motorsports to concentrate efforts on his two-car Michelin Pilot Challenge program, featuring the Nos. 46 and No. 64 Chevrolet Camaro GT4.Rs.
 
His driver roster includes Hugh Plumb, Owen Trinkler and Matt Plumb (Hugh’s son). Each has achieved success at Lime Rock Park. Trinkler and Hugh Plumb won there for TeamTGM in 2018 on their way to the championship and followed it with another victory from the pole position in 2019. Matt Plumb has three Michelin Pilot Challenge wins at Lime Rock (2011, ’12, ’14).
 
Coming off a season-best third-place finish July 2 at Watkins Glen International, the Plumbs are sharing the No. 46 Camaro this season and have climbed to sixth in the GS standings. Giovanis and Trinkler are 18th in GS points after the first five races in the No. 64, with a best finish of 13th in the June 26 race at Watkins Glen. But as Giovanis says, no worries.
 
“I am writing a book with the working title ‘Everything I Learned, I Learned from Racing,’” Giovanis says. “It’s a series of stories about racing, but the theme is things are going to happen to you in life but you can persevere. Don’t get disappointed. It’s just a headwind. It’s a book about keeping going.”
 
He has no timeline for racing retirement. Giovanis says his body will tell him when it’s time to leave the cockpit.
 
“I think my reflexes will be more telling than anything,” he said. “I still have pretty quick hands and I’m very active mentally.”
 
And he is in better shape physically now than when he got his SCCA license back in those middle-age years. As for making his second appearance in the Rolex 24, Giovanis was coy with his response.
 
“We haven’t decided exactly what we are going to do, but I’ll give a non-answer,” he said. “I got a car and I got all the spare parts. The car is ready and it’s still legal for 2022. I have no immediate plans to sell it.”
 
In Ted Talk that means, see you at Daytona next year.
 
Lime Rock Park 120 Notes
 
Thirty-six cars are entered this week, 22 in GS and 14 in the Touring Car (TCR) class. Following their July 2 win at Watkins Glen, Bill Auberlen and Dillon Machavern (No. 95 Turner Motorsport BMW M4 GT4) have opened a 110-point GS lead over Sheena Monk and Spencer Pigot (No. 3 Motorsports In Action McLaren 570S GT4). Michael Lewis and Taylor Hagler (No. 77 Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian Hyundai Veloster N TCR) are riding a streak of four consecutive TCR podium finishes and lead Ryan Eversley (No. 94 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic FK7 TCR, co-driven this week with Scott Smithson) by 130 points.
 
Practice and qualifying take place Friday on the 1.478-mile, seven-turn “classic” course (without the chicane that the WeatherTech Championship cars use). The two-hour Michelin Pilot Challenge race starts at 11:05 a.m. ET Saturday and airs live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold and IMSA Radio. The NBCSN race telecast begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10.

 

 

ACO, FIA and IMSA Firm up Agreement on the Future of Endurance
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 9, 2021) – In early 2020, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) announced their intention to work hand-in-hand to create a joint top class for Endurance racing. The three parties have now come to an agreement on the technical specifications for the new category. This agreement means LMH prototypes will be able to compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship from 2023.

 
The convergence work done by the ACO, the FIA and IMSA to align their technical regulations aims to allow cars with different technical definitions to compete alongside one another on both sides of the Atlantic, in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the WeatherTech Championship. They are:

 
  • the LMH, or Le Mans Hypercar, officially introduced in 2021
  • the LMDh, or Le Mans Daytona h, officially introduced in 2023.

 
At a high-level technical meeting bringing together the ACO, the FIA, IMSA and all the manufacturers officially involved in LMDh and LMH programs, the parties came to an agreement that aims to balance the performance of these different types of car (most notably the powertrain and the four-wheel drive set-up) so that LMH cars can compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

 
The specifics for four key technical elements – tire fitment, acceleration profile, braking capability and aerodynamics – were converged and agreed upon by ACO, FIA, and IMSA prior to being approved by the WMSC on July 8th 2021.

 

 
Tires (Front/Rear Width in cm):
  • AWD: 31/31
  • RWD: 29/34

 
Acceleration Profile:
  • AWD: Activation speed deployment will be BOP tool (removed from TR) and it will be monitored with PDST (from Speed 1 to Speed 2)
  • AWD: Due to the track variations in global competition, there will be two BOP activation speeds (dry/wet linked to tire fitted to the car). With our current knowledge, a 120-160 kph range would be implemented
  • LMDh: Control software to limit the contribution of eMotor to traction control capability

 
Braking Capability:
  • ·AWD & RWD: Total differential potential on coast identical on all cars (AWD = Fr + Rr, RWD = Rr)
  • delta torque front axle + delta torque rear axle < Limit overall delta torque
  • Limit overall delta torque = function (virtual engine drag power, virtual locking ratio)
  • AWD: Front differential with a zero-lock mechanism on coast (twin or single eMotor)
  • delta torque front axle < limit delta torque front (to cope for internal friction)

 
Aero:
  • LMH
  • Homologation = Sauber
  • Taking part in IMSA = wind tunnel characterization in WindShear
  • LMDh
  • Homologation = WindShear
  • Taking part in FIA WEC = wind tunnel characterization in Sauber

 
Final Technical Regulation language pertaining to the above will be developed jointly by ACO, FIA and IMSA. 

 
LMH eligibility will also require an individual business agreement between each manufacturer and IMSA, which respects its sporting regulations.

 
The initial objective shared by the ACO, the FIA and IMSA – giving constructors the opportunity to enter the same car in the world’s most prestigious Endurance races – will thus be achieved in 2023.

 
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: "This major announcement stems from our ambition to forge a common future for Endurance racing. We have all worked together to achieve this landmark agreement and I would like to thank all the stakeholders very sincerely. It is wonderful news for teams and fans alike and maps out a bright future for Endurance. The manufacturers dreamed of being able to participate in the greatest endurance races in the world with the same model of a car: this will now be reality."

 
Richard Mille, President of the FIA Endurance Commission: "The FIA, ACO and IMSA have been working towards a common future where teams running in LMH and LMDh can race on both sides of the Atlantic. Today we can see that the convergence has taken a step closer to reality, which is great news for all of us involved in endurance racing. The principles have been agreed by all parties. The dream of teams and manufacturers being able to compete in all of the top endurance races with the same car for the first time is now at hand. This represents a significant moment in the history of motor racing."

 
John Doonan, IMSA President: "What we achieved as a group a few weeks ago in Paris has the potential to revolutionize prototype sports car racing all over the world. The stage is set for a highly competitive top category that will include many of the world’s greatest automotive manufacturers, showcasing relevant technology in the world’s most prestigious endurance races. Collectively, we have an opportunity to engage with the next generation of endurance sports car racing fans and elevate our sport to the highest levels. I cannot be prouder of the spirit of collaboration between our IMSA team, our colleagues at the ACO and FIA, and all of our automotive partners."

 

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FCP Euro Goes Big with Michelin Pilot Challenge Program, Lime Rock Partnership

 
July 7, 2021
By David Phillips
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The past couple months have been historic for European auto parts online retailer FCP Euro.
 
The race team’s maiden outing in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge saw Michael Hurczyn and Nate Vincent steer the No. 11 Mercedes-AMG GT4 to a 10th-place finish in the Grand Sport (GS) class at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on May 15. No sooner had the 2019 SRO America TCR champions celebrated their encouraging IMSA debut than FCP Euro joined Lime Rock Park in announcing an ambitious partnership that will see the Milford, Connecticut-based firm become the historic venue’s Official Auto Parts Supplier and support two new facilities on the track’s 400-acre campus.
 
Lime Rock hosts the next event on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Michelin Pilot Challenge schedules, on July 16-17.
 
The Mid-Ohio 120 in May marked the latest step in FCP Euro’s progression up the motorsports ladder, one that began in the 2016 American Endurance Racing series and moved to SRO America. Although success was not immediate, that move ultimately saw FCP Euro capture the team and manufacturer titles, even as Hurczyn edged Vincent for the drivers’ crown.
 
Subsequently, the team set sights on the Michelin Pilot Challenge this season. In keeping with its measured approach, FCP Euro skipped the first two events at Daytona and Sebring to focus on the meat of the schedule beginning at Mid-Ohio.
 
“Back in September/October when we committed to the cars and the season, COVID cases were on the rise,” recalls Hurczyn, the team’s brand director who, like every member of the team, has a “day job” at FCP Euro. “So, by starting the season at Mid-Ohio in May, that gave us seven or eight months of preparation. We weren’t kidding ourselves that we could come into the first season and win the championship, so this is really just a learning year for us; collect the data, give the team time to gel, understand the car.”
 
If Mid-Ohio was any indication, the team is on schedule when it comes to learning the Mercedes-AMG GT4.
 
“From our perspective it was a win,” says Nathan Brown, FCP Euro event director. “We met all the goals we had established, which were to make sure that we used every possible minute of track time. We went through both practices and qualifying with nothing but a few minor technical issues.
 
“Then, to complete the race, clean, with no penalties and to make sure we brought the car home in one piece and drive it on the trailer ... that was really the goal. To achieve all that and to be as competitive as we were, everybody was pretty pumped with the weekend. Everybody’s still learning the car and the series, but we feel like we have a bright future ahead of us.”
 
One where the team expects to show steady improvement.
 
“We came into Mid-Ohio pretty conservative,” says Hurczyn, “just wanting to feel out where we’d fall as a new team in a new series with a new car. We had some hunches ... (and) we kind of expected to fall in where we did. The nice thing is, because we were pretty conservative, we know what steps to take to be a little faster, a little sharper. That’s one of our strengths as a company and it’s going to be one of our strengths as a team: combing through the data, going through the feedback from all the team members and sharpening the ax for future rounds.”
 
The results weren’t quite as promising in back-to-back weekends at Watkins Glen International. Vincent and Hurczyn finished 11th in GS in the four-hour race at The Glen on June 27 and followed it with a 17th in the two-hour race on July 2.
 
“We’re getting our feet wet in the series,” Vincent says. “Just as when we came into (SRO America), we were able to keep up with the pack and get some respectable finishes, but we weren’t hunting for the wins. Then we went back to the drawing board, figured out what we wanted to do and then won the championship in 2019. We’re going to take that same approach in Michelin Pilot. We want to make sure we have the bricks laid in the foundation so we can really build something very strong on top of it.” 
 
While they will continue managing expectations that eventually include running a second car, FCP Euro is surely sharpening that ax with an eye toward the Lime Rock Park 120 on July 17. If ever a team had a home race, this is it given that FCP Euro is headquartered little more than an hour south of the venerable circuit.
 
What’s more, FCP Euro’s new partnership with Lime Rock Park will see an expanded and repaved autocross and skid pad facility (called the FCP Euro Proving Grounds), with a new, 5,000-sqaure-foot FCP Euro hospitality event center overlooking the track’s Left-Hander and No-Name Straight set to open in 2022. 
 
Noting that FCP Euro and Lime Rock are “two strong brands that have deep roots in the state of Connecticut,” Scott Drozd, CEO of FCP Euro, says the partnership will “help facilitate the growth over the next decade while enhancing and further developing the automotive communities surrounding both organizations.”
 
It’s a theme Brown expands upon when discussing FCP Euro’s overarching goals of not only achieving success on the track but becoming a positive force in the IMSA paddock at all venues. 
 
“We’re going to show up at Lime Rock with bells on,” Brown says. “We’ll have the entire company there along with 500-plus guests and fans.
 
“At the end of the day, this is a marketing exercise in making people aware of who we are and what we do,” he continues. “And the team is really an extension of that. We’re a team that’s going to be a good participant and a good addition to the paddock in terms of our vibe and how we interact with our fellow competitors and the fans. FCP Euro is committed long term to motorsports and the program we’re building now.
 
“Yes, we won a championship before but we want to come into this humbly; but also, we are here to stay. We’re not just showing up to see how it works.”
 

 

Three Takeaways: IMSA WeatherTech 240 at The Glen

As Promised, the Watkins Glen Sprint Race Provided the Unexpected ‘Again’

 
July 6, 2021
By David Phillips
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – What was that I said about expecting a mixture of something completely different and déjà vu all over again in last week’s “What to Watch for” in the IMSA WeatherTech 240 at The Glen? Indeed, three of the five classes of Friday evening’s race saw different winners from those who graced the top spot of the podium in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen on June 27.
 
But there was also a palpable sense of déjà vu in that – as in the Six Hours – the Fickle Hand of Fate threw the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship field a curveball (or was that a knuckleball?). Rather than the full-course yellow that shuffled the deck in the Six Hours, a red flag necessitated by lightning in the immediate vicinity of Watkins Glen International brought the WeatherTech 240 to a standstill and led to a late-race free-for-all among the Daytona Prototype international (DPi), Le Mans Prototype 2 and 3 (LMP2 and LMP3), GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD) competitors. 
 
Only A Matter of Time
 
It was only a matter of time before the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R. and a Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 won their respective classes (DPi and GTD). Although both teams were still looking for their first wins of the 2021 campaign on Friday, the cars, teams and drivers were too good to be shut out of victory lane for long.
 
After all, the Whelen Engineering entry finished a total of 0.941 seconds away from winning both the Acura Sports Car Challenge Presented by the TLX Type S at Mid-Ohio and the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Detroit’s Belle Isle, while the Nos. 12 and 14 Vasser Sullivan Lexuses, with four GTD victories between them last year, appeared on their way to a win in the Sahlen’s Six Hours before that late full-course yellow.
 
Sure enough, the Whelen Engineering team made all the right moves on Friday, pitting Pipo Derani for fuel and tires early in the race. Although that dropped them down the DPi order, on the final round of stops the Whelen Caddy needed only fuel (no fresh tires), boosting Felipe Nasr into a lead he managed to hold over a charging Renger van der Zande, who restarted the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi in fifth spot.
 
Meanwhile, the Vasser Sullivan Lexus GT3s finished 1-2 in the WeatherTech 240, with Jack Hawksworth mounting a charge of his own, blowing past teammate Zach Veach and the No. 39 CarBahn with Peregrine Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 on the final restart (ironically, following a caution for a chunk of bodywork torn loose from the No. 14 Lexus) to take the win.
 
Although they were the first wins of the 2021 wins for both teams, don’t be surprised if the No. 31 Cadillac or the No. 14 Lexus (or, for that matter, the No. 12 Vasser Sullivan Lexus) return to victory lane this season.
 
Glen Doubles
 
Corvette Racing and Riley Motorsports each scored a double at Watkins Glen, winning their respective classes (GTLM and LMP3) in both the Sahlen’s Six Hours and the WeatherTech 240. For added emphasis, both teams backed up their Six Hour wins with 1-2 finishes on Friday.
 
Antonio Garcia (No. 3 Corvette Racing C8.R) outdueled teammate Tommy Milner (No. 4 Corvette) on the final restart to grab a lead he maintained to the checkered flag, giving Garcia and co-driver Jordan Taylor a clean sweep at The Glen, with two wins and two pole positions in as many weekends. Likewise, Riley Motorsports enjoyed a 1-2 finish with Felipe Fraga taking the win in the No. 74 Ligier JS P320 he shared with Gar Robinson over the No. 91 Riley Motorsports Ligier of Dylan Murry and Jim Cox. In contrast to Corvette Racing, the Riley Motorsports entries did not shine in qualifying (starting sixth and seventh in the Six Hours and fourth and fifth in the WeatherTech 240). However, the Riley entries had the pace when it counted most.
 
Turnabout Is Fair Play
 
Having been bested by the No. 11 WIN Autosport ORECA LMP2 07 for the LMP2 class win by little more than a second in the Sahlen’s Six Hours, the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA returned the favor with interest on Friday. PR1’s Ben Keating and Mikkel Jensen led WIN’s Tristan Nunez and Steven Thomas home by more than 21 seconds.
 
The victory – the second in four LMP2 races this season – keeps Keating, Jensen and PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports atop the driver and team standings. Nunez, Thomas and WIN Autosport are second in a rivalry that shows every sign of going to the final round of the 2021 season, the Motul Petit Le Mans in November at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. 

 

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Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP leads the charge to Super Pole in TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa qualifying

  • Mercedes-AMG ahead of the pack as all nine brands qualify for Super Pole
  • Silver Cup pole still up for grabs as four cars book spots in final shootout 
  • Garage 59 bags Pro-Am pole with #188 Aston Martin, #166 Hägeli by T2 Racing Porsche on top in Am Cup

Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP will chase its second successive Super Pole at the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa tomorrow evening after it's #88 crew topped qualifying, while all nine brands contesting this year's race will be represented in the deciding shootout. 

Tonight's session also saw the Pro-Am and Am Cup pole winners decided as Garage 59 (#188 Aston Martin) and Hägeli by T2 Racing (#166 Porsche) earned top spot in their respective classes, but the Silver Cup battle will not be decided until Friday after a record four cars progressed to Super Pole. 

At the top of the overall order, it quickly became clear that the #88 Mercedes-AMG was in control. Raffaele Marciello set the tone by topping Q2, the first session involving three-driver line-ups, with a time of 2m18.323s. Next to run was Daniel Juncadella, who repeated Marciello's result by leading Q3 with a 2m18.565s. This gave Jules Gounon a golden opportunity to seal top spot, and with it the opportunity to run last in Super Pole. 

The Frenchman completed the task by posting the third-fastest lap in Q4, more than enough to secure P1 on average times. The #88 Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP machine was 0.433s clear of the #95 Aston Martin, which occupied second position from Q2 onwards after Nicki Thiim finished just 0.004s shy of Marciello. Ross Gunn and Marco Sorensen could not match the Danish ace, but were quick enough to secure P2. 

Last year's runner-up Audi Sport Team Attempto was third with its #66 machine following a supremely consistent showing from Chris Mies, Mattia Drudi and Dennis Marschall. The #4 Mercedes-AMG Team HRT also secured safe passage into Super Pole, followed by both Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW entries, with the #34 just edging the sister #35. 

Seventh overall went to the #107 CMR Bentley, which led an unprecedented four Silver Cup cars into Super Pole. The French squad was at the top of the order from the start after Stuart White led Q1. Strong showings from Nelson Panciatici, Pierre-Alexandre Jean and Ulysse De Pauw completed a superb day’s work for the event's only Bentley runner. 

The #14 Emil Frey Racing Lamborghini will also compete for top spot in the Silver Cup and Super Pole tomorrow. Ricardo Feller was the standout driver, topping Q4 and setting the fastest time of the entire qualifying process with a 2m18.067s. Two more Silver Cup crews will contest Super Pole after AKKA ASP (#87 Mercedes-AMG) and Winward Racing (#57 Mercedes-AMG) also booked their places.  

In total the Super Pole shootout will consist of five cars representing Mercedes-AMG, four from Lamborghini, two each from Audi, BMW, Ferrari and Porsche, and single entries from Aston Martin, Bentley and McLaren. 

Pro-Am pole went the way of Garage 59 with its #188 machine, which finished 32nd overall and six spots clear of the #69 RAM Racing Mercedes-AMG. Alexander West, Chris Goodwin, Charlie Eastwood and Marvin Kirchhöfer all contributed to the effort, which saw the #188 out-qualify its sister Silver Cup car. Am Cup pole was secured by the #166 Hägeli by T2 Racing Porsche driven by Pieder Decurtins, Manuel Lauck, Dennis Busch and Marc Basseng, who were six tenths clear of their closest class rivals. 

Several big squads missed out on Super Pole, including the #21 Rutronik Racing Porsche (22nd), the #54 Dinamic Motorsport Porsche (23rd), the #25 Audi Sport Team Sainteloc (24th) and the #50 HubAuto Mercedes-AMG (41st). The biggest casualty, however, was the #32 Audi Sport Team WRT car that had topped both free practice and pre-qualifying. Disaster struck when a pair of red flags during Q2 prevented Dries Vanthoor from setting a lap time, meaning that one of the pre-event favourites will start Saturday's race from 55th on the grid.  

The first of those red flags was caused by a sizeable accident for the #19 Grasser Racing Lamborghini of Tim Zimmerman, which made heavy contact with the barriers at Raidillon. The German driver was able to climb from the car, but its participation in qualifying was over and the team now faces a major repair job. Qualifying was halted for more than half an hour while the scene was cleared, ensuring that the majority of the session was staged in darkness. 

Super Pole will take place tomorrow at 19:50 and will see each crew nominate one driver to complete two flying laps of the 7km circuit. They will run in reserve order to their finishing positions in tonight's session, with Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP taking to the track last in the battle for top spot. 

This will be preceded by a 20-minute Warm-Up, which gets underway at 19:10 and is open to the full field. All of the action will be streamed live on the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa website, the event's official Facebook page and the GTWorld YouTube channel.

 

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32 entries confirmed for IGTC's TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa season opener

> 30 nominations split equally across five full-season manufacturers
> Two additional Pro-Am Challenge entries complete exceptional field
> Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli
provisional entry list

Season six of the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli finally blasts into action this weekend (July 29-August 1) at the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa where 32 entries – more than half the field – contest the global GT3 series’ season opener.

Five full-season manufacturers – Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes-AMG and double reigning Manufacturers’ Champions Porsche – have each nominated their full quota of six cars, four of which can be drawn from the Pro class.

Two more entries, which are not amongst their respective manufacturer’s IGTC roster, will instead battle for Intercontinental GT Pro-Am Challenge points.

Australia’s coronavirus restrictions forced Intercontinental’s traditional curtain raiser, the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, to be cancelled. As such, the world’s biggest GT3 race at Spa-Francorchamps – which also doubles as the jewel in Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS’s crown – opens IGTC’s campaign for the first time in championship history.


AUDI – 6x R8 LMS GT3

IGTC entries: 4x Pro | 2x Silver

In terms of class nominees only Mercedes-AMG can boast a similarly complete Intercontinental package as Audi whose six potential points scorers comprise the maximum four Pro and two Silver entries. And their driver line-ups also read like a who’s who of GT heavyweights.

WRT hasn’t won on home soil since 2014 but is once again amongst the favourites thanks to its two Pro crews. Dries Vanthoor, Kelvin van der Linde and Charles Weerts started from the front row last year, while Robin Frijns, Nico Mueller and Lamborghini convert Dennis Lind – winner of British GT’s round at Spa last Sunday – comprise a new but equally capable trio.

Fellow factory squad Attempto fell just 4.7s shy of capturing Audi’s fifth victory in Spa’s GT3 era last October and can once again call on the services of Mattia Drudi. He’s joined by Dennis Marschall and Christopher Mies who makes his 10th consecutive appearance at an event he’s still yet to win.

The same can’t be said of Markus Winkelhock and Christopher Haase who, along with Sainteloc Racing, claimed Ingolstadt’s last victory in 2017. Now that proven combination returns along with another of Audi’s factory drivers and 2020 Spa runner-up, Patric Niederhauser.

Elsewhere, WRT’s two leading contenders in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS Endurance Cup Silver class also have a chance to score IGTC points for their manufacturer.


FERRARI – 6x 488 GT3

IGTC entries: 2x Pro | 1x Silver | 3x Pro-Am

Maranello goes searching for just its second Intercontinental victory and first at Spa since 2004 this weekend with two Pro entries of the highest calibre.

Iron Lynx might be making its 24 Hours debut but the team’s combination of Alessandro Pier Guidi, Nicklas Nielsen and Come Ledogar, as well as Davide Rigon, Antonio Fuoco and Callum Ilott are undoubtedly fast enough to be major factors at a circuit where results haven’t always reflected the 488’s full potential.

True, Ferrari doesn’t boast the same strength across its Pro ranks as other IGTC manufacturers. But its Silver and Pro-Am entries – which include James Calado, Miguel Molina, Andrea Bertolini and Matt Griffin – shouldn’t be discounted from featuring in the second half of the series’ points paying positions.

That’s doubly true given AF Corse are running two Pro-Am 488s, while another factory squad – Rinaldi – will be leading Silver class contenders. Tempesta completes the herd of Prancing Horses.


LAMBORGHINI – 6x HURACAN GT3

IGTC entries: 2x Pro | 2x Silver | 2x Pro-Am

Lamborghini goes searching for a first outright victory at Spa with two Pro entries amongst its IGTC roster.

Attention is always drawn to Orange1 FFF Racing’s factory crew of Mirko Bortolotti, Marco Mapelli and Andrea Caldarelli who undoubtedly comprise one of the fastest and most accomplished line-ups across the entire 58-car field – a status underlined by their pole positions at the first two Endurance Cup races. 

But Emil Frey’s Pro entry also features three top drawer factory drivers in the form of Giacomo Altoe, Franck Perera and Albert Costa. Meanwhile, the team’s Silver entry comprising Endurance Cup class leaders Alex Fontana, Rolf Ineichen and Ricardo Feller could also be a contender for IGTC points if present form is anything to go by.

Barwell, who have taken class spoils at Spa in each of the last three years, are sure to be Pro-Am front runners along with Orange1 FFF Racing’s second IGTC nomination, while Lamborghini’s sextet is completed by GRT Grasser Racing’s Silver classified Huracan.


MERCEDES-AMG – 6x GT GT3

IGTC entries: 4x Pro | 2x Silver

Like Audi, Mercedes-AMG has wrung every last drop from its IGTC quota by nominating four Pro and two Silver entries as it prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of AMG’s first class victory in the 24 Hours.

Maxis Buhk and Goetz delivered the manufacturer’s last win in 2013 and are joined by Yelmer Buurman at HubAuto whose livery echoes that of the victorious 300 SEL 6.8 from 1971.

The last two Super Pole winners, Raffaele Marciello and Maro Engel, headline AKKA ASP and HRT’s respective full factory line-ups, either of which is more than capable of winning. Indeed, AKKA looked well set to do so last year before a mechanical issue ended its charge during the night.

Two thirds of the French team’s front running trio from 2020 – Felipe Fraga and Timur Boguslavskiy – are now joined by Lucas Auer in Mercedes-AMG’s fourth Pro entry, while Toksport WRT and Winward Racing will be amongst the fastest Silver contenders.


PORSCHE – 6x 911 GT3 R

IGTC entries: 4x Pro | 1x Pro-Am | 1x Am

Victories at the last two 24 Hours helped Porsche claim Intercontinental’s 2019 and ’20 Manufacturers’ Championships. And they arrive at Spa with another incredibly strong roster featuring no less than seven Pro combinations and a total of 12 cars split across all classes.

Selecting four IGTC nominations from their Pro ranks is, therefore, an almost impossible task, but Stuttgart has made the right calls in each of the last two years when its winning GPX and ROWE crews also scored maximum IGTC points.

With the latter absent, GPX are joined by KCMG, Dinamic and Schnabl Engineering on Porsche’s Pro list. However, 2020 winners Laurens Vanthoor, Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber have been partially split thanks to the Kiwi’s full-season commitments with GPX who won Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS’s previous Endurance Cup round at Paul Ricard in May.

2019 IGTC Drivers’ Champion Dennis Olsen joins that year’s Spa winner Michael Christensen at Schnabl following Frikadelli Racing’s withdrawal, but there’s no room for the latter’s victorious co-drivers Kevin Estre and Richard Lietz who share one of the most promising entries not eligible to score IGTC points. Instead, Porsche’s picks feature another of its long-distance specialists, Dinamic Motorsport, who finished third at Spa last season and won Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS’s 2021 season opener at Monza.

Herberth Motorsport’s Pro-Am entry and the Am example run by Huber Motorsport complete IGTC’s full complement of 911 GT3 Rs.


INTERCONTINENTAL GT PRO-AM CHALLENGE

Two entries – EBM Giga Racing and Inception Racing – will contest a new classification for Pro-Am crews that have not necessarily been nominated to score IGTC points for their manufacturer.

Instead, the classification is aimed at Bronze-graded drivers who plan to contest all or the majority of this year’s Intercontinental rounds. Professional drivers are also eligible to score the same points as their amateur counterpart, provided they continue to race together.

As such, Inception’s Brendan Iribe, Kevin Madsen, Ollie Millroy and Jordan Pepper, and EBM’s Adrian D’Silva, Carlos Rivas, Will Bamber and Reid Harker will have a head-start on the crews that should join at Indianapolis and Kyalami. Both teams are expected to attend those rounds.


IGTC’s FINER DETAILS

All entries nominated by their manufacturer feature white Fanatec windscreen banners instead of the usual black, as well as IGTC logos on the bonnet and flanks. Only the latter applies to Pro-Am Challenge cars.

Unlike Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS, points are only awarded at full distance to the top-10 manufacturer nominated cars. Points system: 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1.

At Spa only the three highest-placed entries per manufacturer can score points towards the Manufacturers’ Championship. There are no such limits on the overall Drivers’ Championship, although they must be competing for a registered manufacturer.

International coronavirus restrictions have prevented two of IGTC’s regular events, the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour and Suzuka 10 Hours, from taking place. But 2021’s calendar still features three rounds on as many continents: this weekend's TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa is followed by the Indianapolis 8 Hour Powered by AWS (October 15-17) and Kyalami 9 Hour (December 2-4).


TotalEnergies 24 HOURS OF SPA TIMETABLE

Tuesday 27 July
14:55 – 17:55: Bronze Test

Thursday 29 July
10:50 – 12:20: Free Practice
15:45 – 16:45: Pre-Qualifying
20:50 – 22:11: Qualifying (Q1-4)
22:30 – 00:00: Night Practice

Friday 30 July
19:10 – 19:40: Warm-up
19:50 – 20:20: Super Pole

Saturday 31 July
16:30: TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa

Everything you need to know about the 2021 TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa

On Saturday 31 July, the world's most competitive GT race will begin its 73rd edition. This year's TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa will see nine brands represented on a 58-car grid, with each entrant vying to secure their place in history. 

 

Whether you're a first-timer or a long-term fan, endurance racing can seem complicated: there are multiple classes, maximum stint lengths and mandatory pit stops to keep track of. But fear not, because we have assembled the key information that you need to know ahead of this year's TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa. 

The Categories

One of Spa's unique features is that its class structure is based solely on driver categorisation. There will be four categories on-track this year, with every car conforming to GT3 regulations. Crews competing in Pro are only eligible for the overall result, while those in the Silver Cup, Pro-Am and Am Cup also compete for class honours. 

First, it's worth mentioning a few rules that are applicable to all classes. Over the full duration of the race, no driver can spend more than 14 hours behind the wheel. The maximum continuous driving time is three hours, after which there is a mandatory one-hour rest. 

The Pro category is the biggest, with 25 cars committed for 2021. Each crew is limited to three drivers, but there are no additional rules on driving time nor on categorisation. Barring a major upset, this category will fill the overall podium on Sunday afternoon, as it has every year since the current class structure was introduced in 2011.  

In the Silver Cup each line-up consists of up to four Silver-graded drivers, with no extra limits placed on driving time. We'll see 17 entries this year, the most since the class was introduced in 2018. To date the best finish for a Silver crew is 15th, but we could certainly see that beaten in 2021.  

In Pro-Am, a maximum line-up of two Platinum and two Bronze-graded drivers is allowed. In terms of driving time, this is the most complex: a Bronze must be behind the wheel for a minimum of eight hours during the race, and for at least one hour during each six-hour period (this time can be shared between two Bronze representatives). There are 14 runners confirmed, the most since 2017.

Am Cup crews consist of up to four Bronze drivers, or three Bronze and one Silver. The Silver can only be behind the wheel for a total of six hours during the race, and for a maximum of two hours in each six-hour period. There are two Am crews confirmed for 2021, both of which have elected to run the optional Silver driver. 

The Format

The 2021 TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa will be the third round of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS Endurance Cup, as well as the opening stop on the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli tour. However, it’s bigger than a regular Endurance Cup event. Track activity begins at 14:55 on Tuesday with the Bronze Test, which runs for three hours and is open to all Bronze-graded competitors, as well as any Silver drivers competing outside the Pro category who have never previously raced at Spa.

Things get very busy on Thursday. Track action kick offs with a 90-minute Free Practice at 10:50 followed by a one-hour Pre-Qualifying at 15:45. Both are primarily about preparation, while Pre-Qualifying can also be used to set the grid if Qualifying can’t take place.

All being well we move on to Qualifying at 20:50. This follows the usual Endurance Cup format, though there are four 15-minute sessions instead of three. One driver from each car contests a session, with three-driver crews skipping Q1 and the average time establishing the order. The fastest 20 book a spot in Friday's Super Pole shootout, while positions 21 through 58 locked in barring any penalties.

At this point attention begins to shift to the race with a 90-minute Night Practice that runs from 22:30 until midnight. All drivers must complete at least two flying lap laps (from timing line to timing line) to meet their night-driving criteria. 

Friday begins with a 20-minute Warm-Up at 19:10, which is open to all competitors. For those contesting Super Pole, it's an opportunity for a quick shakedown; for the remainder of the field, this is the last chance to run before the main event.  

At 19:50 the Super Pole battle begins. Each crew nominates one driver, who has two flying laps to set their best time. They run in reverse order and at one-minute intervals, meaning the excitement builds throughout the session. Winning the Super Pole at the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa is a major mark of respect for every GT driver. 

Stints, Stops & Tyres

During the race, you will often hear commentators talk about a stint. Put simply, this is the continuous time that a car spends on-track: the clock begins upon leaving the pits and is reset when the car returns. The maximum stint length at Spa is 65 minutes, unless a full-course yellow or safety car period is in operation when the stint finishes. In this case, an additional five minutes is allowed to return to the pits at a slower speed.

Pit stops are crucial in endurance racing and there will be hundreds performed throughout the 24 Hours. For standard stops, there is a minimum refuelling time during which the car must remain connected to the rig. Tyre and driver changes can take place during refuelling, but they are optional. A one-second tolerance on pit stop time is permitted on four occasions during the course of the race. 

Short refuelling stops are also allowed. For these, a maximum refuelling time will be determined and can differ between brands, so some cars may need to complete a ‘stop and hold’. There is no tolerance on short pit stops, so it is essential that teams get them right.

Additionally, each car must perform a technical pit stop, lasting at least four minutes from pit-in to pit-out, between the start of the 12th hour and end of the 22nd hour. This is to allow teams to change items such as brake pads, a task that can be performed much quicker on some cars than others. 

As sole tyre supplier to a field of 58 cars, the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa is a huge undertaking for Pirelli. The Italian company produces up to 13,000 tyres for the race, sending around 35 trucks and a huge army of support staff to the Ardennes. 

They provide each car with a maximum of 30 sets of dry tyres, which must be used from free practice onwards. Two sets from the official test day can be carried over as part of the 30-set allocation, while an additional set is authorised for the cars taking part in Super Pole. These can’t be used during the race, so there's no excuse not to push them to the limit. 

Of course, we know just how big a part the weather can play at Spa. Rain is always a possibility, even if the sun is shining and there's not a cloud in sight.  The good news here is that there is no limit on the use of Pirelli's wet compound tyre, ensuring that all cars can be on the right rubber for the conditions.  

Points & Prizes

With extra points on offer, the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa can make or break a championship bid. As in all Endurance Cup events, one point is awarded to the team and drivers on pole overall and in the classes. In a new addition for this year, the Fanatec Esports GT Pro Series will award overall and Silver Cup teams’ championships points on a 3-2-1 basis for a one-hour Assetto Corsa Competizione race, which takes place on Friday in the on-site Fanatec Esports Arena.

Spa's unique feature is that points are awarded to the top nine runners in each category after six and 12 hours of the race on a basis of 12, 9, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. As ever, full points are awarded to the top-10 at the chequered flag using the standard 25-18-15 format. Teams that have not entered one of this season's Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS races are ineligible to earn points, but their drivers can score.

Spa will also represent the opening round of Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli.  Competing manufacturers nominate up to six cars, a maximum of four from the Pro category, which can score points towards the 2021 championship. The season continues with the Indianapolis 8 Hour Powered by AWS (15-17 October) and the Kyalami 9 Hour (2-4 December). 

What’s more, the event is the biggest points-scoring opportunity for the global Fanatec GT World Challenge Powered by AWS. All seven eligible brands will be represented, with points awarded at the end of the race in each class and multiplied by the number of entries.

Last but not least, the Coupe du Roi rewards the manufacturer that scores the best result across the classes, with points awarded per car at six, 12 and 24 hours. Lamborghini picked up the trophy last year, when its greatest success was Pro-Am victory for the #77 Barwell Motorsports car. Previously, Mercedes-AMG had taken the Coupe du Roi in successive years. 

With this information at hand, you are fully up to speed for the 2021 TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa. The race will once again enjoy extensive live coverage via a host of online options, allowing fans to experience the action via free-to-view, non-geo-blocked streams featuring either French or English commentary. These will be available through the usual variety of platforms, including the event's official website and Facebook page and on the GT World YouTube channels.
 

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TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa reveals high-calibre 60-car entry list for 2021 edition

  • Grid expands to 60 cars for return to traditional summer running

  • 73rd edition to feature representation from nine world-leading automotive brands

  • Track action begins on Tuesday 27 July, culminating on Sunday 1 August

A field of 60 cars will aim to conquer the world's most competitive GT race later this month when the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa stages its eagerly anticipated 73rd edition. 

This ultra-competitive on-track battle will play out in front of fans following the recent confirmation that public will be welcomed back to the twice-around-the-clock event, which makes a popular return to its traditional summer slot on 29 July–1 August. 

The 2021 grid features each of the nine brands competing full-time in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS Endurance Cup and is led by 13-car entries from both Mercedes-AMG and reigning overall winner Porsche. Audi, Lamborghini and Ferrari all remain strong, while BMW will target a record-extending 25th win with its outgoing M6 GT3. Competitive crews representing British marques Aston Martin, McLaren and Bentley complete a star-studded field. 

This year's entry list features 26 Pro cars, a record 17 entrants in the Silver Cup, 14 Pro-Am crews and a trio of Am Cup challengers. The race represents the third round of the Endurance Cup and the opening stop on the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli tour. Audi, Mercedes-AMG, Lamborghini and Porsche have already committed to the global series and will each nominate up to six entries to score points towards the manufacturers' championship. 

With preparations very nearly complete, on-track activity will get underway at Spa-Francorchamps in less than two weeks' time. These are the contenders who will hope to be celebrating on the afternoon of Sunday 1 August. 

ASTON MARTIN (VANTAGE AMR GT3)

  • British marque represented by expanded three-car line-up from Garage 59 
  • Brand targets first overall win since 1948, strong prospects for class honours
  • 3 Entries: 1 Pro | 1 Silver Cup | 1 Pro-Am

Aston Martin enters this year's race with a legitimate shot at glory in three classes. The iconic marque will be represented by a trio of cars, each run by accomplished British outfit Garage 59. The full-season Pro-Am entry is among the leading contenders for victory after finishing third last year, while the Silver Cup crew can also run at the head of its class. What's more, the team has added a one-off Pro entry that features a trio of Aston Martin works drivers, giving the brand real hope of securing its first overall win since 1948.

AUDI (R8 LMS GT3)

  • Ingolstadt marque maintains commitment with quartet of factory-backed Audi Sport cars
  • Competitive line-ups to challenge for Silver Cup honours 
  • 9 Entries: 5 Pro | 4 Silver Cup

The most successful brand of the past decade, Audi can always be relied upon to send strong crews into battle at Spa. Its factory-backed efforts remain unchanged from 2020, with two Audi Sport cars set to be run by Team WRT and one each from Attempto Racing and Saintéloc Racing. The latter will field an additional Pro crew, while all three teams will be present in the Silver Cup. Team WRT has committed a pair of cars to the highly competitive class, while Attempto and Saintéloc each have one. 

BENTLEY (CONTINENTAL GT3)

  • French squad CMR flies Bentley flag in the Ardennes
  • Reigning Am Cup winner shifts attention to Silver Cup assault
  • 1 Silver Cup entry 

The popular Bentley brand remains part of the world's biggest GT3 race thanks to CMR. The French outfit will field its #107 Continental in the Silver Cup this term as it seeks to secure back-to-back class triumphs in the Ardennes. Charly Bourachot's team will draw upon the success of last year's programme, which brought Bentley its maiden win at the event with victory in the Am Cup. 

BMW (M6 GT3)

  • Bavarian marque targets 25th overall win and farewell victory for long-serving M6 GT3
  • Boutsen Ginion flies Belgian flag in Pro-Am, extra Am Cup car from Walkenhorst Motorsport
  • 4 Entries: 2 Pro | 1 Pro-Am | 1 Am Cup

The most successful brand in TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa history has every chance of securing a record-extending 25th overall triumph this year. A pair of Pro cars will be deployed by 2018 winner Walkenhorst Motorsport and feature some of the marque's top factory talent. BMW has further representation from Pro-Am squad Boutsen Ginion Racing, which will fly the Belgian flag with its #10 machine, while Walkenhorst Motorsport will add a one-off Am Cup challenger for the big race.  

FERRARI (488 GT3)

  • Iron Lynx leads overall assault with two-car effort
  • Best represented Pro-Am marque with four competitive crews
  • 7 Entries: 2 Pro | 1 Silver Cup | 4 Pro-Am

Ferrari will go in search of its first overall win at Spa since 2004 with a pair of factory line-ups at Iron Lynx. Led by 2012 winner Andrea Piccini, the Cesena-based squad has realistic hopes of securing victory in its maiden appearance. Ferrari machinery also remains popular among the class contenders. Rinaldi Racing will tackle the Silver Cup, while a quartet of 488 GT3 entries will run in Pro-Am. Multiple class winner AF Corse will field two cars, while Sky Tempesta Racing and Kessel Racing will also chase victory at this year's race.  

LAMBORGHINI (HURACAN GT3 EVO)

  • Italian marque in strong position to compete for maiden overall win
  • Leading squads target more Silver Cup and Pro-Am glory
  • 8 entries: 3 Pro | 3 Silver Cup | 2 Pro-Am

Lamborghini continues to pursue its maiden overall win at the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa. The #63 Orange1 FFF Racing crew offers its best shot yet, while Emil Frey Racing adds further firepower with its two-car entry. The brand has enjoyed plenty of class success and Emil Frey Racing's #14 machine is the early favourite in the Silver Cup, where it will compete against both Grasser Racing and VS Racing. Barwell Motorsport has taken a class victory three years running and will defend its 2020 Pro-Am win, contending with the #19 Orange1 FFF Racing entry. 

MCLAREN (720S GT3)

  • Leading sportscar squad JOTA to chase maiden overall win for McLaren 
  • Inception Racing targeting Pro-Am honours in the Ardennes
  • 2 Entries: 1 Pro | 1 Pro-Am

A pair of McLaren crews will contest this year's TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa, both of which look capable of contending at the front of their respective classes. Accomplished international sportscar outfit JOTA will target overall honours and can call upon a trio of factory drivers in its #38 machine. Inception Racing will chase the Pro-Am win and should be a factor at the front after showing impressive speed in its previous outings.    

MERCEDES-AMG (AMG GT3)

  • Strong line-ups to contend for victory in three classes
  • Best-represented brand in Silver Cup
  • 13 entries: 4 Pro | 6 Silver Cup | 3 Pro-Am

With 13 cars competing, the Mercedes-AMG contingent at this year's race will only be matched by Porsche. The German manufacturer has four crews in the fight for overall victory: two from AKKA ASP and one each from HRT and HubAuto. It will also be the best-represented Silver Cup brand with six cars, which are spread across AKKA ASP, HRT, Madpanda Motorsport, SPS Automotive Performance, Toksport WRT and Winward Racing. A trio of Pro-Am crews from GetSpeed, RAM Racing and SPS bolster its challenge even further.

PORSCHE (911 GT3-R)

  • Stuttgart marque targeting third overall victory in succession
  • Best represented brand among Pro runners with eight cars
  • 13 entries: 8 Pro | 1 Silver Cup I 2 Pro-Am | 2 Am Cup

A 13-car Porsche entry completes the 2021 grid. Eight of those crews will run for overall victory, ensuring that Porsche is represented by more Pro cars than any other brand. Its pursuit of a third successive win features two-car efforts from Dinamic Motorsport, KCMG and Frikadelli Racing, complemented by cars from Rutronik Racing and 2019 winner GPX Racing. Porsche will be further represented by Allied Racing in Silver Cup, a duo of Pro-Am cars from Herberth Motorsport and newcomer EBM Giga Racing, as well as Am Cup entries by Huber Motorsport and Hägeli by T2 Racing. 

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The first TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa track activity of 2021 will be the Bronze Test on Tuesday 27 July, followed by a packed Thursday that features Practice, Pre-Qualifying, Night Practice and Qualifying. The latter sets grid positions 21 through 60, while Friday evening's Super Pole shootout will establish the first 10 rows and decide this year's pole-sitter. A host of high-level support series will also take their turn on the 7km circuit, while the new Fanatec Esports GT Pro Series will see real-world drivers tackle a virtual race in the on-site Fanatec Esports Arena. 

With the build-up complete, all focus will shift to the biggest race on the calendar: the 73rd TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa, which will make the initial plunge into Eau Rouge at 16:30 on Saturday 31 July and conclude at the same time on Sunday 1 August. The race will once again enjoy extensive live coverage via a host of online options, allowing fans to experience the action via free-to-view, non-geo-blocked streams featuring either French or English commentary. These will be available through the usual variety of platforms, including the event's official website and Facebook page and on the GT World YouTube channels.

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Tickets on sale now for 2021 TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa

  • Choice of three extensive viewing areas open to public around 7km circuit  
  • Local COVID-19 regulations in place to ensure safe running of 29 July-1 August
  • Tickets available for Thursday, or Friday/Saturday/Sunday

 

Fans will make a welcome return at this year's TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa where they can once again experience the thrill of the world's most competitive GT race in person. 

Tickets are on sale now for the 73rd running of the twice-around-the-clock event, which is scheduled to be on-track from 29 July-1 August and will take place under local COVID-19 regulations.

Fans will be able to choose one of three defined bubbles from which to enjoy the action. Bubble 1 will cover the area between La Source and Eau Rouge; Bubble 2 runs alongside the Kemmel Straight; and Bubble 3 is located around Les Combes and Double Gauche. Each will be fully equipped with its own entrance, parking, restroom facilities and refreshments. Numbers in each zone will be limited according to local regulations.  

Ticket holders can move freely within their own zone but must remain within a single zone for the duration of the four-day event. As camping will not be possible this year, fans will need to leave the circuit at the end of each day (except from Saturday) and can only return to their chosen zone. 

Further sanitary measures will include wearing masks and respecting social distancing, while the paddock will remain closed to fans for the 2021 edition. Due to the amended programme, 2020 ticketholders will be eligible to receive full refund and purchase a new ticket. 

Those wishing to attend must possess proof of a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours before first entering the circuit, or an antigen test taken within 48 hours. 

Tickets for Thursday can be purchased for €25 and will allow fans to enjoy an incredible 12 hours of track activity, running from 09:00 through to midnight. This includes several TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa sessions and culminates in Qualifying (20:50) and Night Practice (22:30). 

Weekend tickets will allow fans to be present on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, treating them to a wealth of support series action and the drama of Friday night's Super Pole shootout. Then, on Saturday, the world's most competitive GT race gets underway at 16:30 and runs through until the chequered flag on Sunday afternoon.

Further information regarding ticket sales and the health regulations in place for this year's TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa can be found at www.TotalEnergies24hours.com.

 

 

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International Motor Sports Assoc. Sports Car Club of America
2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Revised Provisional Schedule
Date                Event/Venue                                           Length     Classes
Jan. 22-24       Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona     Test            DPi, LMP2, LMP3, GTLM, GTD
Jan. 30-31       Rolex 24 At Daytona                             24 Hours  DPi, LMP2*, LMP3*, GTLM, GTD
March 20         Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring           12 Hours    DPi, LMP2, LMP3, GTLM, GTD
                        Presented by Advance Auto Parts
May 16            Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course              2 Hr., 40 Min.   DPi, LMP3, GTD
June 5            Raceway at Belle Isle                        100 Minutes       DPi, LMP2, GTD**
June 27          Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen           6 Hours              DPi, LMP2, LMP3, GTLM, GTD
July 4            Canadian Tire Motorsport Park             2 Hr., 40 Min.     DPi, LMP3, GTLM, GTD**
July 17          Lime Rock Park                                      2 Hr., 40 Min.     GTLM, GTD
Aug. 8           Road America                                         2 Hr., 40 Min.     DPi, LMP2, LMP3, GTLM, GTD
Sept. 12       WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca    2 Hr., 40 Min.     DPi, LMP2, GTLM, GTD
Sept. 25        Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach         100 Minutes      DPi, GTLM, GTD
Oct. 9            VIRginia International Raceway           2 Hr., 40 Min.     GTLM, GTD
Nov. 13          Motul Petit Le Mans                                10 Hours              DPi, LMP2, LMP3, GTLM, GTD
BLUE – IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup Event
* - LMP2, LMP3 races not for season-long WeatherTech Championship points
**- IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup only

 
2021 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Revised Provisional Schedule
Date                     Venue                                                      Length
Jan. 22-24           Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona      Test
Jan. 28-31           Daytona International Speedway             4 Hours
March 17-20       Sebring International Raceway                 2 Hours
May 14-16           Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course                    2 Hours
June 24-27          Watkins Glen International                       4 Hours
July 2-4               Canadian Tire Motorsport Park                2 Hours
July 16-17           Lime Rock Park                                        2 Hours
Aug. 6-8              Road America                                           2 Hours
Sept. 10-12         WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca      2 Hours
Oct. 8-10             VIRginia International Raceway               2 Hours
Nov. 10-13          Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta               2 Hours

 
2021 IMSA Prototype Challenge Provisional Schedule
Date                     Venue
Jan. 22-24           Daytona International Speedway
March 13-14       Sebring International Raceway
May 14-16           Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
July 2-4               Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Oct. 8-10             VIRginia International Raceway
Nov. 10-13          Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
 

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

- January 6-8: Homestead-Miami Speedway; Homestead, Florida  RESULTS

- January 13-15: Sebring International Raceway; Sebring, Florida  RESULTS
Hoosier Super Tour

- March 4-5: NOLA Motorsports Park; Avondale, Louisiana  RESULTS
Hoosier Super Tour (Dual Southeast Conf./Southern Conf. Event)

- March 10-12: Road Atlanta; Braselton, Georgia  RESULTS

- April 14-16: VIRginia International Raceway; Alton, Virginia  RESULTS
Hoosier Super Tour (Dual Southeast Conf./Northeast Conf. Event)

- July 1-3 – Roebling Road Raceway; Bloomingdale, Georgia RESULTS

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

- January 13-15: Auto Club Speedway; Fontana, California  RESULTS

- March 11-12: Willow Springs International Raceway; Rosamond, California RESULTS
Hoosier Super Tour

- April 1-2: Thunderhill Raceway Park; Willows, California RESULTS

- April 29-30: Buttonwillow Raceway Park; Buttonwillow, California  RESULTS
Hoosier Super Tour

- May 19-21: Portland International Raceway; Portland, Oregon RESULTS
Hoosier Super Tour

- June 17-18: The Ridge Motorsports Park; Shelton, Washington RESULTS

 

MID-STATES CONFERENCE

- April 8-9: Hallett Motor Racing Circuit; Jennings, Oklahoma  RESULTS
Hoosier Super Tour (Dual Mid-States Conf./Southern Conf. Event)

- April 22-23: Circuit of St. Louis (Gateway Motorsports Park); Madison, Illinois RESULTS

- May 13-14: Heartland Park Topeka; Topeka, Kansas  RESULTS

- May 27-28: Pueblo Motorsports Park; Pueblo, Colorado RESULTS

- July 1-2: High Plains Raceway; Deer Trail, Colorado RESULTS

- CANCELED - July 22-23: Motorsport Park Hastings; Hastings, Nebraska
(Please check back for a new Conference event addition)
 

August 5-6:  Heartland Park Topeka; Topeka Kansas RESULTS

August 19-20:  High Plains Raceway; Deer Trail, Colorado

 

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE

- February 11-12: Texas World Speedway; College Station, Texas RESULTS

- March 4-5: NOLA Motorsports Park; Avondale, Louisiana  RESULTS
Hoosier Super Tour (Dual Southern Conf./Southeast Conf. Event)

- March 24-26: Circuit of The America; Austin, Texas RESULTS
Hoosier Super Tour

- April 8-9: Hallett Motor Racing Circuit; Jennings, Oklahoma  RESULTS
Hoosier Super Tour (Dual Southern Conf./Mid-States Conf. Event)

- April 29-30: Motor Speedway Resort Houston; Angleton, Texas RESULTS

- May 27-28: Texas World Speedway; College Station, Texas RESULTS

 

NORTHEAST CONFERENCE

- April 14-16: VIRginia International Raceway; Alton, Virginia  RESULTS
Hoosier Super Tour (Dual Northeast Conf./Southeast Conf. Event)
 

- April 29-30: Summit Point Motorsports Park; Summit Point, West Virginia RESULTS

- May 13-14: Pittsburgh International Race Complex; Wampum, Pennsylvania RESULTS

- May 27-28: Pocono Raceway; Long Pond, Pennsylvania RESULTS

- June 23-25: Watkins Glen International; Watkins Glen, New York RESULTS
Hoosier Super Tour

- July 15-16: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park; Thompson, Connecticut  RESULTS
 

- July 22-23: New Jersey Motorsports Park; Millville, New Jersey RESULTS

 

NORTHERN CONFERENCE

- May 6-7: Blackhawk Farms Raceway; South Beloit, Illinois RESULTS

 - June 2-4: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course; Lexington, Ohio  RESULTS
Hoosier Super Tour

- June 16-18: Road America; Plymouth, Wisconsin  RESULTS
Hoosier Super Tour (June Sprints)

- July 8-9: GingerMan Raceway; South Haven, Michigan  RESULTS

- July 29-30: Road America; Plymouth, Wisconsin RESULTS

- August 12-13: Grattan Raceway; Belding, Michigan RESU

 

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