Olivier Pla

Olivier Pla

1981-10-22 (age 39)


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Toyota "back on track" with test plan for Hypercar ahead of 2021 WEC season

Toyota is "back on track" to achieve the target test mileage with its new Le Mans Hypercar ahead of the start of the 2021 World Endurance Championship

Mazda "in strong place" for maiden Daytona 24 Hours win - Tincknell

Mazda driver Harry Tincknell believes that the Japanese marque is "in a strong place" in its bid for a first win in the Daytona 24 Hours this weekend

GTD Pro for GT3 cars to replace IMSA’s GT Le Mans class in 2022

The GT Le Mans class in the IMSA SportsCar Championship will come to a close at the end of 2021, as the series switches to two GT3-based series

Jani replaces Christensen in Porsche's 2021 WEC lineup

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Neel Jani will join Porsche's World Endurance Championship assault in 2021, taking the place of Michael Christensen

Porsche: Audi's LMDh ambitions won't affect our own plans

Porsche insists Audi's ambitions of launching an LMDh project will have no impact on its own bid to return to topflight sportscar racing with the same set of regulations

Da Costa has "no complaints" over team-mate contact in Bahrain finale

Antonio Felix da Costa has "no complaints" about the contact with Jota team-mate Gabriel Aubry that cost him LMP2 victory in Saturday's Bahrain World Endurance Championship finale

Peugeot to delay Le Mans Hypercar test plan to late 2021

The first test of new Peugeot Le Mans Hypercar under development for the World Endurance Championship in 2022 has been pushed back to late next year

Alpine confirms WEC LMP1 2021 plans

Alpine has formally announced plans to enter the top category of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2021 using a grandfathered Rebellion R-13 LMP1 car

Cyan Racing announces Priaulx replacement for Lynk & Co WTCR seat

Cyan Racing Lynk & Co has signed Indy Lights race winner Santiago Urrutia to complete its driver line-up for the 2020 World Touring Car Cup season replacing Andy Priaulx

WEC News: Glickenhaus plans two-hypercar entry for 2021 season, Le Mans

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has announced it intends to field two hypercars in the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours and FIA World Endurance Championship

WEC explains thinking behind calendar format change

The World Endurance Championship has explained its thinking behind returning to a conventional calendar format for 2021 and beyond in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

Rebellion's exit won't have big impact on Peugeot's hypercar plans

Peugeot's boss of motorsport Jean-Marc Finot says that Rebellion's decision to pull the plug on its alliance with the French marque won't significantly affect its hypercar project

Porsche star Bernhard explains retirement decision

Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Timo Bernhard made the decision to retire from the cockpit and become a Porsche ambassador in order to concentrate on team ownership

Jenson Button plans WEC return for hypercar era

Jenson Button, the 2009 Formula 1 world champion, wants to rejoin the World Endurance Championship for the new hypercar rules and could use a Le Mans 24 Hours LMP2 bid next year to prepare

Monteiro's WTCR Suzuka finale error that cost podium explained

Honda World Touring Car Cup driver Tiago Monteiro says a miscommunication led to the error behind the safety car that cost him the final podium position in the Suzuka finale

Toyota warns against 'playing around' with WEC's new LMP1 handicaps

Toyota has warned against 'playing around' with the World Endurance Championship's new LMP1 success handicap system, which has already hit its limit

Toyota plans to give WEC hypercar challenger debut in June 2020

Toyota is planning to give its hypercar challenger for the 2020/21 World Endurance Championship season a June '20 debut

LMP1 success handicaps plan approved for 2019/20 WEC season

The introduction of success handicaps has been ratified for the 2019/20 World Endurance Championship as part of a package of measures aimed making the LMP1 privateers more competitive

Le Mans: Conway Toyota edges further clear in first place

The #7 Toyota TS050 HYBRID driven by Mike Conway is almost 40 seconds clear of the sister #8 car following the second hour of the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours

McLaren WEC hypercar decision will be part of five-year plan

McLaren will decide if it has a future in the World Endurance Championship and the IndyCar Series later this year as part of a five-year review of its motorsport activities

SMP vetoed plan for new Michelin tyre at 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours

The SMP Racing team vetoed a plan to introduce a new Michelin tyre aimed at making the LMP1 privateers more more competitive in this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours

Fourth-placed Toyota "unlucky in traffic" in Le Mans qualifying - Alonso

Fernando Alonso's Toyota ended up only fourth in opening qualifying for this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours as a result of what the Spaniard called bad luck in traffic

WTCR Cyan drivers' confusing double swap at Zandvoort explained

Cyan Racing's decision to swap Thed Bjork and Yann Ehrlacher twice in Sunday's third Zandvoort World Touring Car Cup race resulted from the team believing Ehrlacher had received a penalty

2020/21 WEC roadgoing hypercar plan needs OEMs commitment this week

Plans to allow roadgoing hypercars to race for outright honours in the 2020/21 World Endurance Championship will be abandoned if no manufacturers make a firm commitment this week

How WTCR's last real independent has stayed in play Plus

How WTCR's last real independent has stayed in play

The World Touring Car Cup has gone from strength to strength for 2019 - but one small team in particular is proving time and again that it merits a place alongside the series' big hitters

Vandoorne replaces ex-McLaren F1 team-mate Button at SMP for WEC

Stoffel Vandoorne will contest the final two races of the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship season with the SMP Racing LMP1 team, replacing Jenson Button at the Le Mans 24 Hours

Duqueine Engineering replaces Ferrari entry at Le Mans 24 Hours

The Duqueine Engineering LMP2 team has been promoted to the entry list for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, replacing the Sprit of Race #55 Ferrari GTE Am entry

Mazda had pace to win Sebring but for Bomarito crash - team-mate Pla

Olivier Pla believes Mazda Team Joest's #55 car had the speed to win the Sebring 12 Hours had it not been for Jonathan Bomarito's crash

Ferrari squad Risi Competizione plans 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours return

Three-time Le Mans 24 Hours class winner Risi Competizione is aiming to return to the French endurance race this year

RLR promises 'big name' Bruno Senna replacement for 2019 Le Mans

The British RLR squad is promising a big-name signing to take the place of Bruno Senna in its line-up for the Le Mans 24 Hours in June

Wayne Taylor Racing announces post-Alonso IMSA NAEC driver plan

World Endurance Championship regular Matthieu Vaxiviere will race for the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac squad in the remaining three IMSA Sportscar Championship enduros

Augusto Farfus replaces Tom Blomqvist at BMW for Daytona 24 Hours

BMW works driver Tom Blomqvist has been forced to withdraw from next weekend's Daytona 24 Hours owing to delays securing his visa application

Brabham plans to race track day car in '19 ahead of future WEC effort

Brabham Automotive is planning to race its new BT62 track day car this year ahead of its entry into the World Endurance Championship in 2021

Mazda Team Joest adds Bernhard, Pla for 2019 IMSA in team shake-up

Mazda Team Joest has bolstered its IMSA SportsCar Championship driver line-up for the 2019 season, with Timo Bernhard and Olivier Pla joining its roster

CORE changes 2019 IMSA plans to run Nissan DPi rather than ORECA LMP2

IMSA SportsCar Championship runner-up CORE Autosport has performed an about turn and will run a Nissan Daytona Prototype international next season

WEC defends under-fire 2019/20 pre-season prologue test plan

World Endurance Championship boss Gerard Neveu has described the pre-season 'prologue' test as "absolutely necessary" after its confirmation ahead of the 2019/20 season drew criticism from teams

WEC Shanghai: Toyota planned more qualifying runs due to privateers

Toyota always intended to go for extra qualifying runs at this weekend's Shanghai World Endurance Championship round because it knew it faced a challenge for pole from the LMP1 privateers

BMW joins discussions to shape WEC hypercar 2020/21 rules plans

BMW has joined the drive to create the hypercar concept class that will become the World Endurance Championship's top category for the 2020/21 season

WEC's hypercar rules plan will help privateers, reckons Toyota

Toyota believes privateers will be able to compete with factory teams at the front of the World Endurance Championship when the new hypercar concept rules arrive in 2020/21

Toyota explains why it agreed to WEC LMP1 rivals' new rules boost

Toyota agreed to the rule changes to bring the privateer LMP1s closer to the pace ahead of this weekend's Silverstone World Endurance Championship round for the good of the series

Aston Martin explains new GTE car's Silverstone WEC step forward

Aston Martin insists its upturn in form during the Silverstone World Endurance Championship fixture is not just the result of pre-event Balance of Performance changes

Porsche hits back at Sebastien Bourdais' complaints from Le Mans

Sebastien Bourdais had no right to complain about Frederic Makowiecki's driving during their fight in the Le Mans 24 Hours, according to Porsche GT boss Frank-Steffen Walliser

Le Mans hour 4: Toyotas swap places as safety car shakes race up

Fernando Alonso led the majority of the fourth hour at the Le Mans 24 Hours before a late stop handed Jose Maria Lopez the lead in the #7 Toyota HYBRID TS050

Problems explained that hindered Ginetta-Manor team's start at Le Mans

Ginetta and Manor have explained the problems that hit the team's pair of LMP1 privateer contenders during free practice and first qualifying for this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours

Dallara explains aero updates for Le Mans after aerial accident

The aerodynamic changes made to the BR Engineering LMP1 car in the wake of its aerial accident at the Spa World Endurance Championship opener have been revealed by chassis builder Dallara

Fernando Alonso explains extensive preparation for debut Le Mans

Fernando Alonso has revealed that he has watched 16 hours of on-board footage from last year's Le Mans 24 Hours ahead of his maiden assault on the French enduro

Aston Martin plans return to IMSA with new Vantage GTE

Aston Martin is aiming to return to the IMSA SportsCar Championship with its new second-generation Vantage GTE

WEC Spa: DragonSpeed explains Fittipaldi's leg-breaking crash

Pietro Fittipaldi's leg-breaking accident in qualifying for the World Endurance Championship opener at Spa was almost certainly caused by power steering issues, his DragonSpeed team believes

Sarrazin: Toyota played games with privateer LMP1 rivals in WEC test

Toyota running outside the rules in the World Endurance Championship's prologue test at Paul Ricard was a "game" designed to force LMP1 privateers to show their hand, says Stephane Sarrazin

Frijns was close to LMP1 seat before deal to replace Ekstrom in DTM

New Audi DTM driver Robin Frijns stopped pursuing an LMP1 opportunity when he got the call to replace Mattias Ekstrom in the German manufacturer's touring car line-up

Brundle to replace Senna at United Autosports for Sebring 12 Hours

United Autosports has picked Alex Brundle to replace Bruno Senna for this weekend's Sebring 12 Hours

Toyota: Road car styled LMP1 plan will brings manufacturers to WEC

Toyota says proposals to make future LMP1 cars look more like high-performance road cars have generated "a lot of interest" in the World Endurance Championship's top class among manufacturers

Porsche still working on new engine it planned for LMP1

Porsche is continuing development work on the planned successor to its LMP1 engine, despite exiting the category, but its bosses will not be drawn on rumours of entering Formula 1

Rebellion planning LMP1 return as early as 2018/19 WEC season

Rebellion Racing is heading for a return to the LMP1 privateer ranks in the 2018/19 World Endurance Championship superseason

World Endurance Championship pitstop rules revamp planned for 2018

Tyre changes are set to be allowed during refuelling at the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours and in the World Endurance Championship in a bid to make pitstops more dramatic

Perrinn drops 2018 LMP1 plan for electric car with Le Mans aim

British constructor Perrinn is developing what it is billing as the world's fastest electric racing car as a step towards a Le Mans 24 Hours assault inside 10 years

Audi's Nico Muller to make WEC debut as Alex Lynn replacement

Audi DTM regular Nico Muller will make his World Endurance Championship debut next month in Shanghai with the G-Drive Racing LMP2 squad

FREE: How the WEC plans to stop the rot Plus

FREE: How the WEC plans to stop the rot

The withdrawal of Audi and Porsche has left the World Endurance Championship's LMP1 class on the brink. But WEC CEO Gerard Neveu has not given up, and believes the series' fortunes can be revived

Aurelien Panis's Zengo replacement to complete WTCC season

Aurelien Panis's replacement Zsolt Szabo will complete the World Touring Car Championship season with the Zengo Motorsport Honda outfit

Toyota replaces Davidson for Austin World Endurance round

Toyota has reshuffled its driver line-up for this weekend's round of the World Endurance Championship at Austin