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GT3 boss Ratel voices support for 2024 Le Mans GT bodywork plan

Stephane Ratel, the architect of GT3, has voiced support for plans for the cars to run distinct bodywork when the class is adopted by the World Endurance Championship in 2024.

Ex-F1 driver Nasr to make Spa 24 Hours debut in EMA Porsche

Ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr will make his Spa 24 Hours debut next month as part of an all-factory driver line-up in a Porsche fielded by Australian entrant EMA Motorsport.

Estre, Christensen, Lietz re-unite at Spa 24 Hours in GPX Porsche

United Arab Emirates Porsche entrant GPX is re-forming the 2019 Spa 24 Hours-winning line-up of Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen and Richard Lietz for this year’s Belgian enduro.

Vanthoor: Clash with brother in N24 "a black day in my career"
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Vanthoor: Clash with brother in N24 "a black day in my career"

Porsche factory driver Laurens Vanthoor says his "nightmare" early crash out of the Nurburgring 24 Hours following contact with his brother Dries was "a black day in my career".

Nurburgring 24h: Phoenix Audi wins battle of attrition
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Nurburgring 24h: Phoenix Audi wins battle of attrition

Phoenix Racing Audi drivers Kelvin van der Linde, Dries Vanthoor, Fred Vervisch and Robin Frijns claimed victory in the 50th running of the Nurburgring 24 Hours, held in changeable conditions.

Nurburgring 24h: Vanthoor brothers clash puts Manthey out of the race
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Nurburgring 24h: Vanthoor brothers clash puts Manthey out of the race

Manthey Racing's bid to defend its 2021 Nurburgring 24 Hours victory was ended by a heavy accident for Laurens Vanthoor, who crashed the #1 Porsche following contact with brother Dries.

Luca Ludwig scoops surprise Nurburgring 24 Hours pole

Luca Ludwig secured a surprise pole for the Nurburgring 24 Hours in his octane126 Ferrari 488 GT3, setting two laps good enough for the top spot in Top Qualifying 2.

How Lotus is gearing up for its eagerly-awaited motorsport return

It’s been over a decade since Lous last launched a car for motorsport. But with the new Emira GT4, co-developed with RML, it’s finally returning to where it “should be” and is already seeing plenty of interest from around the world ahead of a mooted competition debut in 2023

British GT Oulton Park result overturned after RAM appeal upheld
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British GT Oulton Park result overturned after RAM appeal upheld

The result of British GT’s second Oulton Park race has been finalised after RAM Racing’s appeal was upheld by Motorsport UK’s national court on Tuesday.

Saudi female racer Juffali starts sportscar team, targeting Le Mans

Saudi Arabia’s first female racing driver, Reema Juffali, has set up her own sportscar team with the aim of competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

GTWCE Sprint Magny-Cours: ASP Mercedes and WRT Audi share wins
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GTWCE Sprint Magny-Cours: ASP Mercedes and WRT Audi share wins

For the second time in as many rounds, Raffaele Marciello and Timur Boguslavskiy took an utterly dominant win in their ASP Mercedes in the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup.

SunEnergy1 Mercedes takes dominant Bathurst 12 Hour win

Jules Gounon, Luca Stolz, Martin Konrad and Kenny Habul dominated the final three stints to win the Bathurst 12 Hour in their SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes.

Drivers slam "shocking" Bathurst 12 Hour conditions
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Drivers slam "shocking" Bathurst 12 Hour conditions

Leading drivers Chaz Mostert and David Reynolds have labelled a foggy night time stint to start the Bathurst 12 Hour as "dangerous" and "ridiculous".

Bathurst 12 Hour: Mostert pips van der Linde to pole

Chaz Mostert pipped fellow Melbourne Performance Centre Audi driver Kelvin van der Linde by eight one hundredths of a second to score pole position for the 2022 Bathurst 12 Hour.

Friday favourite: The "rollercoaster" track with a "mix of everything"

The Algarve Circuit near Portimao has added Formula 1, MotoGP and DTM to its repertoire in recent years, but hasn't yet formed part of the British Touring Car Championship calendar. But despite never racing there, BTCC ace Josh Cook is quick to choose the swooping Portuguese track as his favourite

Ex-F1 and BMW aces entered in legends race at Nurburgring 24

BMW will stage a special 30-minute race prior to the Nurburgring 24 Hours later this month for 12 drivers over the age of 50, including five ex-Formula 1 drivers.

The unresolved issue that overshadowed British GT's latest race

British GT held its three-hour Silverstone event under a cloud last weekend, as the ongoing appeal into how the championship applied its success seconds at the season-opening Oulton Park meeting had a significant knock-on effect

Intercontinental GT Challenge set to expand to five rounds in 2023

The Intercontinental GT Challenge is set to expand back to five races next season with the likely return of Suzuka as the Asian date.

What to expect from the returning Bathurst 12 Hour

International GT racing returns to Mount Panorama this weekend with the first running of the Bathurst 12 Hour since early 2020.

Lamborghini unveils new Huracan GT3 racer

Lamborghini has unveiled the latest evolution of its Huracan GT3 racer ahead of its release to customers for next season.

Rossi 'needs to work on' getting up to speed faster in GT cars

MotoGP great Valentino Rossi has admitted he needs to get on the pace quicker as he transitions to four wheels in the GT World Challenge Europe this year.

Howard to sub for Fletcher in McLaren at Silverstone British GT

Double British GT champion Andrew Howard will make a one-off comeback to the series this weekend at Silverstone, subbing for Kelvin Fletcher in the Paddock Motorsport McLaren alongside Martin Plowman.

GTWCE Brands Hatch: AF Corse Ferrari and ASP Mercedes share sprint wins

Ferrari claimed a first overall victory in the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup in nearly seven years as the Italian manufacturer and Mercedes shared out the honours at Brands Hatch.

Rossi eager to start GTWCE Sprint campaign at "very difficult" Brands GP

Bike racing legend Valentino Rossi is relishing the chance to race on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit for the first time in this weekend’s GT World Challenge Europe round.

British sportscar ace injured after hit in pitlane

British GT3 driver Stuart Middleton suffered multiple injuries in a freak accident during the driver change of the opening round of the Italian GT Championship at Monza last weekend.

Why red flag confusion won't overshadow British GT's superb opener

OPINION: A red-flag stoppage caused confusion in Oulton Park's second British GT race, and means the result remains provisional. But a thrilling opener was the perfect demonstration of the quality on show in the championship this year and bodes well for the remainder of the season

Fletcher "had no idea" British GT Oulton win was on due to radio issue

Kelvin Fletcher says he didn’t realise he was in contention for victory due to radio problems during the second British GT race he won after starting 14th at Oulton Park.

The dark arts "revolution" giving British GT teams a brain workout

Pirelli has completely overhauled its tyres used in GT3 competition for this year, with the new rubber getting its debut in Imola's GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup round earlier this month. The ground-up change means another factor for teams to consider in this weekend’s British GT season opener at Oulton Park

Friday favourite: Why McNish remains enthralled by unforgiving Suzuka

Despite a brutal shunt and a several doses of bad luck in his visits to Suzuka, Allan McNish still picks the Japanese Grand Prix venue as his favourite track for its mix of challenging, high-speed bends

The Mercedes dark horse gunning for British GT glory

After winning in its sole British GT appearance of 2021, 2 Seas Motorsport is returning full-time this year with a strong line-up that includes a former Red Bull protege

Reigning British GT champions absent from 32-car 2022 entry list

Reigning British GT champions Leo Machitski and Dennis Lind will not defend their title and don’t feature on the 32-car full season entry list that was released today.

Aston Martin to make factory supported Nurburgring 24H return

Aston Martin will make its first bid for overall honours at the Nurburgring 24 Hours since 2018 this year with a factory-supported assault with TF Sport.

GTWCE Imola: #32 WRT wins from pole, Rossi suffers pitlane mix-up

Team WRT's #32 team won the GT World Challenge Europe season opener at Imola, as a pitlane mistake from Valentino Rossi shuffled the sister #46 entry well down the field.

How to get the best out of amateur racers Plus

How to get the best out of amateur racers

Pro-Am GT racing is booming. But how should drivers approach working with an amateur? Autosport sought out a panel of experts to explain the pitfalls amateur drivers should avoid and how professionals can help them to achieve their goals

Friday favourite: The underrated Briton who became a Stateside star

John Fitzpatrick's driving career spanned two decades, during which he raced with some of the world's top sportscar and touring car drivers. But the man he picks instead as his favourite team-mate, in the latest instalment of Autosport's Friday Favourite series, is remembered as much today for his punditry as his racing

Rossi “humble” but ‘not starting from zero’ in GTWCE says WRT boss

WRT team boss Vincent Vosse says MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi is entering his first season in GT World Challenge Europe with a “very humble” mindset, but “doesn’t start from zero.”

Aston Martin announces all-factory driver line-up for GTWCE Endurance Cup

Aston Martin will be represented by an all-factory driver line-up in a full GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup campaign for the first time this season.

Ferrari releases first images of new 296 GT3 car

Ferrari has released the first images of its new 296 GT3 racer which is set to take over from the marque's long-standing 488 model next year.

BMW driver Glock in frame for Italian GT switch after DTM exit

Ex-Formula 1 driver Timo Glock is in frame for a surprise switch to the Italian GT series following his departure from the DTM.

MotoGP legend Rossi "one of the guys" at WRT ahead of GT switch

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi is now “just one of the guys” at his new WRT team as he switches to GT racing, according to co-GT programme manager Kurt Mollekens.

Caroline in British GT return, steps up to GT3 with RAM Mercedes

Jamie Caroline will make a full-time return to British GT this season and step up to the GT3 category in a RAM Racing Mercedes, partnering fellow graduate John Ferguson.

Rossi enjoys "good" first official GTWCE outing with WRT

Bike legend Valentino Rossi enjoyed a “a good day of testing” on his first competitive appearance with the WRT Audi team ahead of his 2022 GT World Challenge Europe campaign.

The remarkable career of a 'classy' champion who rejected politics Plus

The remarkable career of a 'classy' champion who rejected politics

Over two decades as a factory driver with Audi and BMW, Martin Tomczyk earned the respect of team-mates and rivals as a hard but fair racer. After calling time on his racing career, the 2011 DTM champion sat down with Autosport to look back

Rossi to be joined by Muller, Vervisch in WRT GTWCE squad

Valentino Rossi’s team-mates in his first full season of car racing with the WRT Audi squad in the GT World Challenge Europe will be Nico Muller and Frederic Vervisch.

Bathurst 12 Hour to be Pro-Am event in 2022, GT3 Pro class dropped

The Pro class has been dropped from the postponed 2022 edition of the Bathurst 12 Hour enduro, with Pro-Am now forming the top class.

MotoGP legend Rossi wows WRT in wet Magny-Cours test

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi wowed the WRT Audi team with his speed in the wet at the latest test ahead of his GT World Challenge Europe campaign this year.

MotoGP legend Rossi aiming for podiums in 2022 GT World Challenge debut

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi is aiming “for the podium” in 2022 when he makes his debut in the GT World Challenge Europe with WRT and Audi.

Lucas Auer re-signed by Mercedes in GT3 roster for 2022

DTM race winner Lucas Auer has been re-signed by Mercedes as part of its GT3 roster for 2022.

Friday favourite: The magic of a high-commitment street track

Widely regarded as one of the world's greatest challenges, the Macau Guia Circuit is the latest track selected in Autosport's Friday Favourite series by BMW factory driver Augusto Farfus

Factory Mercedes ace Gounon joins RAM for 2022 British GT season

Spa 24 Hours winner Jules Gounon will make his British GT debut this year when he lines up with two-time GT3 Pro-Am champion Ian Loggie at RAM Racing.

Ford unveils Mustang GT3 plans for 2024 IMSA season

Ford Performance will develop a GT3 version of its Mustang that will debut in the 2024 IMSA SportsCar Championship.

Nurburgring expert Pittard becomes Aston Martin factory GT racer

Nurburgring Long-distance Series title winner David Pittard has become an Aston Martin Racing factory driver for 2022.

Friday favourite: The sonorous BMW that launched a GT racing star

In the first instalment of Autosport's new Friday favourite series, where drivers, engineers and team bosses reveal their top cars, team-mates and circuits, BMW and Corvette ace Nicky Catsburg reflects on the V8-powered racer that he started out paying to drive and later took to victory in the world's biggest GT3 race

Toyota signals GT3 intentions with GR GT3 Concept launch

Toyota has signalled a clear intention to enter the GT3 arena with the unveiling of the GR GT3 Concept on Friday at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

Bathurst 12 Hour postponed until May

The 2022 Bathurst 12 Hour has been postponed until May due to a surge of COVID-19 cases in New South Wales.

MotoGP legend Rossi joins WRT for 2022 GT World Challenge Europe

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi has committed to a full campaign in the GT World Challenge Europe with WRT and Audi.

Supercars, SRO committed to 2022 Bathurst 12 Hour

Event owner Supercars and global GT supremo Stephane Ratel are committed to making the Bathurst 12 Hour happen despite surging COVID-19 cases in Australia.

Ex-MotoGP star Rossi out of Gulf 12 Hours due COVID-19 contact

Retired MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi will miss this month's Gulf 12 Hours endurance race due to being a close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Garage 59 returns to McLaren for 2022 GT3 campaigns

Former McLaren factory team Garage 59 will switch back to the British manufacturer for its 2022 GT3 programmes after three seasons running Aston Martins.

Van Gisbergen eyeing European return
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Van Gisbergen eyeing European return

Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen is eyeing a return to the European racing scene once normality returns to international travel.