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Lotus gearing up for return to international sportscar racing

Lotus is gearing up for a return to international sportscar racing with a new GT car based on a top-of-the-range model due for launch in the summer.

The winning debut of Jaguar’s most famous car

It’s 60 years since the Jaguar E-type made its first racing appearance. Here’s the report on how it caused a sensation at Oulton Park, from the 21 April 1961 issue of Autosport magazine.

Williams F1 reserve Aitken making GT switch to broaden skillset

Williams Formula 1 reserve Jack Aitken's 2021 GT World Challenge Europe campaign with the Emil Frey Lamborghini squad was motivated by a desire to broaden his skillset as a driver.

Two-time Le Mans winner Stuck to make racing comeback aged 70

Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner and Hans-Joachim Stuck will make his comeback at the age of 70 in this weekend's first round of the new GT2 European Series.

Bentley to contest Pikes Peak with extreme Continental GT3

Bentley will mount a factory assault on this year's Pikes Peak hillclimb with the most extreme version of its Continental GT3 racer ever built.

How Ferrari's F1 protege became a Mercedes GT prodigy Plus

How Ferrari's F1 protege became a Mercedes GT prodigy

Raffaele Marciello once appeared to be Ferrari’s next Italian F1 star, but is now under the pay of its German arch-rival in GTs – and he’s very happy with his life

Have a go hero: How a GT1 cameo launched a professional career

When Superleague Formula exile Yelmer Buurman was drafted into the Selleslagh Corvette for the final round of the 2011 FIA GT1 world championship, he could not have expected that it would launch his career

Heavy snow disrupts Nurburgring 24 Hours prep

The cancellation of the first round of the Nurburgring Endurance Series (NLS) last weekend has disrupted the preparations of Robert Kubica and three British drivers for the Nurburgring 24 Hours.

'Queen of the Nurburgring' Sabine Schmitz dies aged 51

Sabine Schmitz, affectionally known as the ‘Queen of the Nurburgring’, has died at the age of 51 following a long battle with cancer.

Middle Eastern IGTC event to replace cancelled Suzuka 10 Hours

The Suzuka 10 Hours round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge has been cancelled for the second season in a row as a result of the COVID pandemic.

Ferrari F1 test driver Ilott to race in GT World Challenge Europe in 2021

New Ferrari Formula 1 test driver Callum Ilott will race for the Italian manufacturer in this year's GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup with the Iron Lynx squad

ASP reveals GT World Challenge line-up for 2021

New Mercedes drivers Daniel Juncadella and Jules Gounon will join Raffaelo Marciello for the French Auto Sport Promotion team's defence of its GT World Challenge Europe crown in 2021

Team Parker Racing switches to Porsche in British GT

Championship-winning British GT outfit Team Parker Racing will switch from Bentley to Porsche for its assault on this year's GT3 class title

Fletcher and Plowman enter new McLaren team in GT Cup

The Paddock Motorsport team co-founded by British GT racers Kelvin Fletcher and Martin Plowman will enter a team of McLaren 570S GT4s in the GT Cup this season

Dumbreck steps down from Falken Nurburgring 24 roster after 14 years

DTM race winner Peter Dumbreck is standing down from the Falken Motorsports team's Nurburgring 24 Hours line-up after 14 consecutive appearances in the German enduro

Ferrari F1 tester Ilott set for GT programme in 2021

Ferrari Formula 1 test driver Callum Ilott is set to embark on a GT racing programme in 2021 that will see him appear in a number of undisclosed sportscar races

Why GTE's future is a conundrum with no easy answers Plus

Why GTE's future is a conundrum with no easy answers

The convergence between the World Endurance Championship and IMSA over LMDh regulations offers a bright future for sportscar racing, but the imminent demise of IMSA's GT Le Mans class creates wider issues to which no catch-all solution exists

How Tandy joined an exclusive club of endurance legends Plus

How Tandy joined an exclusive club of endurance legends

Victory at last year's Spa 24 Hours meant Nick Tandy had completed the unofficial sextuple crown of the world's six biggest endurance races, becoming the first Briton to do so. Ahead of his fresh start with Corvette Racing, he explains how he did it

Gamer-turned-racer Mardenborough loses Nissan SUPER GT drive

British sportscar racer Jann Mardenborough has lost his SUPER GT drive with Kondo Racing and been left without a seat in Nissan's GT500 roster for 2021

How a Norris F4 rival's early GT move was vindicated

The latest addition to Lamborghini's factory GT roster faced the tough prospect of abandoning his F1 dream while still at school. But 2020 British GT champion Sandy Mitchell has proved that the move was absolutely the right one, as he told JAMES NEWBOLD

Why a lost F1 hope is still in demand aged 65 Plus

Why a lost F1 hope is still in demand aged 65

There's a saying among retired folk that life begins at 60, but endurance specialist Alain Ferte has never used the 'R' word. Some 40 years since his crowning glory in F3, he's still a driver in demand and gunning for more 24-hour racing success this weekend

Ed Jones to make sportscar return in Gulf 12 Hours

Former IndyCar racer Ed Jones will make his sportscar return in this weekend's Gulf 12 Hour enduro in Bahrain, joining British GT outfit 2Seas Motorsport

How a BTCC veteran conquered the summit in British GT Plus

How a BTCC veteran conquered the summit in British GT

After two decades in touring cars, Rob Collard had an uphill battle to unlearn the tools needed to be quick in tin-tops and understand how to hustle a GT3 car. But he did so with aplomb to prevail alongside Sandy Mitchell amid a challenging year for the series

Lexus ends GT3 factory programme in Europe

Toyota brand Lexus has ended factory support of its racing programme with the RC F GT3 contender in Europe

IGTC champion Catsburg nearly crashed under FCY in Kyalami rain

New Intercontinental GT Challenge champion Nicky Castsburg has revealed that he went off track multiple times under full course yellow conditions on the way to victory in Saturday's Kyalami finale

Honda's Kyalami defeat "hard to take" after dominating dry running

Honda's defeat in last weekend's Kyalami 9 Hour was "hard to take" after it commanded the first eight hours of the Intercontinental GT Challenge season finale, says Bertrand Baguette

Kyalami win seals Intercontinental GT Challenge title for Farfus, Catsburg

BMW drivers Augusto Farfus and Nicky Catsburg snatched the Intercontinental GT Challenge title with victory in the series finale at Kyalami together with Sheldon van der Linde

Obituary: Famed Supercup team principal Walter Lechner - 1949-2020

Walter Lechner, who twice raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours and founded his eponymous team best-known for its dominant success in the Porsche Supercup, has died aged 71

The high-power solution to counter a dying breed Plus

The high-power solution to counter a dying breed

SRO boss Stephane Ratel was worried about the disappearance of the amateur - or 'gentleman' - drivers who used to be the bedrock of GT3. So he invented a new category that brings back a familiar name from the past

BMW to split with Schnitzer Motorsport after over 50 years

BMW will end its relationship with the Le Mans 24 Hours-winning Schnitzer Motorsport squad after more than 50 years

Bentley to end Continental factory GT programme at end of 2020

Bentley will end its factory programme with the Continental racer at the end of this year as part of a phased withdrawal from the GT3 category

The impending British GT change that has split opinion

Half of the 2020 British GT3 grid consisted of Silver-Silver pairings. But the decision to outlaw such combinations, and return to its Pro-Am roots, will have a mixed impact as key championship stakeholders told JAMES NEWBOLD

Ye dominates red-flagged Macau GT Cup

Ye Hongli put in a commanding performance on the Guia circuit to claim a crash-shortened 2020 Macau GT Cup

MotoGP legend Rossi returns to Gulf 12 Hours with brother Marini

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi will return to the Gulf 12 Hours in Bahrain in January with his Avintia-bound half-brother Luca Marini joining him in a Ferrari 488 GT3

Paul Ricard GTWCE: AF Corse strategy gamble earns Endurance Cup title

Ferrari's Alessandro Pier Guidi, Come Ledogar and Tom Blomqvist claimed victory in the Paul Ricard 1000km as AKKA ASP's Timur Boguslavskiy clinched the overall GT World Challenge Europe title

Collard: British GT title vindicates leaving BTCC

Rob Collard said winning the British GT championship was vindication of his decision to switch from the British Touring Car Championship after coming close to retiring from motorsport in 2019

Button would test more for future GT3 outings after tough British GT debut

Jenson Button says he would do more testing if he were to return to GT3 racing in future after a tough debut weekend in the British GT championship at Silverstone

Collard and Mitchell claim British GT title with Silverstone win, Button 14th

Barwell Motorsport pair Rob Collard and Sandy Mitchell wrapped up the British GT title with victory in the deciding round at Silverstone as Jenson Button finished 14th on his debut

The classic conundrum prefacing British GT's title showdown

British GT faced an anxious wait to see whether its championship decider could go ahead this weekend. Now that it has been given the green light, a familiar predicament rears its head, says JAMES NEWBOLD. Is it better to be the hunter, or hunted?

British GT finale at Silverstone boasts season-high grid size

This weekend's British GT finale at Silverstone will boast a season-high grid of 38 cars, including 20 GT3s, boosted by a plethora of new and returning entries

British GT "hopeful" of staging finale at Silverstone despite lockdown

British GT championship organiser SRO is "hopeful" of being able to stage its final round at Silverstone next weekend, despite the UK government announcing a four-week national lockdown from Thursday

Porsche's Tandy "burst into tears" after securing Spa 24 Hours win

Porsche driver Nick Tandy has revealed that he cried with emotion as he completed victory in last weekend's Spa 24 Hours with the Rowe Racing team

Spa 24 Hours: Rowe Porsche takes comeback victory after Tandy charge

Porsche came from behind on a wet track to win the Spa 24 Hours with the factory Rowe Racing entry driven by Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor

Spa 24 Hours: Sainteloc and Attempto Audis running 1-2 after 18 hours

Audi ran one-two in the Spa 24 Hours at the three-quarter mark with its factory entries from the Sainteloc and Attempto teams

Spa 24 Hours: Pole-sitting ASP Mercedes leads at six hour-mark

Mercedes led the Spa 24 Hours after six hours with the Auto Sport Promotion line-up of Raffaele Marciello, Felipe Fraga and Timur Boguslavskiy at the six-hour mark

Spa 24 Hours delayed after Lamborghini Super Trofeo crash

The start of the Spa 24 Hours has been delayed after an accident in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo support race in which a driver sustained a suspected broken leg

Track limits clampdown issued for Spa 24 Hours

Spa 24 Hours organisers have issued a clampdown on track limits ahead of this weekend's race after the majority of cars repeatedly ran off circuit during practice and qualifying

COVID-19 concerns put Spa 24 Hours under cancellation threat

Stephane Ratel has admitted to concerns that this weekend's Spa 24 Hours would be cancelled as the result of the worsening COVID-19 situation in Belgium

Mercedes runner Marciello takes Spa 24H pole from van der Linde

Raffaele Marciello claimed pole position ahead of this weekend's Spa 24 Hours round of the GT World Challenge Europe for the Auto Sport Promotion Mercedes team

Brexit blamed for Silverstone being dropped by GT World Challenge Europe for 2021

Brexit has been blamed for the disappearance of Silverstone from the GT World Challenge Europe schedule for next season by series boss Stephane Ratel

WRT Audi fastest in Spa 24 Hours opening qualifying session

The WRT Audi squad topped opening qualifying for this weekend's Spa 24 Hours round of the GT World Challenge Europe

Australia's closed borders prompt 2021 Bathurst 12 Hour cancellation

Australia's closed borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic have forced event organisers to cancel the 2021 Bathurst 12 Hour

Marquardt to step down from BMW Motorsport

Jens Marquardt is set to step down from his role as the director of BMW Motorsport with an official announcement expected later on Friday, Autosport can reveal

British GT announces revamped class structure for 2021

British GT will scrap its GT3 Silver class next year, with Silver-graded drivers able to compete only alongside a Bronze-graded amateur in a move designed to keep pro-am pairings competitive

F1 champion Button to race in British GT at Silverstone

One-time Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button will make a one-off British GT appearance in the championship's final round at Silverstone next month

Barcelona GTWCE: Vanthoor and Weerts secure Sprint Cup title

Team WRT Audi's Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts clinched the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup title in the final round of the season at Barcelona

Estre, Christensen and Lietz to defend Spa 24 Hours win with KCMG Porsche

Porsche factory drivers Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen and Richard Lietz will defend their Spa 24 Hours crown with the KCMG squad later this month

Plans for Spa 24 to run to 25 hours have been scrapped

Plans for the Spa 24 Hours GT World Challenge Europe blue riband to run to 25 hours have been scrapped, while the event will now be held behind closed doors

Christopher Froggatt: Meet Britain's latest rising GT star

After some stunning recent performances in the GT World Challenge Europe series, we meet Britain's latest rising star, in association with Sky

Mortara returns to Audi fold with WRT for Spa 24 Hours

Edoardo Mortara will return to race an Audi in next month's Spa 24 Hours, the first time in four years that the former DTM racer will have represented the marque