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Kyalami 9 Hours IGTC round gets new date in February 2022

The Kyalami 9 Hours round of the 2021 Intercontinental GT Challenge has been rescheduled for the first weekend of February next year.

McLaren signs Kirchhofer to factory GT deal

McLaren has signed former GP3 frontrunner Marvin Kirchhofer as a factory GT driver for next season.

Ferrari appoints ORECA to build next-gen GT3 car

Ferrari is teaming up with French motorsport organisation ORECA for its forthcoming next-generation GT3 contender scheduled to start racing in 2023.

Kyalami 9 Hours postponed after new strain of COVID detected

The final round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge scheduled for Kyalami next month has been postponed in the wake of the latest developments in the COVID pandemic.

How to become a Number 1 Mechanic in GT Racing – Qualifications, skills & more

The job of a mechanic on a racing team is a varied and important one, making sure that the entire car is race ready before any session.

DTM ace Jamie Green has no intention of retiring, seeking new factory deal

DTM stalwart Jamie Green says he’s still seeking opportunities with manufacturers to return to racing in 2022 after his Audi contract ended at the end of 2020, and stresses that he’s not ready to retire.

Bathurst 12 Hour moved to February and avoids WEC, IMSA Sebring clash

The 2022 Bathurst 12 Hour has been shifted to a late February date, avoiding a clash with the 12 Hours of Sebring weekend.

MotoGP legend Rossi says racing with Norris would be “fantastic”

Retiring MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi says the prospect of one day sharing a car with McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris in a sportscar race is “fantastic”.

SRO to jointly run Asian Le Mans Series with ACO

GT boss Stephane Ratel is joining forces with Le Mans 24 Hours organiser the Automobile Club de l'Ouest to run the Asian Le Mans Series.

Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Finals: Basz and Michelotto secure title

VS Racing’s Karol Basz and Mattia Michelotto claimed a resounding victory in the season-ending Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Finals at Misano Adriatico, winning both of the 50-minute races from pole position.

McLaren to give GT contract to best DDP driver in 2022 British GT

The best-performing driver in McLaren's 2022 Driver Development Programme intake will be awarded a contract with the marque in 2023.

Have a go hero: When an F1 stalwart floundered in an underbaked Aston

The first-generation Aston Martin Vantage GTE was a highly successful machine in the World Endurance Championship but, when it first emerged in its GT2 guise in 2008, it was off the pace - and hardly the ideal steed for a British Formula 3 champion looking to kick-start his career in sportscars

British GT champion Lind considered retiring after losing Lamborghini works status

Newly-crowned British GT champion Dennis Lind has revealed that he considered retiring from racing after being dropped as a Lamborghini factory driver last year.

FIA set to revise sportscar driver classification criteria for 2022

The FIA has revealed that it is expecting to make revisions to its system of driver categorisation in time for next season.

Donington British GT: Machitski and Lind wrap up title, Enduro takes first win

Leo Machitski and Dennis Lind secured British GT championship spoils with a steady drive to fourth place at the Donington Park finale as Enduro Motorsport's McLaren took a maiden win.

The ex-IndyCar racer in "uncharted territory" of British GT team ownership Plus

The ex-IndyCar racer in "uncharted territory" of British GT team ownership

This weekend’s British GT finale will be a tense title showdown for some but, for those not in the championship fight, it’s a chance to end a challenging year on a high. In the latter camp is Paddock Motorsport's team owner Martin Plowman, whose 2021 season has been a rollercoaster ride of non-stop learning

GT boss Ratel proposes major FIA driver grading revamp

Serial GT racing promoter Stephane Ratel has proposed a major revamp of the FIA system of driver categorisation for 2023.

Bathurst 12 Hour to rejoin Intercontinental GT Challenge in 2022

The Bathurst 12 Hour Intercontinental GT Challenge round is set to go ahead next March after its COVID-19 enforced cancellation this year.

The unpopular BMW stalwart built for the big occasion Plus

The unpopular BMW stalwart built for the big occasion

It has won most of the big prizes in endurance racing across its six years in service, but the BMW M6 GT3's key weaknesses meant only a devoted few teams persisted with running it. As it prepares to bow out at season's end, the teams and drivers involved in its story share the secrets of an unpopular winner

Ferrari enters remaining IGTC rounds after Spa 24h win

Ferrari will field a pair of factory entries in the remaining rounds of the Intercontinental GT Challenge in bid to win the title for the first time.

Aston Martin to make full-factory GT3 entry in NLS

Aston Martin will make a full-factory entry with a Vantage GT3 driven by Nicki Thiim and Maxime Martin in this weekend's round of the NLS on the Nurburgring-Nordschleife.

The unwanted GT car that changed sportscar racing forever Plus

The unwanted GT car that changed sportscar racing forever

Had FIA GT boss Stephane Ratel had his way, the Maserati MC12 would never have been allowed to set foot in his series. It duly proved the class of the field that most had expected, but the Balance of Performance that its superiority spawned would keep GT1 battles tight and bring long-term benefits that sportscar racing enjoys today

What could have been: How Panoz almost missed out on its talisman

The Panoz GT programme wasn't a fashionable pick for an ex-Formula 1 driver in 1997, and McLaren appeared a much better bet for David Brabham. But against the odds, he linked up with the American marque and forged a winning partnership that would last for over half a decade

BMW completes "trouble-free" debut with new M4 GT3 on Nordschleife

BMW has described the competition debut of its new M4 GT3 as a success after completing a "trouble-free" outing in the seventh round of the Nurburgring Endurance Series (NLS).

What could have been: How a missed prototype chance led to a works GT career

From missing out on a promising seat in sportscars when his budget fell through, Aston Martin Formula 1 team sim driver Nick Yelloly is now a fully-fledged professional in GTs. The BMW factory ace faced career oblivion at the start of 2016, but says he wouldn't change anything about his racing journey so far

Lotus produces new Emira GT4 racer

Lotus will return to the GT racing arena with the new Emira GT4 car, developed in partnership with RML, that will be available for customers to race next year.

Have a go hero: A GT1 legend's Group C one-off

A whole host of future stars had one-off outings in Porsche 962s as Weissach's all-conquering Group C racer reached the end of its competitive life. While Michael Bartels would never emulate Jean Alesi and Damon Hill by racing in Formula 1, his forgettable Donington 1990 cameo provided a taster of what would become a highly successful sportscar career

Gulf 12 Hours organiser announces new Bahrain GT race

A new GT endurance race has been announced for the Bahrain International Circuit later this year by the organiser of the Gulf 12 Hours.

Brands Hatch GTWCE: WRT Audi’s Vanthoor, Weerts retain sprint title

WRT Audi drivers Dries Vanthoor and Charles Weerts retained their GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup title at Brands Hatch with one weekend of the season remaining.

Brands Hatch GTWCE: Jota McLaren crashes over barriers in opener

The Jota McLaren cleared the barriers when it crashed out of the lead of the opening race of the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup event at Brands Hatch, with WRT Audi picking up the win.

Brands Hatch GTWCE: McLaren driver Barnicoat bags pole for Jota

Ben Barnicoat and the Jota team claimed McLaren's first pole position in the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup for five years at Brands Hatch - only to be given a two-place grid penalty post-qualifying.

Macau F3 and GT World Cup races cancelled again

The FIA Formula 3 World Cup and FIA GT World Cups in Macau will be cancelled for the second straight year due to coronavirus restrictions.

Bentley working on electric Continental GT3

Bentley has built an electric version of its Continental GT3 racer as part of an evaluation of the FIA's new Electric GT Championship set to go live in 2023.

Aitken targets Williams F1 sim return and GT comeback next month

Jack Aitken hopes to be back in the Williams Formula 1 simulator and racing GT3 cars next month as he recovers from injuries suffered in his Spa 24 Hours crash.

Why Britain's greatest sportscar was eclipsed on the world stage Plus

Why Britain's greatest sportscar was eclipsed on the world stage

The E-Type may be the most famous of all road-going Jaguars, but that didn't always translate into success on the track. After winning on its competition debut in 1961, motorsport success seemed an inevitability, but things didn’t turn out to be quite that straightforward

Brabham Automotive joins European GT2 Series

Brabham Automotive will enter the Fanatec GT2 European Series with its new Brabham BT62 GT2 Concept.

WRT Audi "not disappointed" despite dramatic late Spa 24 defeat

WRT Audi team boss Vincent Vosse says he feels no disappointment after his team missed out on victory in the dramatic finish to last weekend's Spa 24 Hours.

BMW "had all the ingredients to win" Spa 24 on M6 farewell

Sheldon van der Linde believes BMW "had all the ingredients to win" the Spa 24 Hours on the venerable M6 GT3's swansong appearance before both Walkenhorst Motorsport entries retired.

Iron Lynx Ferrari: Pier Guidi's drive "history making" in Spa 24 Hours win

Alessandro Pier Guidi's late-race charge that sealed Ferrari's first outright Spa 24 Hours victory since 2004 has been hailed as "history making" by his Iron Lynx team boss.

Iron Lynx claims first Ferrari Spa 24 Hours victory since 2004

The Iron Lynx squad claimed a dramatic first victory for Ferrari in the Spa 24 Hours since 2004 thanks to a bold move from Alessandro Pier Guidi in the closing minutes.

Spa 24 Hours: Iron Lynx Ferrari leads Audi after 18 hours

The Iron Lynx Ferrari outfit maintained its lead in the Spa 24 Hours as the race hit the 18-hour mark, albeit with a reduced advantage over the best of the Team WRT Audis.

Aitken sustained fractures in Spa 24 Hours crash

Williams Formula 1 reserve Jack Aitken sustained fractures to his collarbone and a vertebra in the multi-car accident at Eau Rouge in the Spa 24 Hours on Saturday.

Porsche's Vanthoor hospitalised after Spa paddock accident

Factory Porsche driver Laurens Vanthoor has been taken to hospital following a paddock accident during the Spa 24 Hours.

Spa 24 Hours: Iron Lynx Ferrari still leads at halfway

The Iron Lynx Ferrari squad remained in control of the Spa 24 Hours as the Belgian endurance classic reached the halfway mark.

Spa 24 Hours: #51 Iron Lynx Ferrari leads after six hours

The Iron Lynx Ferrari driven Alessandro Pier Guidi, Nicklas Nielsen and Come Ledogar lead the Spa 24 Hours at one-quarter distance.

Spa 24 Hours: Aitken, Rigon taken to hospital after Raidillon pileup

Williams Formula 1 reserve Jack Aitken and Ferrari factory driver Davide Rigon have been transferred to hospital after a major accident in the opening hour of the Spa 24 Hours.

Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60 Plus

Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60

It’s 60 years since the Jaguar E-type arrived and caused a sensation. As our resident racer Ben Anderson discovered when he got behind the wheel of two special racing versions at Brands Hatch, the thrill of driving them hasn't diminished over time

Spa 24 Hours: Raffaele Marciello claims pole for ASP Mercedes

Raffaele Marciello claimed pole position for the Spa 24 Hours for the the second consecutive season with the Auto Sport Promotion Mercedes team.

Spa 24 Hours: ASP Mercedes tops opening qualifying

Mercedes topped opening qualifying for this weekend's Spa 24 Hours on Thursday evening with the Auto Sport Promotion entry shared by Raffaele Marciello, Daniel Juncadella and Jules Gounon.

Aston works driver Adam to miss Spa 24 Hours with COVID

Aston Martin factory driver Jonny Adam will miss this weekend's Spa 24 Hours round of GT World Challenge Europe while he continues to recover from COVID-19.

The challenges of learning a new car in a pandemic

Long-time Porsche squad Team Parker Racing has stepped up to the Formula 1-supporting Supercup this year. Despite its extensive experience in one-make Porsche racing, the team has found learning its new Type 992 machine to be a steep learning curve, thanks to ongoing travel restrictions

British GT championship leader Adam withdraws from Spa due to COVID

British GT championship leader Jonny Adam has been forced to withdraw from this weekend's fourth round at Spa-Francorchamps due to COVID-19, with Ross Gunn taking his place at Beechdean AMR.

Audi to introduce upgraded R8 LMS GT3 for 2022

Audi has announced it will upgrade its ultra-successful R8 LMS GT3 model for the 2022 season, with a second 'Evo' kit to follow its last refresh made for 2019.

Porsche squad Frikadelli pulls Spa 24h entries after floods

Porsche outfit Frikadelli Racing has withdrawn its pair of entries for the upcoming Spa 24 Hours due to the effects of the recent flood disaster in the western part of Germany.

British GT to introduce 'harsher deterrents' for contact after Donington crashes

The British GT championship will introduce “harsher deterrents” to improve driving standards after “unnecessary” collisions at Donington Park last weekend.

Nordschleife corner named after late Nurburgring ace Schmitz

Sabine Schmitz, the first female winner of the Nurburgring 24 Hours who passed away in March, will have a corner of the Nordschleife named after her.

The latest chapter in Piquet's diverse racing career

There aren’t too many drivers who can boast CVs that include a Formula E title, wins in two of NASCAR’s three top-tier series and the US-based Global Rallycross series, let alone silverware in Formula 1.

Tandy, Vanthoor join KCMG to defend Spa 24 Hours victory

Nick Tandy and Laurens Vanthoor will attempt to secure back-to-back Spa 24 Hours victories next month in a works-supported Porsche fielded by the KCMG squad.

BMW showed M6 still fast on Nurburgring farewell - van der Linde

BMW showed its ageing M6 GT3 could be competitive in the car’s final front-line Nurburgring 24 Hours outing, says Rowe Racing’s Sheldon van der Linde.

Cancelled Suzuka 10 Hours Intercontinental GT Challenge race won't be replaced

The Intercontinental GT Challenge season will comprise of just three races this year following championship organiser SRO's decision to not replace the cancelled Suzuka 10 Hours.