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Toyota LMP1 boss hits out at SMP as it exits the WEC

Toyota team boss Rob Leupen has hit out at SMP Racing as it leaves the World Endurance Championship's LMP1 category after just one season

LMP1 squad SMP Racing withdraws from WEC for 2019/20 season

SMP Racing has withdrawn its pair of LMP1 entries from the 2019/20 World Endurance Championship season

Le Mans 24 Hours: Buemi holds narrow lead after SMP-induced safety car

A green-flag pitstop helped Sebastien Buemi move the #8 Toyota into the Le Mans 24 Hours lead in hour 11, 20 minutes of which was lost to a safety car

Toyota: SMP's strategy cost it stronger Le Mans WEC pole shot

Toyota believes SMP Racing could have challenged for pole position at the Le Mans 24 Hours if it had concentrated its qualifying efforts on one driver per car

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

Le Mans 24 Hours: Toyota grabs practice top spot from SMP

The #7 Toyota of Kamui Kobayashi struck late to set the pace in practice for the Le Mans 24 Hours

Toyota adamant SMP can challenge it for Le Mans 24 Hours pole

Toyota is expecting a challenge for pole position from the best of the LMP1 privateers during qualifying for this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours

Ex-F1 driver Vandoorne's SMP WEC debut marred by gear issues at Spa

Ex-McLaren Formula 1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne's SMP Racing World Endurance Championship debut was marred by the privateer LMP1 squad suffering with only four gears in the closing stages at Spa Francorchamps

Spa WEC: SMP driver Sirotkin leads newcomer Vandoorne in FP1

Sergey Sirotkin led SMP Racing team-mate and fellow ex-Formula 1 racer Stoffel Vandoorne in the opening practice session for this weekend's Spa World Endurance Championship round

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

Hartley to fill in for Button at SMP WEC team until 2019 Le Mans

Ex-Formula 1 driver Brendon Hartley will join the SMP Racing LMP1 team for the next two rounds of the World Endurance Championship, filling in for the unavailable Jenson Button

Ex-F1 driver Sirotkin to race SMP LMP1 car at remaining WEC rounds

Ex-Formula 1 driver Sergey Sirotkin will contest the remaining rounds of the 2018/19 World Endurance Championship with SMP Racing

Alternator issue cost SMP Racing likely Fuji podium - Jenson Button

Ex-Formula 1 champion Jenson Button believes a first World Endurance Championship podium finish was lost due to more reliability problems at Fuji

Jenson Button lifted by SMP pace on WEC debut amid Le Mans setbacks

Ex-Formula 1 driver Jenson Button believes SMP Racing's performance at last weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours is encouraging for this rest of his World Endurance Championship campaign

SMP's Isaakyan still has flashbacks of Spa LMP1 WEC flip

SMP Racing BR1 LMP1 driver Matevos Isaakyan admits he "still has flashbacks" of his airborne crash in the Spa World Endurance Championship opener last month

Toyota: Rebellion, SMP are 'very serious competitors' at Le Mans

Toyota has described the Rebellion and SMP privateer teams as "very serious competitors" after their performances in Sunday's official pre-race test ahead of the Le Mans 24 Hours

Jenson Button got safety assurances before first SMP LMP1 test

Former Formula 1 driver and 2009 world champion Jenson Button has revealed he received assurances from SMP Racing about the safety of its LMP1 car before testing it at Magny-Cours

SMP prepared to modify WEC LMP1 car for Le Mans after airborne crash

SMP Racing says it is prepared to modify its BR1 LMP1 car if necessary as it investigates the dramatic airborne Spa World Endurance Championship crash one of its cars suffered

Jenson Button completes first WEC LMP1 test with SMP Racing

Formula 1 champion Jenson Button says he was left "smiling ear to ear" after completing his maiden run in SMP Racing's BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 car at Magny-Cours

F1 world champion Button gets SMP WEC LMP1 deal starting at Le Mans

Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button will drive for the SMP Racing LMP1 team in the 2018/19 World Endurance Championship season, starting with this year's Le Mans 24 Hours

Stephane Sarrazin leaves Toyota WEC team to join SMP's LMP1 line-up

Prototype racing veteran Stephane Sarrazin has parted ways with Toyota to join LMP1 privateer team SMP Racing for the 2018/19 World Endurance Championship superseason

Ex-F1 driver Petrov and IndyCar refugee Aleshin get SMP LMP1 seats

Formula 1 podium finisher Vitaly Petrov and ex-IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin will drive for SMP Racing in the LMP1 class of the World Endurance Championship's 2018-19 superseason

Ex-F1 driver Robert Kubica to test SMP LMP2 car at Monza

Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica will test SMP Racing's Dallara LMP2 car at Monza as part of the team's preparations for the Le Mans 24 Hours

BR Engineering launches 2018 WEC LMP1 project with Dallara and SMP

Russian company BR Engineering will step up to the World Endurance Championship's LMP1 category in 2018 with a prototype designed in collaboration with Dallara, and run by SMP Racing

Jerez FV8 3.5: SMP Racing's Matevos Isaakyan claims first victory

Rookie Matevos Isaakyan claimed a breakthrough first Formula V8 3.5 victory at Jerez, heading a Russian one-two after a close fight with compatriot Egor Orudzhev in the final laps

Paul Ricard Formula V8 3.5: SMP's Matthieu Vaxiviere on home pole

SMP Racing's Matthieu Vaxiviere claimed his first Formula V8 3.5 pole position of 2016 on home ground at Paul Ricard on Saturday

Vaxiviere gives SMP Racing its first Formula V8 3.5 pole at Spa

Matthieu Vaxiviere handed Amato Ferrari's SMP Racing team its maiden Formula V8 3.5 pole position for Saturday afternoon's opening race of the Spa-Francorchamps weekend

Vitaly Petrov to race in the World Endurance Championship with SMP

Former Renault Formula 1 and Mercedes DTM driver Vitaly Petrov will return to racing in the World Endurance Championship next year

SMP's new BR Engineering LMP2 car makes test debut at Ricard

SMP Racing's new BR Engineering LMP2 coupe, which will race at the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the European Le Mans Series, made its track debut on Sunday

Sanctions delay SMP LMP2's first test until March

The first test of 2014 World Endurance Championship LMP2 title-winner SMP Racing's all-new P2 coupe has been delayed until March

Nicolas Minassian set to join SMP Racing for 2014 WEC

Former Peugeot factory driver Nicolas Minassian is set to race for the Franco-Russian SMP Racing LMP2 squad in this year's World Endurance Championship

SMP to race in remainder of ELMS, evaluating building LMP2 chassis

The new Russian SMP sportscar squad will join the prototype ranks for the remainder of the European Le Mans Series in the first stage of a plan to build its own LMP2 chassis