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Fuji Full Access: Episode 2
WEC 2023 calendar expands to seven rounds, Portimao returns
Who will race in WEC and IMSA with LMDh/LMH cars in 2023?
Da Costa: Jota Porsche LMDh seat would be "logical"
Fuji Full Access: Episode 1
Fuji Full Access: Episode 2 Fuji
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The latest peek behind the scenes in the FIA World Endurance Championship resumes with the second episode from the Fuji round.

The World Endurance Championship will expand to seven rounds next year with an additional race at the Algarve circuit in April.

Sportscar racing is set to enter a new golden era from 2023, with new rules bringing back much needed life to a motorsport discipline that has been moribund in recent years. Here’s the full list of manufacturers who are building cars to LMDh and Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) regulations.

Antonio Felix da Costa says that joining Jota’s customer Porsche LMDh programme in the World Endurance Championship in 2023 would be “very logical”.

Fuji Full Access: Episode 1 Fuji
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The FIA World Endurance Championship behind the scenes show is back with the opening episode from the Fuji round.

Fuji Full Access: Episode 2 Fuji
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Fuji Full Access: Episode 2

The latest peek behind the scenes in the FIA World Endurance Championship resumes with the second episode from the Fuji round.

WEC 2023 calendar expands to seven rounds, Portimao returns

The World Endurance Championship will expand to seven rounds next year with an additional race at the Algarve circuit in April.

Who will race in WEC and IMSA with LMDh/LMH cars in 2023?

Sportscar racing is set to enter a new golden era from 2023, with new rules bringing back much needed life to a motorsport discipline that has been moribund in recent years. Here’s the full list of manufacturers who are building cars to LMDh and Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) regulations.

Da Costa: Jota Porsche LMDh seat would be "logical"

Antonio Felix da Costa says that joining Jota’s customer Porsche LMDh programme in the World Endurance Championship in 2023 would be “very logical”.

Fuji Full Access: Episode 1 Fuji
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Fuji Full Access: Episode 1

The FIA World Endurance Championship behind the scenes show is back with the opening episode from the Fuji round.

Porsche pleased with Daytona test progress for 963 LMDh car

Porsche believes it made a major development step with the new 963 LMDh and its off-the-shelf hybrid system during testing at Daytona earlier this month.

Lamborghini developing new V8 turbo engine for 2024 LMDh car

Lamborghini is developing an all-new twin-turbo V8 for its LMDh prototype that will begin racing in the World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar Championship in 2024.

Wadoux handed Hypercar outing in Bahrain WEC rookie test

Lilou Wadoux will get her first laps at the wheel of a Le Mans Hypercar in November, having been selected by the World Endurance Championship for its Bahrain rookie test.

Lopez Toyota future hopes boosted by de Vries F1 interest

Jose Maria Lopez’s chances of staying at Toyota in the 2023 World Endurance Championship appear to have been boosted by Nyck de Vries moving closer to a Formula 1 seat.

Muller joins Peugeot's Le Mans Hypercar programme

Nico Muller will take the vacant seat at the Peugeot Le Mans Hypercar squad for the 2023 World Endurance Championship season.

Glickenhaus absent from Bahrain WEC entry list

Glickenhaus is missing from the entry list for this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship finale in Bahrain, marking its second absence of the 2022 season.

Jota rues lack of FCY that scuppered strategy in WEC Fuji 6 Hours

The Jota LMP2 team lamented a rare lack of full-course yellows or safety car periods in last weekend’s Fuji World Endurance Championship round following its defeat by class rivals WRT.

Alpine's Lapierre disappointed by Toyota deficit, not result at Fuji

Alpine driver Nicolas Lapierre says he is disappointed to finish so far behind Toyota in last weekend’s Fuji World Endurance Championship event, even if the team hit its pre-event target.

Ferrari estimates 5000km covered by new Hypercar in testing

Ferrari’s new Le Mans Hypercar has already completed approximately 5000km over the course of its first three tests this summer.

Porsche 'can't be optimistic' after Ferrari rout at Fuji WEC round

Porsche ‘can’t be optimistic’ of its World Endurance Championship title chances in the GTE Pro class after Ferrari’s dominance at Fuji, believes Michael Christensen.

The Toyota domination on home turf that sets up a WEC title showdown Fuji
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The Toyota domination on home turf that sets up a WEC title showdown

While Toyota often dominates on home soil in the World Endurance Championship, the margin of victory for the #8 car over the sister #7 runner ensured it had the perfect weekend playing catch-up against Alpine. Here’s how Toyota mastered Fuji once again to set up a thrilling finale in Bahrain

Peugeot: Fuji WEC podium possible before oil leak issues

Peugeot believes it would have been able to challenge for a podium in Sunday’s Fuji World Endurance Championship round but for the oil leak that delayed its two cars.

Hartley "surprised" by pace gap between Toyotas at Fuji

Toyota driver Brendon Hartley admits he was “surprised” at the gap the Fuji-winning #8 crew was able to pull out over the sister #7 car in Sunday’s penultimate round of the World Endurance Championship.

WEC Fuji: Toyota #8 crew boost title hopes with victory Fuji
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WEC Fuji: Toyota #8 crew boost title hopes with victory

Toyota romped to a dominant 1-2 finish in Sunday’s penultimate round of the 2022 World Endurance Championship at Fuji, as Sebastien Buemi, Ryo Hirakawa and Brendon Hartley claimed victory.

Corvette can overcome lack of Fuji WEC one-lap pace - Tandy

Corvette driver Nick Tandy believes the American marque can still be a factor in this weekend’s Fuji World Endurance Championship race despite a lack of one-lap speed.

How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game Plus

How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game

The 956 set the bar at the dawn of Group C 40 years ago, and that mark only rose higher through the 1980s, both in the world championship and in the US. It and its successor, the longer-wheelbase 962, were voted as Autosport's greatest sportscar in 2020 - here's why

WEC
Aug 25, 2022
Why BMW shouldn't be overlooked on its return to prototypes Plus

Why BMW shouldn't be overlooked on its return to prototypes

OPINION: While the focus has been on the exciting prospect of Ferrari vs Porsche at the Le Mans 24 Hours next year, BMW’s factory return to endurance racing should not be ignored. It won't be at the French classic next year as it focuses efforts on the IMSA SportsCar Championship, but could be a dark horse in 2024 when it returns to La Sarthe with the crack WRT squad

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2022
The problem sausage kerbs continue to cause Plus

The problem sausage kerbs continue to cause

Track limits are the problem that motorsport doesn't seem to be able to rid itself of. But the use of so-called 'sausage kerbs' as a deterrent has in several instances only served to worsen the problem, and a growing number of voices want to see action taken

Formula 1
Jul 18, 2022
The history lessons Peugeot should have learned on its return Plus

The history lessons Peugeot should have learned on its return

The Peugeot 9X8 will make its World Endurance Championship debut at Monza this weekend. The French manufacturer has gone radical and will be hoping it doesn’t need to overhaul its contender, as it did with its first Le Mans challenger…

WEC
Jul 8, 2022
Why Peugeot's sportscar return will capture the imagination Plus

Why Peugeot's sportscar return will capture the imagination

OPINION: Peugeot will make its World Endurance Championship debut at Monza this weekend with the 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar that has ignored design conventions by eschewing a rear wing. Its distinctive look will help sportscar racing appeal to fresh audiences as a new golden era is ushered in

WEC
Jul 7, 2022
How Formula E's double-duty drivers influenced their Le Mans teams' fortunes Plus

How Formula E's double-duty drivers influenced their Le Mans teams' fortunes

Eight Formula E drivers made the 7,000-mile sprint from the streets of Jakarta to the fabled Circuit de la Sarthe and every one had a story to share at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. Despite a range of triumphs and disappointments, each driver doubling up on the day job played a key role in their teams' fortunes

Le Mans
Jun 14, 2022
How an Italian junior formula giant is readying for its Le Mans future Plus

How an Italian junior formula giant is readying for its Le Mans future

Prema remains a colossus in single-seaters, but the serial Formula 2 and Formula 3 title-winning squad has joined forces with top GT squad Iron Lynx for an attack on sportscars in the World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series. Ahead of its debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours, its sights are firmly fixed on LMP2 glory – and a future in Hypercars next year...

Le Mans
Jun 8, 2022
The British rookies targeting a good first impression at Le Mans Plus

The British rookies targeting a good first impression at Le Mans

Three young Britons will make their first starts in the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend in the highly-competitive 23-car GTE Am field. But how did they get here? Autosport hears their stories.

Le Mans
Jun 7, 2022