WEC News

NASCAR's Garage 56 Le Mans team "has a lot of work to do" after Button test debut
Grosjean hopes to race Le Mans in 2024 if IndyCar schedule allows
“Huge asset” Button adds NASCAR Garage 56 driver change hurdle
Kvyat and Bortolotti join Prema's expanded WEC line-up for 2023
Button: Garage 56 entry will show “true NASCAR” at Le Mans 24 Hours

NASCAR's Garage 56 Le Mans 24 Hours team admits it "has a lot of work to do" to get the adapted Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 competitive after a test at Daytona.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean says his Lamborghini LMDh commitments next year should include the 24 Hours of Le Mans, providing there are no clashes with his IndyCar schedule.

Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button’s vast experience of European racing is proving a big help to the NASCAR Garage 56 project – but his height is making driver changes trickier.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Daniil Kvyat and factory Lamborghini racer Mirko Bortolotti have been named as part of Prema’s two-car line-up for the 2023 World Endurance Championship season.

Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button feels that fans will get a “true experience” of NASCAR in its one-off special appearance at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

F1 champion Button joins NASCAR Garage 56 Le Mans driver line-up

Jenson Button, 2009 Formula 1 world champion, will contest the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans with NASCAR's Garage 56 entry.

WEC assessing Sebring alternative for US round from 2024

The World Endurance Championship has admitted that it is examining alternatives to Sebring for the US round of the series from 2024.

GT3 Corvette Z06 unveiled for customer teams in 2024

Chevrolet has revealed the new Corvette Z06 GT3.R a year before it makes its competition debut at the 2024 Daytona 24 Hours.

Westbrook: New Cadillac GTP “puts emphasis on the driver”

Cadillac Racing driver Richard Westbrook says the new GTP cars in IMSA’s top class place more emphasis on the driver, and believes they will be more raceable than the Daytona Prototypes that went before.

Toyota WEC ace Lopez to race for Cool LMP2 team in ELMS

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Jose Maria Lopez will contest the European Le Mans Series for LMP2 squad Cool Racing alongside his Toyota World Endurance Championship programme.

Andretti targets Le Mans and WEC with new WTR partnership

Michael Andretti says he wants to take his new sportscar partnership with Wayne Taylor Racing to the Le Mans 24 Hours in future.

WEC drivers hope new sportscar era will last longer than LMP1

Several World Endurance Championship drivers are optimistic the new breed of LMDh and LMH cars will herald the start of a new era that will outlast the LMP1 peak years.

Tandy: Sportscar racing’s new era needs to ‘live up to the hype’

Nick Tandy says that both IMSA and the World Endurance Championship need to “put on a show that lives up to this hype” in the new era of sportscar racing.

WEC entry still "under review", but McLaren "not ready for it yet" - Brown

McLaren is still keeping tabs on a possible future World Endurance Championship entry, but CEO Zak Brown has conceded that the manufacturer is not yet ready for it.

Jota retain da Costa and Stevens for Porsche 963 WEC programme

Antonio Felix da Costa and Will Stevens will remain with the British Jota team to race its customer Porsche 963 LMDh in the World Endurance Championship this season.

Porsche: Long-term aim should be Le Mans Hypercar and LMDh unification

Porsche’s motorsport boss Thomas Laudenbach says the next big step for global sportscar racing would be to unify its prototype classes into one set of rules in the longer term.

Wadoux becomes first female factory Ferrari driver ahead of WEC move

Lilou Wadoux has become the first female Ferrari factory driver ahead of a move to the GT ranks in the World Endurance Championship this year.

Spirit F1 owner and Le Mans-winning Bentley team boss John Wickham dies aged 73

John Wickham, who co-owned the Spirit Formula 1 team of the early 1980s and oversaw Bentley’s 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours victory, has died aged 73 after a long illness.

Corvette completes factory line-up for 2023 WEC GTE Am campaign

Corvette has announced that silver-rated Nicolas Varrone will join Nicky Catsburg and Ben Keating in its factory entry in the GTE AM class of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2023.

Vanwall missing 2022 WEC entry was "positive thing" - Dillmann

The ByKolles-run Vanwall team missing out on an entry for the 2022 World Endurance Championship season was a "positive thing" in hindsight, according to Tom Dillmann.

Cadillac shows off new liveries for LMDh cars of Ganassi, Action Express Racing

Cadillac has revealed the colour schemes for the three Cadillac LMDh cars set to make their competition debut at the Daytona 24 Hours.

Cadillac sportscar programme unaffected by Andretti F1 plans

Cadillac executive Rory Harvey says the marque’s intention to enter Formula 1 with Andretti will not detract from its programs in the IMSA SportsCar Championship and World Endurance Championship.

MotoGP legend Rossi to test BMW LMDh prototype

Seven-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi is on course to test new employer BMW’s LMDh prototype.

Isotta Fraschini aiming for Monza WEC debut after entry rejected

The revived Isotta Fraschini marque is targeting a race debut for its new Le Mans Hypercar at Monza in July after its full-season FIA World Endurance Championship entry was rejected.

The full 2023 WEC entry list has been revealed

A total of 13 cars will contest this year’s World Endurance Championship in the Hypercar class.

Why the WEC should make space for modern garagistes in 2023 Plus

Why the WEC should make space for modern garagistes in 2023

OPINION: There is plenty of excitement over the glut of manufacturers tackling the Hypercar class of the World Endurance Championship this season. The selection committee is set to face headaches over who it decides to admit and who gets turned away from the 2023 entry list, but history tells us that the smaller entrants have a place

Jan 9, 2023
Autosport writers' most memorable moments of 2022 Plus

Autosport writers' most memorable moments of 2022

The season just gone was a memorable one for many of our staff writers, who are fortunate enough to cover motorsport around the world. Here are our picks of the best (and in some cases, most eventful) from 2022

Formula 1
Dec 31, 2022
Is Qatar the price motorsport fans have to pay? Plus

Is Qatar the price motorsport fans have to pay?

OPINION: Fresh from hosting a controversial 2022 football World Cup, Qatar has added its name to the 2024 World Endurance Championship calendar. Although questions may be asked about its presence on the calendar, is it simply the price to pay for having a healthy racing championship?

Dec 21, 2022
How Toyota defeated Alpine for the 2022 WEC title Plus

How Toyota defeated Alpine for the 2022 WEC title

Toyota #8 trio Brendon Hartley, Sebastien Buemi and Ryo Hirakawa outscored their rivals in the last season before the World Endurance Championship’s top class gets ultra-competitive. Here's how their Hypercar battle with Alpine and the remaining class tussles played out in LMP2, GTE Pro and GTE Am

Dec 5, 2022
The long road to convergence for sportscar racing's new golden age Plus

The long road to convergence for sportscar racing's new golden age

The organisers of the World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar Championship worked together to devise the popular new LMDh rule set. But to turn it from an idea into reality, some serious compromises were involved - both from the prospective LMDh entrants and those with existing Le Mans Hypercar projects...

Nov 25, 2022
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

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