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Top 10 moments of an underrated British great Plus

Top 10 moments of an underrated British great

Brian Redman was one of the best sportscar drivers of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as a three-time champion on the fearsome American Formula 5000 scene. To celebrate his 84th birthday Autosport contacted him about his best races – and he decided to write the piece himself…

How an endurance racing boom could help one of LMP2's top teams Plus

How an endurance racing boom could help one of LMP2's top teams

The G-Drive squad has been a mainstay of endurance racing in recent years, and has linked up with Russian manufacturer Aurus in recent years to promote its brand. With a change of rules in endurance racing's top tables, the team could be well-placed to take advantage of a potential boom...

Ferrari's Molina tips GT3s to replace GTE in WEC

Factory Ferrari driver Miguel Molina believes the World Endurance Championship should eventually switch to GT3 cars following the recent manufacturer exodus from GTE Pro

Spa opens revised WEC calendar, Algarve round moved to June

The 2021 World Endurance Championship will begin at Spa in May after the postponement of next month's scheduled series opener at the Algarve circuit was pushed back to June.

How Ferrari’s Hypercar project could bolster Leclerc’s legacy Plus

How Ferrari’s Hypercar project could bolster Leclerc’s legacy

OPINION: Ferrari's planned return to the top category at the Le Mans 24 Hours has further heightened anticipation for the 2023 race. Few concrete details are currently known, but already it has a high-profile superstar angling for involvement, which would make a refreshing change

Le Mans 24 Hours pushed back to August in bid to allow fans

The Le Mans 24 Hours has been pushed back to August from its traditional mid-June slot in the hope that spectators will be able to attend the race.

Glickenhaus satisfied by first Le Mans Hypercar test

The new Glickenhaus Le Mans Hypercar completed more than 100 laps on its maiden test over two days at the Vallelunga circuit in Italy this week

Corvette to contest 2021 WEC opener at Algarve, Glickenhaus absent

Chevrolet will contest the opening round of the 2021 World Endurance Championship at the Algarve circuit in April with its Corvette C8.R, while Glickenhaus is set to skip the event

Why Ferrari is ending its 50-year top-flight sportscar exile Plus

Why Ferrari is ending its 50-year top-flight sportscar exile

Making a return to top-flight sportscar racing after 50 years away, Ferrari will enter the Le Mans Hypercar ranks in 2023. The Italian marque denies the link with Formula 1's new cost cap that frees up resources, but it's certainly no coincidence...

Ferrari to contest Le Mans outright with 2023 Hypercar programme

Ferrari will make a return to the pinnacle of sportscar racing in World Endurance Championship with a new Le Mans Hypercar in 2023

Vergne: Peugeot WEC opportunity repays "investment" of LMP2

Jean-Eric Vergne says the "investment" of several years racing in LMP2 has paid off after being selected as one of Peugeot's drivers for the 2022 World Endurance Championship

Menezes: 2020 Le Mans qualifying lap key to Peugeot WEC deal

Gustavo Menezes believes that his Le Mans 24 Hours qualifying effort last year was key to him being chosen for Peugeot's 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship driver line-up

Alex Lynn drops out of Aston Martin factory roster

Alex Lynn will not be a part of Aston Martin's factory roster following the British manufacturer's exit from the GTE Pro class of the World Endurance Championship

Toyota "back on track" with test plan for Hypercar ahead of 2021 WEC season

Toyota is "back on track" to achieve the target test mileage with its new Le Mans Hypercar ahead of the start of the 2021 World Endurance Championship

Duval has 'unfinished business' in WEC with Peugeot return

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Loic Duval has revealed he will have "unfinished business" when he returns to the wheel of a Peugeot prototype in the 2022 World Endurance Championship

Magnussen, di Resta, Vergne headline Peugeot driver line-up for WEC

Ex-Formula 1 drivers Kevin Magnussen, Paul di Resta and Jean-Eric Vergne will race Peugeot's new Le Mans Hypercar in the World Endurance Championship in 2022

Kobayashi, Nakajima finally test Toyota Hypercar

Kamui Kobayashi and Kazuki Nakajima finally got their first experience of Toyota's new Le Mans Hypercar during a test at Aragon this week

GreenGT to supply Hydrogen class powertrains at 2024 Le Mans 24

The Swiss-based GreenGT organisation will produce the electric powertrains for the new class of hydrogen-powered prototypes set for introduction at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2024

Le Mans winner Dumas named as part of seven-man Glickenhaus WEC line-up

Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Romain Dumas will race for the new Glickenhaus Le Mans Hypercar squad in the World Endurance Championship this season

Toyota: New Le Mans Hypercar will be "really different" to race

Toyota World Endurance Championship drivers Brendon Hartley and Mike Conway believe the marque's new Le Mans Hypercar will be very different to race with compared to the previous LMP1 car

Lapierre rejoins Signatech for Alpine Hypercar class programme

Former Toyota factory driver Nicolas Lapierre will return to the top class of the World Endurance Championship with Alpine in 2021

Acura to join new IMSA LMDh prototype category from 2023

Acura will join the new LMDh prototype category in the IMSA SportsCar Championship in North America from 2023

Red Bull and ORECA to build Le Mans hydrogen car for 2024

Red Bull Advanced Technologies will partner with French constructor ORECA to produce the chassis for the new hydrogen class set for introduction at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2024

The ground-up refresh behind Toyota's new Le Mans challenger Plus

The ground-up refresh behind Toyota's new Le Mans challenger

Toyota's new GR010 contender for the World Endurance Championship's Hypercar era has little in common with the LMP1 TS050 that preceded it. But within the confines of the scaled back new rules, its latest challenger will be no less formidable a prospect

2021 WEC season opener delayed and moved from Sebring to Algarve

The scheduled opening round of the 2021 World Endurance Championship at Sebring set for March has been replaced by a new fixture at the Algarve circuit in April

ByKolles unlikely to race in WEC in 2021 but is pushing on with LMH project

World Endurance Championship stalwart ByKolles looks unlikely to race in the series this year, despite being on the verge of testing its new Le Mans Hypercar

Glickenhaus names Briscoe and Menezes as WEC reveals entry list

Glickenhaus has named Ryan Briscoe and Gustavo Menezes as drivers for its two Le Mans Hypercars on the 33-car entry list for the 2021 World Endurance Championship announced on Thursday

Richard Mille team joins WEC ranks with all-female driver line-up

The Richard Mille Racing team will graduate to the World Endurance Championship this year with an all-female crew comprising Tatiana Calderon, Sophia Floersch and Beitske Visser

Duval makes full-time WEC return alongside Nato with new LMP2 team

European Le Mans Series outfit Realteam Racing will step up to the LMP2 class of the World Endurance Championship in 2021, signing ex-LMP1 stars Loic Duval and Norman Nato

Toyota "behind target" after snowed-off WEC hypercar test

Toyota has admitted it is "behind target" with test mileage for its new Le Mans Hypercar after a planned test this week was called off due to snow

Toyota uncertain WEC opener will go ahead as pandemic escalates

Toyota has expressed doubts that the opening round of the 2021 World Endurance Championship scheduled for Sebring in March will go ahead in the face of the escalating COVID-19 pandemic

Toyota unveils twin-turbo V6 GR010 HYBRID Le Mans Hypercar for 2021 WEC

Toyota has officially revealed its Le Mans Hypercar which will be powered by an all-new twin-turbo V6 engine when it competes in the World Endurance Championship this season

FE champion da Costa stays with Jota in WEC LMP2 alongside Davidson

Anthony Davidson and reigning Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa will stay with the Jota Sport LMP2 team for the 2021 World Endurance Championship season

Toyota reveals first images of GR010 HYBRID Le Mans Hypercar for 2021 WEC

Toyota has released the first pictures of its new Le Mans Hypercar and the name for its latest World Endurance Championship challenger

Toyota drivers wary "politics" will determine Alpine battle in 2021 WEC

Kazuki Nakajima says he is worried "politics" will determine how Toyota's battle with new top-class World Endurance Championship rival manufacturer Alpine will play out in 2021

Stoffel Vandoorne joins LMP2 squad Jota Sport to contest 2021 WEC

Mercedes Formula E racer Stoffel Vandoorne will return to the FIA World Endurance Championship this year as he spearheads Jota Sport's assault on the LMP2 category

Joest Racing teams up with Glickenhaus for WEC Hypercar project

Multiple Le Mans 24 Hours winner Joest Racing has been brought in by niche manufacturer Glickenhaus to bolster its maiden World Endurance Championship assault in 2021

WEC names Lequien as new series boss after Neveu's departure

The new boss of the World Endurance Championship in place of Gerard Neveu has been announced as Frederic Lequien

IMSA champion Castroneves to make WEC debut in LMP2 at Sebring

Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves will make his World Endurance Championship debut at Sebring in March with the Inter Europol prototype squad

The visionaries promoting female talent at Le Mans

The Le Mans 24 Hours featured its first all-female LMP2 crew in 2020, the result of an initiative to back female talent from watchmaker Richard Mille supported by the FIA's Women in Motorsport Commission

Autosport 70: The greatest forgotten Le Mans finish

There were nine Porsche 956s in the top 10 at the 1983 Le Mans 24 Hours, but that fact hides an incredibly tense and dramatic finish, as Autosport explained in the 30 June 1983 issue of the magazine

Magnussen: Tricky to make father/son Le Mans deal happen now

Kevin Magnussen believes it will be difficult to race with his father, Jan, at the 24 Hours of Le Mans now he is no longer a factory driver

How a crack Le Mans team was won over by three female rookies

The lack of test mileage available at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours made for an especially tough baptism for Richard Mille Racing's trio of rookies, but the experienced hand overseeing the team was left impressed

Aston Martin exits WEC and ends GTE Pro programme

Aston Martin has axed its GTE Pro programme and will not defend its World Endurance Championship drivers' and manufacturers' titles or its Le Mans 24 Hours crown in 2021

Toyota's new Le Mans Hypercar reliability impresses Lopez

The reliability of Toyota's new Le Mans Hypercar has impressed World Endurance Championship title winner Jose Maria Lopez across its first two tests

Albuquerque will defend LMP2 WEC crown in 2021 with United Autosports

New Acura IMSA driver Filipe Albuquerque will defend his World Endurance Championship LMP2 title with Phil Hanson and the United Autosports team in 2021

The Porsche icon that forged sportscar racing's greatest era Plus

The Porsche icon that forged sportscar racing's greatest era

Porsche is returning to the top class of Le Mans with an LMDh prototype that it hopes will write its next successful chapter in sportscar racing. But it will have to go some to emulate its 956/962, a car which defines the Group C age more than any other

Porsche believes sportscar racing heading into new golden era

Porsche believes sportscar racing could be heading into a new golden era with levels of manufacturer participation in the top class rivalling that of the 1980s and early 1990s

Porsche to return to Le Mans 24 Hours with LMDh prototype from 2023

Porsche will return to the Le Mans 24 Hours with an LMDh prototype in 2023 as part of a dual assault on the World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar Championship

Why the challenges of 2020 didn’t scupper a new Le Mans team

The Le Mans 24 Hours is a difficult challenge in any ordinary year, but for the three rookies in the Richard Mille Racing Team, the 2020 edition brought new challenges to overcome

Peugeot: No rush to decide drivers for 2022 WEC return

Peugeot is in no hurry to pick its driver line-up for the marque's return to front-line sportscar racing in 2022, according to the motorsport boss of its parent company PSA

Peugeot reveals engine specs for 2022 Le Mans Hypercar contender

The new Le Mans Hypercar with which Peugeot will enter the World Endurance Championship in 2022 will be powered by a 2.6-litre V6 twin-turbocharged engine

Jani replaces Christensen in Porsche's 2021 WEC lineup

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Neel Jani will join Porsche's World Endurance Championship assault in 2021, taking the place of Michael Christensen

WEC LMP2 champion wants to defend crown despite IMSA programme priority

New World Endurance Championship LMP2 title winner Filipe Albuquerque wants to defend his crown in 2021, despite billing his new IMSA SportsCar Championship drive as his priority

How Kristensen forged the Mr Le Mans legend Plus

How Kristensen forged the Mr Le Mans legend

He is synonymous with success at the Circuit de la Sarthe, but Tom Kristensen's sportscar legacy amounts to much more than his record-breaking nine Le Mans wins, as the most successful driver ever at Sebring and a world champion to boot

WEC confirms tweaked qualifying format for 2021

The World Endurance Championship has announced a simpler qualifying format for the 2021 season, ditching the system that was based on aggregate times of two drivers

The tiny increments that decided the final LMP1-era WEC Plus

The tiny increments that decided the final LMP1-era WEC

The system of success handicaps devised by the World Endurance Championship to level the LMP1 playing field in the category's swansong season ended up having a counterproductive effect, as COVID cancellations also played in the champions' favour

Bentley evaluating Le Mans return and Formula E for after its GT3 exit

Formula E and the Le Mans Hypercar division are two of the options under evaluation as Bentley plots its motorsport future after the end of its Continental GT3 programme

WRT targets expansion into LMP2 for 2021

The Belgian WRT squad is aiming to expand into LMP2 next season in preparation for a possible LMDh campaign in the World Endurance Championship in the future

Jan Magnussen to contest 2021 WEC season in LMP2 with High Class

Jan Magnussen will contest the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season in the LMP2 class, as part of an all-Danish line-up at High Class Racing