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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

Why Audi's return heralds a new halcyon age for sportscars Plus

Why Audi's return heralds a new halcyon age for sportscars

OPINION: The news that Audi will return to Le Mans means we'll at last get to see the fight promised in 2012 against Peugeot and Toyota. It also gives LMDh a tangible form, which could open the floodgates for more like-minded marques to follow suit

Porsche: Audi's LMDh ambitions won't affect our own plans

Porsche insists Audi's ambitions of launching an LMDh project will have no impact on its own bid to return to topflight sportscar racing with the same set of regulations

Button targets Le Mans return with own team in future

Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button has targeted returning to race at the Le Mans 24 Hours with his own team in the future

The classic debate revived by Britain's overlooked 2020 champion Plus

The classic debate revived by Britain's overlooked 2020 champion

It may have been missed amid the clamour over Lewis Hamilton's seventh F1 title, but Britain had another world champion crowned last weekend. Mike Conway's WEC crown raises an old conundrum - does title glory make up for the pain of Le Mans defeat?

Montoya to drive in full 2021 WEC season with DragonSpeed

Two-time Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya will contest the World Endurance Championship next season with the DragonSpeed LMP2 squad

Toyota concedes "conceptual mistake" in LMP1 handicap system

Toyota has conceded that the LMP1 system of success handicaps it helped draft for the 2019/20 World Endurance Championship incorporated a conceptual flaw

Conway: WEC title makes up for Le Mans disappointments

Toyota driver Mike Conway believes winning the World Endurance Championship in Bahrain on Saturday makes up for his disappointments at the Le Mans 24 Hours

Da Costa has "no complaints" over team-mate contact in Bahrain finale

Antonio Felix da Costa has "no complaints" about the contact with Jota team-mate Gabriel Aubry that cost him LMP2 victory in Saturday's Bahrain World Endurance Championship finale

Bahrain WEC: Conway, Kobayashi and Lopez win to clinch final LMP1 title

Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez sealed the 2019/20 World Endurance Championship title after a dominant victory in front of their Toyota team-mates in Bahrain

Toyota: Bahrain WEC showdown won't be a foregone conclusion

Toyota believes track conditions in Bahrain could give Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley the chance to overcome their half-second success penalty in Saturday's World Endurance Championship finale

Bahrain WEC: Conway, Lopez secure pole position for #7 Toyota in title decider

Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez outpaced their Toyota team-mates to claim pole position for the 2019/20 World Endurance Championship finale in Bahrain this weekend

Why LMP1 shouldn't be remembered for its bitter end Plus

Why LMP1 shouldn't be remembered for its bitter end

OPINION: The last hurrah for LMP1 this weekend will be an unfitting end for a class that produced some of sportscar racing's greatest-ever moments. That is what it should be remembered for, rather than the two-car demonstration run we'll get

Bahrain WEC: Hartley tops final practice from Conway

The two Toyotas were separated by one tenth in final practice for the last round of the 2019/20 World Endurance Championship in Bahrain on Saturday

Bahrain WEC: Lopez tops second practice as Ferrari pace GTE Pro order

Jose Maria Lopez took the top spot for Toyota in second practice for Saturday's final round of the 2019/20 World Endurance Championship in Bahrain

Bahrain WEC: Buemi pips Conway for top spot in opening practice

The #8 Toyota topped the times in first practice for this weekend's World Endurance Championship finale in Bahrain, despite carrying a half-second performance handicap

Toyota promises "fair fight" without LMP1 opposition in Bahrain

Toyota has promised a "fair fight" between its two car crews as they bid for the World Endurance Championship title at this weekend's winner-takes-all finale in Bahrain

Aston Martin driver Lynn to miss Bahrain WEC finale due to COVID-19

Factory Aston Martin driver Alex Lynn will miss the final round of the 2019-20 World Endurance Championship season in Bahrain this weekend after testing positive for COVID-19

The 10 greatest LMP1 races ranked Plus

The 10 greatest LMP1 races ranked

As the LMP1 class prepares to bow out of top-line sportscar racing at the World Endurance Championship season finale in Bahrain this weekend, Autosport looks back over the past two decades to pick out 10 of its best contests

Toyota completes maiden test with new WEC Hypercar

Toyota has expressed satisfaction with the first test of the new Le Mans Hypercar it will race in next year's World Endurance Championship

Greatest drives of the sportscar legends Plus

Greatest drives of the sportscar legends

As part of Autosport's 70th Anniversary celebrations, here's a run through of the best performances by sportscar racing's ultimate legends from across the past seven decades

LMP1 success handicaps system tweaked for WEC Bahrain finale

The system of LMP1 success handicaps has been tweaked for this month's World Endurance Championship finale in Bahrain

Toyota drivers against dropping WEC success handicaps for Bahrain

Toyota's World Endurance Championship drivers say it would be unfair if the system of success handicaps was scrapped for next month's Bahrain season finale, despite the lack of privateer LMP1s

Further revisions to LMP2 driver rules expected after "premature" announcement

New rules on driver line-ups in the LMP2 class of the World Endurance Championship announced last week will be revised before the 2021 season

WEC LMP2 driver line-up rules changed from 2021

World Endurance Championship line-ups in the LMP2 category will have to include two amateur drivers from next season

Westbook returns to Aston Martin WEC squad for Bahrain

Richard Westbrook has been called up for a second outing with the works Aston Martin squad for the FIA World Endurance Championship season finale in Bahrain next month

Why COVID-19 didn't stop Peugeot's Le Mans commitment Plus

Why COVID-19 didn't stop Peugeot's Le Mans commitment

When the global pandemic hit, Peugeot was given the perfect excuse to back out of its stated intention to return to Le Mans in 2022. That it hasn't done so is telling both of its unfinished business and the opportunities presented by the Hypercar rulebook

Davidson unsure on WEC future with LMP2 rule tweak

Anthony Davidson admits he is unsure of his future in the FIA World Endurance Championship, amid an expected LMP2 rule change that would outlaw JOTA Sport's current line-up

WEC set to introduce new qualifying format for 2021

The World Endurance Championship is planning to introduce a new qualifying format for next season for all events barring the Le Mans 24 Hours

Neveu to step down from helm of WEC at the end of 2020

Gerard Neveu will step down from the helm of the World Endurance Championship at the end of the year

Toyota "surprised in two directions" by Rebellion's Le Mans pace

Toyota says it was "surprised in two directions" by the pace of LMP1 rival Rebellion in the Le Mans 24 Hours, as the Swiss outfit faded after a strong start

Why running Le Mans without the fanfare was crucial Plus

Why running Le Mans without the fanfare was crucial

This year's Le Mans 24 Hours was always going to standout in the history books as the one without the fans and the festival atmosphere, but running it in the first place was vital for both the present and the future

Da Costa: Seatbelt issue may have cost JOTA Le Mans LMP2 victory

JOTA LMP2 driver Antonio Felix da Costa has revealed his seatbelts came unfastened during the Le Mans 24 Hours, which he feels may have cost the team victory

Porsche puzzled by lack of pace during troubled Le Mans 24 Hours run

Porsche's GTE Pro squad suffered a Le Mans 24 Hours to forget, after a lack of pace and technical issues turned the race into an ordeal for the German marque

Rebellion calls time early on WEC involvement, will miss Bahrain finale

The Rebellion Racing LMP1 team has confirmed that the Le Mans 24 Hours was its final World Endurance Championship outing, and will not take part in the Bahrain season finale

How the "small things" cost another overdue win at Le Mans Plus

How the "small things" cost another overdue win at Le Mans

While Toyota has truly broken its Le Mans curse by sealing a hat-trick of wins, the bad luck and frustration is squarely stuck with the #7 crew who once again must swallow defeat

Not changing brakes a “key point” in Aston’s Le Mans 24 Hours GTE sweep

Maxime Martin said completing the full race distance without stopping to change brakes was a "key point" in Aston Martin's GTE Pro class victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours

Calado: Ferrari "couldn't have done any more" at Le Mans 24 Hours

James Calado said Ferrari "couldn't have done any more" than finish second in GTE Pro at the Le Mans 24 Hours as he believes it couldn't match Aston Martin's pace

Hanson feared United Autosports had "thrown away" Le Mans 24 Hours LMP2 win

Phil Hanson says he feared United Autosports had "thrown away" its Le Mans 24 Hours victory in LMP2 as the race neared its dramatic conclusion with a late safety car

Lynn hails "biggest win of my career" at Le Mans 24 Hours

Alex Lynn hailed his class victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours as the "biggest win of my career" after triumphing in the GTE Pro division for Aston Martin

Toyota "running out of words" to console #7 crew after Le Mans 24 Hours defeat

Toyota's LMP1 technical director Pascal Vasselon said he is "running out of words" to console the #7 crew after another near-miss at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours

The ‘slow’ Porsche that started a Le Mans legend Plus

The ‘slow’ Porsche that started a Le Mans legend

Fifty years ago Porsche took its inaugural win at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1970. KEVIN TURNER tells the improbable story of the car that got the ball rolling for the 24 Hours' most successful manufacturer