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Yifei Ye to make Porsche debut in ALMS

New Porsche driver Yifei Ye will make his debut with the German manufacturer in next month's Asian Le Mans Series ahead of a return to the LMP2 ranks.

Toyota can't "relax" with Peugeot arrival in WEC – Lopez

Jose Maria Lopez says Toyota cannot afford to "relax" ahead of Peugeot's entry into the 2022 World Endurance Championship and is predicting a "strong challenge" from the French manufacturer.

Nurburgring expert Pittard becomes Aston Martin factory GT racer

Nurburgring Long-distance Series title winner David Pittard has become an Aston Martin Racing factory driver for 2022.

Fuoco added to Ferrari 2022 WEC GTE Pro line-up, Cassidy in GTE Am

Ferrari has added Antonio Fuoco to its GTE Pro driver line-up for the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season, as Nick Cassidy joins the GTE Am set-up.

Sorensen to make WEC GTE return with TF Sport

Two-time World Endurance Championship class title winner Marco Sorensen will make a full-time return to the series in 2022 with the TF Sport Aston Martin team.

Ex-Porsche boss Zurlinden joins key LMDh supplier Multimatic

Former Porsche factory motorsport chief Pascal Zurlinden has joined Multimatic, taking on the role of director of performance engineering in the company's Special Vehicle Operations division.

Peugeot 9X8 Hypercar track tests begin without rear wing

Track testing of the new Peugeot 9X8 World Endurance Championship contender has started without a rear wing.

Lopez: Kobayashi team principal appointment won't change Toyota dynamic in WEC

Jose Maria Lopez says Kamui Kobayashi's appointment as the team principal of Toyota's World Endurance Championship programme is "a positive thing", but doesn't believe it will change their team dynamic.

New Porsche LMDh prototype makes test debut

The new Porsche LMDh prototype that will join the World Endurance Championship and the IMSA SportsCar Championship in 2023 has hit the track for the first time.

WEC confident Sebring opener will go ahead in March despite COVID concerns

The World Endurance Championship has no concerns that the opening round of this year's series at Sebring in March will have to be postponed or cancelled.

Peugeot must race at Sebring or Spa WEC rounds for Le Mans 24 Hours entry

Peugeot will have to contest at least one prior round of the World Endurance Championship if it wants to enter the blue riband Le Mans 24 Hours in June.

WEC rejects ByKolles Le Mans Hypercar entry for 2022

The World Endurance Championship has revealed it turned down an entry from the ByKolles team with a new Le Mans Hypercar for this year's series.

Cameron targets wins for Penske LMP2 entry in 2022 WEC campaign

Team Penske’s LMP2 campaign in the World Endurance Championship is more than just preparation for running Porsche LMDh cars in 2023, according to driver Dane Cameron.

Penske LMP2 entry headlines record 39-car grid in 2022 WEC

US racing powerhouse Team Penske will compete full time in the World Endurance Championship's LMP2 class this season as part of a record 39-car entry for the series.

Kubica, Deletraz join Prema LMP2 team for 2022 WEC

Ex-Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica and Louis Deletraz have been named as part of Prema's LMP2 line-up for its first season in the World Endurance Championship.

Ex-F1 driver Gutierrez joins Inter Europol for 2022 WEC campaign

Ex-Formula 1 driver Esteban Gutierrez will move into sportscar racing in 2022 with an attack on the World Endurance Championship with the Polish Inter Europol squad.

WRT reveals first drivers for expanded 2022 WEC LMP2 programme

Reigning World Endurance Championship LMP2 title-winning team WRT has revealed the first drivers for its expanded two-car assault on the series in 2022.

Ex-F1 driver Bourdais set to contest full WEC campaign for first time

Ex-Formula 1 driver Sebastien Bourdais is set to contest a full season in the World Endurance Championship for the first time after joining the new Vector Sport team for 2022.

LMP2 title-challenger Gelael switches to WRT for 2022 WEC

World Endurance Championship LMP2 runners-up Stoffel Vandoorne, Tom Blomqvist and Sean Gelael are set to switch from Jota to the title-winning WRT squad for the new season.

Alpine resigned to another "compromise" season in WEC

Alpine has admitted it faces another season of "compromise" in the World Endurance Championship with its grandfathered LMP1 car, as it braces itself for increased competition in 2022.

Duval aware Peugeot won't match Toyota from the outset

Loic Duval accepts the challenge Peugeot faces on its return to FIA World Endurance Championship competition in 2022, admitting it won’t be able to match Toyota’s speed from the outset.

Ex-F1 driver Nasr heads Porsche's LMDh charge for 2023

Ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr and American Dane Cameron have been announced as the first drivers for Porsche's new LMDh contender due to begin racing in 2023.

Jani re-signs for Porsche, won't be part of its WEC GTE Pro team

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Neel Jani has renewed his contract with Porsche but will not be part of its GTE Pro class World Endurance Championship squad in 2022.

Why an F1-snubbed British world champion has no regrets in retirement Plus

Why an F1-snubbed British world champion has no regrets in retirement

He may not have won the Le Mans 24 Hours - falling agonisingly short in 2016 - and didn't get the opportunities in Formula 1 his talents merited. But after calling time on his professional career last month, Anthony Davidson says his pride in his performances with Peugeot and Toyota in LMP1 mean more than the results he achieved

Lynn lands United Autosports LMP2 drive for WEC return

Alex Lynn will return to the World Endurance Championship next season, combining his IMSA Sportscar Championship programme for Chip Ganassi Racing with an LMP2 seat at the United Autosports team.

Third Toyota at Le Mans for Ogier an "option" for 2023

Sebastien Ogier driving for Toyota in a third car in the Le Mans 24 Hours could be an "option" for 2023, newly-appointed team principal Kamui Kobayashi has suggested.

Jarvis to make WEC return with United Autosports

Multiple Le Mans 24 Hours podium finisher Oliver Jarvis will return to the World Endurance Championship with United Autosports next season.

Peugeot's WEC hypercar could make track debut this month

Peugeot's new 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar contender could run on a race circuit before the end of December. 

McLaren: No decisions on Formula E or WEC programmes until early ’22

Zak Brown does not expect McLaren to make a call on a potential entry into either Formula E or the World Endurance Championship until the early months of 2022.

Kobayashi to have fully operational role as Toyota WEC squad team principal

Kamui Kobayashi will have a fully operational role in his new position as team principal of the Toyota World Endurance Championship squad.

Nakajima retires, replaced by Hirakawa in Toyota WEC lineup

Three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Kazuki Nakajima has retired from the cockpit and will be replaced in Toyota's World Endurance Championship line-up by Ryo Hirakawa.

Racing Team Nederland makes switch to IMSA SportsCar Championship

The Racing Team Nederland prototype squad will switch to the IMSA SportsCar Championship next season after taking title honours in this year's World Endurance Championship.

G-Drive set for full-time WEC return and Daytona 24 Hours entry in 2022

Former World Endurance Championship title winner G-Drive Racing will make a full-time return to the series in 2022 after an absence of three seasons.

Ferrari appoints ORECA to build next-gen GT3 car

Ferrari is teaming up with French motorsport organisation ORECA for its forthcoming next-generation GT3 contender scheduled to start racing in 2023.

Audi's Muller lands WEC LMP2 seat with new Vector Sport team

Audi driver Nico Muller is set to contest the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship with an all-new LMP2 team, Vector Sport.

Why Le Mans didn't decide Toyota's WEC title outcome in 2021 Plus

Why Le Mans didn't decide Toyota's WEC title outcome in 2021

Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez scored a second successive World Endurance Championship title in the #7 Toyota, as its new Le Mans Hypercar went unbeaten. Autosport recaps how each of the four classes in the 2021 season were won and picks out the best LMH and GTE drivers

Richard Mille not ruling out running male driver in 2022 WEC

Richard Mille could move away from an all-female driver line-up when it returns to the FIA World Endurance Championship for a second season in 2022.

Rosenqvist and O'Ward to join Zak Brown for Gulf 12 Hours

McLaren IndyCar drivers Felix Rosenqvist and Pato O'Ward will share a car with team boss Zak Brown in next January's Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi.

WEC GTE Am champion Rovera added to Ferrari factory roster

Ferrari has added Alessio Rovera, who helped AF Corse win this year's FIA World Endurance Championship GTE Am title, to its roster of factory drivers.

Jani explores other LMDh options while Porsche deal unsigned

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Neel Jani has revealed he has yet to conclude a new contract with Porsche and is talking to other manufacturers about the new LMDh category. 

Glickenhaus commits to full-season WEC 2022 entry with one car

American entrant Glickenhaus will make one full-season entry for next year's World Endurance Championship with the intent to contest all six races. 

Corvette Racing to contest full WEC in 2022 alongside IMSA GTD Pro

The Chevrolet Corvette factory team will contest a full season in the World Endurance Championship for the first time next year alongside a continued programme in the IMSA SportsCar Championship.

Porsche withdraws Bahrain WEC appeal over controversial clash

Porsche has withdrawn its appeal against the decision of the stewards to reject its protest of the GTE Pro-winning Ferrari in Saturday's Bahrain 8 Hours World Endurance Championship round.

Motorsport is very bankable, says Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen
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Motorsport is very bankable, says Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen

Tom Kristensen is the most successful driver in the history of Le Mans 24 hours with nine outright victories. Since retiring from racing, he's been President of the FIA Drivers Commission. From that platform, he's running for the role of FIA Deputy President for Sport in December's election, alongside the current holder of that role, Graham Stoker, who's bidding to become President.

The unanswered questions that define WEC 2021's controversial ending

OPINION: The deeply unsatisfying ending to a brilliant World Endurance Championship GTE Pro battle in Bahrain had Ferrari provisionally heading back from the desert as the victor. But Porsche plans to appeal the outcome, which rests on a number of confusing elements that have yet to be satisfactorily explained

Blomqvist rues lack of "clean races" for Jota after WEC title loss

Tom Blomqvist feels the #28 Jota crew never had a “clean race” in the 2021 World Endurance Championship season after losing the LMP2 title to WRT in Bahrain.

How the WEC's heavyweight duel reached its controversial flashpoint

The Ferrari versus Porsche fight for the World Endurance Championship's GTE Pro title had been a finely-poised affair, right up until Alessandro Pier Guidi's punt on Michael Christensen in the closing stages of the Bahrain 8 Hours handed Ferrari a provisional title, pending Porsche's appeal. Here's how the controversy played out

WRT 'widened the eyes' of its rivals with LMP2 title success

Ferdinand Habsburg says WRT ‘widened the eyes’ of its rivals by winning the LMP2 title in its first year of competition in the World Endurance Championship.

Ogier: LMP2 best bet for 2022 endurance switch

Seven-time World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier says the LMP2 class would be his preferred option for an endurance racing switch in 2022 after completing his maiden test in Toyota's Hypercar.

Lapierre fastest as Ogier turns first laps in WEC rookie test

Alpine's Nicolas Lapierre topped the World Endurance Championship’s end-of-season rookie test in Bahrain, as World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Ogier completed his first outing in a Hypercar with Toyota.

Winning Toyota 'copy/pasted' set-up of sister car in Bahrain

Sebastien Buemi says the #8 Toyota crew ‘copy/pasted’ the set-up of the sister GR010 Hybrid Hypercar on its way to winning the FIA World Endurance Championship finale in Bahrain.

Porsche to take WEC case to International Court of Appeal

Porsche has appealed the decision of the stewards to reject its protest of the GTE Pro-winning Ferrari in Saturday's Bahrain 8 Hours World Endurance Championship round. 

Glickenhaus can return to WEC only if it enters every race

Glickenhaus will only be permitted to return to the World Endurance Championship next year if it commits to entering and racing one of its Le Mans Hypercars in every race.

Porsche's protest against GTE Pro title-winning Ferrari rejected

The FIA World Endurance Championship has rejected Porsche’s protest against the #51 Ferrari of James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi that clinched the GTE Pro title with victory in Bahrain 8 Hours.

Porsche files protest against Ferrari after Bahrain GTE clash

Porsche has protested the GTE Pro winning Ferrari after its late clash with the German manufacturer's lead entry in the Bahrain World Endurance Championship finale.

Christensen: "If world is fair" Porsche will get WEC GTE Pro title

Michael Christensen says “if the world is fair” the 2021 GTE Pro title will go to Porsche after the controversial manner in which the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season ended in Bahrain.

WEC Bahrain 8 Hours: #7 Toyota wins title, clash ruins GTE Pro battle Bahrain II
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WEC Bahrain 8 Hours: #7 Toyota wins title, clash ruins GTE Pro battle

Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez and Mike Conway clinched the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship title in Bahrain, as Ferrari won the GTE Pro title in a controversial finish.

WEC Bahrain 8 Hours: Toyota's #8 team leads at halfway point

Toyota's #8 car holds a comfortable advantage at the Bahrain 8 Hours' halfway point, with Ferrari leading Porsche in a two-way scrap amid the World Endurance Championship’s GTE Pro ranks.

Toyota reveals qualifying focus for Bahrain 8 Hours

Toyota has revealed its cars undertook multiple qualifying simulations in free practice for the Bahrain 8 Hours because of the importance of the point for pole in the title fight.

WEC stewards reject BoP protest from AF Corse Ferrari in Bahrain

Ferrari's protest against the GTE Pro Balance of Performance changes made ahead of each of the two Bahrain rounds of the World Endurance Championship have been thrown out.