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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.

WEC Bahrain 8 Hours: Kobayashi puts #7 Toyota on pole for title decider Bahrain II
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WEC Bahrain 8 Hours: Kobayashi puts #7 Toyota on pole for title decider

Pole position for Kamui Kobayashi moved the #7 Toyota a step closer to 2021 World Endurance Championship title at Bahrain this weekend.

SRO to jointly run Asian Le Mans Series with ACO

GT boss Stephane Ratel is joining forces with Le Mans 24 Hours organiser the Automobile Club de l'Ouest to run the Asian Le Mans Series.

Ferrari lodges protest against Bahrain WEC BoP changes

Ferrari has lodged a protest against two separate Balance of Performance changes involving its factory GTE Pro entries ahead of the World Endurance Championship title decider in Bahrain.

Alpine confident WEC fuel mileage woes are solved to challenge Toyota

Alpine is confident that it has solved its fuel consumption issues and will be able to challenge Toyota in the final World Endurance Championship race of the season in Bahrain.

WEC Bahrain 8 Hours: #8 Toyota completes practice sweep

Brendon Hartley in Toyota #8 got the better of team-mate Kamui Kobayashi as the manufacturer undertook qualification simulations in final free practice for this weekend's Bahrain World Endurance Championship finale.

Porsche "not happy" with Ferrari BoP change ahead of WEC finale

Porsche has questioned the Balance of Performance change in favour of GTE Pro rival Ferrari ahead of this weekend's final round of the World Endurance Championship in Bahrain. 

Albuquerque: Double points at Le Mans has skewed LMP2 WEC fight

United Autosports driver Filipe Albuquerque believes awarding double points to the Le Mans 24 Hours has skewed this year's LMP2 title battle in the World Endurance Championship.

WEC Bahrain 8 Hours: #8 Toyota stays on top in second practice

Brendon Hartley ensured the #8 Toyota remained quickest in second practice for the FIA World Endurance Championship title decider in Bahrain.

WEC Bahrain 8 Hours: Hartley puts #8 Toyota on top in opening practice

Brendon Hartley went quickest for Toyota in first practice for this weekend's eight-hour World Endurance Championship finale in Bahrain.

Buemi: Toyota #8 crew "will take risks" in season finale

Sebastien Buemi has promised an aggressive approach from the #8 Toyota car crew at this weekend's Bahrain World Endurance Championship finale in an against-the-odds bid for the title.

Title favourite WRT has "surprised everyone" in first WEC season

Belgian squad WRT has “surprised everyone” by challenging for the LMP2 title in its maiden season in the FIA World Endurance Championship, according to Ferdinand Habsburg.

Ferrari gets BoP boost ahead of Bahrain WEC finale

Ferrari has received a Balance of Performance boost ahead of the FIA World Endurance Championship finale in Bahrain, partly reversing a change made for last weekend’s race in the Gulf nation.

Nakajima set for Toyota off-track role after stepping down from WEC seat

Kazuki Nakajima looks set for an off-track role with Toyota next season after the end of his driving career with the Japanese manufacturer's World Endurance Championship squad.

The remarkable fixes Toyota used to avert another Le Mans disaster

The 1-2 finish achieved by Toyota at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours was a result that will have surprised few, given its status as pre-event favourite. But the result was anything but straightforward, as worsening fuel pressure concerns required the team's drivers and engineers to pursue "creative fixes" on the fly. Here is the full story of how it reached the end without a lengthy pit visit

Nakajima to step down from Toyota WEC seat after 2021

Kazuki Nakajima will leave Toyota's World Endurance Championship squad after this weekend's 2021 series finale in Bahrain.

Alpine set to race on in WEC next year with current LMP1 car

Alpine and the Signatech team are looking certain to race on in the FIA World Endurance Championship next season with their LMP1 Oreca. 

Porsche to give new LMDh car first run this year

Porsche's new LMDh prototype developed for the 2023 season looks certain to run for the first time this year as planned.

Retiring Davidson has come to terms with not winning Le Mans

Anthony Davidson has revealed that he has come to terms with his failure to win the Le Mans 24 Hours ahead of his final professional race start this weekend.

Keating sticks with TF Sport Aston for 2022 WEC season

Ben Keating will remain with the TF Sport Aston Martin squad for the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

How the #7 Toyota squad moved closer to clinching WEC's 2021 title

In the penultimate round of the 2021 World Endurance Championship, a better run of tyre wear for Mike Conway, Jose Maria Lopez and Kamui Kobayashi brought the Toyota trio its third win from five events, as the #7 squad put one hand on the title. Here's how the first of the WEC's two Bahrain enduros played out

Bahrain win an "important step" in #7 Toyota crew's WEC title bid

The #7 Toyota crew made an "important step" towards winning the drivers’ title with a third successive FIA World Endurance Championship victory in Bahrain, according to Jose Maria Lopez.

WRT transformed car after "shocking" pace in Bahrain practice

The WRT drivers have hailed the team’s impressive turnaround in performance following their victory in the first Bahrain FIA World Endurance Championship race, having had "shocking" pace in practice.

Yifei Ye secures Porsche Asia contract ahead of potential LMDh seat

Le Mans 24 Hours LMP2 star Yifei Ye has landed a manufacturer contract with Porsche's Asia arm aimed at securing him a drive in the German marque's forthcoming LMDh prototype. 

Davidson to retire from professional racing after Bahrain WEC finale

Ex-Formula 1 driver Anthony Davidson will retire as a professional racing driver on the completion of this year's World Endurance Championship in Bahrain next weekend.

Ferrari: WEC GTE Pro titles "handed to Porsche on a plate" without BOP change

Ferrari believes the World Endurance Championship GTE Pro titles will have been "handed to Porsche on a plate" unless the Balance of Performance is changed for next weekend's Bahrain finale.

WEC Bahrain 6 Hours: #7 Toyota eases to victory, WRT win in LMP2

The #7 Toyota crew of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez has moved closer to winning the World Endurance Championship title after dominating the 6 Hours of Bahrain.

AF Corse to field 2022 WEC LMP2 entry ahead of hypercar bid

The AF Corse squad will return to the prototype ranks in the World Endurance Championship next season ahead of its entry into the Hypercar class with Ferrari in 2023.

Toyota expecting Alpine Bahrain WEC challenge

Toyota is expecting a challenge from Alpine in Saturday's six-hour World Endurance Championship race in Bahrain.

WEC Bahrain 6 Hours: Hartley pips Kobayashi in Toyota pole battle Bahrain
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WEC Bahrain 6 Hours: Hartley pips Kobayashi in Toyota pole battle

Brendon Hartley beat Kamui Kobayashi to pole position as Toyota blocked out the front row for this weekend's Bahrain 6 Hours round of the World Endurance Championship.

WEC Bahrain 6 Hours: Kobayashi keeps Toyota on top in final practice

Kamui Kobayashi again topped the times for Toyota in final practice for this weekend's Bahrain 6 Hours World Endurance Championship round.