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IMSA teams playing "cat and mouse game" in combined LMDh tests

Cadillac driver Sebastien Bourdais feels LMDh manufacturers are playing a “cat and mouse game” in testing for the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season as they try to understand where they stand relative to competition.

How Cadillac put its stamp on the LMDh concept

Cadillac’s lead designer Chris Mikalauskas worked with Cadillac Racing and Dallara on the styling of the V-LMDh to impart the brand’s identity on a full-house racing car. Here he explains how that came to be.

Nissan impressed by Baguette's progression through 2022

Nissan says new SUPER GT signing Bertrand Baguette performed "much better" towards the end of his title-winning 2022 campaign than he did at the start following his off-season move from Honda.

Verstappen samples Honda NSX-GT SUPER GT car

Max Verstappen got behind the wheel of a Honda SUPER GT car for the first time at Motegi on Saturday ahead of the marque's end-of-year 'Thanks Day' event.

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

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...

Toyota reveals GT500 line-ups for 2023 SUPER GT season

Toyota has revealed the majority of its 2023 SUPER GT line-up, but has yet to settle on a replacement for Sacha Fenestraz within the two-car TOM'S set-up.

Jarvis has less than 50 per cent chance of 2023 IMSA enduro drive

Oliver Jarvis has pegged his chances of continuing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as an enduro driver in 2023 as less than 50 per cent after losing his full-time seat at Meyer Shank Racing.

Farfus plans SUPER GT stay, but IMSA to take priority

BMW factory driver Augusto Farfus admits his full-season commitment in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2023 is likely to impact the number of SUPER GT races he can contest for Team Studie.

Dissecting a SUPER GT season to forget for TOM'S

Toyota's flagship SUPER GT team TOM'S suffered its worst season since 2012 as it failed to get either of its cars into the top five of the standings this year. So what went wrong, and what can the team do to return to winning ways in 2023?

Roger Penske to receive Autosport Gold Medal in London, England

‘The Captain’ of American motorsport, Roger Penske, will be the recipient of an Autosport Gold Medal at this year’s Autosport Awards in London next month.

Tandy anticipated longer Corvette stint before GTE Pro axe

New Porsche LMDh recruit Nick Tandy says he had planned a longer stint at Corvette when he signed a deal to race for the American marque from 2021.

Sebring test gives Porsche confidence of "surviving" Rolex 24 debut

Porsche is confident about “surviving” next January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona after a successful test with the 963 LMDh car at Sebring last month.

Correa, Hanson join TF Sport-run Team Turkey for Rolex 24

Juan Manuel Correa and Phil Hanson have joined the TF Sport-run Racing Team Turkey LMP2 squad for its Rolex 24 at Daytona debut next January.

First overseas entry for Bathurst 12 Hour

The first official entry for the 2023 Bathurst 12 Hour has been lodged as the event re-positions itself as an international GT race.

ARTA’s troubled season “frustrating, annoying” for Nojiri

Honda SUPER GT driver Tomoki Nojiri admits the ARTA team's myriad problems in the series this year have been “frustrating” and “annoying” for him.

Colin Braun lands Meyer Shank IMSA ride with Blomqvist

IMSA champions Meyer Shank Racing has revealed that Colin Braun will replace Oliver Jarvis as Tom Blomqvist’s full-time partner in the MSR Acura ARX-06.

Cadillac completes LMDh homologation ahead of IMSA-sanctioned test

Cadillac has successfully homologated its new LMDh car that will contest the rebranded GTP class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship from 2023.

Honda's Mutoh announces retirement from SUPER GT

Honda driver Hideki Mutoh has called time on his career in SUPER GT after ending the 2022 season with a fine victory at Motegi earlier this month.

Tandy and Makowiecki complete Porsche LMDh driver line-up

Nick Tandy and Frederic Makowiecki have completed the factory driver line-up for Porsche’s 2023 assaults on the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar WeatherTech Championship with the 963 LMDh prototype.

Nissan Z's adaptability the key to SUPER GT title success

After two seasons of winning at Suzuka and struggling elsewhere, being able to win just about anywhere, and on any tyre, was key to the success of Nissan in the Z's first year of SUPER GT competition.

Porsche set to rule out customer 963 LMDh cars for Rolex 24

Porsche has as good as ruled out the customer 963 LMDh prototypes joining the factory Penske-run cars at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.

Bourdais: LMP2 WEC outings boost form for Cadillac GTP campaign

Cadillac Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande believe that working together in other racecars can only improve their form when competing in the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac prototypes.

Merhi convinced Audi R8 still has potential in SUPER GT

Ex-Formula 1 driver Roberto Merhi says he is convinced that the Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II used by Team LeMans in SUPER GT still has potential, despite the team's plans to sell the car.

Sato set to run oval-only IndyCar program and IMSA in 2023

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato will likely race a third Dale Coyne Racing-Honda for the five oval IndyCar races next season and venture into IMSA.

Prema unlikely to defend ELMS title, could run two WEC cars

The Italian Prema team is unlikely to defend its European Le Mans Series crown in 2024 and could expand its FIA World Endurance Championship assault to two cars instead.

Drivers note odd smell, eye pain in carbon-neutral fuel test

SUPER GT drivers have reported an unusual smell and even eye irritation in this week’s test of the carbon-neutral fuel the series will use in 2023.

Finishing as top Toyota was "minimum" for Rookie Racing

Toyota SUPER GT driver Kenta Yamashita feels Rookie Racing achieved the "minimum" in the series this year after beating TOM'S to the honour of being the marque's best-placed team in the championship.

Five drivers in running for Meyer Shank IMSA ride

As many as five drivers could be in the running for the seat left vacant by Oliver Jarvis at 2022 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship title winner Meyer Shank Racing.  

Honda feels SUPER GT title battle was lost at Sugo

Honda has pinpointed September's rain-affected SUPER GT race at Sugo as the decisive moment in this year's title battle after losing out to Nissan.

Subaru explains dismal end to SUPER GT title defence

Subaru has revealed that a problem with its BRZ's anti-lag system was behind a dismal final race of Takuto Iguchi and Hideki Yamauchi's SUPER GT title defence.

SUPER GT considering hybrid power for 2027 season

SUPER GT is considering whether to introduce hybrid power for the 2027 season as part of a push to halve its carbon emissions by 2030.

Kondo Nissan's champions had 'star watching over us'

Kondo Racing's title-winning Nissan GT300 team had a "star watching over us" in Sunday's Motegi SUPER GT finale, admits Joao Paulo de Oliveira after clinching a second crown in three years despite shedding a wheel.

Top SF/SGT engineer joins Toyota WEC Hypercar effort

Leading SUPER GT and Super Formula engineer Ryan Dingle will join Toyota’s FIA World Endurance Championship effort next season.

Baguette: SUPER GT title "means everything" after family sacrifices

Impul Nissan driver Bertrand Baguette says his SUPER GT title success “means everything” to him after spending so long away from his family to race in the series in recent years.

Chiyo: "No regrets" over first-lap title-deciding clash

NDDP Nissan driver Katsumasa Chiyo says he has “no regrets” about his first-lap incident with the ARTA Honda of Tomoki Nojiri that all but ended his hopes of winning the 2022 SUPER GT title.

Motegi SUPER GT: Impul ends Nissan’s title drought in dramatic finale Motegi
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Motegi SUPER GT: Impul ends Nissan’s title drought in dramatic finale

Nissan claimed its first SUPER GT title in seven years after Impul duo Bertrand Baguette and Kazuki Hiramine finished second to Kunimitsu Honda’s Tadasuke Makino and Naoki Yamamoto in the Motegi decider.

SUPER GT admits oversight in Autopolis FCY controversy Motegi
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SUPER GT admits oversight in Autopolis FCY controversy

SUPER GT organisers have admitted to an oversight by failing to penalise two GT500 cars in last month's Autopolis round for passing during the full-course yellow procedure.

Iron Lynx to run Lamborghini LMDh programmes in WEC, IMSA from 2024

Lamborghini will partner with prolific GT outfit Iron Lynx to run its factory LMDh programme in the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship from 2024.

Subaru driver Yamauchi explains costly qualifying crash Motegi
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Subaru driver Yamauchi explains costly qualifying crash

Subaru driver Hideki Yamauchi says his crash in qualifying for Sunday’s SUPER GT finale at Motegi was caused by his car bottoming out on the kerbs more than he expected.

Baguette braced for tough all-Nissan fight in Motegi finale

Impul Nissan driver Bertrand Baguette is braced for a tough battle against the points-leading NDDP Racing car for SUPER GT title honours as the two Z crews will start together on the grid for Sunday's Motegi finale.

Real Honda at centre of FCY SUPER GT overtake controversy Motegi
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Real Honda at centre of FCY SUPER GT overtake controversy

Honda’s leading SUPER GT title contender made an illegal overtake that should have resulted in a penalty in the previous round at Autopolis, it has emerged.

Motegi SUPER GT: Kunimitsu Honda takes crucial pole for finale Motegi
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Motegi SUPER GT: Kunimitsu Honda takes crucial pole for finale

The Kunimitsu Honda team claimed a stunning pole position for the SUPER GT championship finale at Motegi to keep its faint title hopes alive, while Nissan's two top contenders bagged spots on the second row.

Cadillac completes 24-hour test at Sebring

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Cadillac V-LMDh ran the equivalent of two 12 Hours of Sebring races on the full-length iteration of the track this week, with the AXR Cadillac also in action.

Can Nissan end GT500 title drought in Honda's backyard? Motegi
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Can Nissan end GT500 title drought in Honda's backyard?

Nissan stands on the brink of a first SUPER GT title success in seven years in this weekend's season finale at Motegi with the all-new Z. But to do so, it will have to overcome Honda at what has become a stronghold for the NSX-GT.

Jarvis won't defend IMSA crown in 2023

Oliver Jarvis will not defend his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship title next season and will not remain part of the Meyer Shank Racing driver line-up, the Briton has confirmed.

Audi LMDh car was weeks away from testing when project was axed

Audi was “ready to go” testing with its LMDh car when the decision was made to scrap its high-profile return to the top echelon of sportscar racing, key people working at the German manufacturer have revealed.

Who will race in WEC and IMSA with LMDh/LMH cars in 2023?

Sportscar racing is set to enter a new golden era from 2023, with new rules bringing back much needed life to a motorsport discipline that has been moribund in recent years. Here’s the full list of manufacturers who are building cars to LMDh and Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) regulations.

Fraga aiming to add IMSA LMDh drive to Red Bull DTM programme in 2023

Felipe Fraga is hoping to race an LMDh car in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2023 while continuing his DTM programme with Red Bull for a second season.

The star rookie every SUPER GT manufacturer should want

Several new faces have made a splash in SUPER GT’s GT300 class this year, but the one who has really stood out above the rest is Gainer Nissan driver Riki Okusa.

Why Flatrock, Tennessee can attract big series, big crowds

Cumberland County, Tennessee, is a beautiful part of the world and, if you're a racing fan – competitor or spectator – it just got more attractive yet. But what will it take for Flatrock Motorsports Park to become a lasting success? David Malsher-Lopez spoke to those in the know.

Maxime Martin returns to BMW in 2023 after Aston Martin stint

Maxime Martin will re-join BMW’s roster of factory drivers in 2023 following the conclusion of his five-year stint with rival manufacturer Aston Martin.

Castroneves, Pagenaud to remain as MSR’s endurance extras

IMSA Prototype championship-winning team Meyer Shank Racing has confirmed that Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud will remain its racers for the 2023 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s endurance rounds.

Ex-F1 driver Wehrlein emerges as Porsche LMDh contender after test

Porsche Formula E driver Pascal Wehrlein has emerged as a contender for a seat in one of the German manufacturer’s 963 LMDh prototypes after testing the car last week.

Natori to make SUPER GT return in Motegi finale

Former Honda junior Teppei Natori will make his first SUPER GT appearance of the season in next weekend's season finale at Motegi.

ARTA to join forces with Mugen for 2023 SUPER GT season

ARTA is set to join forces with fellow Honda SUPER GT team Mugen for the 2023 season, understands.

SUPER GT's GT300 BoP process is too simplistic, says apr

SUPER GT's Balance of Performance in the GT300 class is too simplistic and doesn't properly cater for outliers such as the outgoing Toyota Prius, according to apr boss Hiroto Kaneso.

K-tunes plans to race next-gen Toyota GT3 car in SUPER GT

K-tunes Racing has revealed it plans to run the next-gen Toyota GT3 car based on the GR GT3 Concept in SUPER GT when it is ready for competition, and will stick with its existing Lexus RC F GT3 in the meantime.

The teenage Le Mans record-breaker who could start a new trend

After becoming the youngest-ever driver to start the Le Mans 24 Hours, 16-year-old Josh Pierson's name has much more visibility than if he had continued on the ladder to IndyCar. And having won on his FIA World Endurance Championship debut at Sebring earlier this year, the teenage LMP2 racer has a bright future ahead of him which may give others cause to follow in his footsteps.

Corvette reveals 2023 WEC GTE Am entry for Catsburg, Keating

Corvette Racing will contest the FIA World Endurance Championship next year in the GTE Am class, with Nicky Catsburg and Ben Keating confirmed as drivers.

Yamashita fears 'tough next season or two' against Nissan

Toyota SUPER GT driver Kenta Yamashita admits he is concerned that the manufacturer could be in for a "difficult next season or two" against a resurgent Nissan unless the GR Supra can be significantly improved.