Gary Watkins
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Gary Watkins

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Gary Watkins has, for reasons best known to himself, devoted all his working life to covering sportscar racing. This season is his 32nd as a motorsport journalist, during which time he has reported on major long-distance events on four continents and approaching 75 24-hour races. He reckons a degree in political philosophy makes him well qualified for covering the sometimes Machiavellian world of international sportscars.

Gary, who also writes for Autoweek, Motor Sport, Autocourse, RACER and others, lives in Surbiton but spends more time on the road than at home for most of the year.

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JOTA confident of challenging factory Porsche with customer LMDh

The JOTA team is confident it can challenge the Penske factory Porsches when it goes up against them with its customer 963 in the FIA World Endurance Championship next season.

Kobayashi joins VSR Lexus for IMSA's Canada round

Toyota FIA World Endurance Championship driver Kamui Kobayashi will race for sister marque Lexus and the Vasser Sullivan team in this weekend’s Canadian round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Porsche LMDh entry in WEC Bahrain depends on testing progress

Porsche will make a decision on whether to race its 963 LMDh prototype in November’s Bahrain World Endurance Championship finale based on the results of testing through the summer.

JOTA to field customer Porsche LMDh in 2023 WEC season

Multiple Le Mans 24 Hours class winner JOTA will field a customer Porsche 963 LMDh in the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship season. 

Lotterer to depart Porsche Formula E squad for LMDh seat

Andre Lotterer will vacate his Porsche Formula E race seat at the end of this season after the announcement that he is joining the German manufacturer’s LMDh sportscar squad.

Porsche reveals 963 LMDh car, Lotterer included in driver line-up

Three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Andre Lotterer will return to sportscar racing next year to drive Porsche’s new LMDh hybrid prototype, which has been christened the 963.

Lola to relaunch under new ownership, targets racing return

The British Lola marque is being relaunched under new ownership and could be back on the grid inside two years.

SRO boss Ratel voices support for WEC's GT3 Premium plan

Stephane Ratel, the architect of GT3, has voiced support for plans for the cars to run distinct bodywork when the class is adopted by the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2024.

Nasr to make Spa 24 Hours debut in EMA Porsche

Ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr will make his Spa 24 Hours debut next month as part of an all-factory driver line-up in a Porsche fielded by Australian entrant EMA Motorsport.

Le Mans test day moved permanently to one week before race

The official test day for the Le Mans 24 Hours will make a permanent move to one week before the blue riband round of the FIA World Endurance Championship next year.

Nakajima to drive Group C Toyota raced by father at Le Mans Classic

Three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Kazuki Nakajima will drive a Toyota-powered Group C car raced by his father Satoru in next month’s Le Mans Classic.

Peugeot 9X8 to complete two six-hour simulations before Monza WEC

Peugeot will undertake a minimum of two six-hour race simulations with its 9X8 FIA World Endurance Championship challenger at the final test prior to its debut at Monza in July. 

Estre, Christensen, Lietz re-unite at Spa 24 Hours in GPX Porsche

United Arab Emirates Porsche entrant GPX is re-forming the 2019 Spa 24 Hours-winning line-up of Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen and Richard Lietz for this year’s Belgian enduro.

Penske disappointed to miss podium on Le Mans 24 Hours return

Penske has admitted to disappointment with fifth in class on its modern debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours after challenging for a podium for much of the race.

Hartley: Third Le Mans win just as sweet as first with Porsche

Toyota driver Brendon Hartley has labelled his third Le Mans 24 Hours victory last weekend as just as special as his first back in 2017.

How dominant Toyotas put on a show to win Le Mans 2022

Toyota scored its fifth win on the trot at the Le Mans 24 Hours, but once again let its two cars battle it out. The #7 entry of Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa eventually defeated the rival #8 crew after an intense battle that was only decided by a minor technical problem for Jose Maria Lopez, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi

Glickenhaus "on a par" with Toyota in race trim at Le Mans

Glickenhaus is confident it can match rivals Toyota and Alpine on race pace during during this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours after trailing them in qualifying. 

WEC explains motivation behind 'GT3 Premium' to replace GTE

FIA World Endurance Championship organisers have explained the motivation behind the introduction of 'GT3 Premium' cars with bespoke bodywork instead of regular GT3 machinery in the series in 2024.

Alpine gets power reduction in late Le Mans BoP change

Alpine's grandfathered LMP1 car has received a fresh Balance of Performance hit ahead of this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours. 

Ferrari teases first image of new Le Mans challenger

Ferrari has teased an image of the new Le Mans Hypercar with which it will make a first bid for outright victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 50 years.

Next-gen 2025 LMP2 prototypes to have performance balanced

The next-generation of LMP2 prototypes due for introduction in 2025 will be balanced to ensure that all four licensed constructors in the class have a chance to win.

"No concerns" about Ogier as Toyota evaluates third Le Mans car

Toyota says it has no concerns about the pace of rally legend Sebastien Ogier as it evaluates running him in a third car at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

TDS Racing driver banned following Le Mans practice shunts

TDS Racing LMP2 driver Philippe Cimadomo has been excluded from this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours as a result of three incidents during free practice.

Hartley thrilled to beat "Mr Qualifying" Kobayashi to pole

Beating Kamui Kobayashi made taking pole position for the Le Mans 24 Hours extra special for Brendon Hartley because his Toyota teammate is “Mr Qualifying” at the French enduro.

Cadillac plans multiple cars for Le Mans, one-car attack for WEC

Cadillac is aiming to field multiple entries at the Le Mans 24 Hours next year around a one-car assault on the FIA World Endurance Championship with its new LMDh prototype.

When the moribund GTE Pro class stole the show at Le Mans Prime

When the moribund GTE Pro class stole the show at Le Mans

As the GT class faces a time of transition, it’s a good time to recall the greatest hits of the GTE Pro years that pitched manufacturers and top drivers into the tightest of duels.

Cadillac reveals 2023 LMDh racer for WEC and IMSA programmes

Cadillac has revealed the first photographs and technical details of its 2023 LMDh prototype under the working name Project GTP Hypercar.

The great Le Mans garagistes that challenged factory might

Glickenhaus is the latest in a line of small-time constructors to take on the big names. Here are some of the finest in the history of the Le Mans 24 Hours

Single-seaters "no longer a priority" for Williams F1 reserve Aitken

Williams Formula 1 reserve driver Jack Aitken says he is willing to turn his back on single-seaters in order to focus on sportscar racing ahead of his debut in Le Mans 24 Hours.

Ogier: Decision imminent on third Toyota Hypercar for 2023 Le Mans

Rally legend Sebastien Ogier believes a decision on him joining Toyota to race a third car at the Le Mans 24 Hours next year is imminent.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota edges Glickenhaus in first qualifying

Kamui Kobayashi put Toyota at the head of the order in a rain-hit first qualifying session for the Le Mans 24 Hours on Wednesday evening, leading the two Glickenhaus entries.

Why a fifth Toyota win at Le Mans is far from a certainty in 2022

Toyota is the clear favourite for its fifth Le Mans 24 Hours success in a row, but not as much as it was in 2021. Although its opposition is unchanged, the credentials of Glickenhaus and Alpine have now been proven, while Balance of Performance tweaks have also served to level the playing field. Here's what we can expect at the Circuit de la Sarthe for the 90th edition of the endurance classic.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota leads Glickenhaus in first practice

Toyota knocked Glickenhaus off the top spot in the closing minutes of opening free practice for this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

Lamborghini announces Ligier partnership for 2024 LMDh racer

Lamborghini has announced its partnership with Ligier Automotive for the development of the LMDh prototype that will begin racing in 2024.

Alpine working to address Le Mans straightline speed deficit

Alpine is working to resolve a lack of straightline speed ahead of practice and qualifying for this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours FIA World Endurance Championship round.

The British rookies targeting a good first impression at Le Mans Prime

The British rookies targeting a good first impression at Le Mans

Three young Britons will make their first starts in the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend in the highly-competitive 23-car GTE Am field. But how did they get here? Motorsport.com hears their stories.

Glickenhaus on Le Mans: "Why shouldn't we believe we can win?"

Glickenhaus is heading into Le Mans 24 Hours week believing it can mount a challenge for race victory in the centrepiece round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Le Mans test day: Lopez ends afternoon on top with #7 Toyota

Toyota maintained its position at the top of the times in the second session of the Le Mans 24 Hours test day on Sunday, with Jose Maria Lopez again leading the way.

Le Mans test day: Lopez tops morning session in #7 Toyota

Toyota topped the times at the end of the first session of the Le Mans 24 Hours test day, as Corvette led the GTE Pro division.

Toyota confident Spa hybrid issue won't be repeated at Le Mans

Toyota is confident there will be no reoccurrence of the hybrid failure from last month’s Spa round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Alpine handed power increase ahead of Le Mans test day

Alpine has been given back some of the power it lost after its Sebring FIA World Endurance Championship victory ahead of next weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours.

The wingless wonder Peugeot hopes will restore it to Le Mans glory

Peugeot went radical with the initial plan for its Le Mans Hypercar project, and then stuck to its guns. Here’s how things are shaping up a few weeks before the debut of the 9X8 in next month's Monza World Endurance Championship round

Toyota assessing all-new Le Mans Hypercar in WEC

Toyota is evaluating building an all-new Le Mans Hypercar to replace its existing FIA World Endurance Championship contender.

Ferrari F1 technology to boost Le Mans Hypercar challenge

The new Ferrari Le Mans Hypercar that will join the World Endurance Championship next year will employ technology from the Italian manufacturer’s Formula 1 team.

Peugeot may call on Maserati FE driver pool to fill WEC seat

A driver from the new Maserati Venturi Formula E operation could double up in sister marque Peugeot’s FIA World Endurance Championship squad next year.

Peugeot "not going to Monza to be spectators" on 9X8's WEC debut
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Peugeot "not going to Monza to be spectators" on 9X8's WEC debut

Peugeot will take its 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar to the Monza FIA World Endurance Championship round in July with the intention of challenging its new rivals on debut.

Le Mans 24 Hours will be Penske’s final LMP2 entry this year

Team Penske has announced that the team will not race in the LMP2 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship beyond next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Saudi female racer Juffali starts sportscar team, targeting Le Mans

Saudi Arabia’s first female racing driver Reema Juffali has set up her own sportscar team with the aim of competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Lamborghini to enter WEC and IMSA in 2024 with new LMDh

Lamborghini will join the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2024 with a new LMDh prototype. 

The prototype that Porsche hopes will become its latest legend

Porsche is well advanced in its return to the top level of sportscar racing in the new LMDh category. Its as-yet-unnamed car has been piling up the miles before its scheduled debut next year, with victories at Le Mans and Daytona the stated target.

Intercontinental GT Challenge set to expand to five 2023 rounds

The Intercontinental GT Challenge is set to expand back to five races next season with the likely return of Suzuka as the Asian date.

Penske could have fought for maiden WEC LMP2 podium at Spa

Team Penske is confident it made a step forward with its FIA World Endurance Championship programme at last weekend’s Spa 6 Hours round. 

F1 must avoid Le Mans clashes in future - FIA deputy president Reid

New FIA deputy president Robert Reid believes a Formula 1 grand prix should not clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours in its traditional mid-June calendar slot.

How Toyota’s sole survivor turned the tables at Spa

After a chastening opening to the season at Sebring that ended in an enormous accident, Toyota's #7 crew got their World Endurance Championship underway with victory at a treacherously slippery Spa to make up for its sister car's Sebring defeat to Alpine, as Glickenhaus's promising qualifying turned to disaster in the race

Penske in talks to bring WEC to Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske has revealed a desire to bring the World Endurance Championship to the legendary track.

Calado "nearly crashed three times" before Spa GTE Pro win

Ferrari driver James Calado has revealed he almost crashed three times in the final stages of Saturday’s Spa 6 Hours as he strived to hang onto the GTE Pro lead.

Lopez: Spa WEC race conditions “like a horror movie”

Jose Maria Lopez described watching his Toyota teammates on track in Saturday’s incident-packed Spa round of the FIA World Endurance Championship as “like a horror movie”.

Spa WEC: Pla secures maiden pole for Glickenhaus

Olivier Pla claimed a first FIA World Endurance Championship pole position for Glickenhaus at Spa on Friday.

Spa WEC: Toyota leads the way with 1-2 in final practice

Toyota topped final free practice for this weekend’s round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Spa when its two cars undertook their usual qualification simulations. 

Spa WEC: WRT LMP2 squad sets the pace in first practice

Reigning FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 title winners WRT topped the times in first free practice for round two of this year’s series at Spa on Saturday.