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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.

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: #7 Toyota victorious in dramatic mixed weather race

The #7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez claimed victory in a stop-start FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa, beating Alpine in mixed conditions.

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. 

The second-generation Priaulx swapping the US for the world stage

The World Endurance Championship rookie with a well-known surname explains his looks back at the valuable experience garnered in one-make Porsche racing in the USA and explains how he's getting to grips with driving a GTE-spec racer

Spa WEC: Penske LMP2 leads Glickenhaus in second practice

Factory Porsche driver Felipe Nasr topped the times in second practice for this weekend's Spa FIA World Endurance Championship round aboard Team Penske's LMP2 car.

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.

Porsche to supply up to four customer LMDh prototypes in 2023
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Porsche to supply up to four customer LMDh prototypes in 2023

Porsche will make four LMDh prototypes available to customer teams to race against its Penske factory cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next season.

Porsche: Four-car LMDh attack for Le Mans 2023 unlikely
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Porsche: Four-car LMDh attack for Le Mans 2023 unlikely

Porsche appears unlikely to bring the North American arm of its Penske-run LMDh factory team to next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours to bolster its FIA World Endurance Championship squad.

Watch both SUPER GT and WEC on Motorsport.tv this week

Motorsport.tv subscribers will be treated to a feast of sportscar racing action this week, with both SUPER GT and the FIA World Endurance Championship resuming battle.

Alpine hit with BoP power reduction for Spa WEC

The Sebring 1000 Miles-winning Alpine has been given a power reduction under the FIA World Endurance Championship’s Balance of Performance for round two at Spa next month.

Ferrari 296 GT3 WEC car spied lapping Fiorano test track on video

The 296 GT3 uses a non-hybrid version of the GTB's twin-turbocharged 3-litre V6 because the electrical assistance won't be allowed under the GTE regulations.

Ferrari’s all-new 296 GT3 breaks cover in Fiorano shakedown test

Ferrari’s next-generation GT3 car, the 296, made its track debut at Fiorano on Tuesday, kicking off a development programme ahead of its racing debut in 2023.

ByKolles completes "very good" first test with Vanwall Hypercar

The new Vanwall Le Mans Hypercar developed by the German-based ByKolles squad completed a successful first test on a race circuit last week.

"No decision" on Lotterer's future between Porsche Formula E and LMDh

Andre Lotterer says there is no decision on his future between racing in Formula E or for Porsche's LMDh programme in 2023, but is "in good hands" with the manufacturer.

ByKolles-built Vanwall Le Mans Hypercar rolled out

ByKolles has successfully completed the roll-out of its Vanwall Le Mans Hypercar, as the outfit steps up its preparation for a potential assault on the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2023.

Rally legend Ogier admits to struggles on WEC debut

Rally legend Sebastien Ogier is “learning from mistakes” after what he described as a challenging FIA World Endurance Championship debut with the Richard Mille Racing team at Sebring last week. 

ByKolles ready to race Vanwall LMH in WEC in 2023 if “welcome”

The ByKolles team will be ready to race its new Vanwall Le Mans Hypercar in the FIA World Endurance Championship next year if it receives “a welcome”.

Alpine in "another category" to Toyota at Sebring - Kobayashi

Toyota team principal Kamui Kobayashi says Alpine was in “another category” in last weekend’s opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship season at Sebring.

How Toyota's WEC dominance was curbed at stormy Sebring

Toyota’s stranglehold on the FIA World Endurance Championship ended at the 2022 opener at Sebring, but all accusing eyes were on the Balance of Performance system as the key to the shake-up. Here's how it unfolded, to see Alpine celebrating under a stormy sky having blown away the defending champions...

Kubica feels red flag cost Prema victory shot on WEC debut

Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica believes an ill-timed safety car prevented Prema from fighting for victory on its FIA World Endurance Championship debut in the Sebring 1000 Miles.

WEC allows LMDh cars to race in Hypercar class in 2022

The new breed of LMDh prototypes due to come on stream next season will be able to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship this year on a non-points paying basis. 

United drivers praise "amazing" Pierson after Sebring WEC win

United Autosports drivers Paul di Resta and Oliver Jarvis have praised Josh Pierson's performance as the American teenager became the youngest-ever FIA World Endurance Championship race winner at Sebring.

Corvette drivers delighted with second on full-time WEC debut

Corvette Racing duo Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy say they are delighted to have kicked off the American marque’s tenure as a full-time FIA World Endurance Championship competitor with a second-place finish at Sebring.

Alpine “deserved” first overall WEC win at red-flagged Sebring

Alpine “deserved” to take a long-awaited first outright triumph in the FIA World Endurance Championship in a red-flagged Sebring 1000 Miles, say the French marque’s drivers.

WEC Sebring 1000 Miles: Alpine wins after multiple red flags Sebring
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WEC Sebring 1000 Miles: Alpine wins after multiple red flags

Alpine won the 1000 Miles of Sebring, the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, that was thrice red flagged due to a huge Toyota Hypercar crash and thunderstorms in the area.

WEC Sebring 1000 Miles: Race red-flagged for thunderstorms Sebring
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WEC Sebring 1000 Miles: Race red-flagged for thunderstorms

The FIA World Endurance Championship season opener at Sebring was red-flagged for a second time with a little over an hour to run due to thunderstorms.

Toyota driver Lopez accepts blame for Sebring 1000 Miles WEC crash Sebring
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Toyota driver Lopez accepts blame for Sebring 1000 Miles WEC crash

Jose Maria Lopez took full responsibility for the crash that caused the Sebring 1000 Miles race to be red-flagged and compromised Toyota’s chances of winning the FIA World Endurance Championship opener.

WEC Sebring 1000 Miles: Major crash for Toyota's Lopez causes red flag Sebring
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WEC Sebring 1000 Miles: Major crash for Toyota's Lopez causes red flag

The Sebring 1000 Miles FIA World Endurance Championship season opener was red-flagged midway through the fourth hour when Toyota driver Jose Maria Lopez crashed heavily. 

Toyota not surprised by poor Sebring WEC qualifying showing

Toyota has expressed no surprise at ending up at the back of the Hypercar pack and among the fastest LMP2s in qualifying for Friday’s FIA World Endurance Championship opener at Sebring.   

WEC Sebring 1000 Miles: Alpine beats Glickenhaus to pole Sebring
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WEC Sebring 1000 Miles: Alpine beats Glickenhaus to pole

Alpine beat Glickenhaus to secure pole position for the opening round of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season at Sebring, while Toyota's best car will start fourth.

WEC, Le Mans GTE Pro class gets car-count ultimatum for 2023
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WEC, Le Mans GTE Pro class gets car-count ultimatum for 2023

GTE Pro will only continue at the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the FIA World Endurance Championship next year if it attracts a minimum of four cars from two manufacturers.

WEC Sebring 1000 Miles: Glickenhaus fastest in FP3 from Alpine

Glickenhaus claimed the top spot in the third free practice session for the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Sebring on Friday, four tenths clear of Alpine. 

Why Penske remains ambitious for its WEC learning year Prime

Why Penske remains ambitious for its WEC learning year

Team Penske is gearing up for its role in running Porsche’s LMDh programme from 2023 by entering this year's World Endurance Championship with an LMP2 car. Although the team is considering 2022 as a season to learn, it is no less serious about winning than ever - which should make the already fiercely competitive class even more so

WEC Sebring 1000 Miles: Alpine fastest in FP2, Toyota hit by penalty

Alpine claimed the top spot in second free practice for the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Sebring on Friday.

Ferrari releases first images of new 296 GT3 car

Ferrari has released the first images of its new 296 GT3 racer which is set to take over from the marque's long-standing 488 model next year.

Five reasons to watch WEC Sebring 1000 Miles

The FIA World Endurance Championship’s 10th season kicks off this week at Sebring, with 36 cars set to do battle around one of endurance racing’s most iconic venues.

WEC Sebring 1000 Miles: Glickenhaus tops Alpine in FP1

Glickenhaus topped the times in a rain-interrupted first session of free practice for this week’s Sebring 1000 Miles FIA World Endurance Championship season opener.

WEC Sebring 1000 Miles – Start time, how to watch & more Sebring
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WEC Sebring 1000 Miles – Start time, how to watch & more

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the FIA World Endurance Championship returns to action at Sebring International Raceway as part of the double-header weekend shared with IMSA's 12 Hours of Sebring. Here's how you can watch the WEC season-opening 1000 Miles of Sebring qualifying on Thursday and race on Friday.

Corvette aces encouraged by test ahead of full WEC campaign

Corvette drivers Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy were left positive over their prospects for the season-opening World Endurance Championship round at Sebring next Friday.

Toyota has taken "big hit" with new WEC hybrid limitations

Toyota has described the increase in the speed at which it can deploy hybrid power as a “big hit” after being outpaced in last weekend’s Sebring FIA World Endurance Championship Prologue test. 

LMP2 champions WRT end Sebring WEC Prologue with 1-2

Reigning LMP2 champion team WRT ended up 1-2 in the official FIA World Endurance Championship pre-season Prologue test at Sebring.

Porsche 917 ace, Monte Carlo Rally winner Vic Elford dies
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Porsche 917 ace, Monte Carlo Rally winner Vic Elford dies

Vic Elford, one of the finest sportscar racers never to win the Le Mans 24 Hours and Porsche 917 ace, has died at the age of 86.

WRT still targeting WEC LMDh move despite Audi uncertainty

The LMP2 title-winning WRT team is still aiming to graduate to the top class of the FIA World Endurance Championship whether or not Audi’s LMDh programme continues. 

Kubica leads second WEC Prologue session at Sebring

Former Formula 1 ace Robert Kubica put an LMP2 car top in the second session of the FIA World Endurance Championship Prologue at Sebring International Raceway.

Toyota’s Lopez leads WEC Prologue Session 1 at Sebring

Jose Maria Lopez put the #7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid on top of the times in the opening three-hour FIA World Endurance Championship Prologue session at Sebring, but the session was red-flagged at the two-hour mark due to a torrential rainstorm.

WEC releases Balance of Performance for Sebring opener

The speed at which Toyota will be able to use four-wheel-drive has been raised from 120 to 190km/h for this month’s World Endurance Championship opener at Sebring.

Audi set to call off WEC, Le Mans return after pausing LMDh project

Audi looks set to axe its return to front-line sportscar racing next year with a new LMDh prototype after admitting that the project has been put on hold.

Full 62-car field for 2022 Le Mans 24 Hours after G-Drive withdrawal

A full 62-car entry for the Le Mans 24 Hours FIA World Endurance Championship round in June has been released.

WEC reveals 36-car entry for Sebring 1000 Miles opener

A total of 36 cars will take part in the 1,000 Miles of Sebring FIA World Endurance Championship opener later this month.

Glickenhaus' Le Mans third car bid falls through

Glickenhaus has been unable to pull off its late bid to enter a third car for the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Glickenhaus plans third Hypercar for Le Mans 24 Hours

Glickenhaus has revealed it is working to put a third car on the grid for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

ACO re-opens Le Mans 24 Hours and WEC entry procedure

Entries for this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours and FIA World Endurance Championship have been re-opened in the wake of G-Drive's withdrawal.