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WEC working on new qualifying format for 2021 season

The FIA World Endurance Championship is planning to introduce a new qualifying format for next season. 

WEC boss Neveu to stand down at the end of 2020

Gerard Neveu, the CEO of the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series, will stand down from his position at the end of the current 2019/20 season.

Toyota impressed by Yamashita’s first Le Mans performance

Toyota LMP1 team director Rob Leupen has praised Kenta Yamashita for a “really good job” on the Japanese driver’s first appearance in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Rebellion will not take part in Bahrain WEC finale

The Rebellion Racing LMP1 team has confirmed that the Le Mans 24 Hours was its final outing in the FIA World Endurance Championship, and that it will not take part in the Bahrain season finale.

Conway “gutted” over #7 Toyota’s latest Le Mans agony

Toyota’s Mike Conway admits he’s “gutted” to miss out on Le Mans 24 Hours victory once again with his #7 teammates, who lost the lead of the race due to a turbo problem just after half distance that ultimately restricted it to a third-placed finish.

Le Mans 24h, H12: Thrilling class battles at halfway

While the Toyotas continued unruffled at the front of the 88th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, an intra-team rivalry has just sparked LMP2 to life, and Ferraris and Aston Martins are battling over GT classes.

Le Mans 24h, H8: #7 Toyota leads into the night

Toyota's Jose Maria Lopez leads into the night after eight hours of racing at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, as the second car lost a lap due to brake issues.

Le Mans 24h: #8 Toyota has long stop to cure brake issue

Seven hours into the Le Mans 24 Hours, the #8 Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima, Brendon Hartley and Sebastien Buemi has suffered a first blow, losing a lap on the #7 sister car due to a brake change. 

First test of Peugeot’s Le Mans Hypercar already pushed back

The first test of new Peugeot Le Mans Hypercar – under development for the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2022 – has been pushed back to late next year.

LMDh's full introduction to IMSA delayed until 2023

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is delaying the full introduction of the new LMDh category by a season until 2023. 

ByKolles reveals images of 2021 WEC hypercar design

ByKolles has revealed the first definitive images of what its 2021 Le Mans Hypercar will look like.

WEC releases condensed six-round 2021 calendar

The FIA World Endurance Championship has revealed a condensed six-round schedule for the 2021 season.

Rebellion's Menezes "really surprised" to split Toyotas

Rebellion Racing's Gustavo Menezes says he was "really surprised" to split the Toyotas in qualifying for the Le Mans 24 Hours with what he described as "pretty damn close to a perfect lap".

Kobayashi "disappointed" to miss new Le Mans record

Toyota's Kamui Kobayashi admits he feels "a little bit disappointed" at missing out on breaking his Le Mans 24 Hours lap record from three years ago in the final year of the current-generation LMP1s.

Toyota: LMP1/LMH parity would "not be correct"

Toyota says it would "not be correct" if Alpine's grandfathered LMP1 car gets performance parity with the new breed of Le Mans Hypercars that will race in the FIA World Endurance Championship's top class next year.

Saying goodbye to LMP1's ultimate underdog car

This weekend, ByKolles will be giving the venerable ENSO CLM P1/01 LMP1 car its final race outing, as the team chases a first classified finish at Le Mans with its own car after five failed attempts. Jamie Klein looks back on the car’s chequered history.

Gallery: Latest photos of Le Mans 24 Hours build-up

The 88th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours takes place this weekend, but the effects of the global coronavirus pandemic will make this year’s edition of the French classic different from any other.

Dominant United LMP2 squad going into Le Mans "blind"

United Autosports is going into the Le Mans 24 Hours "blind" because it hasn't had chance to test its Oreca LMP2 car at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Filipe Albuquerque has warned.

Rebellion admits wet Le Mans would be "nightmare"

Rebellion Racing admits that a wet Le Mans 24 Hours would be a "nightmare" scenario following its poor showing in the rain-affected Spa FIA World Endurance Championship round.

Toyota drivers relishing chance of equal fight at Le Mans

Sebastien Buemi and Mike Conway are relishing the prospect of a evenly-matched fight between their Toyotas without success handicaps at this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Alpine open to future hypercar, LMDh programmes

Alpine has left the door open to an LM Hypercar or LMDh programme on the confirmation of its graduation to the top class of the FIA World Endurance Championship next year. 

Rebellion: Bahrain entry depends on WEC title chances

Rebellion Racing says it is unlikely to participate in November's FIA World Endurance Championship finale if it is not still in the title hunt.

Alpine announces step up to LMP1 for 2021 WEC season

Alpine has formally announced plans to enter the top category of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2021 using a grandfathered Rebellion R-13 LMP1 car.

Ginetta withdraws solo LMP1 from Le Mans 24 Hours

Ginetta has withdrawn its solo privateer LMP1 entry from next weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Alpine to enter rebranded Rebellion LMP1 in WEC 2021

Signatech Alpine will move up to the top level of sportscar racing next season, entering a rebranded Rebellion R-13 in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s top class.

WEC moves Bahrain date, creates Sebring 12h clash

The FIA World Endurance Championship season finale at the Bahrain circuit in November has been brought forward as a result of the scheduling of two Formula 1 races at the venue. 

Toyota bracing for LMDh to be delayed until 2023

Toyota says it accepts that the introduction of the LMDh ruleset that will be shared by the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship is likely to be delayed.

Ferrari "still open" to building Le Mans Hypercar

Ferrari says "the door is still open" to it joining the top of class of the FIA World Endurance Championship with a road-based Le Mans Hypercar.

Toyota reveals both cars suffered electrical glitch at Spa

Toyota has revealed that both TS050 Hybrids suffered the electronic problem that cost the second-placed #8 car more than half a minute in last weekend's Spa FIA World Endurance Championship round.

ByKolles hails "best ever performance" in LMP1 at Spa

The ByKolles LMP1 team has described its showing in last weekend's Spa round of the FIA World Endurance Championship as its "best ever performance".

Porsche fuel-saving was "tough mentally", says Estre

The fuel-saving required to bring home Porsche's first FIA World Endurance Championship win in nearly a year in last weekend's Spa race was "tough mentally", admits Kevin Estre.

Rebellion left baffled by Spa wet-weather struggles

Rebellion Racing has no explanation for the lack of wet-weather pace that prevented it from challenging Toyota in last weekend's Spa FIA World Endurance Championship round. 

WEC targeting a "minimum" of six races in 2021

FIA World Endurance Championship bosses are targeting a reduced six-race calendar for the 2021 season as a response to the economic impact of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Merhi stays with Eurasia for Le Mans after WEC return

Ex-Formula 1 racer Roberto Merhi will rejoin Eurasia Motorsport for the Le Mans 24 Hours following his appearance for the team in the Spa round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Laurent sorry for "unforgivable" mistake after Spa crash

Signatech Alpine LMP2 driver Thomas Laurent has apologised for the "unforgivable" mistake that led to his huge crash at during Saturday's Spa round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Winning Toyota drivers expected to be third at Spa

The drivers of the winning #7 Toyota in Saturday's Spa round of the FIA World Endurance Championship have admitted they went into the weekend expecting to be third due to their success handicap.

Spa WEC: Toyota takes one-two in rain-affected race

Toyota took advantage of torrential early rain to take a one-two finish in the Spa round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, as the #7 crew extended its points lead with a victory.

Porsche gets Spa GTE pole reinstated

Porsche drivers Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen have been reinstated on the GTE Pro pole for Saturday's Spa round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. 

Toyota says Rebellion victory at Spa not a given

Toyota is confident it can take the fight to Rebellion in Saturday's Spa FIA World Endurance Championship round despite being outpaced in all four sessions of practice and qualifying.

Spa WEC: Rebellion beats the Toyotas to pole

Rebellion took pole position for this weekend's Spa round of the FIA World Endurance Championship as the Swiss entrant continued its domination of the event.

Spa WEC: Rebellion tops shortened third practice

Rebellion Racing maintained its stranglehold on the top of the timesheets in a shortened final practice session for this weekend's Spa World Endurance Championship round.

Spa WEC: Rebellion stays on top in second practice

Rebellion Racing once again outpaced LMP1 rival Toyota in second practice for this weekend's FIA World Endurance Championship round at Spa.

Aubry, Algarve Pro forced to sit out Spa WEC race

Jackie Chan DC Racing driver Gabriel Aubry and the Algarve Pro team will not take part in this weekend's Spa round of the FIA World Endurance Championship after failing COVID-19 tests.

Spa WEC: Rebellion, ByKolles outpace Toyota in FP1

The privateer Rebellion and ByKolles teams outpaced Toyota in first practice for Saturday's FIA World Endurance Championship round at Spa.

Aubry tests positive for COVID-19, two teams affected

A driver testing positive for the COVID-19 virus ahead of this weekend's FIA World Endurance Championship event at Spa could have implications for two teams taking part in the race.

Toyota prepares to give low-downforce aero Spa debut

The low-downforce body kit Toyota will use for this weekend's FIA World Endurance Championship round at Spa and the Le Mans 24 Hours next month has broken cover.

Why Le Mans magic will miss a crucial ingredient in 2020 Prime

Why Le Mans magic will miss a crucial ingredient in 2020

The Le Mans 24 Hours is a visceral experience unlike any other in motorsport, and that's partly down to the atmosphere provided by teeming masses of passionate fans. Their absence from this year's event will rob it of a core part of its enduring appeal.

De Oliveira had to give up ByKolles Le Mans seat

SUPER GT driver Joao Paulo de Oliveira would have driven in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours for the ByKolles LMP1 team without the travel restrictions introduced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Le Mans 24 Hours to be held without fans in 2020

The rescheduled Le Mans 24 Hours in September will take place behind closed doors in a reverse of the decision announced in June to allow a limited crowd.

Trummer, Lancaster to race for Algarve Pro at Spa

Simon Trummer will return to the FIA World Endurance Championship at Spa next month with the Algarve Pro Racing LMP2 team.

Ex-F1 racer Merhi returns to WEC with Eurasia

Ex-Marussia Formula 1 racer Roberto Merhi will make his first FIA World Endurance Championship appearance in three years at Spa next month.

WEC announces success handicaps for Spa race

Both Toyotas will be slowed by more than three seconds per lap when the FIA World Endurance Championship resumes next month at Spa.

ByKolles completes Le Mans line-up with Webb

Oliver Webb will rejoin the ByKolles LMP1 team for the Le Mans 24 Hours and the preceding Spa round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Cindric confirms Team Penske’s continued interest in Le Mans

President of Team Penske Tim Cindric has given the broadest hint yet that the squad’s sportscar program will continue, with an eye firmly on the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ginetta won't continue factory WEC effort into 2021

Ginetta has ruled out continuing in the FIA World Endurance Championship next season with its factory team as it winds down its involvement in the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign.

Rebellion withdraws second Spa entry, no Ginetta

Rebellion Racing has withdrawn its planned second entry for next month's Spa round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, while Ginetta is skipping the race entirely.

Ginetta cuts back to single car for Le Mans 24 Hours

Ginetta will field only a single car in the rescheduled Le Mans 24 Hours in September, leaving a depleted field of six LMP1 entries in the flagship round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Spengler to make Le Mans debut with ByKolles

DTM champion Bruno Spengler will make his debut in the Le Mans 24 Hours this September with the ByKolles LMP1 team.

Racing Team Nederland shuffles drivers for Spa WEC

LMP2 squad Racing Team Nederland has called up Job van Uitert to make a second appearance of the FIA World Endurance Championship season in next month's Spa race.

Farfus replaces Turner at Aston Martin for final WEC races

BMW factory driver Augusto Farfus will make a return to the FIA World Endurance Championship with Aston Martin for the final rounds of the 2019/20 season, replacing Darren Turner.