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Phil Hanson will remain with the United Autosports squad for the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season, the team has announced.
The boss of the Glickenhaus marque has questioned the effectiveness of the Balance of Performance for the Hypercar class in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.
Impul Super Formula boss and Japanese racing legend Kazuyoshi Hoshino has urged his driver Ryo Hirakawa to seize the "rare" chance he's been given to join Toyota's FIA World Endurance Championship line-up.
Top single-seater squad Prema will enter the FIA World Endurance Championship next season in the LMP2 prototype division in association with new sister team Iron Lynx.
Check out the Le Mans Special Edition of This Week with Will Buxton, as the popular Formula 1 presenter makes his first visit to the world’s most famous sportscar race.
Toyota's Jose Maria Lopez has explained in detail how the #7 car he shared with Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi managed to win last weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours despite "serious" fuel problems across the final hours.
Reigning FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 title winners United Autosports will expand to run two cars in the series next year.
JOTA driver Tom Blomqvist says he would have been happier to lose by more than the seven tenths by which the team missed out on LMP2 victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours.
SUPER GT and Super Formula star Ryo Hirakawa has been handed a second chance to test Toyota’s Le Mans Hypercar as the Japanese firm evaluates him for a full-time drive.
Cadillac has announced a twin programme in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship from 2023 with an LMDh contender built around a Dallara chassis.
Toyota scored its fourth Le Mans 24 Hours victory and a 1-2, with the #7 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez beating the #8. But although it looked straightforward from the outside, Toyota faced serious problem that had to be solved with some quick-thinking and ingenuity.
Mike Conway says he was "crying like a little girl" after finally winning the Le Mans 24 Hours with Toyota following many near misses, with teammate Jose Maria Lopez admitting the final hours were "very stressful" due to fuel issues.
The #7 Toyota of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez found redemption after years of heartbreak by finally winning the first Le Mans 24 Hours of the Hypercar era, while Ferrari beat Corvette in GTE Pro.
Toyota looks well-placed to record another 1-2 win in the Le Mans 24 Hours with four hours left to run, but fuelling issues for both its Hypercars have become its main cause for concern.
Toyota strengthened its grip on the Le Mans 24 Hours as the race reached the halfway mark, with the #7 crew maintaining the advantage over the sister #8 machine.
The #7 Toyota of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez has taken a controlled lead in the Le Mans 24 Hours at the four-hour mark, as a first safety car intervention disturbed several class battles.
The #7 Toyota led the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours from Alpine after the first hour, after contact during a wet start dropped the #8 Toyota back.
The new dawn for the FIA World Endurance Championship has arrived at Le Mans, as Hypercars prepare to duel for victory in the world's oldest endurance race. Motorsport.com picks out the 10 things we have learned in the build up to the race.
Sebastian Montoya, son of former Formula 1 ace and Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya, will get a surprise first-ever LMP2 outing at November's WEC Bahrain rookie test with DragonSpeed.
HubAuto's achievement in beating GTE Pro factories to take a class pole position for the Le Mans 24 Hours can inspire other aspiring privateer entrants, according to its technical director.
Formula 1's Fernando Alonso will be in the frame to race sportscars with Alpine should it stay in the top class of the FIA World Endurance Championship with an all-new car.
The new hydrogen fuel-cell prototypes due to be introduced at the 2025 Le Mans 24 Hours will be able to challenge for outright victory from the outset.
GT3-based cars will take over from the current GTE class at the 2024 Le Mans 24 Hours, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest has announced.
One Toyota, normally with the number 7 on the side, always seems to attract the bad luck in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez are hoping for a change in fortune this time around, but face significantly more unknowns than in recent years
Alpine is targeting 12 laps between refuelling stops in an attempt to unlock its hopes of victory in this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours.
Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi set the fastest time in the first night-time running ahead of this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours, while Porsche and Ferrari dueled over top spot in GTE Pro.
Toyota's #7 crew of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez topped the first qualifying session at the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours, leading Alpine prior to Thursday's Hyperpole session.
Less than a tenth of a second separated the top three cars as the two Toyotas sandwiched the Alpine in first free practice for this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours.
Many were quick to dismiss Glickenhaus when the boutique American sportscar firm's entry into the top class of the Le Mans 24 Hours was announced. It's all-new LMH racer, powered by an engine built by a rally specialist, goes in as the underdog against Toyota but the mathematical odds suggest that it has more than just a faint hope of success.
Ex-Formula 1 star Robert Kubica is targeting a race finish in this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours, having failed to see the chequered flag in previous endurance races of the same length.
American Josh Pierson is set to become the youngest driver to race at the Le Mans 24 Hours when he contests the FIA World Endurance Championship with United Autosports next year.
Glickenhaus believes its timesheet-topping pace in the Le Mans 24 Hours test day is further proof that it can mount a credible challenge in the French endurance classic.
A new breed of racing car makes its Le Mans 24 Hours debut this month. But what is a Le Mans Hypercar, and how does it differ from LMP1?
Ex-Formula 1 driver Paul de Resta believes United Autosports faces added pressure in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours due to the team’s status as the reigning champions.
Ninth in class at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours was a strong result for the newly-formed Richard Mille Racing Team in its first attempt at the legendary endurance race.
Seven-time World Rally Championship title winner Sebastien Ogier appears set for a try-out in a Toyota Le Mans Hypercar at the Bahrain FIA World Endurance Championship rookie test in November.
The JW Automotive Engineering team won twice at the Le Mans 24 Hours with ageing Fords and was considered the heavy favourite to add more victories to its tally after partnering with Porsche. But despite being armed with the all-conquering 917, this formidable combination was never as successful in real life as on the big screen.
Motorsport is a numbers game. Think hours, minutes and seconds (and fractions thereof), laps, points, miles an hour, whatever.
Having twice missed out on Formula 1 and reinvented himself as a touring car driver, Jose Maria Lopez has had a rocky ride to becoming a four-time world champion. One more would put him level with his nation's favourite son, but there's another prize he would value far more than the honour of matching Juan Manuel Fangio's tally.
Toyota is confident it has overcome the reliability issues that hit its two cars in last month's Monza FIA World Endurance Championship round ahead of the Le Mans 24 Hours.
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Along with the Monaco Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500, the Le Mans 24 Hours is one of the biggest and most illustrious events in international motorsport.
Lamborghini is aiming to enter the LMDh prototype arena with the same chassis-engine package as Volkswagen group sister brands Porsche and Audi.
Toyota has completed a successful shakedown with its two GR010 Hybrids at Spa-Francorchamps ahead of this month's Le Mans 24 Hours.
The arrival of the Hypercar regulations in the FIA World Endurance Championship means Toyota's new Le Mans challenger is some way slower than the car it replaces. But can the GR010 Hybrid even still be considered Toyota's fastest racing car?
The Le Mans 24 Hours is one of the toughest races in motorsport, with a very unique driving style needed to win. But how many F1 drivers have won the race? Find out here.
Le Mans Hypercars are set to run at regular FIA World Endurance Championship levels of power at the Le Mans 24 Hours later this month.
The opening leg of this year's Bahrain FIA World Endurance Championship double-header will be the first round of the series at the Sakhir circuit to take place exclusively in daylight.
OPINION: After 24 Le Mans 24 Hours participations, 50-year-old Emmanuel Collard will be absent from the grid this year, stuck at the mercy of his gold driver grading. But, while he's not motivated by breaking start records, the French veteran is determined to return to the field next year.
Glickenhaus Racing has finalised its driver line-ups for its two-car Le Mans Hypercar entry in next month's Le Mans 24 Hours, with Gustavo Menezes missing out on a spot in the six-driver roster.
Ferrari has expressed hopes that its new FIA World Endurance Championship contender will race in North America after the opening up of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship to Le Mans Hypercars.
Toyota has admitted to concerns over the reliability of its new FIA World Endurance Championship contender ahead of next month's Le Mans 24 Hours.
WRT admits it has “some regrets” about failing to convert pole position into a maiden FIA World Endurance Championship victory in only its third attempt at Monza.
The FIA World Endurance Championship's long-awaited return to Monza posed the sternest test yet for Toyota's new hypercar. Although the Japanese marque's GR010 Hybrid remains unbeaten, the victory for Mike Conway, Jose Maria Lopez and Kamui Kobayashi was far from plain sailing.
Kamui Kobayashi says his Toyota completely shut down while leading Sunday's FIA World Endurance Championship race at Monza and he had to perform a full reset to salvage a victory that appeared to have been lost.