Will Owen will be stepping outside of his duties in the European Le Mans Series to pilot Charles Wicht Racing’s #7 Ligier JS P3 alongside teammate Leonardo Lamelas for the third round of the IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda this weekend at the Grand Prix of Alabama in support of the Verizon IndyCar Series.
BMW Motorsport continued its development of the new BMW iFE.18 with a test at Calafat (ESP) this week. The car is equipped with a drivetrain developed solely by BMW and will compete in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Season 5 when BMW joins the first series for fully-electric racing cars as an official manufacturer.
The Total 24 Hours of Spa will celebrate its 70th edition this year, with at least 11 different manufacturers aiming to conquer the Belgian endurance classic. While the race itself takes place on 28-29 July, preparations will begin this weekend with the opening Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup round at Monza.
The Blancpain Endurance Cup kicks off at Monza this weekend. Points from the long race championship are added to the Blancpain Sprint Cup to produce the overall winner of the Blancpain GT series. Prizes are also awarded to the winners of the individual rankings. Each Cup is divided into Pro, Pro-Am and Am classes. Fifty-four cars will line up for the 180-minute race at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, representing 12 manufacturers, among which Ferrari is prominent with seven 488 GT3s.
The Motor Legend Festival kicks off on Friday at the Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit in Imola. The festival aims to offer full immersion in the world of two and four-wheeled sports competitions, celebrating the champions of yesterday and today through some of the most iconic vehicles in the history of motorsport. The event programme will be enriched by F1 Clienti and XX Programmes, two of Ferrari Corse Clienti’s most exclusive activities.
United Autosports have confirmed that Matt Bell and Andrew Bentley will race the Ligier JS P4 as it makes its UK track debut at Donington Park this weekend (21-22 April).
Kicking off its fourth season, the GT Sports Club championship will make its debut at the legendary Autodromo Nazionale di Monza this weekend (20-22 April), with 19 entries across the three classes. For this year’s first round, SRO Motorsports Group’s Bronze-only series will act as the curtain-raiser to the popular Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, with a great variety of GT machinery. Ferrari, with eight cars, is the best represented brand.
Molly Helmuth is a very inspiring young lady. After hanging out at the track as a young girl, Molly quickly discovered that she had a passion for racing. At eleven years old, she started competing in karting. Eventually, she moved into stock car racing. Currently, Molly competes in the Super Late model stock car racing series. As a talented driver who is also very focused on giving back, she wishes to inspire young drivers to get involved and set an example on and off the track. RNW Chief Editor, Charles Côté, recently talked with Molly about her journey and what the future might have in store for her.
Will Owen and United Autosports achieved their first top-ten finish of the 2018 European Le Mans Series over the weekend during the 4 Hours of Castellet where they placed 9th out of the 18 total entries in the LMP2 category.
Drivex kicked off the 2018 season in the International GT Open in style as the team went on to win the second race of the season-opener at the Circuito de Estoril. Marcelo Hahn and Allam Khodair set the pace on Portuguese soil from the very beginning. Their teammates Jamie Campbell-Walter and Ferdinand Habsburg, the latter making his debut in GT racing, were competitive throughout the weekend despite they couldn’t experience the sweet smell of success this time.
rench Team TDS Racing has entered the 2018/2019FIA WEC Super Season as well as three European Le Mans Series races in 2018. For this reason, the team was present at Le Castellet for the last ten days, first of all to meet all the WEC competitors during the Prologue and then for the ELMS season launch test. During four full days of hard testing, François Perrodo, Loïc Duval and Matthieu Vaxivière worked on the car’s setting and the team was ready to start their 2018 race season.
Kicking off its fourth season, the Blancpain GT Sports Club will make its debut at the legendary Autodromo Nazionale di Monza this weekend (20-22 April), with 17 entries confirmed across the three classes.
Second season, new prospects: BWT Mücke Motorsport started their second season in the ADAC GT Masters last weekend in front of more than 25,000 spectators at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. The three Audi R8 LMSs entered by the team are vying for success and glory in a scintillating field of 35 cars. The squad comprises the customary Mücke combination of youth and experience.
OUTSTANDING OPENING ROUND LMGTE VICTORY FOR MACDOWALL ON EUROPEAN LE MANS SERIES RETURN AT PAUL RICARD
British racer Alex MacDowall produced an absolutely sensational performance on his return to the European Le Mans Series at Paul Ricard in France on Sunday, 15th April, and played a pivotal role in securing LMGTE class victory for reigning champions JMW Motorsport in the first race of 2018.
Oman Racing’s Ahmad Al Harthy begins the next chapter of his successful motor racing career this coming weekend, 21st/22nd April, at Monza in Italy when the 2018 Blancpain Endurance Cup gets underway with the opening three-hour race of the season.
RLR MSport raced to a flawless and controlled victory in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) 4 Hours of Le Castellet at Circuit Paul Ricard (Sunday 15 April).
Lamborghini left the rest of the field standing in Sunday’s ADAC GT Masters race at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, as Mirko Bortolotti (28, ITA) and Andrea Caldarelli (28, ITA, both ORANGE1 by GRT Grasser) won by a 1.8-second margin ahead of fellow Lambo drivers Rolf Ineichen (29, ITA) and Christian Engelhart (30, GER, both GRT Grasser Racing Team).
Mikkel Mac and Alessandro Pier Guidi rounded the weekend of Luzich Racing at Estoril by taking a second win today with their Ferrari 488. They clearly lead in the overall standings, 6 points ahead of Giovanni Venturini-Jeroen Mul, again second with the Imperiale Racing Lalborghini, today ahead of sister car driven by Riccardo Agostini-Rik Breukers.
Audi customer teams and drivers came away from the opening rounds of the 2018 Blancpain GT Series Asia with an impressive trophy haul, having made their mark amongst the competitive, international field.