After races in Asia and Europe, it is now time to head to North America for the season finale of the 2019 24H SERIES Continents powered by Hankook. For the third consecutive year, the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, will serve as the venue for the Hankook 24H COTA (15-17 November), organised by Dutch agency CREVENTIC. The combination of the 24H GT division and the 24H TCE division is expected to result into a grid of around 30 cars. “After two years, our event in the US is now firmly established,” CREVENTIC’s Peter Freij says. “It is pleasant to see the growing interest from North American teams: about a third of the grid are teams from the US and Canada.”
An Aston Martin Vantage GTE won its class for the third time in the 2019/2020 FIA World Endurance Championship season, as the British luxury sportscar brand finished first and third in the GTE Am class of the 4 Hours of Shanghai on Sunday. Meanwhile in GTE Pro, the works #97 Aston Martin of Alex Lynn (GB) and Maxime Martin (BEL) recorded their third successive podium of the season.
The third race of the season took place on the Shanghai circuit. Gustavo Menezes and Bruno Senna took part in the qualifying session on Saturday. All-two performed very good lap times, the Rebells achieved the first pole position of a non-Hybrid car since 2012 and the first one for a Privateer Team.
This coming weekend, the ‘Guia Circuit’ in Macau (CHN) hosts the grand finale of the 2019 GT season: the FIA GT World Cup. The top GT teams and drivers will battle it out to be crowned champions on the most demanding street circuit in the world. Last year, Augusto Farfus (BRA) and BMW Team Schnitzer won the title with the BMW M6 GT3, presenting BMW with its 24th victory in Macau. They return now with the goal of hanging on to their trophies. Meanwhile, BMW works driver Joel Eriksson (SWE) is set to make his GT debut in Macau with FIST-Team AAI.
Despite the best efforts of title rival Peter Hackett who went on to claim a second race win and the Sandown round victory in the Eggleston Motorsport Mercedes-AMG, Audi’s Geoff Emery emerged as the 2019 Australian GT Champion, the popular Victorian claiming his third consecutive title at the venue at which he and team-mate Garth Tander recorded Audi’s maiden endurance title in late September.
Harry King (18, Maidenhead) has been announced as the Porsche GB 2020 / 2021 Junior at the Porsche Carrera Cup GB ‘Night of Motorsport’ end of season awards. King succeeds 2019 Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion Dan Harper in the role, following in the footsteps of Charlie Eastwood (2016 / 2017) and Josh Webster (2014 / 2015) who have both furthered their careers on the international motorsport stage.
Team Cetilar Racing celebrated the best qualifying performance to date in the FIA WEC, as Giorgio Sernagiotto and Andrea Belicchi set the average sixth time of the LMP2 category in the 4 Hours of Shanghai qualifying, early this morning.
The second pole position at the third round for the new Porsche 911 RSR: Kévin Estre (France) and Michael Christensen (Denmark) beat the competition in the qualifying on Saturday on the 5.451-kilometre Shanghai International Circuit with a fabulous combined time of 1:59.579 minutes. At round three of the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship in China, the identical 515 hp sister car driven by Gianmaria Bruni (Italy) and Richard Lietz (Austria) heads into the four-hour race from position six on Sunday.
Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTEs will start second and third in the GTE Pro class for the 4 Hours of Shanghai, after narrowly missing out on pole position by just 0.018s in the closest qualifying session of the WEC season.
Sandown provided just about everything during the opening day of action for the Australian GT season finale – challenging weather, an interrupted qualifying session, and a very condensed opening race all serving to test the title contenders, but once the action was over, there was a familiar face back in victory lane – Peter Hackett carding his third consecutive race win at Sandown to keep himself right in the title fight heading into the final two races of the year.
As the most successful manufacturer to date, Audi is aiming to score its fifth win of the GT race in Macau within the FIA GT World Cup. At the same time, the brand will be on the grid in three other competitions, including the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup, to be held in the Chinese Special Administration Region from November 14 to 17.
After Fuji, REBELLION Racing stays in Asia for the third race of the season. After the third step of the podium achieved during the previous race, Bruno Senna, Gustavo Menezes and Norman Nato intend to once again keep pushing and to proudly represent the Rebells in FIA World Endurance Championship.
After the first two rounds of the season at Silverstone and Fuji, team Cetilar Racing is set for the third out of eight FIA WEC races at Shanghai this coming weekend, 8th/9th/10th November.
After some outstanding racing across the 2019 season of Australian GT, the championship comes to its conclusion at Melbourne’s Sandown Park Raceway alongside Supercars this weekend with the promise of an epic battle for the multiple titles on offer.
Founded on a passion for historic racing, Era Motorsport will take on a new challenge for 2020, joining the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in a partnership with DragonSpeed for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Led by Grand-AM and IMSA veteran driver Kyle Tilley, the team will race an Oreca 07 Gibson in the IMSA LMP2 class.
Porsche aims to defend its lead in the manufacturers’ classification of the FIA World Endurance Championship at round three of the season. The factory squad tackles the four-hour race in Shanghai (China) with two of the latest generation ca. 515 hp Porsche 911 RSR. After clinching a one-two at the season-opener in Silverstone (Great Britain) and a podium result at the second race at Fuji (Japan), the Porsche GT Team is now eager to perform well again at the Formula 1 circuit on the outskirts of the Chinese commercial metropolis of Shanghai. In the GTE-Am class, three customer teams field a total of six 2017-spec Porsche 911 RSR.
Team Hong Kong scored strong results in the inaugural FIA Motorsport Games in Vallelunga, Rome, with KCMG founder Paul Ip and Marchy Lee taking home an impressive sixth in the GT Cup, as Jim Ka To claimed a top 10 finish in the touring car category.
Aston Martin Racing returns to China and the scene of the maiden win for the Vantage GTE 12 months ago, for this weekend’s 4 Hours of Shanghai – the third round of the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship.
United Autosports are preparing for the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship this weekend at Shanghai, China (8-10 November).