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LAMBORGHINI AND IRON LYNX JOIN FORCES FOR LMDh PROGRAMME IN FIA WEC AND IMSA IN 2024

Lamborghini Squadra Corse and Iron Lynx have announced that they will join forces as both entities embark on a dual assault as Lamborghini Iron Lynx in the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar Championship in 2024. Unveiled during the Lamborghini Finals at Portimão, the partnership will begin from 2023, with Iron Lynx becoming a factory supported team in GT3 competition in Europe and the United States.

LAST FACTORY OUTING WITH THE PORSCHE 911 RSR IN THE FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP

The two 911 RSR fielded by the Porsche GT Team will bid farewell to the GTE-Pro class of the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC sporting a very special livery. At the final round of the season in Bahrain, the two nine-elevens will be decked out in striking colours from ten years of competition with the ca. 378 kW (515 PS) GT racing car – from the classic Porsche Motorsport design through to the beloved “Pink Pig”. The eight-hour race will be contested on the track in Sakhir on 12 November.

FERRARI RETURN TO THE FIA WEC ELITE CLASS WITH THE 499P

499P is the name of the new Le Mans Hypercar with which Ferrari will tackle the FIA WEC World Endurance Championship in the elite class from 2023, a name evoking the history of the Prancing Horse manufacturer. In the past, prototypes were identified by the letter ‘P’, frequently preceded by the number of the engine’s unitary displacement. The 499P is no exception. The car is an outcome of a vision proudly rooted in the past, that gave rise to the legend of today, enabling the company to achieve 22 world titles and 9 overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Nevertheless, it has its sights set firmly on the future, both in terms of the technical and design content that the prototype features. The livery, with which the 499P will debut at the forthcoming 1000 Miles of Sebring, includes a revived version of the renowned 312 P colour scheme from the 1970s, which also visually underscores the historical connections interrupted 50 years ago, but that have remained ever present in the brand’s essence. For this reason, one of the Maranello-entered endurance cars will be adorned with the number 50, while the other will bear the number 51, one of the most successful ever. The official line-up of who will race the 499P will be the subject of future communications.

MAXIME MARTIN RETURNS TO THE SQUAD OF WORKS DRIVERS AT BMW M MOTORSPORT

A familiar face is returning to the BMW M Motorsport family: Belgian Maxime Martin will line up as a BMW M works driver again from the 2023 season. The 36-year-old racing driver impressed in the BMW M Sports Trophy customer racing programme, before enjoying success as a BMW M works driver in various different series from 2013 to 2017. He is now set to make his comeback in BMW M Motorsport colours. Details of his race programme will be announced at a later date.

SCHILLER AND GOUNON END THE ADAC GT MASTERS SEASON WITH WIN NUMBER FOUR

Win number four in the final race of the season. Fabian Schiller (25/Troisdorf) and Jules Gounon (27/F) won Sunday’s final race of this year’s ADAC GT Masters at the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg. After 36 laps of racing, Fabian Schiller crossed the finish line first in the #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo to claim their fourth win of the season. “This success is a nice way to end the season. We have shown again that we have a car capable of winning, and that we can challenge for the title. Unfortunately, mistakes have cost us. However, with four triumphs we end the season with more victories to our name than any other duo,” said Fabian Schiller, who finished third in the championship together with his team-mate at Drago Racing Team ZVO, Jules Gounon. 1.892 seconds behind them, the pairing of Ricardo Feller (22/CH) and Jusuf Owega (20/Cologne) finished runner-up in the #29 Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II of Montaplast by Land-Motorsport. Feller set the fastest lap time of 1:39.604 minutes on his way to second place. Maximilian Paul (22/Dresden) and Marco Mapelli (35/I) repeated Saturday’s result, finishing third in the #71 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo for Paul Motorsport. The only title still up for grabs going into this season’s final race, the Team competition, was won by Emil Frey Racing.

LARRY TEN VOORDE WRAPS UP THE PORSCHE CARRERA CUP DEUTSCHLAND SEASON WITH A DOUBLE VICTORY IN HOCKENHEIM

Larry ten Voorde (Team GP Elite) has concluded the 2022 Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland season with a double victory. After winning on Saturday, the Dutchman repeated the feat at round 16 on the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. “What a great way to end the season! The Porsche Carrera Cup is very close, so to be honest I didn’t expect two such clear wins. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to claim this year’s title but I’m still proud of our performance,” said ten Voorde. Second place went to Bastian Buus (Denmark/Allied-Racing) ahead of Dylan Pereira (Luxembourg/IronForce Racing by Phoenix). At the final round, the titles in the ProAm and Rookie classes were also decided: Carlos Rivas (Luxembourg/Black Falcon) takes home the 2022 ProAm championship title, with Lorcan Hanafin (United Kingdom/Fach Auto Tech) crowned the new rookie champion. A total of 32 drivers tackled the final round of the season run as part of the ADAC GT Master support programme.

A PROFILE OF THE 2022 ADAC GT MASTERS CHAMPION RAFFAELE MARCIELLO

A dream end to a virtually perfect season for Raffaele Marciello: with the ADAC GT Masters title in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Mann-Filter Team Landgraf, the Swiss driver brought to a fitting end a year, the likes of which do not come along very often. After victory at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and the title in the GT World Challenge Europe, the Zurich-born Mercedes-AMG works driver won the title in the German GT Championship to add one of the most prestigious sprint series in Europe to his success on the endurance scene.

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