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Le Mans 2020: GTE Am Preview

A quick look at the GTE Am field of the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, running 19-20 September.

This year I’m not able to dedicate the time to research every car and driver fully, in any case the post would be too long if I did that. I still want to look team by team and to tell you my picks for the top 3 in each class!

GTE Am is an under-rated class. Yes, okay, it is for rich blokes. But it’s also for up-and-coming young drivers looking to break into the pro ranks. And for senior pros passing on their trade to others. As well as creating trade to keep teams afloat it is a great way to introduce a team to the Le Mans 24 Hours that might move up to other classes later.

To recap, in sports car racing drivers are graded Platinum and Gold for Professional, Silver or Bronze for Amateur. GTE Am requires at least one Bronze driver and that driver must complete a minimum amount of time in the race. As the Pros are generally within tenths of each other, the name of the game is to get your part-time Bronze driver up to speed while being consistent.

Yes, in the race, huge time gaps will appear in the field early in the race as the Pros drive away from the Bronzes. But just wait. Often the race will close back up again when the situation reverses: when the Pro hands over to their Bronze co-driver and the car becomes the tortoise, the chasing car is taken over by the Pro and becomes the hare. That’s when it gets fun. Never mind the live classification mid-race, often it is a mystery how the class really looks until it shakes out in the final hour of the race.

Do you burn your Bronze time early and run the fast Pros to the end? Do you use your Pros early to build a huge lead and hope your Bronze can hang on at the end? This can work if your Bronze is very good. What if the Bronze guy is not fast, is very rich, funds the team, and his dream is to cross the finish line himself? (Well, you’re the client, you do as he says!) Thankfully most are also extremely competitive so if there’s a sniff of a win they’ll happily put the Pro driver in to get it.

There have been a lot of Covid-19 withdrawals in the LMP1 and GTE Pro classes, in addition to the already planned cutbacks from BMW and Ford. And so the two pro-am classes, LMP2 and GTE Am, heavily feature in the 2020 race. This isn’t a surprise as they form the bedrock of the ELMS.

Entries By Class at 15th September:
LMP1 5
LMP2 24
PRO 8
AM 22
TOTAL 59

The ACO should be congratulated for managing to get so many cars in this pandemic year.

That said, I must admit to being disappointed at the lack of variety. And that’s nothing to do with Covid-19, this was the situation regardless and is a problem with the GTE market. The Ford GT was a one-off last year, Larbre aren’t running the Corvettes, and nobody picked up the BMWs. We’re again faced with a horde of 12 Ferraris and 8 Porsches up against the two Aston Martins. The good news is the quality of teams and drivers is high.

The powerhouse teams are AF Corse (Ferrari) and Proton Competition (Porsche). These teams, or others like Kessel Racing, often provide support to others on the entry list to varying degrees. Anything from a little bit of technical help, right up to running the entire operation under your name. Particularly those based outside Europe as it helps logistically. AF Corse are supporting 13 cars including their own five!

Le Mans is worth double-points to the WEC teams. Will they go for it to make their season? Will they race conservatively for points? Remember the WEC points are awarded as if the non-WEC cars are not there, so if two ELMS cars finish 1-2 and the top WEC car is 3rd, that car will be awarded 50 points for being first WEC car home even though they did not win the race. This opens them up to be challenged by those going for glory at the 24 Hours, knowing the WEC teams need those points.
ELMS entries do not get points towards their own championship.

WEC Points Standings
83 AF Corse 110 pts
90 TF Sport 98 pts
57 Project 1 81.5 pts
98 Aston 80.5 pts
77 Dempsey 61.5 pts
56 Project 1 56 pts

ELMS Points Standings
74 Kessel 56 pts (not at LM)
77 Proton 56 pts (crew split between other entries)
55 Spirit of Race 40 pts
83 Iron Lynx 38 pts (at LM as no.85)
51 AF Corse 28 pts (at LM as no.52)

FERRARI (12 cars)

AF Corse (4 cars):

83 AF Corse Perrodo (B)/Collard (G)/N.Nielsen (S) WEC
54 AF Corse Flohr (B)/Castellacci (S)/Fisichella (P) WEC
55 Spirit Of Race Cameron (B)/Scott (S)/Griffin (G) ELMS
52 AF Corse Ulrich (B)/Gorig (B)/West (B) ELMS

Collard’s 24th Le Mans. Perrodo and Collard have been paired in a variety of GT and LMP2 machinery for about 7 years and currently lead the WEC points. Last time they were here in a Ferrari was in 2016: they won Le Mans and the title. A race favourite.

Flohr and Castellacci are a decent long-term pairing. They’re joined by Giancarlo Fisichella who needs no introduction. Certainly top ten, possible podium.

The green 55 of Cameron, Scott & Griffin is exceptionally fast is one of those non-WEC cars to watch. Another race favourite.

The 4th car I know nothing about. They are the only all-Bronze trio in the class. Expect little.

Iron Lynx (3 cars):

60 Iron Lynx Schiavoni (B)/Pianezzola (S)/Ruberti (G) ELMS
75 Iron Lynx Mastronardi (B)/Cressoni (S)/Piccini (G) n/a
85 Iron Lynx Gostner (B)/Frey (S)/Gatting (S) ELMS

Of this trio the best in points is the all-female no.85 crew 4th in the ELMS (where it races as no.83) of Manuela Gostner, Michelle Gatting and long-time GT racer Rahel Frey. Hopefully this car will make the top six.

I expect little of the other two. The no.60 races full-time but isn’t haven’t a great season. Andrea Piccini usually in that car moved to the one-off no.75 for LM24. He and Matteo Cressoni are rapid so if their Bronze is any good they may finish top ten.

Other Ferraris (5 cars)

61 Luzich Racing Piovanetti (B)/Negri (B)/Ledogar (P) n/a
2019 ELMS GTE Champion team. There was some debate about whether they would take their LM invite as they aren’t racing in an ACO series in 2020.
Ozz Negri is only a Bronze because of his age, usually he can be relied upon to just slot in, but he’s never raced a GTE and he missed all the pre-race testing has he had a positive Covid-19 test. Ledogar is a former McLaren GT factory driver. Keep an eye on this one.

62 Red River Sport Grimes (B)/Mowlem (G)/Hollings (S) WEC
Johnny Mowlem’s driver development program continues its debut WEC season and the man himself has un-retired yet again. ūüôā Wish I could say they were doing better in points, currently last. They have a different goal though: get Grimes from being a track day guy four years ago, to a race finish at Le Mans. If they can do that it’ll be a great advert for their driver agency.

66 JMW Motorsport Heistand (B)/Root (S)/Magnussen (P) ELMS
JMW get their number back after Ford stole it those years ago! Jan Magnussen joins post-Corvette, he’d planned to race LMP2 this year but the team withdrew. Heistand won the 2019 IMSA award giving him an entry to Le Mans. Despite a wholesale driver change – not one of their regular drivers are here – it’s still one to watch. JMW are ALWAYS in contention at Le Mans.

70 MR Racing Kimura (B)/Abril (G)/Cozzolino (S) WEC
A welcome addition as the only Japanese team in GTE Am. Scored a podium first time out at Silverstone but less well since. Owner/Driver Ishikawa can’t make it due to travel restrictions but thankfully the team are still here.

72 Hub Auto Corsa Chen (B)/Blomqvist (P)/Gomes (S) AsianLMS
Asian Le Mans GT3 champion team and another welcome addition, the only Taiwanese entry on the list! Blomqvist raced the BMW GTE in IMSA last year.

PORSCHE (8 cars)

Dempsey-Proton / Proton Competition (4 cars)

77 Dempsey-Proton Ried (B)/Pera (S)/Campbell (G) WEC
88 Dempsey-Proton Preining (G)/Bastien (B)/De Leener (S) WEC

78 Proton Competition Felbermayr Jr (B)/M.Beretta (S)/van Splunteren (S) ELMS
99 Dempsey-Proton Inthraphuvasak (B)/Legeret (S)/Andlauer (S) ELMS

Unusually far down the WEC standings with the 77 in 5th and the 88 in 10th. This has been one of the reference Porsche teams in Am for years.

Ried owns the team and is a fast Bronze in his own right. Andlauer should’ve been with Porsche North America in Pro but it withdrew – no clue why he’s listed as Silver. They’re usually there or thereabouts at the end.

The driver crews often do double-duty in WEC and ELMS hence some new names in the ELMS cars. I have to say the WEC cars are more fancied here. But the classic Felbermayr livery is back!

Team Project 1 (3 cars)

56 Project 1 Perfetti (B)/ten Voorde (S)/Cairoli (G) WEC
57 Project 1 Keating (B)/Fraga (S)/Bleekemolen (G) WEC
89 Project 1 “Brooks” (B)/Piguet (S)/Laskaratos (B) 24H

There’s a strong argument Project 1 might’ve usurped Proton as the out and out fastest Porsche Pro-Am team. Defending race winner, hence awarded an extra entry, the 89 car.

The 57 is a full-season WEC program for Keating & Bleekemolen hence no Ford GT this year, same livery though! And they’re 3rd in WEC points.

Edigio Perfetti is a member of the family that owns Mentos mints, of which he’s a director, did you know that? And he’s one of the best Bronze drivers out there. The 56 crew 6th in points.

The 89 car, I’ve never heard of these drivers.

The 56 and 57 will feature heavily and are equally contenders for the win, the 89 is making up the numbers I think.

86 Gulf Racing Wainwright (B)/Barker (G)/Watson (S) WEC

Always a team to watch at Le Mans, they will lead the race at some point, they always do. Only 7th in WEC points but I expect a top 5 result here. Ben Barker will make it fly.

ASTON MARTIN (2 cars)

90 TF Sport Yoluc (B)/Eastwood (S)/Adam (P) WEC

Currently 2nd in points. Much will depend on the Le Mans BoP but this team knows what it is doing and is a contender. Yoluc is somehow still rated Bronze but he’s better than that I’m sure he is. Jonny Adam and Charlie Eastwood are rapid.

98 Aston Martin Racing Dalla Lana (B)/Gunn (S)/Farfus (P) WEC

The perennial no.98 of Paul Dalla Lana is part of the furniture these days and it would be very strange if it wasn’t in the top 5 during the race and probably contending at the end. Augusto Farfus, latterly of BMW, joined the party last time out in Spa in replacement of Darren Turner who is now in charge of testing the Valkyrie road car.

MY TOP THREE

This is always a toughie and especially with 22 cars! This is my podium prediction:

55 Spirit of Race Ferrari (Cameron)

90 TF Sport Aston Martin (Yoluc)

57 Team Project 1 Porsche (Keating)

List of Races Affected By Coronavirus / COVID-19

The attempt by authorities to slow and contain the pandemic Coronavirus / Covid-19 has seriously affected the motor sport calendar for 2020.

As drastic as it may seem this is not the ordinary ‘flu (see this sobering tweet) and serious precautions must be taken to protect all those in society.

It may seem frivolous to talk of how it affects the motor racing calendar but at some point this will be over and the pieces will need picking up. It is getting quite hard to keep up with what has been cancelled and rescheduled for later.

This blog post attempts to note every change.

At the time of first writing (13th March) it is hard to predict how long this will last. What at first seemed like a 2-4 week interruption is fast becoming something much bigger. It is becoming clear all events will be cancelled in the rest of March, all of April, most of May and probably into June. The consequence will be a lot of rescheduled events from August to December, some later events made double-headers, but also a lot of outright cancellations with no make-up races.

I am updating IWTMR Google/iCal Calendars often.

I am in the process of relisting races here in order of their rescheduled dates with cancellations underneath.

This post will be updated.

Last updated:  Thursday 18th June 2020

Formula 1

Austrian Grand Prix – 5th July, becomes opening round behind closed doors, date unchanged..

Styrian Grand Prix – 12th July. New 2nd race at the Red Bull Ring.

Hungarian Grand Prix – 19th July. Swaps places with Silverstone to provide ease of travel for teams.

British Grand Prix – 2nd August. Swaps places with Hungaroring.

F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix – 9th August. New 2nd race at Silverstone celebrating the 70th anniversary of the World Championship.

Spanish Grand Prix – 16th August. Originally 10th May.

Bahrain Grand Prix – Postponed (TBC). Originally 22nd March.

French Grand Prix – Postponed (TBC). Originally 28th June.

Australian Grand Prix – Cancelled. Originally 15th March, Postponed on race weekend. McLaren withdrew after a team member tested positive, race postponed a day later.

Vietnam Grand Prix – Cancelled. Originally 5th April.

Chinese Grand Prix – Cancelled. Originally 19th April.

Dutch Grand Prix – Cancelled. Originally 3rd May.

Monaco Grand Prix – Cancelled. Originally 24th May.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Cancelled. Originally 7th June.

Canadian Grand Prix – Cancelled. Originally 14th June.

Singapore Grand Prix – Cancelled. Originally 20th September.

Japanese Grand Prix – Cancelled. Originally 11th October.

 

Formula E

Some races may be rescheduled later, more likely other rounds will be made double-headers.

Berlin ePrix – Will host the entirety of the 2nd half of the season in the space of 9 days utilising 3 layouts. These will be:
Wednesday 5th August – layout 1;
Thursday 6th August – layout 1;
Saturday 8th August – layout 2;
Sunday 9th August – layout 2;
Wednesday 12th August – layout 3;
Thursday 13th August – layout 3;

Sanya ePrix – Cancelled. Originally 21st March.

Rome ePrix – Cancelled. Originally 4th April.

Paris ePrix – Cancelled. Originally 18th April.

Seoul ePrix – Cancelled. Originally 2nd May.

Jakarta ePrix – Cancelled. Originally 6th June.

New York ePrix – Cancelled. Originally 11th July.

London ePrix – Cancelled. Originally 25th & 26th July.

 

MotoGP

Qatar GP – Moto2 and Moto3 races ran as planned with teams already on site. MotoGP class cancelled.

Spanish GP (Jerez) – 19th July. Originally 3rd May.

Andalucia GP (Jerez) – 26th July. 2nd race at Jerez.

Czech GP – 9th August. No change.

Austrian GP – 16th August. No change.

Styrian GP (Spielberg) – 23rd August. 2nd race at Red Bull Ring.

San Marino GP (Misano) – 13th September. No change.

Emilia Romagna GP (Misano) – 20th September. 2nd race at Misano.

Catalan GP – 27th September. Originally 7th June.

French GP – 11th October. Originally 17th May.

Aragon GP – 18th October.

Teruel GP (Aragon) – 25th October.

European GP (Valencia) – 8th November. 2nd race at Valencia, ahead of the ‘primary’ Valencia GP.

Valencia GP – 15th November. Back on its original date.

Thailand GP – TBC

US GP – TBC

Argentina GP – TBC

Malaysia GP – TBC

Italian GP (Mugello) – Cancelled.

German GP – Cancelled.

Dutch GP – Cancelled.

Finland GP – Cancelled.

British GP – Cancelled.

 

World SBK

Jerez – 24/25 October. Originally 28/29 March.

Aragon – 29/30 August. Originally 23/24 May.

France – 3/4 October. Originally 26/27 September. Moved to avoid MotoGP’s new schedule.

Misano – 7/8 November. Originally 13/14 June.

Assen – Postponed. Originally 18/19 April.

Qatar – Cancelled. Originally 13/14 March.

Imola – Cancelled. Originally 9/10 May.

 

BSB

Silverstone – Postponed. Originally 12th April.

Oulton Park – Postponed. Originally 3rd May.

Donington Park – Postponed. Originally 24th May.

Snetterton – Postponed. Originally 21st June.

 

IndyCar

The entire Indy Lights season has been cancelled for 2020.

Revised dates for IndyCar:

Texas – 6th June. Season scheduled to begin here, race date unchanged.

Indy GP – 4th July. Originally 9th May. Postponed to 4th July NASCAR Cup weekend. NASCAR Xfinity will also race the road course.

Road America x2 – 11th & 12th July double-header. Delayed from 21st June with a make-up race added on the Saturday.

Iowa x2 – 17th & 18th July double-header. Second race added on Friday 17th.

Mid-Ohio – 9th August. Rescheduled by one week from 16th August to make way for Indy 500 qualifying.

Indy 500 – 23rd August. Originally 24th May. Qualifying will be 15th/16th August.

Gateway – 30th August. Originally 23rd August, delayed to make way for Indy.

Portland – 13th September. Originally 6th September.

Laguna Seca – 19th & 20th September double-header. Second race added on Saturday.

Harvest Grand Prix – 3rd October. New event at IMS road course on the bill with the inaugural SRO Intercontinental GT 8 Hours of Indianapolis.

St Pete – 25th October. Originally 15th March.

Barber – Cancelled. Originally 5th April.

Long Beach – Cancelled. Originally 19th April.

Detroit Belle Isle Double-Header – Cancelled. Originally 30th & 31st May.

Richmond – Cancelled. Originally 27th June.

Toronto – Cancelled. Originally 12th July.

 

NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Trucks

NASCAR has set up a plan to race at tracks local to most of the teams, starting with races at Darlington and Charlotte. The Coke 600 remains in place. The Darlington races will have no effect on the September race. Many of these are replacement races.

Darlington 400 – Cup – Sunday 17th May.
Darlington 200 – Xfinity – Tuesday 19th May.
Darlington 500km – Cup – Wednesday 20th May.

Charlotte Coco-Cola 600 – Cup – Sunday 24th May. This is the original date.
Charlotte 300 – Xfinity – Monday 25th May. Originally 17th May.
Charlotte 200 – Trucks – Tuesday 26th May.
Charlotte 500km – Cup – Wednesday 27th May.

Bristol – Xfinity – Saturday 30th May. Originally 4th April.
Bristol – Cup – Sunday 31st May. Originally 5th April.

Atlanta – Trucks – Saturday 6th June. Originally 13th March.
Atlanta
– Xfinity – Saturday 6th June. Originally 14th March.
Atlanta – Cup – Sunday 7th June. Originally 15th March.

Martinsville – Cup – Wednesday 10th June. Originally 10th May.

Homestead – Trucks – 13th June. Originally 20th March.
Homestead – Xfinity – 13th June. Originally 21st March.
Homestead – Xfinity – 14th June. New race.
Homestead – Cup – 14th June. Originally 22nd March.

Talledega – Xfinity – 20th June. Originally 25th April.
Talledega – Cup – 21st June. Originally 26th April.

Texas – Cup/Xfinity/Trucks – Postponed. Originally 27-29 March.

Richmond – Cup/Trucks – Postponed. Originally 18-19 April.

Dover – Cup/Xfinity/Trucks – Postponed. Originally 1-3 May.

Martinsville – Cup – Postponed. Originally 9th May.

All-Star – Cancelled. Originally 17th May.

FIA WEC

1000 Miles of Sebring – 20th March – Cancelled.

Le Mans Test Day – 31st May – Cancelled.

6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps – 25th April – Postponed to 15th August.

24 Hours of Le Mans – 13-14 June – Postponed, rescheduled for 19-20 September (originally the weekend of Spa ELMS).

Bahrain 8 Hours – 5th December – Rescheduled to 21st November and becomes the season finale of the current 2019/20 season. Effectively replaces 2020 Sebring and maintains 8 rounds.

2021/2022 Season – Silverstone, Monza, Fuji and Kylami – All cancelled.
Bahrain moved to current season. Season will start in March.

A new 2021 schedule will be announced a later time and will run in a calendar year as it used to.

 

IMSA WTSC

Daytona 2h40m – 4th July. New race.

Sebring 2h40m Р18th July. New race.

Mosport is cancelled.

Road America and VIR are unchanged.

Laguna Seca – 6th September. Originally 13th September.

Mid-Ohio – 27th September. Originally 3rd May.

Watkins Glen – 4th October. Originally 28th June

Petit Le Mans – 18th October. Originally 11th October.

Lime Rock – 31st October. Originally 19th July.

12 Hours of Sebring – 14th November. Originally 21st March.

Long Beach – Cancelled. Originally 18th April.

Detroit Belle Isle – Cancelled. Originally 30th May.

 

ELMS and Le Mans Cup

4h Paul Ricard – 19th July – No change. Becomes Round 1 with pre-season testing at the same venue the week before.

4h Spa-Francorchamps – 9th August. Originally 20th September.

4h Barcelona – 29th August. Originally 5th April.

4h Monza – 11th October. Originally 10th May..

4h Silverstone – Cancelled. Originally 6th September.

 

Asian Le Mans Series

4h Buriram 1 – 9th January 2021. No change.
4h Buriram 2 – 11th January 2021. New race added just 2 days later.

4h Sepang 1 – 23rd January 2021. No change.
4h Sepang 2 – 26th January 2021. New race added just 3 days later.

4h Suzuka – Cancelled. Originally 29th November 2020.

4h Shanghai – Cancelled. Originally 13th December 2020.

 

DTM

New schedule released in the first week of June, it is totally different all versions released previously and is as follows. All other previously-announced rounds are cancelled.

Spa – 2nd August.

Lausitzring – 16th August.

Lausitzring – 23rd August.

Assen – 6th September.

N√ľrburging GP – 13th September.

N√ľrburging Sprint – 20th September.

Zolder – 11th October.

Zolder – 18th October.

Hockenheimring – 8th November.

 

Super GT

New 8 round schedule released in the first week of June.

Fuji – 19th July.

Fuji – 9th August.

Suzuka – 23rd August.

Motegi – 20th September.

Fuji – 4th October.

Suzuka – 25th October.

Motegi – 8th November.

Fuji – 29th November.

 

Super Formula

Suzuka – 14th November (Saturday). Joins the weekend of the existing final round on 15th November for a double-header. Originally 5th April.

Fuji – Postponed, date TBC. Originally 19th April.

Autopolis – Postponed, date TBC. Originally 17th May.

Sugo – Postponed, date TBC. Originally 12st June.

 

GT World Challenge Europe

Imola 3H (Endurance) – 26th July. New race on the original date of the Spa 24 Hours.

Misano (Sprint) – 9th August. Postponed from 6th July. 3rd 1-hour race added.

Nurburgring 6H (Endurance) – 6th September. Race extended to 6 hours from 3.

Magny-Cours (Sprint) – 13th September. New race.

Zandvoort (Sprint) – 27th September. Postponed from 28th June and replaces the Hungaroring round.

Barcelona (Sprint) – 11th October. 3rd 1-hour race added.

Spa 24H (Endurance & IGTC) – 24th-25th October. Postponed from 25th-26th July.

Paul Ricard 1000km (Endurance) – 14th November. Postponed from 30th May.

Monza 3H (Endurance) – Cancelled. Originally 19th April.

Brands Hatch (Sprint) – Cancelled. Originally 3rd May.

Silverstone 3H (Endurance) – Cancelled. Originally 10th May.

 

GT World Challenge America

Virginia Р11/12 July  РMoved. Was 6/7 June.

Sonoma, Road America, Watkins Glen, Indianapolis – No change and will run on original dates.

Mosport – Cancelled. Was 16/17 May.

GT World Challenge Asia

Sepang – 12/13 September. Rescheduled from March.

Shanghai 888 – 18 October. GTWC Asia’s first 3-hour race.

China – 31 Oct / 1 Nov – New round added, venue not announced.

Sepang – 5/6 December.

Fuji – Cancelled. Was 23/24 May.

Suzuka – Cancelled. Was 21/22 June.

Autopolis – Cancelled. Was 11/12 August.

 

24H Series

12H Monza – 28th March – Postponed, rescheduled for 11th July.
A replacement race at Estoril scheduled for 28th March was itself cancelled.

12H Paul Ricard – 11th July – Cancelled and replaced with Monza.

 

GT Open

Paul Ricard – 26th April – Postponed to 23rd August.

 

Supercars

Sydney – 27-28 June. Moved forward from August and made a day race – the SuperNight format will be used at this venue in December.

Winton – 18-19 July. Originally 6-7 June.

Hidden Valley – 8-9 August. Originally 18-19 July.

Townsville – 29-30 August. Originally 27-28 June.

Sandown – 19-20 September.

Bathurst 1000 – 11 October, no change.

Perth – 31 Oct – 1 Nov. Was 16-17 May.

Symmons Plains – 21-22 November. Originally 4-5 April.

Sydney SuperNight – 5-6 December. New race to replace Newcastle, using the night racing format originally scheduled for August.

Melbourne – Cancelled. Originally 13-15 March.

Hampton Downs – Cancelled. Originally 25-26 April.

The Bend – Cancelled. Originally 19-20 September.

Newcastle – Cancelled. Originally 5-6 December.

 

WTCR

Salzburgring – 13th September. 2 races.

Nurburgring Nordschliefe – 26th September. 2 races alongside N24.

Slovakiaring – 11th October. 3 races.

Hungaroring – 18th October. 3 races.

Aragon – 1st November. 3 races.

Adria – 15th November. New venue, 3 races.

Vila Real – Cancelled. Originally 21st June.

Ningbo – Cancelled. Originally 20th September.

Macau – Cancelled. Originally 22nd November.

Sepang – Cancelled. Originally 13th December.

 

BTCC

Season due to begin at Donington in August. One Silverstone meeting dropped.

Donington Park – 2nd August. Originally 29th March.

Brands Hatch (Indy) – 9th August. Originally 12th April.

Oulton Park – 23rd August. Originally 14th June.

Knockhill – 30th August. No change. Becomes rounds 10/11/12.

Thruxton – 20th September. Originally 17th May.

Silverstone (National) – 27th September. Originally 26th April. The date at the International track has been rescheduled to the National track. There will only be one visit to Silverstone.

Croft – 11th October. Originally 16th August.

Snetterton – 25th October. Originally 26th June.

Brands Hatch (GP) – 15th November. Originally 11th October.

 

British GT

Oulton Park – 13th April (Easter Monday) – Postponed.

Snetterton – 17th May – Postponed.

Silverstone 500 – 7th June – Postponed.

Donington Park – 21st June – Postponed.

 

VLN NLS

VLN 1 – 21st March – Cancelled.

VLN 2 – 4th April – Cancelled.

VLN 8 – 26th September – Date taken by the rescheduled N24. I’ve not yet seen whether VLN8 will be rescheduled.

 

WRC World Rally Championship

Currently only three rounds have not been altered, two have been postponed but not yet rescheduled and five have been cancelled. There is talk the WRC may join the European Championship at some events.

No change:

Turkey – 24-27 August.

Germany – 15-18 October.

Japan – 19-22 November.

Postponed TBC or Cancelled:

Argentina – Postponed. Was 23-26 April.

Italy – Postponed. Was 4-7 June.

Portugal – Cancelled. Was 20-24 May.

Safari – Cancelled. Was 16-19 July.

Finland – Cancelled. Was 6-9 August.

New Zealand – Cancelled. Was 3-6 September.

Great Britain – Cancelled. Was 29 Oct – 1 Nov.

 

European Rally Championship

Roma-Capitale – 24-26 July, no change.

LiepńĀja¬†– 14-16 August, was 29-31 May.

Czech – 28-30 August, no change.

Azores – 17-19 September, was 27-29 March.

Cyprus – 16-18 October, delayed by one week.

Hungary – 6-8 November, no change.

Canary Isles – 26-28 November, was 8-10 May.

Poland – Cancelled.

 

World Rallycross

Sweden – 22-23 August, was 5 July.

Finland – 29-30 August, new round.

Latvia – 19-20 September, no change.

Belgium – 2-4 October, was 17 May.

Portugal – 9-11 October, was 3 May.

Spain – 16-18 October, was 19 April.

UAE – 30-31 October, no change.

Germany – 11-13 December, was 2 August.

Norway – Cancelled.

France – Cancelled.

South Africa – Cancelled.

 

NHRA

GatorNationals – 15th March – Postponed.

Las Vegas – 5th April – Postponed.

 

Other

Nurburgring 24 Hours – 26-27 September. Originally 23-24 May.

N24 Qualifying Race – Cancelled. Originally 25th April.

Goodwood Festival of Speed – Cancelled. Originally 10th-12th July.

Isle of Man TT – Cancelled.

Motorsport UK has cancelled all organising permits until the end of June, meaning no motorsport can take place in the UK until after that date.

2020 Race Schedules for Google Calendar & iCal

In order to watch too much racing you will need to know when it happens.

In order to watch too much racing you will need to know when it happens.

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Lastly, I would like to say a huge thank you to the people who have kindly donated!

I have a Paypal tip jar on the top right of the blog which is aimed at covering my site hosting fees and domain name registrations for the year. These aren’t big, just a basic WordPress.com blog plus some domain names.

I’m astonished people pay at all, let alone anything more than ¬£2, I know acutely there are far more worthy causes than this. It does encourage me to put in the work through a dark dingy autumn and winter, so thank you.

I’m pleased to say thanks to you I’ve covered my fees and enough to keep me in cups of tea for the year as well.

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Race Calendars: FIA WEC 2019/20

Race dates for FIA WEC 2019/20

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2019 FIA WEC

*As at 26 August 2019*

1 Sep 4 Hours of Silverstone Silverstone with ELMS
6 Oct 6 Hours of Fuji Fuji Speedway
10 Nov 4 Hours of Shanghai Shanghai International
14 Dec 8 Hours of Bahrain Bahrain International
1 Feb 6 Hours of Sao Paulo Autodromo Carlos Pace
20 Mar (Friday) 1000 Miles of Sebring Sebring International with IMSA
25 Apr 6 Hours of Spa Spa-Francorchamps
13-14 Jun 24 Heures du Mans Circuit de la Sarthe

From Autumn to Summer & New Race Lengths

The FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) returns to an annual schedule again, after the transition of the long “Superseason” which included two editions of the Le Mans 24H, with every season now starting in the autumn.

The 2019/20 season will be the first in WEC to run through the Northern Hemisphere’s autumn/winter/spring, with summer being the new off-season.

The other change this season is to vary the race distances following fan survey feedback which asked the series to mix up the race lengths from race to race, rather than have every round being 6 Hours except for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The season opener (this week!) is the 4 Hours of Silverstone. On the one hand it seems a little harsh to chop two hours from one of the most popular rounds of the season and I am disappointed by it. On the other hand, this is the only routine WEC round to feature a further 4 hour race for the European Le Mans series on the Saturday. 8 hours of multi-class racing is quite a good deal. ELMS races are can be quite frantic, I wonder if we’ll see that intensity in WEC again?

Similarly, the other big sports car festival is the successful Sebring event. The WEC joins up for the second time with the popular IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship weekend. IMSA retains the prestigious, decades-old 12 Hours of Sebring, with the WEC running a separate 1000 Mile (8 Hour) race on the Friday evening. It works where COTA didn’t because it is simple: put the sports car racing in front of the sports car fans.

Fuji, Shanghai and Spa all continue on the calendar although Shanghai is reduced to a 4 hour race. Fuji is popular among Japanese fans. I really do think the Asian Le Mans Series should share a weekend with WEC either at Fuji or Shanghai. Then the WEC would pair with all the continental series at least once.

Bahrain returns after a year away and is extended to an 8-hour ‘into-the-night’ race.¬†Interlagos is back after a few years away, this time the race will be on February 1st. These two rounds eliminate the massive gap between Shanghai and Sebring. Indeed Bahrain’s race is just 10 days before Christmas – there is no off-season these days!

And of course Le Mans is on the traditional 13th/14th June weekend.

End Of An Era

And this will be the final season with the current LMP1 cars. Quite what the “hypercar” era will bring us 12 months from now isn’t quite clear, at the moment it looks like two Toyotas, two Aston Martins and a whole lot of unknowns.

“Hypercar” is planned to be some 8-10 seconds slower around Le Mans than a current LMP1 car, a similar pace to a current LMP2 car. That’s probably 3-4 seconds slower at somewhere like Silverstone.

So you can expect both sets of existing prototypes to be slowed down to run behind the new ‘premier class’. GTE cars shouldn’t be affected. Therefore this is the final WEC season where you can watch this generation of LMP1 and LMP2 cars unrestricted.

And I’ve seen that Toyota TS050 live (and the Porsche 919 when it was there). You want to see that acceleration and direction change in person while you can.

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