When the 2017 FIA Word Endurance Championship season will start on Easter weekend at Silverstone, the popular "Dane Train" Aston Martin Vantage GTE will defend it’s World Championship title in the GTE-Pro class, but with a small difference. While the car will continue in the FIA WEC with Aston Martin Racing, Young Driver AMR, the operation behind the #95 entry, will make a pit stop in 2017. Since 2010, Young Driver AMR campaigned Aston Martin racecars in various championships and took 16 victories and two World Championship titles in 90 races.
Ferrari WEC Reaches Agreement with Alessandro Pier Guidi
Ferrari has reached a technical and racing agreement with Alessandro Pier Guidi. The Italian driver will compete in the 2017 season of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) pairing up with James Calado in the 488 GTE no. 51 managed on the track by the AF Corse team.
Reigning European Le Mans Series (ELMS) GTE Champions Beechdean Aston Martin Racing have announced they will return to the championship in an updated factory Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GTE car in 2017 with Andrew Howard, Darren Turner and Ross Gunn.
Andrew Howard, Beechdean AMR team owner and driver, will be teaming back up with Aston Martin Racing Veteran Darren Turner. Howard and Turner, together with Alex Macdowall in 2016, took two race victories in their debut ELMS season on their way to championship victory.
The experienced duo will be joined in the #99 car by Aston Martin Racing Factory driver Ross Gunn. Gunn, 20, will continue with the Beechdean AMR squad for a third successive year, making his ELMS race debut at Silverstone in April.
CEFC Manor TRS Racing is pleased to announce that Roberto Gonzalez will return to the team to compete in the 2017 World Endurance Championship including the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. Roberto competed in the last two rounds of the 2016 season with Manor.
The Mexican driver from Monterrey has raced in various series including Champ Cars, Indy Cars and sports cars. He brings with him experience of driving in WEC having competed in three rounds last season.
Manor are delighted to announce that they will race in the 2017 World Endurance Championship and the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans under the new Chinese banner CEFC MANOR TRS RACING.
Chinese company Talent Racing Sports (TRS) and Manor will work closely together to create a competitive Chinese team in WEC. TRS originally supported Team China Racing in the FIA Formula E Championship in 2014, before expanding its involvement into the World Endurance Championship with CEFC-BaXi DC Racing Alpine in 2016. The deal marks the second year of involvement in WEC for China CEFC Energy Company Limited (CEFC), Baxi Ice Cream and TRS. CEFC MANOR TRS RACING will race with two ORECA 07 Gibsons in the 2017 Championship.
ByKOLLES Racing will start the 2017 World Endurance Championship (WEC) season with a well-known driver. Ex-Formula One driver Robert Kubica (32/POL) will take turns in driving the CLM P1/01 Nismo together with Brit Oliver Webb (25). The third driver for the FIA WEC races, including the Le Mans 24 Hours 2017, will be announced at a later stage. Oliver Webb is known to the private LMP1 team ByKOLLES Racing from his commitments during last season. After many good results in Formula One and several years in Rally, Robert Kubica will return to circuit racing and make his debut in Le Mans in June.
The ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) today announced that the full squad of four Ford GTs will compete at the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours, one year on from the marque’s triumphant return to the endurance race that everyone wants to win.
The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team’s 2016 victory came 50 years after an historic 1-2-3 finish for Ford at the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours. Ford also won the race in 1967 when Dan Gurney (US) and A. J. Foyt (US) piloted the Ford GT40 to victory, giving the team another target to hit this time around.
Aston Martin Racing to contest 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship Three car full-season assault with two GTE Pro and one GTE Am entry World champions return in #95 V8 Vantage GTE
Thursday 2 February, Banbury: Aston Martin Racing is once again ready to take on the world’s premiere endurance series, with the team announcing its three car line-up for the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) today.
2017 Daytona 24: By Speed Factory Well Prepared For 3rd Season In ELMS
By Speed Factory is a pioneering force in LMP3 class contesting the European Le Mans Series. In 2015, the new LMP3 class was introduced by Automobile Club de l'Ouest and the Valencia-based team entered a brand new Ginetta LMP3 racer in the ELMS and ranked 3rd in the teams´ standings and only beaten by factory-entered machineries of Team LNT. Last year, late driver line-up regulation changes when the season was about to start affected team´s overall performance. Besides, such frequent driver changes and a short testing programme resulted in dealing with a difficult situation throughout the season. By Speed Factory is pleased to announce the team led by Dalius Steponavicius is fully prepared for the 2017 season. By Speed Factory will rise up after the difficulties encountered last year.
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