BREAKING NEWS: Audi with new motorsport strategy: Formula E instead of WEC
Audi is realigning its motorsport strategy. The premium brand will terminate its FIA WEC commitment, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, at the end of the 2016 season. Instead Audi is taking up a factory-backed commitment in the all-electric Formula E racing series.
Speaking to 300 employees of the motorsport department on Wednesday morning, Chairman of the Board of Management Rupert Stadler put this strategic decision in the context of the current burdens on the brand, pointing out that it was important to focus on the things that would keep Audi competitive in the years ahead. That is why the Board of Management had decided to terminate Audi’s commitment in endurance racing. In the future, Audi will be using the know-how and skills of the motorsport experts from Neuburg and Neckarsulm partially in motorsport and partially in production development.
Action Express Racing Announces 2017 Driver Lineup
Action Express Racing announced today that the team's championship-winning 2016 driver lineup in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship - featuring Joao Barbosa, Dane Cameron, Eric Curran and Christian Fittipaldi - will return to the team for the 2017 season.
Entries Now Open For 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
As the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship closes in on what likely will be a landmark 2017 season, with the dawning of a new Prototype era and a number of new GT race cars and teams joining highly competitive, established programs, entry applications are now being accepted by IMSA.
The 2017 WeatherTech Championship season again opens with the 55th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 28-29, kicking off a 12-event calendar including North America’s premier road racing facilities and events. The Prototype (P) class, which will feature a mix of new Daytona Prototype international (DPi) and Le Mans Prototype 2 (LM P2) race cars, will compete in 10 events next season.
IMSA News Roundup: October 19, 2016: Keene Ready For Switch To Michael Shank Racing
Motorsports veteran Tim Keene is ready for his next challenge, as he has signed on with Michael Shank Racing to serve as General Manager for the team’s two-car Acura NSX effort in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona (GTD) class.
Keene spent the previous two years as Team Manager for Panoz DeltaWing Racing, where he led the unique race car to its best performances to date, collecting three top-five finishes in 2016.
“I want to say thank you to Don Panoz for everything he has done for me the past couple of years,” said Keene. “He and everyone that's part of the DeltaWing Racing Team will always have a fan in me, and I wish them all the best moving forward.”
Kcmg Seals Another GTE Am Podium In WEC Thriller At Fuji
KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG) once again displayed formidable performance – scoring its second consecutive GTE Am podium in FIA WEC’s sixth round at Fuji Speedway. After a thrilling six-hour battle on Fuji’s 4.563km track, the #78 Porsche 911 RSR shared by Christian Ried, Wolf Henzler and Joel Camathias rounded off the race in third place.
A Year Makes All The Difference For Christina Nielsen
Steven Cole Smith, IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida - IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver Katherine Legge said it best in a pre-event interview heading into the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. The interviewer asked, "What’s it like being a female race-car driver?"
Legge’s reply: "The car doesn’t know the difference."
Clearly, the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 didn’t know the difference in the 2016 WeatherTech Championship. Neither did the No. 007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage last year.
The No. 67 Ford GT, driven by Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell took the checkered flag for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. Winning the FIA World Endurance Championship Series, 6 Hours of Fuji. The Priaulx / Tincknell duo achieved their first win of the WEC season in dramatic fashion at the Fuji Speedway in the seventh race of the season.
Weiron Tan to compete in the Asian Series with Malaysian Team
The Asian Series was founded by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, which is the creator and organiser of numerous major motoring events including the Le 24 Hours, the American Series and the European Series. The Asian Series sees competitors taking part in the following categories: LMP2, LMP3, GT, GT Cup and CN.
Unfulfilled Eastern Promise in Japan for Strakka Racing
Strakka Racing’s hopes of delivering a strong result in Japan for absent team owner Nick Leventis faded in the setting sun after a down on power engine, together with a strategy that didn’t pan out, left duo Jonny Kane and Lewis Williamson finishing sixth at the Six Hours of Fuji.
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