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#1 ezequiel

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Posted 10 December 2021 - 18:36

OK. I guess we could use a proper thread for this!

Daily Sports Car has just reported about the hypercar prospects for 2022. The rumours about Peugeot not being ready for Le Mans seem unfounded. ByKolles car is set to hit track soon with both development drivers Tom Dilmann and Esteban Guerrieri offering some inside. The Alpine has a bigger fuel tank now. Dragonspeed prospects to enter a grandfathered BR1 seem unlikely.



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#2 ARTGP

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Posted 10 December 2021 - 18:46

ByKolles back from the dead!

 

Glick full season.


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#3 ARTGP

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Posted 12 December 2021 - 00:05

To the surprise of no one, Peugeot have slapped a rear wing on the back: https://sportscar365...nitial-rollout/

They might be trying to benchmark the wingless solution, or they may have decided the wingless concept cannot give them the performance they need.

#4 ezequiel

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Posted 16 December 2021 - 19:18

Wild speculation here, but the ByKolles car could race as Vanwall (!), according to this



#5 Izzyeviel

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Posted 16 December 2021 - 21:41

Surprised they're not calling themselves 'Lotus'. 



#6 BRG

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Posted 17 December 2021 - 17:17

To the surprise of no one, Peugeot have slapped a rear wing on the back: https://sportscar365...nitial-rollout/

In other news, water has been discovered to be wet.

 

I like how they tried to obscure the rear wing in the PR shot.  As if anybody ever believed that the original wingless concept was more than a publicity stunt.  Or if it wasn't and their engineers genuinely believed it would work like that, then I have little confidence that the rest of the car will be any good!



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Posted 17 December 2021 - 17:22

In other news, water has been discovered to be wet.

I like how they tried to obscure the rear wing in the PR shot. As if anybody ever believed that the original wingless concept was more than a publicity stunt. Or if it wasn't and their engineers genuinely believed it would work like that, then I have little confidence that the rest of the car will be any good!


With BOP and the ACO it will be just fine, for sure.

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Posted 17 December 2021 - 17:25

Kolles are surely the weirdest team ever. They do no PR ever, build a car based on an 2013 LMP2 they asked another company to build them, have a number of conspicuously unfamiliar “sponsors” and always break down alsmost immediately.

If they were interested in racing, why wouldn’t they buy an LMH or even a LMDH once they are available. This thing stands no chance of getting decent bop and just looks like a excercise in spending someone else’s money (I couldn’t possibly speculate why that might be).

#9 AlexPrime

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Posted 17 December 2021 - 17:25

Will Glickenhaus come back?



#10 FLB

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Posted 17 December 2021 - 17:26

Will Glickenhaus come back?

Jim Glickenhaus has already said he's doing the full season.



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Posted 17 December 2021 - 17:27

Excellent. As much as I love Japanese carmakers, I hope Jim and the Lions give challenge to Toyota Gazoo Racing.



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Posted 17 December 2021 - 18:59

Kolles are surely the weirdest team ever. They do no PR ever, build a car based on an 2013 LMP2 they asked another company to build them, have a number of conspicuously unfamiliar “sponsors” and always break down alsmost immediately.

If they were interested in racing, why wouldn’t they buy an LMH or even a LMDH once they are available. This thing stands no chance of getting decent bop and just looks like a excercise in spending someone else’s money (I couldn’t possibly speculate why that might be).

I guess they like to build their own car, be a constructor. I can totally understand that.



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Posted 12 January 2022 - 13:59

39 cars entered for the season, as announced today. Peugeot is there but not ByKolles. Many LMP2s as expected, including Penske running Emmanuel Collard, Richard Mille nominating Lilou Wadoux and Kubica and Deletraz switching to Prema. Also, Glickenhaus has named Pla as their first confirmed driver.



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Posted 12 January 2022 - 14:10

 

ByKolles Racing’s entry application for the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season with a Le Mans Hypercar racing under the Vanwall name has been rejected for homologation reasons, Sportscar365 understands.

 

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#15 ARTGP

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Posted 12 January 2022 - 22:23

I wonder why they decided to draw a line in the sand with ByKolles. I don't think Peugeot is doing the full season either. 


Edited by ARTGP, 12 January 2022 - 22:24.


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Posted 12 January 2022 - 23:27

39 cars entered for the season, as announced today. Peugeot is there but not ByKolles. Many LMP2s as expected, including Penske running Emmanuel Collard, Richard Mille nominating Lilou Wadoux and Kubica and Deletraz switching to Prema. Also, Glickenhaus has named Pla as their first confirmed driver.

Lilooooooouuuuuu!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

 

Can't tell you how happy that makes me :D She needs to work on her English skills, though. Right now, she's at the level Olivier Panis was in 1994.



#17 William Hunt

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Posted 13 January 2022 - 03:12

I wonder why they decided to draw a line in the sand with ByKolles. I don't think Peugeot is doing the full season either. 

 

It's just not fair. ByKolles is such a small outfit and they've done a huge investment by developing this car only to be snubbed. They could have easily have dropped an LMP2 car for their entry or added an entry more, it's ridiculous. This team actually developed their own Hypercar and got punished for it, a disgrace.



#18 AlexPrime

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Posted 13 January 2022 - 11:33

Do you think Pug will do Spa or Sebring in order to participate?



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Posted 13 January 2022 - 11:38

Kubica driving for Prema LMP2!

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#20 AlexPrime

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Posted 13 January 2022 - 12:04

Kubica driving for Prema LMP2!

He changes teams from WRT? Interesting...



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Posted 13 January 2022 - 12:39

Do you think Pug will do Spa or Sebring in order to participate?

 

I'd presume Spa, much cheaper and logistically easier. 



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Posted 13 January 2022 - 14:36

Although Sebring would be a better test of seeing what's going to break...



#23 TennisUK

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Posted 13 January 2022 - 14:58

Do you think Pug will do Spa or Sebring in order to participate?

It'll need to be one of them if they want to do Le Mans due to BOP. I have a suspicion they'll make it to Spa. Sebring, not a chance.

 

This will be the final rubbish year of WEC for a few years, hopefully. We all know it's 2023 we're really waiting for.



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Posted 13 January 2022 - 15:58

It'll need to be one of them if they want to do Le Mans due to BOP. I have a suspicion they'll make it to Spa. Sebring, not a chance.

 

This will be the final rubbish year of WEC for a few years, hopefully. We all know it's 2023 we're really waiting for.

I hope so. But I wouldn't be too surprised of Toyota GR dominates again.



#25 ezequiel

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Posted 18 January 2022 - 17:11

Peugeot to miss Sebring, new image of the car on track (without rear wing) unveiled



#26 ezequiel

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Posted 01 February 2022 - 17:20

The (first) entry list for the 1000 miles of Sebring has been published. Curiously, Alpine has only confirmed Negrao. At Glickenhaus, Pla is joined by Dumas and Briscoe. LMP2 is the most populated class with 15 entries, 3 of them in the Pro/Am subclass. Only G-Drive's third driver seems to be 'TBA' in that class. Many more TBA drivers in GTE-Am.



#27 ARTGP

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Posted 01 February 2022 - 17:27

Any word on the re-engineered Toyota? I really hope they've managed to try and make that thing look a bit better atleast. It will look like an ugly duckling amongst the GTPs and the other hypercars.


Edited by ARTGP, 01 February 2022 - 17:27.


#28 OvDrone

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Posted 13 February 2022 - 13:47

G'day endurance aficionados.

Seeing as all the WEC talk has been condensed into the 2020 Regulation Thread and that it feels off to post the live Asian Le Mans Series race from Dubai into the GT thread, I thought why not make a main thread for all ACO - LMP Endurance goodness ? 

Please share your feedback and views on it. Cool, uncool ? 

Anyways, so the Asian Le Mans Series got underway this weekend and I just haphazardly stumbled upon the live second round from the awful Dubai Autodrom on Youtube, so I'll happily have it in the background on my flatscreen as I nap to get ready for work later.

Feel free to do with this as you wish for the next 4 hours or so:



#29 Secretariat

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Posted 13 February 2022 - 13:56

G'day endurance aficionados.

Seeing as all the WEC talk has been condensed into the 2020 Regulation Thread and that it feels off to post the live Asian Le Mans Series race from Dubai into the GT thread, I thought why not make a main thread for all ACO - LMP Endurance goodness ? 

Please share your feedback and views on it. Cool, uncool ? 

Anyways, so the Asian Le Mans Series got underway this weekend and I just haphazardly stumbled upon the live second round from the awful Dubai Autodrom on Youtube, so I'll happily have it in the background on my flatscreen as I nap to get ready for work later.

Feel free to do with this as you wish for the next 4 hours or so

Thanks! I have something to watch/listen with my coffee and for when I go out to shovel snow. As far as your idea: I think its cool.


Edited by Secretariat, 13 February 2022 - 13:56.


#30 Izzyeviel

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Posted 13 February 2022 - 13:57

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Broken lights? Keep calm & use duct tape.

 

Shame they didn't do this a few days ago... could've gone in the countdown thread.


Edited by Izzyeviel, 13 February 2022 - 15:45.


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Posted 13 February 2022 - 14:05

AsLMS is utter madness this year: Four races, on two tracks, on consecutive weekends, in one country (the UAE)...  :eek:

 

(And I pity those who will be doing a) a 24-hour race in the USA, followed by b) a 9-hour race in South Africa and c), followed by the AsLMS madness (je pense à toi, Mikaël Grenier...), in the space of less than a month)


Edited by FLB, 13 February 2022 - 14:06.


#32 Myrvold

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Posted 13 February 2022 - 17:26

AsLMS is utter madness this year: Four races, on two tracks, on consecutive weekends, in one country (the UAE)... :eek:


Was the same last year ;)

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Posted 13 February 2022 - 17:34

The Nielsen #4 was peerless with Rodrigo Sales, Matt Bell and Bon Hindley. 

AND Nielsen winning in LMP3 as well with the #8. Impressive / Ominous.

Shame for the #17 in GTs; so weird to see Vincent Abril in a AF Corse Ferrari lol. Cheers to the #55 Rinaldi Ferrari as well as the #7 McLaren and Cheers to y'all for a little Sunday race to get warmedup for the incoming Spring Racing. 



#34 ezequiel

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Posted 14 February 2022 - 01:57

There is a 2022 WEC thread that I guess could be merged with this one.

 

As for the ALMS races, nice to see the Ginetta doing well in race 2 before retiring



#35 barrykm

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Posted 14 February 2022 - 10:11

I'm pleased to see Daniil Kyvat in LMP2 this year. Best wishes to him.



#36 ezequiel

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Posted 14 February 2022 - 12:03

Entry list for the ELMS just announced. 17 LMP2s, 12 LMP3s & 13 GTEs. Flörsch to race with Rusinov at G-Drive.



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Posted 15 February 2022 - 15:54

Any word on the re-engineered Toyota? I really hope they've managed to try and make that thing look a bit better atleast. It will look like an ugly duckling amongst the GTPs and the other hypercars.

A brief snippet of it in this article. Visible changes include a taller rear fin and lower rear bodywork apparently. More info still to come about non easily visible modifications.



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Posted 16 February 2022 - 11:34

Flörsch is an interesting signing for G-Drive, she did pretty well with Algarve Pro at the end of last season's ELMS having seemingly used the Richard Mille Racing Team ELMS/WEC opportunity to good effect. Didn't seem to click with the GT3s over in the DTM. 

 

I think carving out a solid LMP2/prototype career in with the regular teams on merit would be something to celebrate. 



#39 ezequiel

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Posted 16 February 2022 - 14:19

Alpine retains Negrao, Lapierre and Vaxivière



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Posted 16 February 2022 - 17:25

Fisico will be back with Iron Lynx:

 

https://www.formulap...-am-604752.html



#41 ezequiel

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Posted 20 February 2022 - 12:29

Asian LMS last race of the season about to start

 



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Posted 21 February 2022 - 10:34

Great showing by the #4 in LMP2 and congrats to the #27 in LMP3 and #69 Mclaren in GTs for making into Le Mans.

Ezequiel, so sorry for not noticing your prior WEC thread - I'll write to a mod to help admin and merge these threads.

Next stop: the Prologue at Sebring 12/13 March.



#43 FLB

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Posted 24 February 2022 - 19:25

If international financial sanctions are coming (i.e. Russian money), I imagine there are some questions that should be asked about G-Drive's presence in the FIA WEC?



#44 ezequiel

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Posted 24 February 2022 - 22:00

Yeah, let's see what happens with them both in the WEC and the ELMS



#45 ezequiel

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Posted 25 February 2022 - 12:03

Peugeot will miss Le Mans this year

 

:well:



#46 FLB

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Posted 28 February 2022 - 13:18

The entry list for Le Mans was supposed to come out this morning. It's not, for 'administrative reasons' (i.e. G-Drive)...

 

https://www.autohebd...-repoussee.html


Edited by FLB, 28 February 2022 - 13:18.


#47 ezequiel

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Posted 28 February 2022 - 22:50

Well, FIA is meeting tomorrow to decide what to do with Russian drivers, teams, venues, etc., so it's understandable they need to wait



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Posted 06 March 2022 - 13:49

G Drive is out.

 

 

G-Drive team principal Roman Rusinov has announced on Instagram he is refusing to accept the conditions laid down by the FIA for the participation of Russian competitors in international motorsport following the country’s invasion of Ukraine last month. Rusinov said in the short statement he would “not put my signature on this document” and expressed disappointment that members of the team “won’t compete for GDR”, adding “we are already looking at different projects to develop motorsports in our country”.

 

https://www.autospor...onduct/8750443/



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Posted 07 March 2022 - 15:37

Wonder if this gets ByKolles back into the mix. They should be in.

 

 

The move announced on Monday by race organiser and WEC promoter the Automobile Club de l’Ouest follows the announcement by Russian entrant G-Drive Racing that it is putting its sportscar programmes on hold for 2022. Entries for the 90th edition of Le Mans on 11/12 June have been re-opened on 7 March at 3pm CET for a 48-hour period.

https://www.motorspo...cedure/8784149/



#50 ezequiel

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Posted 10 March 2022 - 14:20

We have Le Mans entry list

 

No Kolles (not even as a reserve, but I don't think their car has been homologated yet) and no Peugeot, as we already knew

One Ligier in LMP2 for CD Sport

Both High Class LMP2 cars on reserve list, including one with Jan and Kevin Magnussen entered as drivers

Algarve Pro taking control of G-Drive's entries but as Pro-Am efforts (Flörsch confirmed in one car)

A Riley Ferrari in GTE-pro