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Vandoorne joins Peugeot WEC team as reserve driver

Reigning Formula E champion Stoffel Vandoorne will serve as Peugeot’s official reserve driver in its first full-season in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2023.

Ex-Audi boss Gass joins JOTA to lead WEC Hypercar programme

Former Audi motorsport boss Dieter Gass is joining the JOTA team ahead of its move into the Hypercar class of the FIA World Endurance Championship with a new Porsche 963.

Alpine announces full driver line-up for two-car WEC LMP2 attack

Alpine has named the six drivers that will compete for the team in the FIA World Endurance Championship on its step down to the LMP2 division.

Lapierre to skip 2023 WEC season as Alpine steps down to LMP2

Nicolas Lapierre is set to be absent from the FIA World Endurance Championship grid for the first time since 2015 this year, following Alpine’s step down to LMP2.

Kubica, Deletraz switch to WRT for 2023 WEC season

Ex-Formula 1 racer Robert Kubica and Louis Deletraz will both race for the WRT LMP2 team in the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship.

NASCAR Garage 56 reveals Le Mans headlights setup in Daytona

NASCAR's Garage 56 revealed its headlights setup during Daytona testing this week, where ex-Formula 1 champion Jenson Button got behind the wheel of its Chevrolet for the first time.

Grosjean hopes to race Le Mans in 2024 if IndyCar schedule allows

Romain Grosjean says his Lamborghini LMDh commitments next year should include the 24 Hours of Le Mans, providing there are no clashes with his IndyCar schedule.

Kvyat, Bortolotti join Prema's expanded WEC line-up for 2023

Ex-Formula 1 driver Daniil Kvyat and factory Lamborghini racer Mirko Bortolotti have been named as part of Prema’s two-car line-up for the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

NASCAR Garage 56 set for 12-hour Daytona test before Sebring race-run attempt

The NASCAR-inspired Garage 56 entry for this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours will switch focus to endurance running at Daytona on Wednesday.

“Huge asset” Button adds NASCAR Garage 56 driver change hurdle

Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button’s vast experience of European racing is proving a big help to the NASCAR Garage 56 project – but his height is making driver changes trickier.

Button: Garage 56 entry will show “true NASCAR” at Le Mans 24 Hours

Ex-Formula 1 champion Jenson Button feels that fans will get a “true experience” of NASCAR in its one-off special appearance at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

Jenson Button joins NASCAR Garage 56 Le Mans 24 driver lineup

Jenson Button has been revealed as part of the driver lineup for the Garage 56 entry that brings NASCAR back to the Le Mans 24 Hours for its centenary race in June.

WEC assessing Sebring alternative for US round from 2024

The FIA World Endurance Championship has admitted that it is examining alternatives to Sebring for the US round of the series from 2024.

All-new GT3 Corvette Z06 unveiled for customer teams in 2024

Chevrolet has revealed the new Corvette Z06 GT3.R racecar, a year before it makes its competition debut at the 2024 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Westbrook: New Cadillac GTP “puts emphasis on the driver”

Cadillac Racing driver Richard Westbrook says the new GTP cars in IMSA’s top class place more emphasis on the driver, and believes they will be more raceable than the Daytona Prototypes that went before.

Toyota WEC ace Lopez to race for Cool LMP2 team in ELMS

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Jose Maria Lopez will contest the European Le Mans Series for LMP2 squad Cool Racing alongside his Toyota FIA World Endurance Championship programme.

Andretti targets Le Mans and WEC with new WTR partnership

Michael Andretti says he wants to take his new sportscar partnership with Wayne Taylor Racing to the Le Mans 24 Hours in future.

WEC drivers hope new sportscar era will last longer than LMP1

Several drivers from the FIA World Endurance Championship are optimistic that the new breed of LMDh and LMH cars will herald the start of a new era that will last longer than the peak years of LMP1.

Sportscar racing’s new era needs to ‘live up to the hype’ – Tandy

Factory Porsche driver Nick Tandy says that both IMSA and the FIA World Endurance Championship need to “put on a show that lives up to this hype” in a new era of sportscar racing.

WEC entry still "under review" but McLaren "not ready for it yet"

McLaren is still keeping tabs on a possible future FIA World Endurance Championship entry, but CEO Zak Brown has conceded the team is not yet ready for it.

JOTA retains da Costa and Stevens for Porsche 963 WEC programme

Antonio Felix da Costa and Will Stevens will remain with the JOTA team to race its customer Porsche 963 LMDh in the FIA World Endurance Championship this season.

Glickenhaus, Vanwall plan additional Le Mans 24 Hours entries

Additional Le Mans 24 Hours entries planned by Glickenhaus and Vanwall look set to make for the biggest grid in the top class at the French enduro since 2010.

Porsche: Long-term aim should be Le Mans Hypercar and LMDh unification

Porsche’s motorsport boss Thomas Laudenbach says the next big step for global sportscar racing would be to unify its prototype classes into one set of rules in the longer term.

Wadoux added to Ferrari factory GT driver roster for 2023

Ferrari has announced it has added Lilou Wadoux to its stable of factory GT racers for the 2023 season.

Spirit F1 owner and Le Mans-winning Bentley team boss John Wickham dies aged 73

John Wickham, who co-owned the Spirit Formula 1 team of the early 1980s and oversaw Bentley’s 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours victory, has died aged 73 after a long illness.

Corvette completes line-up for 2023 WEC GTE Am campaign

Corvette Racing has announced that silver-rated Nicolas Varrone will join Nicky Catsburg and Ben Keating in its factory entry in the GTE Am class of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2023.

Vanwall missing 2022 WEC entry was "positive thing" - Dillmann

The ByKolles-run Vanwall team missing out on an entry for the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season was a "positive thing" in hindsight, according to Tom Dillmann.

Bold new liveries for Cadillac V-LMDh cars of Ganassi, AXR

Cadillac has revealed the color schemes for the three Cadillac V-LMDh racecars set to make their competition debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona this month.

Cadillac sportscar program unaffected by Andretti F1 plans

Cadillac’s global VP Rory Harvey says the marque’s intention to enter Formula 1 with Andretti Global will not detract from its programs in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship.

MotoGP legend Rossi set to test BMW LMDh prototype

Seven-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi is on course to test new employer BMW’s LMDh prototype.

Isotta Fraschini aiming for Monza WEC debut after entry rejected

The revived Isotta Fraschini marque is targeting a race debut for its new Le Mans Hypercar at Monza in July after its full-season FIA World Endurance Championship entry was rejected.

The 2023 WEC season entry list in full

Check out the full entry list for the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship season, complete with all the drivers that have been announced so far.

WEC reveals 2023 entry list, 13 cars in Hypercar class

A total of 13 cars will contest this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship in the Hypercar class.

Giovinazzi joins WEC as Ferrari names 2023 Hypercar drivers

Ferrari Formula 1 reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi will race the Italian manufacturer’s new 499P Le Mans Hypercar in this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship. 

Prema names Correa, Pin for WEC as it adds second LMP2 car

Prema has signed Juan Manuel Correa and Doriane Pin as its first two drivers for its sophomore campaign in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2023.

Why the WEC should make space for modern garagistes in 2023 Prime

Why the WEC should make space for modern garagistes in 2023

OPINION: There is plenty of excitement over the glut of manufacturers tackling the Hypercar class of the FIA World Endurance Championship this season. The selection committee is set to face headaches over who it decides to admit and who gets turned away from the 2023 entry list, but history tells us that the smaller entrants have a place

Toyota believes customer LMH cars possible, not just LMDh

Toyota believes it will be possible for customer teams to run cars built to Le Mans Hypercar regulations despite the perception that they are more expensive and complicated than LMDh machines.

Haas F1 reserve Fittipaldi joins JOTA for WEC LMP2 campaign

Two-time Formula 1 race starter Pietro Fittipaldi is joining the JOTA team for the defence of its FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 crown in 2023.

Who will race in WEC and IMSA with LMDh/LMH cars in 2023?

Sportscar racing is set to enter a new golden era from 2023, with new rules bringing back much needed life to a motorsport discipline that has been moribund in recent years. Here’s the full list of manufacturers who are building cars to LMDh and Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) regulations.

Motorsport.com writers' most memorable moments of 2022 Prime

Motorsport.com writers' most memorable moments of 2022

The season just gone was a memorable one for many of our staff writers, who are fortunate enough to cover motorsport around the world. Here are our picks of the best (and in some cases, most eventful) from 2022.

Isotta Fraschini partners with Vector Sport for WEC Hypercar bid

Revived Italian car maker Isotta Fraschini is teaming up with the Vector Sport team in its bid for a FIA World Endurance Championship entry with its new Le Mans Hypercar.

Porsche: No fear of Le Mans Hypercar ‘tech war’ impacting 963 chances

Porsche’s motorsport boss Thomas Laudenbach believes that its 963 program in the FIA World Endurance Championship is not at competitive risk by a potential spending war between rival Le Mans Hypercar manufacturers.

United Autosports confident of 2023 WEC fightback after below-par season

United Autosports drivers Oliver Jarvis and Filipe Albuquerque are confident that the LMP2 team will bounce back in the FIA World Endurance Championship next year after a season that fell short of its usual high standards in 2022.

Isotta Fraschini close to finalising 2023 WEC plans

The revived Isotta Fraschini marque expects to finalise a deal with a team to run its new Le Mans Hypercar in the FIA World Endurance Championship before the new year.

Cadillac: Amount of code to run an LMDh car is “daunting”

Laura Wontrop Klauser, GM’s sportscar racing program manager, says that calibrating the code to run a GTP prototype has been the biggest mountain ahead of the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Is Qatar the price motorsport fans have to pay? Prime

Is Qatar the price motorsport fans have to pay?

OPINION: Fresh from hosting a controversial 2022 football World Cup, Qatar has added its name to the 2024 World Endurance Championship calendar. Although questions may be asked about its presence on the calendar, is it simply the price to pay for having a healthy racing championship?

Jani to leave Porsche works driver role after 963 LMDh snub

Le Mans 24 Hours and FIA World Endurance Championship title winner Neel Jani is leaving Porsche at the end of this year after 10 seasons.

New Porsche 963 “very different to drive” from 919, says Tandy

Former Le Mans winner Nick Tandy says Porsche’s new 963 is “very different to drive” from the ultra-successful 919 Hybrid that he used to win the French sportscar classic in 2015.

Thiim: Loyalty to Aston comes before WEC Hypercar aspirations

Nicki Thiim is excited about the new golden era of sportscar racing that is scheduled to begin in 2023, but will not leave Aston Martin to chase a seat in the Hypercar class of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Vergne: Peugeot WEC progress "huge" despite reliability drama

Peugeot driver Jean-Eric Vergne feels the French manufacturer has made “huge” progress on the reliability front despite persistent issues with the 9X8 in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Inside the spec hybrid spine of LMDh cars

BMW will race its M Hybrid V8 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year and the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2024. Project leader Maurizio Leschiutta shares the workings of the spec, rear-axle-mounted LMDh hybrid kit.

Porsche unveils driver line-ups for 2023 WEC and IMSA campaigns

Porsche has unveiled the driver line-ups for its assaults on the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year with its new 963 LMDh prototype.

Why Porsche drivers need a 30-page manual to drive the 963
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Why Porsche drivers need a 30-page manual to drive the 963

In our exclusive video, Porsche Penske Motorsport’s Dane Cameron explains the complex functionality of the new 963 racing prototype’s steering wheel – which doesn’t just move the front wheels and changes gear but contains all the buttons, levers and wizardry for the new hybrid energy recovery system that all premier-class IMSA sportscars will race with in 2023.

Watch Bahrain Full Access: Episode 4 Bahrain
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Watch Bahrain Full Access: Episode 4

The final episode of the World Endurance Championship’s all access series concludes with the on-track Bahrain 8 Hours action and post-race celebrations and commiserations.

United signs Hanley as Albuquerque WEC stand-in

United Autosports has announced that Ben Hanley will fill in for Filipe Albuquerque in its FIA World Endurance Championship line-up for two races next year.

Peugeot driver Duval warns against axing LMP2 class from WEC

Peugeot star Loic Duval feels it would be unwise to phase out the LMP2 class from the FIA World Endurance Championship to accommodate a larger Hypercar field in the coming years.

Sebring could keep place on '24 WEC calendar alongside Qatar

Sebring could retain its place on the FIA World Endurance Championship calendar in March after Qatar becomes the season opener from 2024.

Glickenhaus commits to 2023 WEC Hypercar programme

Glickenhaus has committed to race on in the FIA World Endurance Championship next year with its Le Mans Hypercar.

Qatar to host WEC season-opening race in 2024

A race at the Losail circuit in Qatar will replace Sebring as the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2024.

United driver Hanson eyeing a reset after his "toughest year" to date

After a sometimes trying dual campaign in the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series with United Autosports, 2019-20 WEC LMP2 champion and BRDC SuperStar Phil Hanson explains how he plans to start 2023 on the front foot.