quote:2017 ELMS Calendar
28-29 March Official Test Monza
14-15 April 4 Hours of Silverstone Silverstone Circuit United Kingdom
12-14 May 4 Hours of Monza, Monza, Italy
21-23 July July 4 Hours of Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria
25-27 August 4 Hours of Le Castellet, Circuit Paul Ricard, France
22-24 September 4 Hours of Spa, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
20-22 October, 4 Hours of Portimao, Algarve Circuit, Portugal
http://www.fiawec.com/en/(...)-from-2018_4434.htmlquote:Op vrijdag 19 augustus 2016 21:20 schreef Sinister-D- het volgende:
Kom dan op zijn minst met heugelijk nieuws Vuurvli3g
BMW in de GT klasse
Naast het feit dat de 24 uur van Le Mans clasht met de F1 race in Azerbeidzjan is een groter probleem dat de race op de Nurburgring clasht met de Formule E race in New York. Er rijden coureurs in beide kampioenschappen, die dus nu een keuze moeten maken voor een van beide races (waarbij de Formule E dat weekend twee races heeft).quote:Confirmed 2017 FIA WEC Calendar
24/25 March The WEC Prologue, Monza (Italy)
16 April 6 Hours of Silverstone (UK)
06 May WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium)
17/18 June Le Mans 24 Hours (France)
16 July 6 Hours of Nürburgring (Germany)
03 September 6 Hours of Mexico (Mexico)
16 September 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas (USA)
15 October 6 Hours of Fuji (Japan)
05 November 6 Hours of Shanghai (China)
18 November 6 Hours of Bahrain (Bahrain)
quote:Rebellion Racing, four time winners of the FIA World Endurance Championship Trophy for Private LMP1 Teams (and current leaders of this year’s Championship) will be putting their participation in the LMP1 category on hold after the conclusion of the 2016 season and will move to the new look LMP2 class for 2017.
The announcement marks a considerable shift from Rebellion’s earlier statement that they team intended to return to the LMP1 Privateer grid in 2017 developing a new LMP1 L car for next season. With those plans now put on hold, ByKolles are the only team confirmed for next season in the sub-class.
Rebellion’s statement reads:
Rebellion Racing first raced in LMP1 in 2009, running a single Lola chassis powered by an Aston Martin V12 engine. In 2010, Rebellion Racing ran two LMP1 cars, with the Lola chassis powered by Judd’s 5.5L V10 engines. Between 2011 and 2014, the team formed a close partnership with Toyota Motorsport GmbH and using the normally aspirated 3.4L V8 Toyota engine, Rebellion Racing achieved many successes including finishing in fourth place overall at Le Mans in 2012 and again in 2014.
With a change of Technical Regulations at the start of 2014 when the LMP1 class moved to a fuel-flow restricted formula, Rebellion Racing in association with ORECA built their own LMP1 cars, the Rebellion R-Ones. The Rebellion R-One cars were initially powered by the Toyota V8 that had served the team so well and then in 2015, as the team strived for even more performance, the Rebellion R-One cars were re-engineered to use the V6 twin turbo engine from AER.
That fourth place overall finish at Le Mans in the 24 Hour race in 2014 showed that the Rebellion R-One privateer cars could mix with the Manufacturer hybrid cars. Since 2014, Manufacturer development has significantly pushed the boundaries of LMP1 and, after having been the main flag bearer for the privateer entrants in the category for the past seven seasons, Rebellion Racing will next year move to the new style LMP2.
It is an exciting time for LMP2 as new specification cars, which will be eligible to race in all the top sportscar championships around the world, are currently being unveiled by the chassis suppliers. The pace of these new LMP2 cars is forecast to be significantly quicker than the current cars and with high levels of competition between the teams and the cars, the challenge is very attractive to Rebellion Racing, we are looking forward to this new adventure.
Missing from the (very carefully worded) statement are two key details – The choice of chassis, with several teams still weighing up the potential strengths and weaknesses of the four available options, and the details of the Championship, or Championships, that the team will race in.
With the team having enjoyed considerable success in North America in recent years, back to back Petit Le Mans wins in 2012 and 2013 a major team cv highlight, it would be absolutely no surprise to see Rebellion’s 2017 programme feature some of the IMSA enduros as well as a programme designed to cement their continued appearance in the Le Mans 24 Hours.
DSC expects there to be a two car entry posted for the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours by the Swiss flagged, UK based team.
quote:LE MANS 24 HOURS AND FIA WEC TO BE BROADCAST ON EUROSPORT FOR NEXT FOUR YEARS
Eurosport has signed a long-term deal to present live coverage of the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, negotiated by Infront Sports & Media, the exclusive media rights partner of The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
The agreement will see Eurosport offer live race action throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific region over the next four years up to and including 2020.
Eurosport has been a long standing rights holder of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, offering motorsport fans live coverage, behind-the-scenes footage and track-side interviews. Under the new agreement, the broadcaster will continue to offer full coverage of the 24 Hours of Le Mans as well as live coverage from each of the remaining eight rounds of the WEC.
Live race coverage will continue to be available across multiple platforms, including Eurosport channels and Eurosport Player - the live and on-demand digital platform which will also offer a range of additional content, such as on-board camera feeds.
Peter Hutton, Chief Executive of Eurosport said: “Motorsport fans are some of the most committed you can find, so we are delighted to extend our agreement to show the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mansand the world’s best endurance races to continue to fuel their passion for the sport. We look forward to more of this unique series over the next four years, available to fans at home and on-the-go across Eurosport’s platforms.”
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest said: “We’re very happy about the renewal of our partnership with Eurosport for Le Mans 24 Hours for the next four years. We’re delighted that this agreement also guarantees continued coverage of the FIA World Endurance Championship. We’re very focused on developing TV coverage of the Le Mans 24 Hours and the FIA WEC, and we gave an undertaking to our partners to achieve this. This new agreement confirms our determination. It will strengthen our positioning and result in the enhanced broadcasting of our world championship events and the flagship race, the Le Mans 24 Hours, across Europe and Asia-Pacific.”
Gérard Neveu, CEO of the FIA WEC added: “The announcement regarding Eurosport’s continued coverage of the World Endurance Championship is very good news indeed for all motorsport fans, and especially those of endurance racing. The channel’s extensive reach covers many international borders and, by showing live the excitement and non-stop action of our WEC races around the globe, it entertains millions and puts a spotlight on us which will also bring new fans through our doors, both physically and virtually.”