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***The FIA World Endurance Championship printed an up to date model of the Complete 6 Hours of Spa entry record this week. The most recent version takes out the withdrawn Group Venture 1 No. 46 Porsche 911 RSR-19 and clears up the G-Drive Racing LMP2 trios.

***G-Drive’s lineup for its Spa outing is barely completely different from the crew’s European Le Mans Sequence squad. Pietro Fittipaldi, who’s racing in IndyCar this weekend, usually drives the No. 25 Aurus 01 Gibson in ELMS however his place at Spa has been taken up by Roberto Merhi. The No. 26 trio of Nyck de Vries, Roman Rusinov and Franco Colapinto is unchanged from ELMS.

***Iron Lynx is evaluating its all-female ‘Iron Dames’ crew for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in keeping with crew co-founder Andrea Piccini. Katherine Legge lately joined the crew’s WEC crew however Rahel Frey and Michelle Gatting, who Legge successfully changed, are on the entry record. It’s understood that Manuela Gostner is at the moment on the right track to affix the pair once more, however a last choice has but to be made. “We are going to select those who would be the quickest and most dependable at Le Mans,” Piccini advised Sportscar365.

***Piccini added that Gatting is the most certainly candidate to sub for Katherine Legge within the occasion that the British driver finally ends up lacking the Portimao, Monza and Fuji WEC races that conflict together with her full-season IMSA GT Daytona drive. “It’s already agreed that if she might want to go to America, she will likely be there, after which we are going to put Michelle into the WEC,” stated Piccini.

***Legge is making her first Spa look in 21 years. Her final race on the Belgian Grand Prix venue got here in a spherical of the 2000 British Components Ford season.

***Toyota’s Brendon Hartley prompt that the Hypercar crew’s competitors has dramatically elevated since final season, in reference to the comparative tempo of the LMP2 automobiles: “In principle, they have been meant to be slowed down in comparison with final 12 months, however it didn’t appear to be an excessive amount of!” he stated. “Let’s see within the race, however it’s virtually like we have now one other 15 rivals for the weekend.”

***Eurasia Motorsport is aiding with the operating of ARC Bratislava’s Ligier JS P217 Gibson. Eurasia is acquainted with the Ligier LMP2, having run the automotive at Le Mans final 12 months.

***Porsche’s Kevin Estre described Corvette Racing’s Prologue tempo as “spectacular” and expects the GM manufacturing unit squad to convey a combat to the full-season WEC manufacturers throughout its visitor race look, regardless of being off the category tempo throughout FP1. “Coming to Spa for the primary time and on the primary morning they have been there, five-tenths off,” stated Estre. “For certain they are going to be there.”

***Spa marks solely the second time that Corvette Racing has turned laps in Europe outdoors Le Mans. The final occasion occurred in 2009 when the crew carried out a Michelin tire take a look at at Misano, partly to assist GT1 groups operating within the FIA GT Championship. It additionally ran a Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2 with a bigger diameter entrance tire, forward of the product’s debut at Mid-Ohio later that 12 months. DKR Engineering and PK Carsport are believed to have been concerned within the take a look at, whereas Oliver Gavin was behind the wheel.

***As introduced on Thursday, Corvette nice Gavin will retire from skilled racing after Saturday’s race. His subsequent enterprise, the Oliver Gavin Driving Academy, is now on-line.

***Porsche and Audi look set to conduct parallel testing applications for his or her LMDh automobiles, as a part of a collaboration between the 2 Volkswagen Group manufacturers. When requested if shared testing can be part of the tie-up, Porsche’s head of manufacturing unit motorsport Pascal Zurlinden stated: “For those who talk about synergy, this would be the best one to do.”

***Zurlinden additionally defined why the Porsche LMDh is because of roll out barely before its Audi counterpart, which is poised for a first-quarter 2022 monitor debut. “It’s elements availability, and we began the mission a lot earlier,” he advised Sportscar365. “We have been already discussing idea phases in January final 12 months at Daytona, when the laws have been printed.”

***This weekend marks the primary WEC race beneath new championship CEO Frederic Lequien, who succeeded Gerard Neveu in the beginning of the 12 months. Neveu, who was lately appointed because the Motorsports Advisor at esports firm Motorsport Video games, was noticed within the paddock on Thursday.

***Goodyear’s intermediate and moist LMP2 tires for the 2021 WEC are “utterly new”, in keeping with the provider’s endurance racing program supervisor Mike McGregor. Goodyear has additionally launched a brand new laborious specification of its Eagle F1 SuperSport slick tire. “The development package deal is totally new,” McGregor stated. “The compound is from the primary 12 months that the automobiles have been launched.”

***The No. 46 Venture 1 Porsche was withdrawn from the 6 Hours of Spa after its Prologue crash because of the absence of a spare automotive, in keeping with Zurlinden. “It’s a timing factor,” he stated. “They [Porsche’s team] had 24 hours to construct a brand-new automotive to go racing.”

***Eurosport TV is bringing greater than 5 hours of protection of the race, with a one-hour recap of qualifying adopted by the race reside throughout the community’s British, European, Asian and Australasian platforms. 

***Mark Cole, Tom Gaymor and Damien Faulkner type the Eurosport English-language commentary crew. Protection begins at 11:15 a.m. BST on Saturday and can finish after the podiums at 6:45 p.m. BST.

***With no spectators allowed on-site as a consequence of COVID-19 restrictions, the WEC has made the Complete 6 Hours of Spa race programme obtainable on-line. Click on right here to view.

***Friday’s monitor motion consists of two Free Follow classes and two single-driver qualifying classes lasting 10 minutes. FP2 begins at 9:30 a.m. native time (3:30 a.m. EST) whereas FP3 is because of get underway at 2 p.m. (8 a.m. EST). Qualifying kicks off at 6:20 p.m. (12:20 p.m. EST).

Daniel Lloyd

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, masking the FIA World Endurance Championship, GT World Problem Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, amongst different sequence.