***A absolute of 43 cars are set for this weekend’s Motul Petit Le Mans, the better acreage for the ten-hour enduro at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta back 2014. IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams unloaded Wednesday afternoon advanced of the alpha of on-track action on Thursday morning.
***Among the backward disciplinarian additions accommodate Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS disciplinarian Benjamin Hites in NTE Sport’s Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo alongside Don Yount and Jaden Conwright. The aggregation is authoritative its fourth alpha of the division and aboriginal back Road America in August.
***Michele Beretta has abutting Grasser Racing Team’s calendar alongside full-season drivers Franck Perera and Misha Goikhberg. Beretta won the 2020 European Le Mans Alternation appellation with Proton Antagonism and was one of this year’s International GT Accessible champions with Lamborghini accouterments Vincenzo Sospiri Racing.
***Beretta’s appointment to Grasser agency that he and his GT Accessible co-champion Frederik Schandorff, who is subbing for Ollie Millroy at Inception Racing, will be aggressive adjoin anniversary added in GTD.
***Rodrigo Pflucker and Stefan Rzadzinski complete the Forty7 Motorsports LMP3 calendar this weekend, in accession to Mark Kvamme. Pflucker was the 2019 IMSA Ancestor Challenge best with the aforementioned team, while Rzadzinski’s best contempo drive came in the Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy which accurate Formula E for two seasons.
***There accept been no above Balance of Performance adjustments back the aftermost annular at Virginia International Raceway added than a 1-liter ammunition accommodation abridgement for the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R. The McLaren 720S GT3, authoritative its aboriginal alternation alpha of the season, has been listed with a minimum weight of 1295 kg.
***This weekend marks the aboriginal time back 2020 that two Porsche 911 RSR-19s will attempt in WeatherTech Championship competition. All three of the drivers of the No. 97 Porsche — Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen and Fred Makowicki — are beginning off aftermost weekend’s 8 Hours of Bahrain.
***Roman De Angelis and Scott Huffaker were amid a scattering of Silver-rated drivers that took allotment in aftermost weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship amateur analysis in Bahrain at the caster of Aston Martin Vantage GTEs. The Heart of Racing disciplinarian was quickest of the North American contingent, which additionally included Kenton Koch and Dylan Murry.
***Members of European Le Mans Alternation and Michelin Le Mans Cup accouterments Cool Racing are acceptable WIN Autosport this weekend in the operation of its LMP3 car for Matt Bell, Naveen Rao and Josh Skelton.
***United Autosports, which is additionally operating as a two-car ancestor accomplishment this weekend, is utilizing an Andretti Autosport agent alongside its committed Florida-based truck. A cardinal of its aggregation came beeline from aftermost weekend’s WEC division afterpiece in Bahrain.
***The No. 57 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo is a aboriginal anatomy this weekend, with its Rolex 24 at Daytona GT Daytona class-winning car accepting been retired from competition. Several associates of its European-based accouterments are on-site this weekend including architect Alex Zoechling.
***Inception Racing, which is authoritative its IMSA debut, was affected to abolish its Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS decals from its agent aloft arrival. A agnate bearings occurred to WeatherTech Sprint Cup aspirant Compass Racing beforehand this year.
***Corvette Racing is authoritative its 250th alpha this weekend back the program’s admission in the 1999 Rolex 24.
***Every Porsche GTD affairs is in altercation for one or added championship this weekend. Pfaff Motorsports’ Laurens Vanthoor and Zach Robichon advance the chic standings while Wright Motorsports’ Patrick Long holds an alfresco adventitious of the title, with the Ohio-based aggregation in altercation for the Michelin Endurance Cup title.
***Team Hardpoint’s Rob Ferriol, meanwhile, leads the Bob Akin Award, which will accommodate an automated allure to abutting year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ben Keating currently leads the Jim Trueman award, which offers the aforementioned for LMP2.
***TF Sport is absurd to acknowledgment to the Rolex 24 at Daytona afterwards authoritative its admission in the chase this year with an Aston Martin Vantage GT3. “Not at the moment,” aggregation arch Tom Ferrier afresh told Sportscar365. “I’ve beatific a brace of budgets out but annihilation major. Ben [Keating] is not agog to do it in an Aston, which is fair abundant because he’s done it once.”
***Ferrier added that TF Sport chump Salih Yoluc at one date advised an IMSA LMP2 program, but is now set to go for a additional assignment in the European Le Mans Alternation instead. Projections for a additional LMP2 car in the British team’s abiding now accept a “30 percent” adventitious of happening, according to Ferrier.
***The new-for-2023 Porsche 911 GT3 R has amorphous on-track testing according to Head of Porsche Motorsport Thomas Laudenbach. The type-992 based archetypal is accepted to booty allotment in called analysis contest abutting year advanced of a abounding chump rollout the afterward year.
“We’re testing and we’re in the average of our analysis work,” Laudenbach told Sportscar365. “So far I’m actual blessed because there hasn’t been any above problems. You consistently accept a few things back you advance a new car but so far annihilation that makes me worry.”
***Officials from Global Medical Response (GMR) and IMSA today accepted an addendum of their accumulated affiliation through 2024. GMR’s arena ambulance business, American Medical Response (AMR), will abide in its role as official emergency medical casework accomplice with IMSA.
***For the additional year in a row, Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) and Road Atlanta accept partnered to actualize the Electric Vehicle Performance Access presented by Jackson EMC. The all-electric car access is accessible to the public.
Daniel Lloyd contributed to this report
John Dagys is the architect and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports contributor for FOXSports.com and SPEED Channel and has contributed to abundant added motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John
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