Boyd relishing chance to show his quality at Le Mans for real BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Wayne Boyd will get to realise another of his ambitions - to race on the La Sarthe circuit at Le Mans. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/motor-sport/boyd-relishing-chance-to-show-his-quality-at-le-mans-for-real-38139493.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/motor-sport/article38139492.ece/e1ebf/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-05-23_spo_50569986_I1.JPG Email Wayne Boyd will get to realise another of his ambitions - to race on the La Sarthe circuit at Le Mans. It will not be the full 24-hour race, but the former British Formula Ford champion and F3 winner from Templepatrick will be part of the June 15-16 support programme, driving in the Michelin Le Mans Cup for the United Autosports team. Boyd already has experience of the legendary 13km circuit after completing the mandatory orientation laps last year when he was United's reserve driver for the main event. This time he gets to be part of the … [Read more...] about Boyd relishing chance to show his quality at Le Mans for real
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France’s Quartararo hopes to star at Le MansLE MANS, France: In only his fifth MotoGP, 20-year-old Fabio Quartararo will be the center of attention this weekend for the race at Le Mans in his native France. Two weeks ago in Jerez, the rookie from Nice became the youngest man to take pole position in a grand prix, breaking the record set in 2013 by the sport’s dominant rider, Marc Marquez. Marquez still won the race, while Quartararo was forced out by mechanical problems with his Yamaha, but he has taken encouragement from his form in qualifying and post-race testing. “We can only draw positive conclusions from the Spanish GP. We took pole position,” he told the Yamaha SRT website. “We were fighting for the podium and on Monday we were the fastest at the test whilst we were trying out many things for the coming races,” he added.He is looking forward to racing in front of French fans for the first time since stepping up to MotoGP this season. … [Read more...] about France’s Quartararo hopes to star at Le Mans
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) put on an impressive display on home turf in Jerez, riding for redemption after his crash out the lead at COTA and showing he’s certainly capable of sealing the deal in a dominant race. In doing so he also took back the Championship lead, and in terms of race wins and track records, Marquez has a solid CV at Le Mans – as is becoming true everywhere – and the reigning Champion will be gunning for his third premier class victory at the venue. But there’s one man who stole some of the headlines in Spain – as well as a few records – and now it’s his turn to race on home turf. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) has been an impressive rookie since he stepped up, but in Jerez he stepped it up even further. Breaking Marquez’ record as the youngest polesitter in MotoGP™ on Saturday, on Sunday he seemed on for a first ever premier class podium right behind the reigning Champion – before the … [Read more...] about Game on at Le Mans: who can steal the headlines in France?
LONDON (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso will be replaced by New Zealander Brendon Hartley in the Toyota World Endurance Championship (WEC) team after the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, the Japanese manufacturer announced on Wednesday. Toyota said twice Formula One world champion Alonso "will explore new motorsport adventures within the Toyota Gazoo Racing family". No details were given but the Spaniard recently tested a Toyota Dakar Rally car in South Africa. The next edition of that race will be held in Saudi Arabia in January 2020. Alonso won Le Mans with Toyota last year and will be trying to win the Indianapolis 500 with McLaren later this month to become only the second driver to complete the so-called "Triple Crown of Motorsport." "Now is a good time to take on new challenges and there are many interesting opportunities to explore within Toyota Gazoo Racing," said the 37-year-old, who left Formula One last year. "We still have two important races remaining as we are still in the fight … [Read more...] about Alonso to leave Toyota WEC team after Le Mans
PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 April 2019 Wedmore's Ryan Cullen in racing action (pic United Eurosport 2019) Archant Wedmore racing driver Ryan Cullen was celebrating last week after receiving confirmation that a second entry for his team United Autosport has been approved for the Le Mans 24 in June. Wedmore's Ryan Cullen (pic United Eurosport 2019)For Cullen it will be his second 24-hour race in six months, having won the legendary Rolex Daytona 24 in January in the DragonSpeed LMP2 car with Pastor Madonado, Roberto Gonzalez and Sebastian Saveedra.A delighted Cullen said: “We weren't sure if our entry was going to be approved. “Places for this amazing race are limited and although United did everything possible, we were initially disappointed that we put on the reserve list. “I'm so happy and also for the team that a way has been found for us to be there in June. I got a real taste for endurance racing with my first 24-hour race in Daytona at the beginning of the year. … [Read more...] about Wedmore’s Cullen celebrates confirmation of Le Mans 24 spot following Daytona win