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News & Notes Roundup, 10.14

The latest news and notes from the world of sports car racing…

Photo: Adrenal Media/FIA WEC

Photo: Adrenal Media/FIA WEC

***A final ruling on the incident involving Gustavo Yacaman and Richard Bradley in the closing moments of Sunday’s FIA WEC Six Hours of Fuji is not expected to be made until just prior to the next round in Shanghai. The FIA Technical Committee will review further data provided by KCMG and present its findings to the Stewards.

***Nick Tandy and Fred Makowiecki will give the new Porsche 911 GT3 R its debut in this weekend’s penultimate VLN round of the season. The 2016-spec car will feature Porsche’s previous-generation powerplant, as further testing is still ongoing with the new direct-injection unit that is expected to be homologated with the car.

***Earl Bamber, meanwhile, will make his Nordschleife debut this weekend at the wheel of a Porsche Cayman, in order to qualify to race in next year’s Nürburgring 24, where Porsche is expected to have a significant factory presence with the new GT3 machine.

***Lime Rock Park could fall under the regulation of the local government. A Salisbury Planning & Zoning meeting is set for Oct. 19. The Litchfield Superior Court currently maintains regulation of the track since 1959, when an injunction was put in place. One of the discussion points is the possible restriction of racing during certain hours and days.

***Patrick Long and Patrick Dempsey became the first American drivers to win a FIA WEC race, outside of Le Mans, last weekend when they took their Dempsey Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR to GTE-Am class victory. Both Starworks Motorsport and 8Star Motorsports are the only American teams to score class victories in the championship.

***Porsche has appointed Klaus Zellmer as the new President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America (PCNA), effective Nov. 1. Zellmer, who currently serves as head of overseas and emerging markets, replaces Detlev von Platen, who was named to the executive board for global sales and marketing.

***Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus will be back in action this weekend in VLN with its two SCG003C cars. Franck Mailleux, Manuel Lauck and Andreas Simonsen will pilot one car, with Thomas Mutsch, Jeff Westphal British journalist Jethro Bovingdon listed in the second entry.

***Prototype Lites driver Robert Alon will test Performance Tech’s Oreca FLM09 later this year, once the Prototype Challenge car is repaired from its weekend-ending accident at Petit Le Mans.

***Audi factory drivers Marco Bonanomi and Rene Rast will take part as guest entrants in the Audi TT Sports Cup this weekend in Hockenheim. Three drivers: Jan Kisiel, Nicolay Moller Madsen and Dennis Marshall, will battle for the inaugural championship.

***The new Audi R8 LMS will be used in the Audi R8 LMS Cup next year, which is held exclusively in Asia.

***Team Seattle has announced that it’s raised $500,000 for Seattle Children’s Hospital. The organization’s efforts are showcased on the No. 23 Alex Job Racing Porsche, which will return for a third consecutive season in the GT Daytona class next year.

***To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its inaugural season in Can-Am, McLaren will produce a special 650S Can-Am, which will be limited to only 50 pieces. The car will be priced at £255,850 ($393,000 USD) and will feature the same engine as the 650S Spider.

***The dates for the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival have been confirmed for July 23-26, 2015  and Sept. 9-11, 2016, respectively.

Laurent Mercier contributed to this report

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John


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