A lot of interesting Motorsport Series News this week as I look at the future of LMP2, the media footprint of F2, NISMO’s plans, the return of TRS and more.
- With all the (understandable) talk about GTP and Hypercar, concerns are starting to be raised by these same manufacturers about what the future of LMP2 should look like. “The presumption at present is that the new regulations will address the issue of ‘stratification’ between the LMP2 class and the Hypercar/ GTP cars in the premier class, and that there may too be matters involved that appeal to the ‘sustainability’ message that is all important politically both now and moving forward.”
- Curious about the media footprint of the FIA Formula 2 series? According to the F2 Media Kit on the Formula 2 Website, with live TV coverage across the globe Formula 2 attracted a cumulative audience of 32.3 million in 2020. This represented a significant increase of +59% on 2019.
- Discovery Sports Events, the promoter of the World Touring Car Cup, has announced that the WTCR Trophy will be expanded for the 2022 season to include two additional awards.
- After a 2021 season in which 110 competitors competed throughout Europe, the Clio Cup will offer an even more spectacular program for its thirty-first anniversary, with fourteen meetings spread over the different regional series in 2022. In total, fourteen meetings will be scheduled on Europe’s best circuits. Among the new features, drivers will have the opportunity to compete at Jarama (Spain), but also Zandvoort and Mugello, which last year hosted the Dutch and Tuscan Formula 1 Grands Prix. Of these fourteen meetings, nine rounds will form the framework of the Clio Cup Europe, which will offer the most ambitious drivers a total of eighteen races. Only the best sixteen results will be retained to decide who will succeed Nicolas Milan in the Clio Cup Europe.
- Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd. have announced the outline of their motorsports activities for 2022. “In our pursuit of excitement, we have always challenged the limits of what is possible, daring to do what others don’t and creating a legacy of speed. Motorsport is the expression of this passion and unrivaled expertise,” said Nissan COO Ashwani Gupta. “With Nissan’s commitment to the legacy of speed and excitement, driven by our passion to create better, safer, and faster cars, we accelerate to race ahead both with Super GT and Formula E with the goal of moving your hearts, and creating history.”
- Membership and Registration is now open for the Mazda MX-5 SuperCup Clubman Championship, so if you’ve not done so already, get signed up soon. Launched by the BRSCC to cater for Mk3 Mazda MX-5 race car owners who are looking for a lower cost racing option and without the commitment to be at the circuit for the full weekend, the Mazda MX-5 SuperCup Clubman Championship race format features a qualifying session followed by 2 sprint races over a single day, with SuperCup Clubman competitors all racing within a single Clubman Class. MORE INFO – https://brscc.co.uk/formulae/brscc-mazda-mx-5-supercup-clubman-championship/
- Wolf Racing Cars have introduced their Wolf GB08 F. The Wolf GB08 F has been designed to comply with the Hill Climb regulation which provides for the new high-performance single-seaters the FIA Formula 1 2005 safety certification, one of the maximum expression of the safety certification. With an downforce that exceeds 1100 kg thanks to the ground effect, it is the ideal car for any type of competition but also for track days, available in two versions, F MISTRAL with PSA engines of 400 hp or in the Extreme version with V8 of 650 hp.
- After a rough, covid-affected few years, the New Zealand-based Toyota Racing Series has announced that the series is set to return next year, thanks to plans for NZ to open its borders to the world in October.
- The 2022 GT Celebration series has released their competition information for 2022.
- The FIA European Rally Championship will have an all-new logo when the 2022 title chase gets underway next month. ERC promoter WRC Promoter has taken inspiration from the FIA World Rally Championship’s logo in developing the striking design, which features the initials ERC as its centrepiece, while also incorporating the ERC’s familiar blue star. The new design, which also includes the logo of motorsport’s world governing body, the FIA, is underpinned by the European Rally Championship wording.
- Finally, for many who thought the program may be dead, Aston Martin has indicated that the Valkyrie Hypercar is set for a revival for a future WEC entry. Aston Martin co-owner Lawrence Stroll told a group of automotive sector journalists during a briefing at last week’s launch of the Aston Martin AMR22 F1 car that the marque is “in discussions” to go back to the French enduro and that the return would come “in whichever category aligns with the message we are trying to deliver”. Aston Martin has already announced a track-only version of the Valkyrie, tagged the AMR Pro.