Ecclestone casts doubt on New Jersey race

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Bernie Ecclstone has cast doubt on the proposed grand prix in New Jersey next season, saying that he is unsure whether or not it will go ahead.

In an interview with British F1 broadcasters, the BBC, Ecclestone was certain that the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi will go ahead, but he could not give the same answer when it came to New Jersey.

“I’m not sure, I have no idea about that,” Ecclestone said.

He did however reveal that a decision would be made in the coming few months.

When asked about a time scale for a final decision over the race, Ecclestone said “another couple of months.”

Pundit Eddie Jordan reinforced Ecclestone’s words: “New Jersey, you can forget it for the moment.”

This will undoubtedly come as a blow to many American Formula One fans who were hoping to secure a second race for 2014, following the returning United States Grand Prix last season at the Circuit of the Americas. Although Ecclestone has not made a final decision over the race, it seems that he is more focused on securing Russia’s place on the calendar next season, instead of a second race in the USA.

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.