LMP2 chassis constructors named ahead of standardization in 2017

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The FIA, ACO and IMSA have announced the four constructors that will be building LMP2 chassis for across their respective series and races as of 2017.

In a bid to curb costs within LMP2 racing, it was confirmed back in June that only four constructors would be able to build chassis for the class in the FIA World Endurance Championship (including 24 Hours of Le Mans), European Le Mans Series, Asian Le Mans Series and the Tudor United SportsCar Championship as of 2017.

On Thursday, it was confirmed that Dallara, Onroak Automotive, Oreca and Riley Tech/Multimatic have won the tender ahead of the regulation change.

“The Automobile Club de l’Ouest is proud of the work that’s been done on the future LMP2 category regulations, which has resulted in the selection of four prestigious chassis constructors: Dallara, Onroak Automotive, Oreca and Riley Tech/Multimatic,” ACO president Pierre Fillon said.

“Our priority is to supply the teams and drivers entered in this category with the best options and solutions to race in endurance on a long-term basis.

“Thanks to the decisions taken jointly by the ACO, IMSA and the FIA we have managed to bring together a high-quality pool of constructors which reinforces the interest in the series and its glowing future prospects.”

The ACO and FIA will jointly announce which manufacturer has won the tender to supply engines for its championships’ LMP2 classes in September.

In the Tudor Championship, engine supply will not be limited to just one manufacturer, and all chassis will have manufacturer-specific styling elements.

“The Dallara, Onroak Automotive, Oreca and Riley Tech/Multimatic teams now will join the technical working group jointly managed by the ACO, the FIA and IMSA to define the final details of the regulations,” a joint statement from the three bodies reads.

“One of the main objectives of this working group is to optimise all of the parameters to ensure the most economically viable set of rules for the teams.

“The final set of provisions of the LMP2 regulations will be adopted by the World Motor Sport Council in December of this year, and the timetable will respect the following five stages:

  • 1st January 2016: validation of the safety structures/monocoque;
  • 1st April 2016: validation of the bodywork and the mechanical components;
  • 1st June 2016: validation of the crash test;
  • 1st September 2016: presentation of the draft homologation sheet;
  • From 1 – 15 December 2016: inspection and final validation of the car

“The cars must be homologated by, and available for use in January 2017 for the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the first race at which the new TUDOR Championship Prototype / LMP2 category regulations will be applied.”

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”