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Robin Frijns sidelined after suffering ligament injury in training

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Robin Frijns has been sidelined from the upcoming Blancpain GT race at Monza after suffering a ligament injury while training.

Frijns balances his racing commitments between the Blancpain series and Formula E, racing for Andretti in the latter.

The Dutchman revealed that he had torn the ligament in his right knee after uploading a picture of himself in a wheelchair to Instagram, confirming also that he will not be racing at Monza this weekend as planned.

“Unfortunately I will have to sit out this weekends Blancpain GT Series in Monza,” Frijns wrote.

“While training my right knee collapsed. Cut my ligament in half. Recovery starts today! Will be back in the car in two weeks’ time in Brands Hatch.”

Frijns’ next Formula E outing with Andretti is scheduled for May 13 in Monaco, one week after the next GT event at Brands Hatch.

Lamborghini Hurac√°n revealed for Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo 2015

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The new Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo has been officially revealed in the last week, and will compete as the new car in the 2015 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series.

In a word, the new car is hot.

Here’s a link to the full release, and tech¬†specs of the new¬†Hurac√°n are below. It¬†replaces the venerable 2013 Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo in the championship.

Technical Data

Engine Power    620 CV
Weight    1270 Kg
Weight/Power Ratio    2.05
Trasmission    2WD Racing Gearbox by XTRAC
Gearbox Actuator    Electric Actuator by MMarelli
Chassis    39870 Nm/deg (+45%) Increased safety structure
Aerodynamics    Drag: -15%, Downforce: +43%, Efficiency: +69%
Electrics/Electronics    Racing Loom/Electronics

Powertrain

Engine¬†¬† ¬†Longitudinal ‚Äď V10
IDS (NO MPI)
Air Intake by BMC
Displacement    5204
Power    620 CV @ 8250 rpm
Torque    570 Nm @ 6500 rpm
ABS    Racing ABS (12 positions)
ESP    NO
Traction control    9 positions TC
Trasmission    2 WD, Six gear sequential gearbox by Xtrac
Clutch    3 discs racing clutch, Light weight flywheel

Size and weight

Front track    1695 mm
Rear track    1660 mm
Wheelbase    2620 mm
Fuel Tank    118 L
Weight w/out fuel    1270 kg

Suspension

Suspension    Double wishbones with rigid bushing
Wheel fixing    Monolock System
Anti Roll Bar    Front: 6 positions
Rear: 2 positons
Dampers    Ohlins TTX 36 2 ways
Front: in-line
Rear: piggy back type
Brake Discs
Brembo Racing¬†¬† ¬†Front: Steel 380×35 mm, Rear: Steel 355×32 mm
Brake Caliper
Brembo Racing    Front: 6 pot monoblock, Rear: 4 pot monoblock

Rims and wheels

Rims¬†¬† ¬†Front: 11×18‚ÄĚ ET 28.8
Rear: 12×18‚ÄĚ ET 32
Tires (Pirelli)    Front: 305/660-18 DH, Rear: 315/680-18 DH

Electrics/Electronics

ECU    M182 by MOTEC
TCU    M182 by MOTEC
Power Box    PDM 30 by MOTEC
Car Loom    Motorsport Loom
Dashboard    TFT Dashboard by MOTEC
Steering wheel    Racing and multifunctional steering wheel

Other features

Aero kit    Complete aero kit with quick fixing (DZUST)
Speed Limiter    Yes, adjustable speed
Safety Equipment    Seat 8855 FIA Spec or Seat 8866 FIA Spec (OPT)
6 pts safety belt
7 pts Fire Extinquisher

Alex Zanardi returns to GT racing with BMW

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It’s hard not to love Alex Zanardi. The former CART champion and ex-Formula One driver who suffered the terrible accident at Germany in 2001 that cost him both his legs, continues to amaze and surprise on a regular basis.

The 47-year-old Italian will be back in a race car this year, in a modified BMW Z4 GT3 to compete in the Blancpain GT Series with the ROAL Motorsport BMW team. That reunited him with the team he competed with in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, where Zanardi won a handful of races.

Since he’s been out of the cockpit, Zanardi has turned to hand cycling and won two gold medals at the 2012 Paralympics. He also made the trip to the Indianapolis 500 this past year, where he was awarded his car from the 1996 CART race at Laguna Seca where he made “the pass” on Bryan Herta at the Corkscrew.

“Even after leaving the sport in 2009, I was still a racing driver at heart,” he said. “When I took to the track in the BMW M3 DTM at the end of 2012, I immediately got itchy fingers again. Ever since that moment I have been toying with the idea of returning to motor racing.”

And we’re delighted to see it come to fruition. The Blancpain GT schedule begins April 12-13 at Monza; a full link to the schedule is here via the ROAL Motorsport website.

Sports cars to star at Indianapolis, Spa this weekend

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps are known more for their open-wheel races than sports car ones. But it’ll be a fleet of prototype and GT cars gracing their hallowed grounds this weekend.

IMS plays host to GRAND-AM‚Äôs Rolex Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge on the track‚Äôs infield road course, formerly used for Formula One and still used by MotoGP. GRAND-AM was added to the docket last year as part of the inaugural IMS ‚ÄúSuper Weekend.‚ÄĚ Rolex will run a three-hour race to wrap its three-race North American Endurance Championship, with the Conti series a two-hour, 30-minute affair.

Sebastien Bourdais and Alex Popow (Starworks Motorsport, Daytona Prototype) and Andy Lally and John Potter (Magnus Racing, GT) were the initial Rolex winners, but the race was marred by the second Starworks’ car, driven by Ryan Dalziel and Enzo Potolicchio, taken out by Juan Pablo Montoya in the race.

A year later, Potolicchio bolted from Starworks to start his own team, 8Star Motorsports. He’ll drive one of two Corvette DPs, and has just signed Bourdais to the second. They’re among a field of 16 DPs that also includes Tony Kanaan (Ganassi), Rubens Barrichello (Doran) and AJ Allmendinger (Shank) in one-off entries. Here’s the full Rolex and Conti entry lists.

Meanwhile at Spa, the Blancpain Endurance Series, a popular European championship that features FIA GT3-spec machinery and largely Pro-Am driver lineups, will race the Total 24 Hours of Spa. It’s less heralded than the 24 Hours of Le Mans but still regarded highly by the sports car community.

Consider you have Audi R8s, BMW Z4s, McLaren MP4-12Cs, Nissan GT-Rs, Porsche 911s, Ferrari 458s, Lamborghini LFPs, Mercedes SLS AMG 63s, and Aston Martin Vantages among those racing… and that’s just the first page of the entry list. You can see the full entry list here.

For more information, go to the official race website.