Report: Sutil interested in Le Mans switch


With one Force India driver already adding sports car racing to his repertoire in Nico Hulkenberg with Porsche next year, one former Force India driver in Adrian Sutil looks to do likewise.

Sutil, now out of a ride at Sauber for the 2015 Formula One season, has told Autosport he’s keen on racing at Le Mans and potentially in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

“I definitely want to do the 24 Hours of Le Mans in my career, and I’m looking at certain Formula 1 drivers who did that step and are very happy,” Sutil said.

“There are manufacturers there and that’s good for the future for a driver – you need a partner who is reliable and you can make a long-term contract [with] and then really work and improve.”

The catch to that theory – for 2015 anyway – is that there does not appear to be room for him with any of the three manufacturer LMP1 efforts who raced in 2014, Audi, Toyota and Porsche.

Nissan enters the WEC full-time in 2015, while Rebellion Racing could have a seat or two open depending on Nick Heidfeld’s future plans.

Toyota has relied heavily on Formula One drivers for their WEC lineups – Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi have taken this year’s World Championship – while Audi and Porsche have gathered more from within their own internal ladders to fill the spots.

With Sutil not on the F1 grid next year, if he can’t land an LMP1 ride it could behoove him to see if a GTE-Pro ride is possible, as it was for both Kamui Kobayashi and Bruno Senna in 2013.

Beta Motorcycles joins SuperMotocross in 2024, Benny Bloss named first factory rider

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Beta Motorcycles

Benny Bloss will race for the factory Beta Motorcycles team in 2024 as that manufacturer joins SuperMotocross as the ninth brand to compete in the series. Beta Motorcycles will make their debut in the Monster Energy Supercross opener at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California in January.

Benny Bloss finished among the top 10 twice in Pro Motocross, in 2016 and 2018. – Beta Motorcycles

“The wait is over and we can finally share everything we have been working towards,” said Carlen Gardner, Race Team Manager in a press release. “It has been a great experience being a part of this development and seeing the progression. The only missing part was finding a rider that would mesh well with our Beta Family.

“After a one phone call with Benny, we knew it would be a good fit for him, and for us. We are happy to have him on board for the next two years and can’t wait to see everyone at Anaheim in January.”

Bloss debuted in the 450 class in 2015 with a 15th-place finish overall at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Bloss has a pair of top-10 rankings in the division with a sixth-place finish in the Pro Motocross Championship in 2016 and a seventh in 2018. His best Supercross season ended 15th in the standings in 2018.

“I’m extremely excited to join the Beta Factory Racing team,” Bloss said. “It’s cool to see a brand with such a rich history in off-road racing to come into the US Supercross and Motocross space. I know this team will be capable of great things as we build and go racing in 2024.”

Bloss is currently 22nd in the SuperMotocross rankings and has not raced in the first two rounds of the Motocross season.

Testing for Beta Motorcycles is scheduled to begin in August and the team expects to announce a second rider at that time.

The family-owned brand adds to the international flare of the sport. The company was founded in Florence, Italy in 1905 as Società Giuseppe Bianchi as they built handmade bicycles, The transition to motorcycle production in the late 1940s.

Beta Motorcycles competed and won in motocross competition in the late 1970s and early 1980s with Jim Pomeroy and other riders.

Beta will join Triumph Motorcycles as a second historic brand to join the sport in 2024. First established in 1902, Triumph has won in nearly every division they have competed in, dating back to their first victory in the 1908 Isle of Man TT. Triumph will debut in the 250 class in 2024 and plans to expand into 450s in 2025.