Le Mans: LMP2 stunners and spoilers


We’re taking a look through the field ahead of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans at the manufacturers and teams entered. Next up is LMP2 (pictured right is the Signatech Alpine entry shading the No. 2 Toyota).


LMP2: The class of the future might need to enjoy the present while it still can. As the four chassis constructors for 2017 will be selected, 2015 might mark one of the last years with so much diversity in the cost-capped class. Nissan still powers 14 of the 19 cars, but with Ligier/Morgan (Onroak), BR, Alpine, ORECA, Gibson and Dome all represented in the class, there’s still plenty of chassis variety.

  • G-Drive Racing: The No. 26 car won at Silverstone and the No. 28 car has come second in both races thus far; it would be a surprise if either or both of these Ligier JS P2 Nissans aren’t in podium contention come sunrise.
  • SMP Racing: In only the second race for the BR01 chassis, experience and laps are the goal for this team. Some good drivers are split in the team’s two cars, notably ex-IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin who makes his Le Mans debut in the No. 37 car.
  • Pegasus Racing: The IndyCar or F1 comparison team here would be Dale Coyne Racing or Minardi. Pegasus presses on with a minimal budget, a less than dominant driver lineup and an aging package, but will look to finish.
  • Tequila Patron ESM: What an odyssey it’s been for Scott Sharp’s team the last six months. From the challenging HPD ARX-04b to the older, venerable HPD ARX-03b and now to a pair of Ligier JS P2 Hondas, Sharp’s one constant in 2015 has been chassis changes. The cars are better, they look awesome in Rolling Stone livery, and the lineups are good, but the class is so deep that for a first-year Le Mans program, a win would be a stretch to predict.
  • OAK Racing: OAK remains the flagship team name for Jacques Nicolet’s operation, even though G-Drive represents Nicolet and Onroak’s best shot at a class win. Still, while Nicolet himself and his pair of gentlemen co-drivers won’t be threatening the class podium, it’s the team’s No. 34 Ligier JS P2 Honda of Le Mans rookies Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor and Chris Cumming that is a top sleeper in class. They’re all quick – particularly Cumming, as the required Silver driver – and if reliability holds up they’re one to watch.
  • Signatech Alpine: Nelson Panciatici, Paul-Loup Chatin and Vincent Capillaire in a French-entered, Alpine chassis is about as good of a local bet in class as you can get. The trio’s damn good and underrated; a definite win contender.
  • Jota Sport: The defending class winners will again factor into the outcome in the updated Gibson 015S chassis, and enter fresh off a class win as a wild card entry in Spa. The team is one of the best in Europe.
  • Krohn Racing: Tracy Krohn has been a Le Mans and sports car stalwart for the longest time, but it remains to be seen whether his LMP2 entry can figure into the equation. Nic Jonsson and Joao Barbosa round out a solid lineup in the class’ lone Ligier JS P2 Judd.
  • Greaves Motorsport: The ELMS winners at Silverstone have a respectable lineup and another Nissan GT Academy winner in a seat, in the form of late addition Gaetan Paletou. Like the Dyson/McMurry/TKS entry last year, this car should be shooting for a finish, with anything more a bonus.
  • Strakka Racing: A former Le Mans class-winning team, the lone Dome in the field may find the sledding a bit tougher this year. Still a solid team and the same driver lineup of Kane, Watts and Leventis make a welcome return after a year’s hiatus.
  • Team SARDMorand: The team’s finances, more than its performance, have dominated headlines around this group this year. Pace was impressive at Spa and another decent driver lineup, but hard to project more than a top-five at best.
  • Ibanez Racing: Like the all-gentlemen OAK entry and Pegasus car, it’s hard to see this entry figuring much into the equation in the older ORECA 03R Nissan.
  • Thiriet by TDS Racing: Came second here a year ago in the debut of the Ligier JS P2 Nissan; now armed with another new car in the ORECA 05 Nissan and the same driver lineup, they’ll try to go one better.
  • KCMG: A sneaky win contender if the reliability is there on the new ORECA 05 Nissan. Howson and Bradley have tasted WEC class wins before and Nicolas Lapierre is an excellent choice as the third driver.
  • Murphy Prototypes: Older car, decent but not spectacular driver lineup, and it’s hard to see “Murphy’s Men” doing much more than a top-five at best.

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Detroit


The focus of the Detroit Monster Energy Supercross round was on the mid-pack battle while Aaron Plessinger pulled away from the field, but when he crashed after hooking his foot in the dirt, the results once more looked like we’ve come to expect, with Chase Sexton, Cooper Webb and Eli Tomac sharing the podium for the fifth time in 10 rounds.

Supercross Results Detroit
Justin Barcia was part of an exciting, four-rider battle in the middle of Detroit’s A-Main. – Feld Motor Sports

For Sexton, Plessinger’s late-race crash was a vindication of sorts. Several times already this season, Sexton has crashed while battling for the lead and the points that has cost him keeps him sporting the red plate. He lost points in Detroit for a different reason, however.

Sexton was allowed to keep the win, but was penalized seven points for jumping in a red cross section of the course. As a result, he dropped four points to Webb and two to Tomac. Sexton is now 17 points behind Webb in the championship hunt.

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One week after snatching the red plate from Tomac for the first time in 2023, Webb stretched his advantage by two. With his second-place finish, Webb holds a three-point lead over Tomac, which essentially means both riders control their fate in the coming weeks. Webb continues to have a sweep of the top five this season with his sixth consecutive podium.

Coming off his worst finish of the season, Tomac rebounded to finish third. His eighth-place result last week was partially attributed to a stiff neck that hindered him in traffic and he still suffered some of those same effects in Detroit. Before Plessinger’s crash, he was destined to be the only rider in the three-man title scrum to finish off the podium in Detroit.

It is surprising what one position can do for one’s confidence.

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Justin Barcia scored his fourth top-five of the season. He was part of the exciting four-man battle that dominated the middle stages of the race before Sexton and Webb gained a little separation. Finishing less than three seconds behind Tomac, he kept that rider honest for the entire race.

Coming off his first win of the season, Ken Roczen finished fifth. It was his seventh top-five of the season and it elevated him to fifth in the standings.

Plessinger’s fall took the wind from his sails. He attempted to right his bike after a hard crash, but as it smoked and pinged, he dropped to 13th in the final rundown.

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Hunter Lawrence tied his brother Jett Lawrence with 10 wins each after another dominating ride in the Detroit Supercross race and the results in the points continue to widen. With his fifth win in six rounds and a worst finish of third, Lawrence now has a 35-point advantage over Nate Thrasher with four rounds remaining. Finishes of 14th or better in the final four mains will give him his first 250 championship.

Supercross Results Detroit
Strong starts have been one of the keys to Hunter Lawrence’s success in 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

Jett will have an opportunity to retake his wins’ lead as Supercross heads west for the next two rounds in Seattle and Glendale, Arizona.

Nate Thrasher earned his third second-place finish of the season with a gap of 7.6 seconds to Lawrence. He won the overall in Arlington earlier this season, but a 15th-place finish in the opening round in Houston and 10th in Daytona hurts his championship chances.

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Haiden Deegan scored his second podium and fourth top-five in six rounds of his young career. On his way to that finish, he rode aggressively against his teammate Jordon Smith in the heat race. Fans are getting a glimpse of what his on-track personality might be.

Jeremy Martin continues to be the model of consistency. He has not finished worse than sixth or better than fourth in six rounds now and that has allowed him to close to within two points of third in the 250 East championship standings.

Rounding out the top five is Chris Blose, who was pressed into service at the start of the season because of a rash of injuries at Pro Circuit Kawasaki. This is Blose’s first top-five of the season, although he’s steadily improved over the past five rounds.

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Max Anstie entered the race weekend second in the points, but a hard crash in heavy traffic early in the main forced him to retire after two laps. Earning only one point for the round, he plummeted to fifth in the standings.

The news was worse for Smith, who was dropped out of the top nine in his heat after the altercation with Deegan and failed to advance through the LCQ. In the last chance race, he stalled his engine and had to mount a determined charge. He got only as high as seventh in that race after crashing while attempting to make a pass on fourth-place Jack Chambers.

2023 Results

Round 10: Chace Sexton wins, penalized
Round 9: Ken Roczen wins
Round 8: Eli Tomac wins 7th Daytona
Round 7: Cooper Webb wins second race
Race 6: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Race 5: Webb, Hunter Lawrence win
Race 4: Tomac, H Lawrence win
Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Tomac, J Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, J Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 8: Chase Sexton unseats Eli Tomac
Week 7: Jason Anderson narrowly trails Tomac
Week 6: Perfect Oakland night keeps Tomac first
Week 5: Cooper Webb, Sexton close gap
Week 4: Tomac retakes lead
Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Sexton falls
Week 1: Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s