samedi 5 septembre 2015

2016 European Le Mans Series calendar released


The European Le Mans Series will expand in 2016 with a six race calendar, with an additional four hour race at Spa-Francorchamps, joining the now familiar events at Silverstone, Imola, Red Bull Ring, Paul Ricard and Estoril.

Europe’s leading endurance race series will also be joined for the majority of the six races by the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Renault Sport Trophy, giving the fans a regular support race package to enjoy throughout the 2016 season.

016 will begin as always with The Prologue, the official two day preseason test, on March 29 and 30.  The first race of the season will be at Silverstone in the UK on Saturday 16 April.  The 4 Hours of Silverstone will once again join the World Endurance Championship for a fantastic festival of racing.

Round 2 will be at Imola for the now traditional mid-May visit to the Italian circuit.  After Le Mans, Round 3 will take place in Austria at the Red Bull Ring and the race at the Circuit Paul Ricard moves to the end of August.  On the 25 September the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps will become the new entry on the calendar, with the first visit by the ELMS to the Belgian circuit since 2011.  The 2016 season will conclude in Portugal as Estoril will once again host the season finale on Sunday 23 October.

Pierre Fillon, President of Automobile Club de l’Ouest said: “The 2016 calendar represents the next step in the growth of the European Le Mans Series.  The 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps is an important addition to the ELMS, while the five other races, held on the same tracks at the same time of year, are well established and growing in popularity.”

Gérard Neveu , European Le Mans Series CEO said: “We are very happy to welcome the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and RS01 Renault Sport Trophy and our thanks go to Renault Sport Technologies for their full support.  The addition of these two high profile single seater and GT race series will enhance the popularity of the ELMS weekends and give the fans two more reasons to join us for an exciting 2016 season.”

Jean-Pascal Dauce, Motorsport Director at Renault Sport Technologies : « We are very happy to have concluded this agreement with ELMS. We have worked together on several occasions in the last two years, and the organisation of the events has always been done in a strong and professional manner. This collaboration will offer great value to spectators who travel to the events as well as to all our competitors. In addition, this will give professional and amateur drivers an opportunity to visit legendary circuits and create valuable potential contacts for the Formula Renault 2.0 and Renault Sport Trophy drivers.”

European Le Mans Series Provisional 2016 Calendar

Prologue               29/30 March                       TBA                                       TBA

RD1                       15/16 April                          Silverstone                          UK                          WEC

RD2                       13-15 May                           Imola                                    ITALY                     RST

RD3                       15-17 July                            Red Bull Ring                      AUSTRIA               RST / FR2.0

RD4                       26-28 August                      Paul Ricard                          France                   RST / FR2.0

RD5                       23-25 September               Spa-Francorchamps          BELGIUM **       RST / FR2.0

RD6                       21-23 October                    Estoril                                   PORTUGAL          RST / FR2.0

Source: European Le Mans Series