ELMS - 23/09/2017
The official test back in Le Castellet and a summer date for Silverstone
The 2018 European Le Mans Series calendar has been unveiled and, in a schedule that offers consistency and stability, features 4-hour races at the same six top class venues as this season, with two small revisions.
The official pre-season test will move back to Le Castellet in April, with the French venue also hosting the opening round of the series five days later. Silverstone, which has been the traditional season opener since 2013, will swap with Le Castellet and move to a summer date in August.
The British fans will have the opportunity to enjoy a summer race, with the UK round on Saturday 18 August, an event which will also feature Round 3 of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The other four-hour races will still be held in Italy (Monza) in May, Austria (Red Bull Ring) in July, Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps) in September and the season finale in Portugal (Portimão) in October.
After a highly successful 2017 season, the Michelin Le Mans Cup will continue to follow the European Le Mans Series all year long, with the exception of Silverstone as the series will have its flagship event, the Road to Le Mans, at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.
The 2018 season will once again give the competitors the opportunity to race at the best European motor sport venues and the fans to enjoy great racing all around Europe.
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “It’s important for the ACO, promoter of the ELMS, to guarantee the best calendar possible for this high-quality championship. We do not forget most of the teams participating in the 24 Hours of Le Mans come from the ELMS. We find in this championship values that the endurance community and the ACO consider as very important.”
Gérard Neveu, European Le Mans Series CEO: “The European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup are two championships that give us complete satisfaction. We are making sure that the budgets are reasonable and are trying to keep our high-quality competitors that are running both championships satisfied. With this 2018 calendar we have chosen to emphasise cost efficiency, stability and quality.”
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