As announced recently the 2012 European Le Mans Series will finish in the United States. The ELMS entrants will join those in the American Le Mans Series to take part in the Petit Le Mans, one of the great events in American endurance racing, which will be held between 17th and 20th October 2012 on the Road Atlanta circuit in Georgia.
The Petit Le Mans is the tenth and last round of the American Le Mans Series and will be run over a distance of 1000 miles (1609 km) or ten hours’ racing maximum if this distance is not reached.
This final will bring the season to a close for these two series run under the Le Mans label and seven ELMS teams, mainly in LM P2 (see attached list), have decided to make the trip. They will boost the numbers of the usual ALMS field.
In addition to the overall result of the Petit Le Mans a specific classification will be established for the entrants in the two series. It will finalise the outcome of the two championships and designate the teams which will receive invitations for the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours. Double points will be awarded for the ELMS classification at the Petit Le Mans.
The organisers are now working on the future of the ELMS, which is one of the crucial steps for training teams and drivers who want to reach the heights of endurance, namely: the FIA World Endurance Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours. The outcome of these discussions will be a proposal that will be announced in September with the format and calendar of the 2013 season.
#1 Greaves Motorsport – Zytek Z11SN-Nissan – Alex Brundle/Lucas Ordonez/Tom Kimber-Smith
#117 Status GP – Lola Coupe-Judd HK – Alexander Sims/TBA/TBA
#118 Murphy Prototypes – Oreca 03-Nissan – Jody Firth/Warren Hughes/TBA
#24 Oak Racing – Morgan-Judd – TBA/TBA/TBA
#46 Thiriet by TDS Racing – Oreca 03-Nissan – Mathias Beche/Pierre Thiriet
#60 AF Corse – Ferrrari 458 Italia – Pierguiseppe Perrazzini/Marco Cioci/Matt Griffin
#67 IMSA Performance Matmut – Porsche 997 GT3 RSR – Anthony Pons/Raymond Narac/Nicolas Armindo