The European Le Mans Series continues the great tradition of the legendary endurance races with sports prototypes and sports cars, and was launched in 2004 as the European counterpart to the American Le Mans Series. Fans can witness these fascinating race cars not only at the Le Mans 24 hour race but also at traditional race tracks like Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps. The technical regulations correspond to those of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR contests the GT2 class as title defender.
The European Le Mans Series is run in five European countries under the patronage of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, the organiser of the Le Mans 24 hour race.
The European Le Mans Series grid consists of sports prototypes and sports cars, starting in four different categories that are classified separately:
Sports prototypes with up to 750 hp and a minimum weight of 900 kilograms (power-to-weight ratio: ca. 1.2 kg/hp).
Sports prototypes with around 440 hp and a minimum weight of 825 kilograms (power-to-weight ratio: ca. 1.8 kg/hp).
Slightly modified standard sports cars with up to 460 hp and a minimum weight of 1,145 kilograms. The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR competes in this class.This season, the previous GT2 class is divided into two, with a professional (GTE PRO) and an amateur (GTE AM) class.
At each race, the eight best-placed drivers in the four classes receive points as follows: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.
Their teams are awarded points following the same system. The teams can enter several vehicles.
For the manufacturers classification only the top two vehicles in each category are eligible. The champion is announced for each class. The top two of the four categories are awarded a place on the grid of the Le Mans 24 hour race the following year.