Porsche - European Le Mans Series

European Le Mans Series

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 Imola. 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 classes

The European Le Mans Series grid consists of sports prototypes and sports cars, starting in four different categories that are classified separately:

LMP2 class (Le Mans Prototypes class 2)

Sports prototypes with a minimum weight of 900 kilograms.

LMP3 class (Le Mans Prototypes class 3)

Sports prototypes with around 420 hp and a minimum weight of 900 kilograms.

GTE class (Gran Turismo Endurance)

Slightly modified standard sports cars with up to 470 hp and a minimum weight of 1,245 kilograms. The Porsche 911 RSR competes in this class.

GTC class (Gran Turismo Challenge)

The GTC class is primarily for amateur drivers, with vehicles close to production models.

The classification

At each race, the eight best-placed drivers in the four classes receive points as follows: 20-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1-0,5.

Their teams are awarded points following the same system. The teams can enter several vehicles.

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.