2024 European Le Mans Series calendar announced by ACO

- 2024 European Le Mans Series calendar announced by ACO
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Last Updated on September 13, 2023

The 2024 European Le Mans Series (ELMS) schedule has been revealed by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) featuring six four-hour races in five different countries. Mugello in Italy is the only notable change in venue from the 2023 ELMS calendar, which is set to get underway with a pre-season Prologue test at Barcelona, followed by a full race weekend in April.

2024 European Le Mans Series Calendar

• Prologue Barcelona (ESP) 8-9 April 2024
• 4 Hours of Barcelona (ESP) 14 April 2024
• 4 Hours of Le Castellet (FRA) 5 May 2024
• 4 Hours of Imola (ITA) 7 July 2024
• 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) 25 August 2024
• 4 Hours of Mugello (ITA) 29 September 2024
• 4 Hours of Portimão (PRT) 19 October 2024

ELMS 2024 Calendar

The ELMS teams will then head to Paul Ricard in May before Le Mans. After the 24 Hours, the ELMS teams will then travel to Imola and Spa in July and August, respectively.

The race in Belgium will move earlier in the year than in previous seasons, before heading to Mugello for the first time in September and Portimao for a season-ending Saturday race in October.

There are no significant clashes with the FIA WEC, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship or the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

However, there is just one ELMS-IMSA clash, which is the 4 Hours of Spa being scheduled on the same weekend as the GT-only meeting for the IMSA teams at VIR.

The only notable conflicts are with the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup. The ELMS race at Paul Ricard will clash with the races at Brands Hatch, while the round at Spa will run at the same time as the SRO paddock’s visit to Magny Cours. However, no ELMS races clash with the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup.

Feeder Series

“As a feeder series, the European Le Mans Series is a major component of the Endurance pyramid,” said Pierre Fillon, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) President. “The already high standard of racing continues to improve and the 2024 season features some of Europe’s most esteemed circuits.

Besides the prestige of competing in an elite championship, ELMS teams have the added motivation of winning a slot on the grid at the 2025 24 Hours of Le Mans.”

Frédéric Lequien, Le Mans Endurance Management’s CEO, added: “The addition of Mugello to the 2024 European Le Mans Series calendar is very welcome, and the Italian circuit joins an ever-growing list of top European circuits that have hosted an ELMS race.

Each venue offers a unique challenge for our teams and drivers while providing exciting racing for our many fans to enjoy, either at the circuit or watching at home. We look forward to welcoming all our competitors, partners, fans, and the media in 2024.”

The ELMS is a feeder championship for the WEC and is gaining popularity with teams and drivers looking to make the move to the world championship. The ACO also announced that the Michelin Le Mans Cup will continue to support the ELMS events.

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