The 2014 ELMS provisional calendar has been altered slightly since its previous issue, with the Imola and Estoril dates each moving by a week. The calendar, which is still subject to FIA confirmation, now looks like this:
1/2 April – Official Test – Paul Ricard
18/19 April – Silverstone
17/18 May – Imola
19/20 July – Red Bull Ring
13/14 September – Paul Ricard
18/19 October – Estoril
Each round will be of two days duration, with a total of 440 minutes of track time (up from 320 minutes in 2013) as follows:
Day One – two 90 minute free practice sessions.
Day Two – a 20-minute qualifying period for LMGTE and GTC, followed by a 20-minute qualifying session for LMP2 and LMPC, with the four hour race later the same day.
The driver categories have been classified as follows:
LMP2 – a crew of 2 or 3 drivers must include at least one Silver or Bronze driver (same as in 2013).
LMPC – class a crew of 2 or 3 drivers must include, at most, one Gold or Platinum driver (same as in 2013).
LMGTE & GTC – a crew of 2 or 3 drivers must include at least one Bronze and one Silver driver or two Bronze drivers.
Finally, tyre warming will again be allowed from the start of 2014.
“2013 was a good year for the European Le Mans Series and this success has meant there is a lot of interest from teams and drivers for the 2014 season,” said Gerard Neveu, CEO of Le Mans Endurance Management, organisers of the European Le Mans Series. “We talked at length to our current teams and the changes we are making reflect these discussions. With double the time in the free practice sessions and an extra hour in the race there is a lot more track time at each event and economically this is a good move for everyone.
“With the confirmation of the dates for Imola and Estoril the 2014 calendar is now set. Finally the driver line ups in each category have been clearly defined and this will make things more transparent next season. The 2014 European Le Mans Series is building on the solid foundations laid in ACO’s first year in charge and we are confident that, with these changes, there will be further growth next season.”