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ELMS Outlines Changes To Regulations For 2019

Success ballast for GTE, another auto invite and pit stop tweaks

With the entry application period for the 2019 season set to open this week (7th of December), the ELMS has outlined a few changes to the series’ regulations.

The biggest one here arguably concerns Le Mans invitations, with the first and second places teams in LMP2 set to be invited to the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours in the LMP2 class.

In addition to that, there’s been some tweaking to pit stops, with tyre changes not allowed during refuelling once again. Thee decision to allow tyre changes during refuelling was originally taken ahead of the 2018 season as an attempt to improve “the show”, but was widely criticised by teams and fans alike, and is in the process of being reversed across the ELMS and FIA WEC for the coming season too.

LMGTE’s rules will also see a pretty major change, the class, which is already governed by BoP, also set to feature success ballast in 2019.

The Ballast calculation system will use the results of previous races (if any have been held) and championship positions, provided that all cars start any given season with a 0 kilogramme Ballast. (Art 7.4.5)

It is computed as follows: A+B+C = Success Ballast per car (in kilogrammes), with:

– A being determined by the result of the previous race (race -1):

1st: +15kg
2nd: +10kg
3rd: +5kg
Not entered: +15kg

– B being determined by results of the race preceding the previous event (race -2)

1st: +15kg
2nd: +10kg
3rd: +5kg
Not entered: +15kg

– C being determined by results by the current championship standings

1st: +15kg
2nd: +10kg
3rd: +5kg

In terms of driver-crew composition, no temporary dispensation from the rule will be granted going forward.

Last season DKR’s original LMP3 crew, which featured three Silver drivers, was handed temporary dispensation, and they did race, sparking controversy in the LMP3 ranks. G-Drive Racing was also flagged up at the start of the year, when it applied to have two Golds and a Platinum for its LMP2 class entry, though its proposed trio of Jean-Eric Vergne, Roman Rusinov and Mathieu Vaxiviere didn’t race after the entry was reviewed.

And finally, race-by-race entries will not score points anymore, though they will appear on the final classification after races.