The provisional 2021 European Le Mans Series calendar returns to a six race format after the COVID-19 shortened schedule in 2020.
Barcelona, Monza, Le Castellet, Spa-Francorchamps and Portimão are all, once again, on the schedule, with the Red Bull Ring returning after a two-year absence, the Austrian circuit will host the second round of the 2021 season on the 15-16 of May.
All six races will be to the regular 4-hour ELMS race format with the 4 Hours of Monza taking place eight days before the Italian round of the WEC on the same track, next July.
As trailed by DSC, Silverstone will not feature on the calendar in 2021.
OFFICIAL TESTS BARCELONA : 12-13 APRIL
4 HOURS OF BARCELONA : 17-18 APRIL
4 HOURS OF THE RED BULL RING : 15-16 MAY
4 HOURS OF MONZA : 10-11 JULY
4 HOURS OF LE CASTELLET : 28-29 AUGUST
4 HOURS OF SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS : 18-19 SEPTEMBER
4 HOURS OF PORTIMAO : 23-24 OCTOBER
Calendar subject to further change according to the evolution of the current health crisis.
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “With this calendar of six races we invite the best European teams for a new season that promises to be really competitive. The Automobile Club de l’Ouest, it’s the 24 Hours of Le Mans, of course, but also the will to support the best European actors of the Endurance all season long.”
Gérard Neveu, CEO of the European Le Mans Series: “After a difficult 2020 season due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are pleased to announce a calendar with six different venues across Europe. The high quality of the teams on the ELMS grid deserves all our attention and efforts to guarantee a Premium level championship. This new calendar will, once again, provide the very best stage for the teams and drivers who have chosen to race in our championship.
“In 2021, the European Le Mans Series events will continue to offer three different championships with the European Le Mans Series, the Michelin Le Mans Cup and the Ligier European Series, providing for the best a clear path up the Endurance Racing career ladder, to the FIA WEC and, ultimately, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”