ENDURANCE RACING AT THE RED BULL RING

Big drama and even bigger triumph: The legendary Le Mans 24-hour race is the epitome of pure racing passion and the classic endurance event is renowned for being the ultimate challenge for man and machine. The traditional race’s accompanying series – the European Le Mans Series – will stop at the Red Bull Ring from 21 to 23 July. Visitors can look forward to: Four hours of neck-and-neck racing, many driver changes; more than 30 cars in three classes, an accessible paddock ... and all that for free! Following the season opener at Silverstone and the 4 Hours of Monza, the ELMS will have its third race on the Red Bull Ring.

The different classes

LMP2 (Le Mans Prototyp 2): The ELMS’s top tier. These cars must have a closed cockpit and are powered by the same 4,200 cc V8 engine. The chassis price must not exceed approx. 480,000 €. Furthermore, every pair of drivers must be made up of at least one amateur racer (Silver/Bronze licence class).

LMP3 (Le Mans Prototyp 3): LMP3 is the junior endurance racing class. All cars are equipped with the same Nissan-sourced V8 engine, while the gearbox is supplied by X-Trac and the vehicle electronics by Magneti Marelli. The price for a race-ready chassis must not exceed 206,000 Euros.

LM GTE (Gran Turismo Endurance): This class is made up of Aston Martin, Ferrari and Porsche sportscars based on production vehicles, yet with more aerodynamic freedom and limited choice of drivers.

Driver changes and points

Due to the race length, one vehicle is driven by several drivers who take turns during the race. Drivers must not sit behind the wheel for more than 1.5 hours, points are awarded to all drivers. Besides the driver’s ranking, there is also a team ranking.

If you think that a 4-hour race must surely lack excitement due to long gaps between the cars, think again: At the first race of the season in Silverstone, the cars that finished first and second were separated by a mere six seconds, in Monza it was two seconds. Every time, the race provided four hours of nerve-racking thrills...

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