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ACO reveals ILMC calendar

Petit Le Mans startThe 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup schedule has been unveiled by the series organiser, the ACO.

The seven-event series will begin with the American Le Mans Series-opening Sebring 12 Hours in March, and the LMS round at Spa in May before the 24 Hours in June.

There will then be two more LMS races at Imola and Silverstone in July and September, before the ALMS finale, Petit Le Mans, at Road Atlanta in October.

The championship will conclude with a six-hour race in China, with the circuit still to be decided.

ACO president Jean-Claude Plassart said: "Thanks to this balanced international seven-race calendar, our events will take place in six countries on three continents, so the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup will really take off in 2011.

Frederic Henry-Biabaud, the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup's general manager added: "We're convinced that this calendar is going to enhance the values of endurance through a technological, responsible and sporting approach towards racing that will give endurance the place it deserves.

"For its first full season, this programme meets the expectations of spectators, manufacturers, teams and partners with seven events on some of the most legendary motor racing circuits in strategic economic markets."

The ACO also confirmed the LMS schedule for 2011, beginning again at Paul Ricard taking in the ILMC events at Spa, Imola and Silverstone, and concluding with a race in Portugal, with the circuit still to be announced.

The LMS will once again hold its pre-season test at Paul Ricard, on March 11-12.

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