Silverstone out of ALMS

Silverstone looks certain to lose its round of the American and European Le Mans Series for next season. The British circuit was missing from the calendar unveiled this weekend and there appears only a small chance that it will fill one as yet unassigned date.

Silverstone out of ALMS

ELMS race director John Macdonald said: "We had made an agreement for a race on July 15, but when the British Grand Prix was rescheduled for that weekend they offered us May 13. Unfortunately, there's no way that could work for us because it falls one week after the test day for the Le Mans 24 Hours."

Macdonald said that he hoped the vacant April 14 date could go to a British circuit. "It would be to the advantage of the series to go to the UK," he said. "Silverstone is one possibility, but we are also talking to Brands Hatch."

Macdonald claimed that as many as six European circuits were in contention for the race.

The April 14 event will be one of two events that count to both the ELMS and the ALMS. The second is an event at Jarama in Spain set for May 20. Three further races in Europe, the two ALMS classics at Sebring and Road Atlanta, and the Adelaide street race complete the eight-round ELMS. A 13-round ALMS was also announced at this weekend's Petit Le Mans round of the series. New to the championship are races at the remodelled St Jovite track in Canada and an event at the home of the Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang.

Series founder Don Panoz said: "Our 2001 calendar confirms the ALMS has the best schedule in the world. We look forward to bringing the quality and excitement of the 'Le Mans Series' endurance racing to new audiences around the world."


March 4 Texas Motor Speedway (USA)
March 17 Sebring 12 Hours (USA)
April 14 Europe (TBA)
May 20 Jarama (E)
July 22 Sears Point (USA)
August 4 Portland (USA)
August 19 Mosport (CDN)
August 25 St Jovite (CDN)
September 9 Laguna Seca (USA)
October 6 Petit Le Mans - Road Atlanta (USA)
October 21 Charlotte (USA)
November 11 Sepang (M)
December 2 Adelaide (AUS)


March 17 Sebring (USA)
April 14 Europe (TBA)
May 20 Jarama (E)
July 15 Estoril (P)
August 5 Salzburgring (A)
September 2 Vallelunga (F)
October 6 Petit Le Mans - Road Atlanta (USA)
December 2 Adelaide (AUS)

shares
comments
McNish fastest in first Petit Le Mans qualifying

Previous article

McNish fastest in first Petit Le Mans qualifying

Next article

BMW pulls plug on prototypes for 2001

BMW pulls plug on prototypes for 2001
Load comments
The rise of a GT squad responsible for a unique 24-hour racing feat Plus

The rise of a GT squad responsible for a unique 24-hour racing feat

It's a significant achievement to win one 24-hour race in a year, let alone two, and with different manufacturers, but that's exactly what ROWE Racing did in 2020 at the Nurburgring and Spa. This weekend's German classic offers the DTM newcomer a chance of another unique double to add to its growing collection of accolades

GT
Jun 3, 2021
The new threat facing motorsport's greatest success story Plus

The new threat facing motorsport's greatest success story

The manufacturers were unconvinced – and even hostile – when Stephane Ratel launched GT3 in 2006. Now, 15 years on from its debut, they’ve sold more than 2000 cars and counting, but its continued expansion puts the increasingly globalised category at risk of losing its roots

GT
May 25, 2021
The Lamborghini teams plotting to stop a RAM raid on British GT Plus

The Lamborghini teams plotting to stop a RAM raid on British GT

With the Silver pairings that dominated 2020 now banned, Mercedes pair Yelmer Buurman and Ian Loggie could be in the box seat after winning last year's Pro-Am crown. But a swarm of Lamborghinis, with the defending outright champion among them, will ensure they face tough opposition

GT
May 21, 2021
How McLaren’s GT3 ‘single-seater’ defies expectations Plus

How McLaren’s GT3 ‘single-seater’ defies expectations

Time in a thoroughbred racer leaves you searching for time in yourself, especially when the rewards for total commitment are so high, as our man discovered at Snetterton

GT
Apr 28, 2021
How Ferrari's F1 protege became a Mercedes GT prodigy Plus

How Ferrari's F1 protege became a Mercedes GT prodigy

Raffaele Marciello once appeared to be Ferrari’s next Italian F1 star, but is now under the pay of its German arch-rival in GTs – and he’s very happy with his life

GT
Apr 8, 2021
Why GTE's future is a conundrum with no easy answers Plus

Why GTE's future is a conundrum with no easy answers

The convergence between the World Endurance Championship and IMSA over LMDh regulations offers a bright future for sportscar racing, but the imminent demise of IMSA's GT Le Mans class creates wider issues to which no catch-all solution exists

GT
Feb 3, 2021
How Tandy joined an exclusive club of endurance legends Plus

How Tandy joined an exclusive club of endurance legends

Victory at last year's Spa 24 Hours meant Nick Tandy had completed the unofficial sextuple crown of the world's six biggest endurance races, becoming the first Briton to do so. Ahead of his fresh start with Corvette Racing, he explains how he did it

GT
Jan 23, 2021
Why a lost F1 hope is still in demand aged 65 Plus

Why a lost F1 hope is still in demand aged 65

There's a saying among retired folk that life begins at 60, but endurance specialist Alain Ferte has never used the 'R' word. Some 40 years since his crowning glory in F3, he's still a driver in demand and gunning for more 24-hour racing success this weekend

GT
Jan 15, 2021