During its press conference at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours in June, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest confirmed its intention to link the various Le Mans Series, so in 2010, it will launch a cup reserved for entrants in the top endurance category, LM P1.
This cup will be held on 3 continents in 3 races that are already part of the different series run under the Le Mans label.
This American/European/Asian triple crown will kick off at Silverstone (13th September) in the Le Mans Series. The second round will be the Petit Le Mans (2nd October) in the American Le Mans Series, and the final one will take place on the Asian continent in an Asian Le Mans Series event in November.
A teams'/manufacturers' classification for the "2010 Le Mans Intercontinental Cup" will be established on the basis of the overall results of these races.
The "2010 Le Mans Intercontinental Cup" prefigures the creation of a world trophy for the 2011 season, which will be run in compliance with the new ACO regulations: it will consist of 6 races minimum. A more detailed presentation of the world trophy will be made before the end of March 2010.
N.B: Each competitor (team or manufacturer) must confirm its entry with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest before the end of February 2010.
Competitors will be obliged to compete in all 3 races to be included in the overall classification. In addition, they must also take part in 5 races run under the Le Mans label (the 24 Hours excepted) to be eligible for the Intercontinental Cup.