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Brackley, UK, Friday 24th August 2001: In the final round of the European Le Mans Series (ELMS), to be held at the Autodromo di Vallelunga, Italy, over the weekend of 1st /2nd September, an intriguing battle looms with winners from the previous...

Brackley, UK, Friday 24th August 2001: In the final round of the European Le Mans Series (ELMS), to be held at the Autodromo di Vallelunga, Italy, over the weekend of 1st /2nd September, an intriguing battle looms with winners from the previous two rounds challenging for victory in the highly competitive GT class.

Italian flags will be waving with fans supporting home grown talent, Maurizio Possumato driving in the 61 PK Sport and Fabio Babini in the Freisinger Motorsport Porsche. Both teams are set to challenge for top honours in the race.

Robin Liddell of PK Sport and his co-pilot Mike Youles, currently leading the GT class driving the number 60 car, face stiff competition from the Freisinger Motorsport Porsche, winners of the Le Mans 2002 qualifying round held in Estoril. Also buoyant from an impressive performance in the previous round are the Spanish Paco Orti Racing. With the classy Wolfgang Kaufmann at the wheel anything is possible, they are looking to improve on their third place in class and finish the season with a win. In the GTS class there's a head to head between the Saleens of Franz Konrad and RML, the outcome of this dual is anyone's guess!

The 'on-track' action starts on Friday 31st August with an open test session between 14:15 and 16:15 for all ELMS competitors. The real battle begins on Saturday 1st September with combined qualifying practice at 11:15, with official qualifying for the GTS and GT classes taking place at 15:30 followed by the LMP's at 16:20.

The ELMS motto 'For The Fans' means that, unlike Formula 1, there will be an open paddock throughout the weekend allowing spectators to watch the teams prepare cars such as the Panoz LMP1 Roadster S and Saleen S7. On Sunday morning fans will be able to mingle with the drivers during the autograph session and watch the impressive skills of highly trained drivers in the demonstration laps taking place on the circuit.

The circuit has been designed for the spectators with the grandstand offering a view of at least 50% of the action. Race day tickets include access to the paddock and grandstand. The 2h45m race commences at 13:00 on Sunday 2nd September.

-ELMS

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Series General
Drivers Franz Konrad , Robin Liddell , Wolfgang Kaufmann , Fabio Babini , Mike Youles