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Menezes to make ELMS return with DragonSpeed

Gustavo Menezes will make his first European Le Mans Series appearance in almost three years in next month's Red Bull Ring round as he rejoins the DragonSpeed LMP2 squad.

Kubica didn't expect such an "easy" first LMP2 victory

Ex-Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica has hailed the preparation done by his WRT team after scoring his first LMP2 victory in Sunday's European Le Mans Series opener at Barcelona.

Porsche, Ferrari guarantee GTE's future through 2022

Ferrari and Porsche have committed to continue racing in the GTE Pro class of the FIA World Endurance Championship until the end of 2022, safeguarding the category's immediate future.

Hawkey loses Iron Lynx seat over incorrect driver grading

Porsche Carrera Cup GB class champion Esmee Hawkey has been dropped from the Iron Lynx Ferrari team's all-female European Le Mans Series line-up over an incorrect driver grading.

Legge steps up to WEC with Iron Lynx Ferrari team

Katherine Legge will make her debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2021 with the Iron Lynx squad in the GTE Am class.

Ricky Taylor to make ELMS debut with DragonSpeed

DragonSpeed has announced that reigning IMSA Prototype champion Ricky Taylor will join its WEC drivers Ben Hanley and Henrik Hedman for the ACO European Le Mans Series season-opener.

Pietro Fittipaldi joins G-Drive LMP2 squad in ELMS

Pietro Fittipaldi, grandson of two-time Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, will be dovetailing his F1 and IndyCar duties with a G-Drive seat in the 2021 European Le Mans Series.

Deletraz joins WRT, Kubica for 2021 ELMS season

Louis Deletraz has been named as one of Robert Kubica's teammates for the 2021 European Le Mans Series season with Team WRT.

Laurent scrambling for seat after late Alpine snub

Thomas Laurent says he is still working to find a drive in sportscar racing for 2021 after missing out on a drive with the Alpine FIA World Endurance Championship team.

Kubica, WRT headline 43-car ELMS entry list

Robert Kubica will take on a full season in the European Le Mans Series this year with WRT, as part of the Belgian team's expansion into prototype racing.

Ex-BMW racer Aberdein switches to ELMS with United

Ex-BMW DTM driver Jonathan Aberdein will switch to the European Le Mans Series for 2021, completing United Autosports' driver roster for the upcoming season.

TF Sport to make prototype debut with LMP2 programme in ELMS

Le Mans 24 Hours class-winning team TF Sport will make its first foray into prototype racing this year by entering an LMP2 car in the European Le Mans Series.

Maldonado's cousin inks United Autosports ELMS deal

Manuel Maldonado, the cousin of one-time grand prix winner Pastor, will move into sportscar racing for the 2021 season after signing a deal to race for United Autosports in the European Le Mans Series.

Unpopular new LMP2 driver rules set to be reversed

New rules on driver line-ups in the LMP2 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship announced last week will be revised before the 2021 season. 

United pair Hanson, Albuquerque wrap up ELMS title Monza
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United pair Hanson, Albuquerque wrap up ELMS title

United Autosports duo Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque clinched the European Le Mans Series title with a round to spare with a third consecutive win at Monza.

Red Bull Ring returns on 2021 ELMS calendar

The Red Bull Ring has been added to a six-round provisional schedule for the 2021 European Le Mans Series.

Chatin out of Monza ELMS round after positive COVID test

Paul-Loup Chatin will not take part in this weekend's European Le Mans Series round at Monza after testing positive for COVID-19.

Rojas calls time on ELMS campaign two rounds early

Reigning European Le Mans Series champion Memo Rojas has announced he will not participate in the remaining two rounds of the 2020 season.

Floersch to skip Spa F3 round to make LMP2 debut

Sophia Floersch is set to make her LMP2 race debut in this month's European Le Mans Series race at Paul Ricard, which will mean missing the Spa round of the FIA Formula 3 series.

Barcelona loses ELMS date amid uptick in COVID-19 cases

Barcelona has lost its place on the 2020 European Le Mans Series calendar amid a worsening of the coronavirus situation in Spain, and will be replaced by a second race at Paul Ricard.

Carlin adamant it will resume LMP2 programme this year

The British Carlin team expects to resume racing in the LMP2 ranks this year despite opting out of the first two rounds of the 2020 European Le Mans Series season.

Dennis, Davidson join JOTA for Spa ELMS round

Former R-Motorsport Aston Martin DTM driver Jake Dennis will return to the prototype ranks for the first time in four years at the Spa European Le Mans Series round next month.

Legge out of hospital after ELMS test crash

Katherine Legge has been released from hospital following surgery in the wake of a testing accident prior to Sunday’s Paul Ricard European Le Mans Series round. 

Legge sustains fractures in high-speed Paul Ricard crash

Former Champ Car racer Katherine Legge has suffered a broken lower left leg and right wrist in a high-speed accident during Paul Ricard's European Le Mans Series test.

Hollywood movie star Fassbender to contest full ELMS season

Hollywood star Michael Fassbender will contest this year's European Le Mans Series at the wheel of a Porsche GTE car as part of a bid to fulfil his ambition to race at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Carlin opts to skip Paul Ricard ELMS opener

Carlin has opted to withdraw its LMP2 entry from the opening round of the European Le Mans Series at Paul Ricard next weekend.

Farfus replaces Turner at Aston Martin for final WEC races

BMW factory driver Augusto Farfus will make a return to the FIA World Endurance Championship with Aston Martin for the final rounds of the 2019/20 season, replacing Darren Turner.

G-Drive adds de Vries to 2020 ELMS line-up

Mercedes Formula E driver Nyck de Vries will contest the 2020 European Le Mans Series season for G-Drive Racing.

DTM stalwart Phoenix targets ELMS, Le Mans in 2021

Long-time Audi DTM outfit Phoenix Racing has outlined its intentions to transition fully to sportscar racing next year, with a potential Le Mans 24 Hours assault on the radar.

Duval heads Algarve Pro's ELMS assault

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Loic Duval will lead Algarve Pro’s driver line-up in the coronavirus-delayed 2020 European Le Mans season.

DragonSpeed reveals revised plans for IndyCar, IMSA, ELMS

DragonSpeed owner Elton Julian has committed to readying his team for the Indianapolis 500, while also continuing in the reduced-schedule IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and European Le Mans Series.

Silverstone dropped from revised 2020 ELMS calendar

The European Le Mans Series has issued a revised calendar for the 2020 season, with Silverstone dropping from the schedule in line with the FIA World Endurance Championship event being axed.

Vergne confirms Le Mans return, but quits ELMS

Jean-Eric Vergne will scale down his sportscar commitments in 2020 and focus on Formula E and a third consecutive Le Mans 24 campaign with G-Drive Racing.

Floersch, Calderon, Legge form all-female ELMS team

Katherine Legge, Tatiana Calderon and Sophia Floersch will form an all-female line-up in the European Le Mans Series this year, and could race in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

ELMS issues 40-car 2020 entry list
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ELMS issues 40-car 2020 entry list

The European Le Mans Series has revealed its entry list for the 2020 season, featuring a bumper grid of 40 cars.

Newey not ruling out 2020 Super Formula return

Harrison Newey says he is still finalising his plans for 2020, which could include a second season in Super Formula or a return to the European Le Mans Series.

Van Uitert joins United Autosports for Le Mans, ELMS

Job van Uitert will race for the United Autosports LMP2 team in the 2020 European Le Mans Series season and the Le Mans 24 Hours.

ELMS changes rules for Le Mans auto-invites

The European Le Mans Series has announced that the number of automatic Le Mans 24 Hours invitations it grants will depend on grid sizes for the 2020 season.

ACO rules out help for struggling LMP2 marques

Equalising the performance of the different LMP2 chassis over the remainder of the lifespan of the current formula has been ruled out. 

IDEC snatches ELMS title after G-Drive penalty Portimao
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IDEC snatches ELMS title after G-Drive penalty

IDEC Sport snatched the European Le Mans Series title away from G-Drive Racing by winning the season finale at Portimao, as a penalty picked up by Job van Uitert cost the Russian squad dear.

ELMS announces six-round 2020 calendar

The European Le Mans Series has unveiled a six-round schedule for 2020, with the Barcelona round moved forward to take the season-opening slot.

Carlin withdraws from Spa after Silverstone shunt

The Carlin LMP2 team will sit out next weekend's Spa round of the European Le Mans Series after Jack Manchester's heavy crash in the previous race at Silverstone.

Newey replaces hospitalised Carlin ELMS driver

Harrison Newey has been drafted in to replace the injured Jack Manchester at the Carlin LMP2 squad for the remainder of this weekend's Silverstone European Le Mans Series round.

Lead ELMS teams ditch Ligier chassis for Oreca

The United Autosports and Panis-Barthez teams have explained why they have swapped from Ligier to Oreca chassis for their lead European Le Mans Series entries ahead of this month's Silverstone round.

Tambay to make LMP2 debut in Barcelona ELMS race

Former Audi DTM driver Adrien Tambay will make his prototype debut in this month's Barcelona European Le Mans Series round.

G-Drive's rebranding deal "just the start" of Aurus tie-up

G-Drive Racing boss Roman Rusinov says the rebranding of its Oreca LMP2 car is "just the start" of the team's new tie-up with Russian luxury car maker Aurus.

Tincknell returns to ELMS with new Carlin team

Ford and Mazda factory driver Harry Tincknell will return to the European Le Mans Series with the new Carlin LMP2 team this season. 

Ex-F1 tester Clos to make full-time racing return

Ex-Formula 1 test driver Dani Clos will make a full-season comeback in the European Le Mans Series this year.

Lu and Segal sign up for full ELMS campaign in JMW Ferrari

Pirelli World Challenge SprintX stars Wei Lu and Jeff Segal have confirmed their fulltime racing plans in the European Le Mans Series in 2019, bringing their Ferrari of Vancouver backing to the JMW Motorsport squad.

Brundle joins United Autosports for ELMS assault

LMP1 refugee Alex Brundle will race for the United Autosports squad in this year's European Le Mans Series.

Carlin joins capacity 41-car 2019 ELMS grid

Top single-seater team Carlin will expand into the sportscar ranks for the first time this season with an entry into the European Le Mans Series.

Maini joins RLR LMP2 team for Le Mans debut

Ex-Formula 2 driver Arjun Maini has signed a deal with RLR MSport that will encompass the Le Mans 24 Hours and a full-season campaign in the European Le Mans Series.

Senna joins 2019 ELMS grid with RLR MSport

Ex-Formula 1 driver Bruno Senna will contest the European Le Mans Series this season with the RLR MSport LMP2 squad.

Vergne to continue with G-Drive in 2019

Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne will continue his endurance racing programme with the Russian G-Drive Racing outfit in 2019, the team has announced.

Portimao ELMS: United Autosports ends season with win

The United Autosports Ligier of Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson won for the second time in a row during the European Le Mans Series season finale at Portimao.

Spa ELMS: G-Drive seals title, United wins truncated race

United Autosports secured victory in a red-flagged 4 Hours of Spa ELMS event, as the #26 G-Drive crew clinched the LMP2 drivers' title despite a nightmare race.

ELMS adds Barcelona to 2019 calendar

The 2019 European Le Mans Series calendar has been announced, with Barcelona becoming the latest addition to the schedule.

Silverstone ELMS: G-Drive dominates as title rival crashes out

G-Drive Racing strengthened its European Le Mans Series title bid with a third straight victory at Silverstone, as chief championship rival Racing Engineering crashed out in the final half hour.

Red Bull Ring ELMS: G-Drive scores second straight win

G-Drive Racing scored a second successive European Le Mans Series victory at the Red Bull Ring after a race-long strategic battle with Duqueine Engineeering in wet/dry conditions.

Red Bull Ring ELMS: Chatin takes pole for IDEC Sport

Paul-Loup Chatin scored IDEC Sport’s second pole position of the 2018 European Le Mans Series season by just 0.019 seconds during qualifying for the Red Bull Ring round on Saturday.