Silverstone: Series preview

Le Mans Series titles to be decided at Silverstone After 4000km of racing on Europe's finest circuits, including Barcelona, Monza, Spa and the Nurburgring, the fifth and final race of the 2008 Le Mans Series, the Autosport 1000km of Silverstone,...

Le Mans Series titles to be decided at Silverstone

After 4000km of racing on Europe's finest circuits, including Barcelona, Monza, Spa and the Nurburgring, the fifth and final race of the 2008 Le Mans Series, the Autosport 1000km of Silverstone, will see the "LM" P1, "LM" GT1 and "LM" GT2 titles decided. From the wheel-banging battle for the overall lead at Monza in April to the "LM" GT2 fight at Spa in May, the season has already featured high drama and more is expected in the UK.

Automatic entry to the 2009 Le Mans 24 hours is the prize for the champions and runners up in each category, offering valuable time over the winter to prepare for one of the greatest races on earth.

Competitors will be hoping that the British weather will be kind to them as they prepare to tackle this final stage of the season. And so will the spectators, who will have a feast of motorsport to enjoy, including the THP Spider Cup, the Radical European Series and the Classic Endurance Racing series for cars raced between 1966 and 1979. Off track activities to keep the whole family entertained include go-karting, and shops will be open for souvenirs.

On track, only former Grand Prix driver Jos Verstappen, and his van Merksteijn Porsche RS Spyder team, can rest on their laurels after the Dutchman scored his third win in the "LM" P2 category at the Nurburgring in August to secure the title. For the rest this race will be the one to watch. Last year's Silverstone winners Marc Gene and Nicolas Minassian hold a slender two-point lead in their 5.5 litre, V12 diesel-powered Peugeot, ahead of Audi's young guns Mike Rockenfeller and Alexandre Premat who have finished on the podium at each race this year.

The British Team Modena Aston Martin DBR9 will need to win the "LM" GT1 class, with the French number 72 Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette failing to score, to be champions.

In "LM" GT2, Rob Bell stands on the verge of his second Le Mans Series title with Virgo Motorsport. The British driver has won three times in his Ferrari, but the Felbermayr Proton Porsche team of Alex Davison and Marc Lieb have finished second on each occasion.

The Automobile Club de l'Ouest will use the Autosport 1000km of Silverstone to announce new Le Mans 24 hours rules in 2010. Follow live timing and radio commentary at www.lemansseries.com and listen to Radio Le Mans which will also be broadcastsing on 1602AM.

-credit: lemansseries.com

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Jos Verstappen , Nicolas Minassian , Marc Gene , Rob Bell , Luc Alphand , Marc Lieb , Alex Davison , Alexandre Prémat , Mike Rockenfeller