What is ELMS?

Based around the 24 Hours of le Mans race and run by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) is a European sports car racing endurance series established in 2004.

The ELMS duty is to offer its competitors a full season to race their cars on some of the best tracks in Europe.  It brings team spirit together with long distance performance.

The ACO guarantees a series that has strict rules and a paddock that embodies the professionalism that surrounds, top level endurance racing.

The series gives everybody the opportunity to take advantage of motor racing in different way. The choice between GT and Prototype cars give the competitors the opportunity to compete in a first-class series according to their budgets and the level of competitiveness means there is plenty of track action throughout the entire grid.

The ELMS is divided into 4 categories: LMP2 (where a car of 2-3 drivers must include at least one silver or two bronze drivers), GTE and GTC (cars must include one bronze and silver driver or two bronze drivers) and LMPC (cars must include, at most, one gold or platinum driver).  


Format of the race week-end:

Practice sessions Qualifying session Race
  • 2 Free Sessions (1h or 1:30)
  • Qualifying Practice 1 (20 min) for LMP2 and LMPC cars. And Practice 2 (20 min) for LMGTE and GTC cars . 
  • Race (4 hours minimum)

(Starting grid determined by qualifying practice 1)


Points allocation :

Top 10

FIA type allocation (25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1) and beyon : 0.5 point

Half a point will be awarded to any car classified lower than 10th in the general classification of an Event.



Find more info on the Official website.