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ELMS Regulations Evolve for 2015 Season 2014/11/20 ELMS Regulations Evolve for 2015 Season

With the arrival of the new LMP3 category in the European Le Mans Series next year, the regulations with regards to driver crew categorisations, minimum and maximum driving times, pitstop times and refuelling rigs have been clarified. 

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FIA releases updated driver categorisation list for 2015 2014/11/13 FIA releases updated driver categorisation list for 2015 The FIA Driver Categorisation is the basis for all FIA Championships that use a driver ‘rating' system such as the World Endurance Championship, and it can be adopted by any series.  Drivers are rated as Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze. Read more >>

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2014 ELMS – Re-launched European Le Mans Series in strong shape 2014/11/10 2014 ELMS – Re-launched European Le Mans Series in strong shape

2013 the European Le Mans Series was re-launched under new management; the 2014 season provided confirmation that the revival has not only offered stability but also that the teams and drivers are fully behind it. 

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LMP2 European Endurance Champion – A look back on an exciting season 2014/11/03 LMP2 European Endurance Champion – A look back on an exciting season

For the second consecutive year the Signatech Alpine team claimed the European championship title, thanks to its consistency throughout the 2014 European Le Mans Series.  With its 2013 title under its belt which guaranteed an invitation to participate in the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans plus its LMP2 ELMS title at stake, the French team led by Philippe Sinault was fired up and determined to do just as well in 2014, if not better.

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SMP Racing Champions after a hotly contested season in all categories 2014/11/03 SMP Racing Champions after a hotly contested season in all categories

The 2014 European Le Mans Series came to a close at the Estoril circuit in Portugal and saw the Signatech Alpine team take the championship laurels for the top class of competition, LMP2. The other two categories, LMGTE and GTC, were won by the Russian SMP Racing team.

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Pegasus Racing is about to spread its wings! 2014/10/24 Pegasus Racing is about to spread its wings!

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The 2014 season saw Pegasus Racing return to the ELMS in which it raced between 2009 and 2011 when it was still called the Le Mans Series. The team's season finished with a hard-won eighth place in the Estoril 4 Hours. The Strasbourg-based squad could have finished further up if it had not been slowed by an unexpected level of tyre degradation on its Morgan-Nissan LM P2.

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Murphy Prototypes finish 2014 fastest in LMP2 at Estoril 2014/10/22 Murphy Prototypes finish 2014 fastest in LMP2 at Estoril

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Murphy Prototypes have finished the final round of the 2014 European Le Mans Series season at Estoril, sixth overall with the fastest lap of the race, despite the fact the team was dealt another cruel hand from lady luck last weekend. A spin in the opening stint lost the #48 team over one lap, but their speed over the race allowed them to race back up to finish comfortably inside the top ten.

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Hopes of victory went up in smoke! 2014/10/22 Hopes of victory went up in smoke! Team Info

Once again, the Thiriet by TDS Racing team did a great race but the team had some bad luck. An oil leak spoiled a result that was reaching out…

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Gulf Racing wraps up 2014 ELMS season 2014/10/22 Gulf Racing wraps up 2014 ELMS season

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Gulf Racing wrapped up the 2014 ELMS season in Estoril last weekend with a pole position for the Aston Martin Vantage and 4th/5th place finishes in the GTE class in the race for the Porsche and Aston respectively.

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Benoit Morand awarded man of the year in 2014 ELMS 2014/10/22 Benoit Morand awarded man of the year in 2014 ELMS

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One month after the first overall win by NewBlood by Morand Racing, Benoit Morand has just been awarded “Man of the Year” by his ELMS colleagues at the prize-giving ceremony which took place in the Estoril Casino (Portugal) after the final round of the 2014 season.

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ELMS Estoril - Driver quotes after the race 2014/10/21 ELMS Estoril - Driver quotes after the race

The 4 Hours of Estoril, which took place at the Autodromo di Estoril on Sunday, marked the end of the European Le Mans Series for 2014.  To close the season, the drivers and teams present in Portugal put on for the many spectators in the grandstands and the paddock a superbly competitive festival of racing:  three races within one race as each of the three categories, LMP2, LMGTE and GTC, battled for victory. Read more >>

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A race of promise for Greaves Motorsport in 4 Hours of Estoril 2014/10/21 A race of promise for Greaves Motorsport in 4 Hours of Estoril

The final round of the 2014 European Le Mans Series took place this weekend at the Circuito Estoril, located just outside the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. Greaves Motorsport's two Nissan-powered Zytek LM P2 prototypes both ran strongly during the race but the results did not ultimately reflect their pace, with one car finishing seventh, while the other retired in the last ten minutes of the four hour race.

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A new ELMS title with Signatech-Alpine and a 21st win  with Sébastien Loeb Racing for the ORECA LM P2 chassis ! 2014/10/21 A new ELMS title with Signatech-Alpine and a 21st win with Sébastien Loeb Racing for the ORECA LM P2 chassis !

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New successes were added onto the already impressive prize list of the ORECA LM P2 chassis, last weekend, at the European Le Mans Series's final race. With Vincent Capillaire and Jimmy Eriksson at the wheel of the ORECA 03R, the Sébastien Loeb Racing clinched victory at the 4 Hours of Estoril, also claiming ORECA chassis's 21st win in the LM P2 category !

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Heroes of 2014 Honoured 2014/10/20 Heroes of 2014 Honoured

This evening at the Casino Estoril the teams and drivers who took part in the 2014 European Le Mans Series gathered to celebrate the end of an exciting season.  The top three in each of the LMP2, LMGTE and GTC categories received their trophies in the glittering surroundings of the Black and Silver Room at the premier venue in the heart of Estoril.

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Against all odds, Alpine secures the European title once again! 2014/10/19 Against all odds, Alpine secures the European title once again!

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  • Signatech-Alpine claims a second consecutive title in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS).
  • Paul-Loup Chatin, Nelson Panciatici and Oliver Webb clinch the Drivers' laurels with the Alpine A450b.

    In parallel to its successful motor racing programme, Alpine is continuing to work on the 21st century Berlinette which is due to reach the market in 2016.


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    Sébastien Loeb Racing wins the 4 Hours of Estoril ! 2014/10/19 Sébastien Loeb Racing wins the 4 Hours of Estoril !

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    Sébastien Loeb Racing has won the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) 4 Hours of Estoril today (19 October) in the #24 ORECA 03R, as well as completing the team's 100 per cent finishing success in 2014.

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    NewBlood by Morand Racing wrap up runner-up spot in race and third position in standings 2014/10/19 NewBlood by Morand Racing wrap up runner-up spot in race and third position in standings

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    Benoit Morand and his “guys” ended the 2014 ELMS on a very high note: their second position in Portugal secured the team's third position in the final standings of the LM P2 category.

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    JOTA sport claims best-ever European Le Mans Series placing in final standings 2014/10/19 JOTA sport claims best-ever European Le Mans Series placing in final standings

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    Season-long title contenders Dolan, Tincknell & Albuquerque finish second in prestigious championship. JOTA Sport has registered its best-ever final placing in the prestigious European Le Mans Series after finishing third in the fifth and final round in Portugal today (19 Oct).

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    Race Performance unluckily missed the podium at the season final 2014/10/19 Race Performance unluckily missed the podium at the season final At the sixth and final round of the European Le Mans Series the Swiss racing team Race Performance only just missed a podium finish. Together with team partner MOMO Megatron the squad saw the chequered flag on forth position. Read more >>

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    Prospeed CompetitionTOP 3 right from qualifying at Estoril 2014/10/19 Prospeed CompetitionTOP 3 right from qualifying at Estoril The final of the European Le Mans Series, the endurancechampionship for Sport-Prototypes and Grand Touring cars, has once again given ProSpeed Competition the opportunity to prove itself. Read more >>

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    Signatech Alpine is 2014 ELMS Champion 2014/10/19 Signatech Alpine is 2014 ELMS Champion  The final round of the 2014 European Le Mans Series, the 4 Hours of Estoril, has been won by the No.24 ORECA 03R of Sébastien Loeb Racing, Vincent Capillaire and endurance debutant Jimmy Eriksson giving the team its first win in the Championship and the series its fifth different winner from five races. Read more >>

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    Dramatic end to 2014 ELMS Season in Portugal 2014/10/19 Dramatic end to 2014 ELMS Season in Portugal

    Dramatic end to 2014 ELMS Season in Portugal

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    Alpine on track for the title but all is not yet lost for JOTA Sport ... 2014/10/19 Alpine on track for the title but all is not yet lost for JOTA Sport ... The 35 cars which made up the grid for the finale of the 2014 ELMS season were given the green flag for the start under bright sunshine and in front of an impressive number of Portuguese spectators and fans of endurance racing.  The six champions due to be crowned will only be known at the end of this four-hour race. Read more >>

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    4 Hours of Estoril is GO! 2014/10/19 4 Hours of Estoril is GO!

    The large 35 car grid took the green flag to begin the final race of the 2014 season that will decide the destinations of the six driver and team titles.

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    Party Atmosphere in the Paddock at Estoril 2014/10/19 Party Atmosphere in the Paddock at Estoril Thousands of Portuguese fans have descended on the Circuit do Estoril for the season finale of the 2014 European Le Mans Series.  Read more >>

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    Five chassis on the five 1st places in LMP2, Aston Martin first GTE pole position, Four Manufacturers Take Top 4 GTC Positions 2014/10/19 Five chassis on the five 1st places in LMP2, Aston Martin first GTE pole position, Four Manufacturers Take Top 4 GTC Positions

    The final qualifying session of the 2014 European Le Mans Series season got underway this morning at the Estoril circuit , at 09h30 with GTE and GTC categories, it was followed but the LMP2 at 10h00. Read more >>

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    Thiriet by TDS also in the mood for victory 2014/10/18 Thiriet by TDS also in the mood for victory

    The wind picked up at Estoril this afternoon and, while there may have been some clouds over the track toward the end of the session, the teams and drivers enjoyed a completely dry track throughout the second free practice session. The outcome of the day's second session of running showed that qualifying just as much as tomorrow's race could well spring a surprise.  Read more >>

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    SMP Racing Pushing to Top of the Time Sheets in Portugal 2014/10/18 SMP Racing Pushing to Top of the Time Sheets in Portugal Russian team SMP Racing finished the second free practice session of the day where they left off in the morning – at the top of the LMGTE and GTC time sheets.  There was one interruption during the 90-minute session to retrieve the no67 IMSA Performance MATMUT Porsche which had become beached in the gravel at the final corner.  Read more >>

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    SMP Racing Ahead in GTE and GTC in Portugal. 2014/10/18 SMP Racing Ahead in GTE and GTC in Portugal. The first Free Practice session at Estoril enabled the teams and drivers to get their first look at the circuit. The 90 minute session finished with the title contenders in the LMGTE and GTC classes getting ready for the all important qualifying session tomorrow morning.
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    Murphy Prototypestakes the lead ahead og JOTA Sport in Free Practice 1 2014/10/18 Murphy Prototypestakes the lead ahead og JOTA Sport in Free Practice 1

    The 35 competitors for the final round of the 2014 ELMS set out this morning for the first free practice session at 11h00 (12h00 CET) on a track that had been declared WET by the Race Director. The sun, however, reappeared over the Autodromo di Estoril circuit after a few laps. Read more >>

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    LMGTE and GTC Titles Still to be Won in Portugal! 2014/10/18 LMGTE and GTC Titles Still to be Won in Portugal!

    While the permutations for the championship positions for the LMP2 title are wide and varied, the LMGTE and GTC titles are a little clearer.  However the only thing that is certain is the 2014 title winners in both classes will be racing a Ferrari.

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    Five Race 2015 Provisional Calendar Unveiled 2014/10/18 Five Race 2015 Provisional Calendar Unveiled

    - Five events on the same circuits as 2014 – UK, Italy, Austria, France and Portugal

    - All events at same time of year as 2014 to build awareness of the events

    - 4 Hour Race / 2 day event format retained

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    On Your Marks! Get Set! Go! 2014/10/17 On Your Marks! Get Set! Go!

    This weekend the race for the European Le Mans Series title hots up and the ten drivers and four teams in the LMP2 class are all ready for a 4 hour long battle on Sunday afternoon. 

    The Signatech Alpine trio of Nelson Panciatici, Paul-Loup Chatin and Oliver Webb are out in front, just ahead of the JOTA Sport line up of Filipe Albuquerque, Simon Dolan and Harry Tincknell.  Newblood by Morand Racing's Christian Klein and Gary Hirsch still have a shot at the title, teammate and 2013 ELMS Champion Pierre Ragues cannot retain his driver's crown, but he can help Morand to team title.  Michel Frey and Franck Mailleux have an outside chance of lifting the 2014 title but they will need a lot of things to go their way on Sunday. 

    We spoke to the drivers for their thoughts on what promises to be a dramatic end to an exciting 2014 European Le Mans Series.

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    Brief history of Prototype and GT sportscar racing at Autodromo di Estoril 2014/10/17 Brief history of Prototype and GT sportscar racing at Autodromo di Estoril

    The first sports-prototype and GT endurance race at Estoril's circuit took place 42 years ago on the very day it opened in June 1972. 

    This kind of race was not a new phenomenon for Portugal as "Grand Touring and Sport Proto" cars were the main components of the national speed championship's principal category, itself begun in 1966.  There had also been Grands Prix of Portugal in Lisbon and Porto using "Sport Proto endurance" cars and even the legendary circuit of Vila Real had organised endurance events in the 1950s, a championship very popular in Portugal at the time.

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    Calculators at the Ready - Let Battle Commence! 2014/10/15 Calculators at the Ready - Let Battle Commence!

    The 4 Hours of Estoril on Sunday 19 October will be the stage for a dramatic encounter to decide who will be the 2014 European Le Mans Series champion, with no less than 10 drivers and 4 teams battling for the honours. 

    With a maximum of 26 points on offer (25 for the win and 1 point for pole position) and 23 points separating the protagonists, the teams will have their calculators at the ready on Sunday afternoon.   

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    The TDS Racing team wants to end on a high note! 2014/10/09 The TDS Racing team wants to end on a high note!

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    After its last victory in Blancpain Endurance Series and its title of European GT vice champion, the TDS Racing team is about to race the ultimate round of the European Le Mans Series at Estoril (Portugal).

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    The 4 Hours of Estoril – where and how you can catch it on your TV screen 2014/10/03 The 4 Hours of Estoril – where and how you can catch it on your TV screen

    On Sunday, 19th October the Estoril circuit in Portugal will host the fifth and final round of the 2014 European Le Mans Series.  Emotions will be running high as the 2014 titles and trophies have yet to be awarded in each of the three classes. 

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    Championship points before the 4 Hours of Estoril 2014/09/30 Championship points before the 4 Hours of Estoril

    A True International Championship

    The provisional entry list for the final race of the 2014 European Le Mans Series season includes 37 cars from nine different countries, with around 100 drivers representing 18 diverse nationalities.

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    37 cars on track for 4 Hours of Estoril 2014/09/26 37 cars on track for 4 Hours of Estoril

    Competitors of the European Le Mans Series paddock are getting ready for the fifth and final race of the 2014 season, a race which will see no fewer than 37 cars on the starting grid at Estoril. A new venue for the ELMS this year, Portugal is preparing to host the series' finale and there are a great number of teams on the entry list.

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    LM P3 Nissan official engine supplier! 2014/09/18 LM P3 Nissan official engine supplier!

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    Nissan will supply the engines for the future LM P3 prototypes and Xtrac will provide the gearboxes. This new Le Mans prototype category presented on 19th July will be part of the 2015 Asian and European Le Mans Series Championships.

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    ELMS Returns to Paul Ricard for Official Collective Test in 2015 2014/09/15 ELMS Returns to Paul Ricard for Official Collective Test in 2015

    The 2014 European Le Mans Series is approaching a dramatic climax with all three championships to be decided at Estoril next month.  However the organisation team is already working on the planning for 2015.

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