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The ELMS Challenge – The Circuits

ELMS - 02/02/2018 - Jeff CARTER

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The 2018 European Le Mans Series will visit six of Europe’s most challenging and high profile tracks. The competitors will take part in six 4-hour races, meaning there is 24 hours of wheel-to-wheel action for the drivers, teams and the fans to enjoy this season.

With the return of the French Grand Prix to Le Castellet in 2018, the ELMS calendar now features five circuits that feature on the Formula One calendar. The 5.8km Circuit Paul Ricard will host the opening race of the 2018 European Le Mans Series in April, as well as the Official Test, and is a firm favourite up and down the ELMS grid.

Round 2 is at Monza, the home of the Italian Grand Prix.  The ELMS will return to Italy in May and compete on the fastest circuit on the calendar in front of the knowledgeable and passionate ‘Tifosi’.  The 5.796km track features long straights and fast lowing corners.

After the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, which will feature many of the ELMS teams and drivers, Round 3 of the 2018 European Le Mans Series will take place at the Red Bull Ring near Spielberg in Austria and the home of the Austrian Grand Prix, which takes place just three weeks before the ELMS.  The 4.326km circuit is set in the foothills of the Sytrian Alps and has to be the most picturesque circuit on the ELMS calendar.

Round 4 will take place in August at Silverstone, which moves from its regular slot on the calendar in April.  The home of the British Grand Prix is another fast, flowing circuit, the 5.9km track boasts long straights, world famous corners and enthusiastic sports car fans.

Round 5 will take place in Belgium at Spa-Francorchamps one month after the Belgian Grand Prix.  The 7.004km circuit is the longest on the 2018 ELMS calendar and Eau Rouge, Stavelot and Les Combes are renowned around the world.  It is no wonder Spa-Francorchamps is one of the most popular tracks on any drivers top three circuits list.

The final circuit on the 2018 ELMS calendar is Portimão and the only circuit that isn’t on the Formula list.  However this doesn’t make Portimão any less impressive, with a layout that is more akin to a roller coaster the 5.796km circuit is highly technical and the perfect place to hold the season finale of the 2018 European Le Mans Series.

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