· Six races for the 2021 European Le Mans Series season
· The Red Bull Ring back on the calendar
The 2021 European Le Mans Series calendar revealed today will provide teams, drivers, partners, media and fans the perfect stage for the continent’s leading endurance series, while, at the same time, recognising the global economic crisis as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This new calendar features six of the most challenging circuits that Europe has to offer such as Barcelona, Monza, Le Castellet, Spa-Francorchamps and Portimão. In addition, the Red Bull Ring is back on the schedule for the coming season after a two-year absence. The Austrian circuit will host the second round of the 2021 season on the 15th and 16th of May. It should be noted that the 4 Hours of Monza will be organised eight days before the Italian round of the WEC on the same track, next July.
It should be understood that this calendar is subject to further change according to the evolution of the current health crisis.
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “With this calendar of six races we invite the best European teams for a new season that promises to be really competitive.
"The Automobile Club de l’Ouest, it’s the 24 Hours of Le Mans, of course, but also the will to support the best European actors of the Endurance all season long.”
Gérard Neveu, CEO of the European Le Mans Series: “After a difficult 2020 season due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are pleased to announce a calendar with six different venues across Europe. The high quality of the teams on the ELMS grid deserves all our attention and efforts to guarantee a Premium level championship. This new calendar will, once again, provide the very best stage for the teams and drivers who have chosen to race in our championship.
“In 2021, the European Le Mans Series events will continue to offer three different championships with the European Le Mans Series, the Michelin Le Mans Cup and the Ligier European Series, providing for the best a clear path up the Endurance Racing career ladder, to the FIA WEC and, ultimately, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”