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Old 4 Oct 2016, 13:17 (Ref:3677202)   #1
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ELMS 2017

Thought it's time to give the ELMS 2017 related news etc. its own home.

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Imola gone for the 2017 calendar, replaced by Monza.

Remains 6 round, Silverstone, Monza, Zeltweg, Paul Ricard, Spa, Portimao (replacing Estoril) (SC365 link)
  • March 28-29 — Prologue (Monza)
  • April 14-15 — Silverstone
  • May 12-14 — Monza
  • July 21-23 — Red Bull Ring
  • Aug. 25-27 — Paul Ricard
  • Sept. 22-24 — Spa-Francorchamps
  • October 20-22 — Portimao

The Renault Sport Trophy, Formula Renault and GT3 Le Mans Cup support package is also retained unchanged for 2017.

DSC late August 2017 entry speculations

Current (2016-) P2s will receive grandfathering to race next to the 2017 P2 with their own trophy.

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So we'll see a(t least one) Dallara LMP2 in ELMS as well.

Villorba Corse stepping up from P3 to P2 in 2017
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I would say the upside of owning non-Oreca, non-Onroak, is that you are more likely to receive the LM invite. Though perhaps not yet immediately next year as the grandfathering phase is still on and the field won't look quite as generic yet with the old warhorses there
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I would say the upside of owning non-Oreca, non-Onroak, is that you are more likely to receive the LM invite. Though perhaps not yet immediately next year as the grandfathering phase is still on and the field won't look quite as generic yet with the old warhorses there
I think that it’s real questionable as to how many of those old warhorses we will see at LM. The old cars are down a lot of horsepower, and can win only on reliability, not pace. The better ELMS teams — the ones that are likely to get LM invites — are very likely to switch to 2017-spec cars…

Not sure who will run a 2016-spec car in ELMS next year, but they’re kind of by definition a second-tier operation as they effectively aren’t racing for the overall win except under the very unusual circumstances.
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I don't think they're going to invite any old cars.
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Old 5 Oct 2016, 14:11 (Ref:3677486)   #6
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Agreed. I expect a flurry of (prototype) announcements in the coming months and over the winter.

The full season entry is limited btw to 40 cars for 'customer service*' reasons...

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seems like United is considering not only tackling the Le Mans 24, but also the ELMS with a new Ligier (retaining their P3 programme!)
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It would be good to see more races on the calender some time
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It would be good to see more races on the calender some time
It's a struggle to do that as the majority of the grid is funded by Ams who have a career elsewhere. The Pros that do run in ELMS also tend to run in WEC and Blancpain, so calender clashes are a problem.

In an ideal world I'd love more ELMS races (it might be my favourite series now days, it's hard to decide!), but I'd be worried about the impact on the teams.
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Nic Minassian is working on an ELMS and LM team for next year.

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Sounds like an Oreca or a Ligier. Could the undisclosed gentleman driver be one of his current SMP teammates (as SMP's role as constructor is coming to an end)?
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Graff Racing LMP2 plans and livery revealed.

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Great to see Rubens lining up for Le Mans and maybe some ELMS races. Will Lammers still be competitive at 60/61 in a prototype?
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Great to see Rubens lining up for Le Mans and maybe some ELMS races. Will Lammers still be competitive at 60/61 in a prototype?
I think he'll do ok, and with that age shouldn't get as many complaints about not being a true silver.
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