GT: Automobile Club de l’Ouest launches a new endurance GT3 support series for ELMS

GT: Automobile Club de l’Ouest launches a new endurance GT3 support series for ELMS
Estoril GT3 announcement
Sun Oct 18th 2015 – Pierre Fillon, President of the ACO, and Gérard Neveu, ELMS CEO, with Pascal Couasnon, Michelin Motorsport Manager, today announced the creation of a new series in 2016.

The Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup will be launched next season and will run on the European Le Mans Series meetings, completing the line-up of exciting race series for the race week-ends including ELMS, Formula Renault 2.0 and Renault Sport Trophy RS01.

The Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup is reserved for GT3 category cars and will take part on five ELMS rounds : Imola, Red Bull Ring, Le Castellet, Spa and Estoril.  A sixth round will place at Le Mans in June as the opening race of the weekend at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In order to optimise the sporting programme of these GT3 cars, an agreement has been reached with the French FFSA GT Tour promotor with endurance staying with ELMS and sprint with GT Tour.  There will be 2-hour endurance races at each of the ELMS meetings and 1-hour sprint races on the GT Tour meetings.

The calendars of the two series have no clash in dates, which means the GT3 Teams will be able to enter both competitions, keeping the same car number and the same tyre manufacturer, due to the fact that Michelin will be the title sponsor of the new ACO series.

In each 2-driver crew in the new endurance race series, a bronze category driver will be mandatory for each line-up.

Apart from the race taking place on the 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit, the track programme in the ELMS meetings will be made up of two 1-hour free practice sessions, one 30-minute qualifying session and one 2-hour race.

Important to note, as this will be the case in ELMS, the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup will also present “prize money” to the champions at the end of the season.

Pierre Fillon, President of the ACO, said: “This new series is a logical step as part of the scheme adopted by the ACO for the development of endurance.  In addition to the WEC on the world stage, or the ELMS at European level, and the Asian Le Mans Series in Asia, with this new series the ACO adds another piece to its portfolio of competitions and strengthens its position as promoter of Championships and Endurance races.  It will be for the best teams and drivers in GT3, a true gateway to access the GTE world and therefore to have the opportunity to join the family of the 24 hours of Le Mans. The ACO also welcomes the strong involvement of Michelin in this new series, strengthening further the links between the world-renowned French manufacturer and Le Mans.”

Gérard Neveu, CEO of the European Le Mans Series, said: “The Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup enhances the ELMS programme for the 2016 season. In the same meeting, motorsport fans will be able to enjoy single seat racing with the Formula Renault 2.0, mono series with the RS01 and with the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup, all of this coming in addition to the main race of the weekend, the European Le Mans Series.

“This new series represents an excellent path for gentlemen drivers who want to progress in the world of endurance. Like we have always done in ELMS, we will do all we can so that the dream becomes reality for these gentlemen drivers. We are extremely pleased by the very strong interest that has already been shown by many GT teams for this new series. We look forward to seeing you in 2016 for a season that promises to be superb.”

Pascal Couasnon, Director, Michelin Motorsport: “Michelin has invested significantly in the development of its endurance racing tyre range over the past several seasons. It consequently seemed natural to share this expertise with the GT3 teams and, indirectly, with the manufacturers of GT3 cars. Through our involvement in the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the championships the Automobile Club de l’Ouest promotes, we already have close ties with the ACO, so it was a perfectly logical step to extend our partnership and thereby accompany the spectacular growth endurance racing has enjoyed in recent years. Michelin is very keen to be a part of this new challenge, especially as it will allow us to combine an endurance racing programme with a season of sprint racing within the framework of the GT Tour. We will provide the drivers who participate in the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup with tyres that will contribute both to their enjoyment and their performance thanks to the quality of their overall package.”

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6 hrs ago

F1

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Gutierrez is an absolute jerk and shouldn't be allowed to participate! He should go to a fair in Mexico and drive bumper cars...

The thing about Gutiérrez is to consult with his psychologist, that the damages are not activated does not mean that you drive without respect, you cannot put the car where it does not fit, fantastic boot race, it was not the best circuit to debut in a virtual race and if He is not caught in the accident, he would have been in the top 3, I hope he dared to participate again, Lecler very clean.

No damage is bullshit. Grow up.

Can’t run this with damage on, just takes away the spectacle and not very interesting to watch when crashing into each other like this

Gutierrez should play E roulette tonight. He hit everything else in Monaco, odds are he will hit his number or color as well

Turning damage off was a big mistake. Just became intentional wall riding for most. It somewhat disconnects risk and reward.

That It!!! All the F1 Pilots (when they're driving For Real) still think they're in virtual cars which can bounce off of everything without damage!

So many people complaining, don't watch if it's so repulsive to you.

Some shocking driving there. And people wonder why very few take it seriously. Crank damage up to 100% and let's see them

Honestly would rather they played Mario kart. It’s way more fun than this.

Some drivers should participate in demolition derby!!

Hey F1. You should have a night race at Monte Carlo and just add lights. I think it would be pretty cool.

Estaben strategy for yesterday race if anyone doesn't let me pass I will do whatever it takes to gain his position. I will set them spinning ☠️☠️

I feels like watching mini4WD series using barrier to turn lol Fun to watch, in not F1-serious like

2020 Monaco Virtual GP Nobody: All the drivers: SEND IT IN EVERY CORNER

Oh this virtual thing is just lost. Loss of value in material, society and spirit. But who would compare?..

Esteban Gutierrez driving was just shameful. I realize it's a video game... but even for a video game his driving was stupid.

No damage is just horrible, full of punts and wallriding

Action? Come on guys, activate damages, they are real drivers!

“He wants to play bumper car or something” - everyone to Gutierrez - 2020

Obviously there's not enough damage from aggressive driving

Would love to see this race with damage on 😈

F1 needs a no damage mode 😂

If they had damage on, only Russell would have finished the race 😀

Must put damage on... it is a carnage going on there!

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9 hrs ago

F1

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Gutierrez ruined the race outcome. I expect that kinda bumper cars from nascar. I’d why I quit that series. Altho it sounds like it pleased some folks. Well, there’s always the real thing, and bikes. flat track, moto, and. Enduro’s. Something for everybody. Hope the next one is cleaner.

I would loooooove to get relevant F1 news without fantasy races and fluff. Is there a F1 page just for that? I realize everyone is struggling to stay relevant but fantasy racing is not what I signed up for.

Another Ferrari driver who can't handle being passed

Turn on damages. What a mess it look like kids driving today ...

Funny how even f1 drivers soon stoop to the level of gt sport daily racers when the damage is always off...

More exiting than real F1.. says enough!

Honestly wish they would just turn damage back on. Like I get it there’s noobs being brought on that aren’t even drivers but cmon it kinda kills this thing just watching them drive like they’re playing Mario Kart.

Why has F1 not adopted Esports to carry the season until the real racing can continue? Would be alot more interesting to see all the grid in equal cars. Even if it's not exactly the real thing.

Enough of this. Bring back the real deal

It looks fake and it is...multiple collisions, no damage, no nothing. It’s just not interesting.

Glad they made titanium front wings and sidepods.

Wow this definitely splits option, better than no racing in mine though.

This might be interesting if they turned on damage. W/O it it's just BS bumper cars, ignoring track limits and a useless thing to watch.

Super unrealistic...

Do people look at this crap really only stockcar racing

Never seen such racing in Monaco.

The fact these guys race with no damage is sad.

formula one or destruction derby?? aahh, no damages...its formula one!! gutierrez 🤣🤣🤦🤦

turn damage on so we can really have fun watching drivers survive monaco.

Is that Blackpool GP coz they drive like they were on the Dodgems?!

Just imagine racing like that in real life. Awesome.

He went through where Max couldn't get past Hamilton last season

😮👏🏻 Good luck

I think they should have had damage on

Turn on the damage

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9 hrs ago

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Not watched this rubbish. They need to do a kind of battle royale style event where everyone has damage on, except kyviat and the last person to be torpedoed wins.

Bad luck for Charles on that point. Two years ago breaks failure and now this😂

Why are some people so angry on this thread because wheels didn't fly off a virtual car? Lockdown really hitting hard 😂

No damage... It's just a laugh that you need the settings for 5 year olds...

Honestly what Esteban today did was dirty... unacceptable, was watching Marcel Kiefer's stream and he was raging and swearing!

Just get to real racing already. This virtual racing wore out a month ago. NASCAR has started and IndyCar starts June 6th.

These clips only remind me how barren my life is without F1 lol. I can't find any enthusiasm for these Mario Kart races.

😐 c'mon now...turn on damage and get all the F1 drivers involved. Have your "celebrity" races elsewhere. ½points for virtual races and add them to whatever is earned when the actual season resumes.

Can we get a full contact death match mode with weapons please? Please!

You have overdone it with the "virtual" grand Prixs.I am a gamer and a FORMULA 1 fan myself but just the marketing exaggeration and promotion of all these tends to become boring, at least for those who spend a lot of time with pure Formula 1 things.Even the the E-league was better organized...

The whole race Esteban Gutierrez was driving dirty. What a disrespectful racer. He knocked out Alex too.

If they're going to play a game with ridiculous physics and no damage, why don't they just play Call of Duty. That's about as close to real war as this F1 game is to car racing.

Alright, it's funny if everyone agrees to go full Mario Kart mode. Not if a couple decides to torpedoe everyone while the rest is actually trying ro race. Either implement some set of rules or just switch to Mario Kart for this series. It was funny, now it's just ridiculous.

What no damage. That the whole point of f1

Leclerc and Monaco is just not a good combination.

What a load of sh*te this is honest. May as well watch them all playing mario cart. Utterly pointless.

Get a grip ya whining bastards! Yes, there's a bit of overzealous driving...so what! It's a bit of fun and at least a little entertainment for us while there's no real F1.

Here for all the ItS nOt ReAlIsTiC comments. No kidding, it's a video game.

The handling on the Codemasters games will always be rubbish, far from realistic, useless.

it was the worst virtual gp please turn on damage

What kind of racing is this without damage and how does it even manage to get much of viewership?

Is there no damage mode in this game? I remember F1 2001 had like 20,000 settings and full damage mode.

Someone appears to have driven through Leclercs car, ghostlike, as if made of ectoplasm...

Les mecs ils jouent sans les dégâts...trop la honte serieux quand nous on jouent en réel

also Esteban seems to be like five years child who chrashing into everything

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13 hrs ago

MotoGP

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What an emotional race. Amazing.

Refunds???????

Dominik Leder

en ik ook

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Fatima Benard segundo 35 cuando voy conduciendo y me envías un mensaje

Ricardo Blokzijl Nathalie Blokzijl, dat weekendje gaat jammer genoeg dit jaar niet door

Let me show you the video of my Yamaha in Italy! youtu.be/Cqqivo8wJ-Q

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How does Valentino Rossi VR46 Official describe himself? 🤔
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Optimistic in 2018 to enjoying my soft pizza from bridgestone with mayonaise in the beach at sunset with coffee and gain cardio of my dogs just to funny 😆😆✌️

Gotta love that guy! 🤣 what if your cat finds out about that dog mishap?? 🙈 Also: pineapple on pizza is THE BEST! I’m sorry but it’s true 😝

At least during the lockdown, him and his boyfriend Uccio have has plenty of time to makeup a brand new list of excuses for when tossi gets his ass handed to him again !!

Looking forward to racing again . You look really good , relaxed & happy. You will always be No 1 . ❤ One kiss x

Always smiling our Vale !! and of course optimistic. I love him 🥰. I hope to see you soon on the track. 😉

Ahhhh - I got all of these right (except the mayonnaise on pizza but that’s definitely more acceptable than pineapple 🤢). Always makes me smile 😊 x

Valentino looks like he needs that beard filling makeup pen that’s all the target on FB

My Boy, and no pineapple, I'm allergic. XX

A character of a Champion💖VR46💨..

Like the longer hair, not the beard... You can shave, you don't need the barber for that....

Only you were allowed to switch the tyres from Michelin to Bridgestone.. What a shame!

Maybe they should do this for all the riders????

FFS!! Enough of the fan-boy shite MotoGP!! 🤬 Let's see something about other riders. You have 82 others to choose from!

One thing is for real...he certainly can't grow a beard!

Mayonnaise on a pizza? In Italy? It must be an Uccio thing, there's no other explanation... 🤣🤣🤣

Pizza with mayonnaise??????

Hahahaha "forbidden." #pineappledoesnotbelongonpizza

T-shirt salesman

rossi: mayo pizza cooks: WHAT A GENIUS he must be 200+ iq

Healthy greetings from Indonesia

I love this guy...

Hello mester Rossi we miss you, Go go go

Ah Vale!.. la pizza con la maionese proprio non si può sentire!!!!😱😱😱😱😱

Go put some beard

Legend. Forza

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