The European Le Mans Series will start at the Paul Ricard circuit in three weeks with the annual official test session. Following our earlier look at the four categories that make up the 2015 ELMS, let’s take the opportunity to understand the ELMS point system and what the awards are on offer for the best performing teams and drivers this season.

The ELMS point system is the same as the one used in the World Endurance Championship and is applied to all the categories in the same way.

Points Scale:

Points for Drivers and Teams classified in each race are awarded according to the following scale:

  • 1st:        25 points
  • 2nd:       18 points
  • 3rd:        15 points
  • 4th:        12 points
  • 5th:        10 points
  • 6th:        8 points
  • 7th:        6 points
  • 8th:        4 points
  • 9th:        2 points
  • 10th:     1 point
  • A half point (0.5) will be awarded to any car placed beyond 10th place overall.

One (1) additional point will be awarded to the car and the drivers who have achieved pole position in each category.

At the end of the season, a European Le Mans Series Trophy is awarded for each of the following categories:

  • One each to the teams winning the LMP2, LMP3, GTE and GTC classes (4 trophies in total)
  • The best Drivers in each of LMP2, LMP3, GTE and GTC

Invitations to the 24 Hours of Le Mans

An automatic invitation to the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans will be given to each team winning its category; the prize is available to five teams entered in the 2015 ELMS season.

  • The 1st LMP2 will be invited to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016.
  • The 1st and 2nd LMGTE will be invited to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016.
  • The 1st GTC will be invited to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016 in LMGTE Am.
  • The 1st LMP3 will be invited to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016 in LMP2.

It is imperative that more than three cars are entered for the season, and that they have participated in all the races of the 2015 ELMS season.