The European Le Mans Series will get a bumper-load of automatic entries to next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans due to the 40-car grid announced this week.

In line with the Sporting Regulations which specify the number of automatic entries based on the entry number in each category (LMP2, LMP3, LMGTE), six invitations for the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans will be granted at the end of the 2020 season.

With 18 cars entered to race in the LMP2 class during the 2020 season, the most generous allocation is seen here. An invitation will be offered to the champions, the runner-up but also the third placed team making one more invitation compared to the previous year.

In LMP3, 13 cars will enter the championship and one invitation for the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans will be granted to the LMP3 champions.

Finally, the LMGTE grid comprises 9 cars this year. The first and second placed teams will receive the coveted entries to take part in the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans.