Ten years since the last visit, 2019 will see the return of the European Le Mans Series to Spain’s Barcelona Circuit.
The official pre season test will once again be held at Le Castellet in April, with the French venue also hosting the opening round of the series five days later on the 13th and 14th April.
The Italy (Monza) in May, the UK (Silverstone) in August, Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps) in September will keep hosting ELMS races. The last race in Portugal (Portimão) still need to be confirmed.
The big change in 2019 will be the introduction of the famous Spanish circuit of Barcelona where the third round of the season will be held from the 19th to 21st of July, replacing Austria’s Red Bull Ring.
The British fans will once again enjoy a summer race with the 4 Hours of Silverstone on the 30th and 31st of August alongside the FIA WEC for a weekend festival of the motor sport.
As with the 2018 season, the Michelin Le Mans Cup will continue to support the European Le Mans Series all year (with the exception of Silverstone) and the series will again have a unique flagship event, the Road to Le Mans, as the curtain riser of the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“The European Le Mans Series has always provided the very best in endurance racing with top class teams and drivers competing on some of the world’s premier circuits.” said Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest “You only have to look at the grid sizes over the past few seasons to see how successful the ELMS has become.
“The fact that ELMS teams and drivers have been highly successful at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is proof positive of the competitiveness of the ELMS grid for both professional and gentlemen drivers alike.”
“We welcome the inclusion of Barcelona in the schedule, a new circuit for the ELMS and a new challenge for the competitors, while building on the success of the events held at the five other venues. The 2019 European Le Mans Series will certainly be a series to watch next season.”
“We are driven by the desire to offer the very best sporting stage for the teams.” added CEO of the European Le Mans Series Gérard Neveu. “The ELMS is a friendly championship and we are very happy to share it with our competitors, our partners and our fans.
“We are working hard to ensure that this new calendar will keep building on that success.”