24h Le Mans/LMS

24h Le Mans/LMS Serie

The legendary 1000-kilometres-Races of the 70th are revived in the LMS Series. The incentive to participate is huge for the teams because during the race meetings the teams can achieve starting positions for the 24h Le Mans. The long distance classic was held by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest in 1923 for the first time and is known as one of the toughest motorsport events in the world. Public highways are a part of the race track. The prototyes looking like race flukes achieve more than 5.000 kilometres with a top speed over 350km/h in the 24h. There are four categories in the LMS Series and the 24h Le Mans. During numerous pit stops two to three drivers hand over the steering wheel to each other. A driver is not allowed to drive more than four hours in one go in the race without a break.

Technical Regulation

In the LMS Series and the 24h Le Mans the cars are devided in four categories: LM P1, LM P2, LM GT1 and LM GT2. The GT cars are based on production cars but the sportscars in LM P1 and LM p2 are hybrid cars. For all cars there is a mandatory minimum weight, for the LM P1 class it is 950 kilogramms, for the LM P2 it is 750 kilogramms. The heavy cars have engines with a maximum capacity of 6000 ccm. The lighter LM P2 cars have less engine performance restricted to 3,4 litres for sugtion engines and to 2 litres for turbo engines. Four wheel drives is banned.

Sportive Regulation

A 40 minute Qualifying decides in the LMS Series about the grid positions. The first 20 minutes belong to the prototypes and the second are for the GT cars. The race is started with a rolling start after a formation lap and always goes over a distance of 1.000 kilometres or a maximum of six hours. The difference to Le Mans is that in the LMS Series cars which don’t finish the race still get points for the championship therefore they need to achieve 70% of the winner’s distance and cross the finish line. Only four mechanics are allowed to work on the car in the same time.

The ranking is devided into classes. In each class the first eight places get points according to the key 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1. At the 24h Le Mans the grid positions are acertained in two four hour Qualifyings on Wednesday and Thursday evening. The fastest lap of each car decides about the grid position. The race is started with a flying start on Saturday at 4pm. During the race it is forbidden to change the enigine block, the gearbox, the differential, the chassis and the monocoque. During an incident on the track only the driver is allowed to work on the car with tools and parts he has on board.

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