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Signatech Alpine get’s first ELMS win at the Hungaroring

The Oreca 03 from Signatech Alpine won the 3h of the Hungaroring ahead of the Murphy Prototypes from Hartley/Hirschi. The LMP2 championship leaders TDS Racing were having a awful race, with many incidents ending up 6th in class. The Jota Sport Zytek from Dolan/Turvey were having a battle with Hartley/Hirschi for 2nd, but they had a puncture in the 2nd hour and had to pit. 30 minutes later they got passed by the Oreca 03 from Hartley/Hirschi, but due a late pitstop they lost 2nd position again. So Dolan/Turvey were 3rd. The Race Perfomance Oreca 03 retired after having two spins.

In LMPC, the #49 Team Endurance Challenge car won the category

The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR from Proton Competition won in GTE ahead of he RAM Racing Ferrari and the AF Corse Ferrari. The IMSA Matmut Perfomance was leading the LMGTE class in the first half an hour but they got a stop and go penalty for leavng the engine on during the pitstop. So the Proton Porsche was leading the race until the end.

SMP Racing Ferrari won in GTC, their 3rd win in a row. GTC championship leaders Ecurie Ecosse with their BMW Z4 GT3 were having a solid race until 20 minutes till the end were they had contact with #56 AF Corse Ferrar 458 LMGTE car. So they ended up being 5th in class.

The next race of the European Le Mans Series will be in two weeks time at the Paul Ricard Circuit in Le Castellet, France. All championships will be decided at this race.

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ELMS 3H of Red Bull Ring Review

LMP2: TDS wins, Jota again with bad luck

TDS Racing wins the 3H of Red Bull Ring with Beche/Thiriet ahead of Signatech Alpine and Morand Racing.

It’s their 2nd win of the season.

The Zytek Z11SN Nissan from Jota Sport with Turvey/Dolan was on pole after the actual pole time from the Signatech Alpine was cancelled because it was set under yellow flags.

So Sigantech Alpine had to start from the back of the LMP2 class.

Jota Sport had great start with Oliver Turvey dominating the race.

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But when Turvey was coming to his first pitstop, he was to fast on the pit straight and got a 30 seconds stop & go penalty.

Turvey was on P4 and then came for a driver change with Simon Dolan, who then made a spin on his outlap.

Dolan had then a great battle for P3 afterwards with the Race Perfomance Oreca 03 from Michel Frey.

Dolan came then for his final pitstop coming in for fuel and then had to settle for 4th.

TDS Racing however wasn’t the fastest on the track, but the consistent.

Despite of small problem at their 2nd pitstop the Oreca 03 Nissan didn’t had any problems and Thiriet was running away with the win.

Boutson Ginion Racing who were the favourites of the race with WEC Lotus LMP2 drivers Holzer/Kraihamer had problems with their Oreca 03 and finished on a disappointing 8th in class.

Also Murphy Prototypes with Hirschi/Hartley had early problems with their Oreca 03 Nissan, they had to retire.

The No. 48 Team Endurance Challenge Oreca FLM 09 with Paul-Loup Chatin and Gary Hirsch took victory in the LMPC class, with

Hirsch holding off a charging Nicolas Verdonck in the final laps for the win ahead of the Algarve Pro Racing PC car.

GTE, GTC: Ferrari all the way

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RAM Racing won with Ferrari F458 Italia GTE car, even making a 1-2 ahead other Ferrari from JMW.

The Porsche’s however from Proton Competition, Prospeed and IMSA Perfomance Matmut couldn’t go the pace of the Ferrari’s and were lacking topspeed.

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In GTC, we had a great battle between SMP Racing and AF Corse (both Ferrari) in the first hour.

But after a pitstop problem from the AF Corse Ferrari, SMP Racing made a 1-2 win in GTC.

3rd was Ecurie Ecosse Team with the BMW Z4 GT3, maintaining a 100% podium record this year.

The next race of the European Le Mans Series is going to be the 3H of Hungaroring in Hungary at the 14th of September.

24h of Le Mans 2013 Preview

It’s the 9oth annerversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the biggest motor race in the world and the 3rd round of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2013.

I’m now going to talk about the 4 classes that are going to compete in the race: LMP1, LMP2, LMGTE Pro and Am.

Overall there are 56 cars in the field. There isn’t going to be a experimental car like last year with the Nissan Delta Wing, the GreenGT pulled out of the race after their first tests.

LMP1-Works:

Audi Joest Racing

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Audi goes as the favourites for the win.

They won the first two rounds of the WEC at Silverstone and Spa and managed to keep the Toyota’s way behind.

Audi is going with three R18 e-tron quattros to La Sarthe.

With the 24LM winners from 2011 and 2012 Fässler/Treyuler/Lotterer and also with McNish/Kristensen/Duval and Jarvis/Di Grassi/Gene.

So Audi has already a huge advantage over Toyota, who are only bringing two cars.

But Toyota becomes three litre more fuel, so they can drive longer, what means they can drive later into the pits and don’t have to save so much fuel as Audi.

Because, as you know, the Audi drivers are bit more aggressive than the the Toyota in traffic, what  could result into crashes/incidents. That nearly cost Audi the win in 2011.

But i really think Audi is going to dominate the race and win the 24LM for the 12th time, but which of the three Audis is another question…

Toyota Racing TMG

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Toyota’s last year’s perfomance at the 24LM was impressive but short.

Davidson had a huge crash and the 2nd car retired after a technical failure.

So now Toyota is coming with much more experience to their 2nd 24LM.

Toyota brings two brand new TS030 Hybirds to the race with Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima and Sarrazin/Davidson/Buemi, all drivers expect of Lapierre and Sarrazin are former F1 drivers if you didn’t know.

Toyota has a disadvantage over Audi, only having two cars isn’t the big problem, the actual problem is there race pace.

The car isn’t fast enough in the corners and has a lower topspeed, even in the Le Mans coniguration.

So i think one of the Toyota’s could come into the top three, but only with luck or a crash from a Audi.

And Rebellion is also fast so watchout for them.

LMP1-Privatiers

Rebellion-Lotus Racing

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You can say that they’ve already won it before the race has even began.

They’ve zero competition, only the Strakka HPD, which is two seconds of the Rebellion race pace. But why is the Rebellion so fast?

Well that’s easy, it’s because of the Toyota engine, which is similar to the one in the TS030.

The Lola B12/60 Coupe, isn’t really good (as shown by Dyson in the ALMS), that why it can’t go over 6th in LMP1.

The drivers are Heidfeld/Jani/Prost and Beche/Belicci/Cheng.

Strakka Racing

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The HPD ARX-03a is a good car. Muscle Milk Pikket Racing won the ALMS in 2012 with this car and they can compete with Rebellion for wins.

So the car isn’t the problem, they could be a real challenger for Rebellion, the probelm is the driver lineup.

Levenths/Kane/Watts, they aren’t really good, as shown at Silverstone for example.

They’re entering only one car, so they couldn’t challenge Rebellion anyway. That was the 8th and last car in the LMP1 class.

LMP2

Because there are 21 cars (!) entered in the LMP2 class, i will show the Top 3 favourites for the win there.

OAK Racing (Morgan-Nissan)

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ADR-Delta (Oreca 03-Nissan)

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Sigantech Alpine Renault (Oreca 03-Nissan)

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But of course Jota Sport,  Greaves Motorsport and TDS Racing have also chances to win in this class.

It will be intereting to see how Level 5 from the ALMS will perform, as they’re the only one to use the HPD ARX 03b.

GTE-Pro and Am

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We’re going to have a amazing battle in GTE-Pro.

AF Corse is entering two Ferrari F458 Italia, SRT and Corvette coming with their cars, Aston Martin even with three cars and Porsche with a works team and two brand new 911 RSR.

I see Corvette as a winner, because of their experience there, AF Corse won last year there and Aston Martin won in Silverstone and got the two Poles in the WEC. So really can’t wait to see this battle.

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In GTE-Am meanwhile i think Aston will also do it there, but don’t count out the Ferraris from AF Corse and 8 Star Motorsports.

And of course everybody is excited how actor Patrick Dempsey will do in his debut at the 24h of Le Mans.

He will be driving a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR entered by his own team Dempsey Racing, who are also competing in the ALMS in the GTC class.

Circuit Preview: Circuit de la Sarthe

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Opened: 1923

Length: 13,629 km

Turns: 38

Lap record: 3.19,074   (Loic Duval, Team Oreca Matmut Peugeot 908 HDI FAP 2010)

Location: Le Mans, France

Race start: 15:00 p.m. (CEST) (GMT+1)

Race end: 15:00 p.m.

Facebook page: 24 Heures du Mans

Twitter: @24hoursoflemans

Live stream (also TV broadcasted by Eurosport in Europe and by SPEED in North America)

Radio stream: radiolemans.com

All winners (from 2000):

2000 – Biela/Kristensen/Pirro (Audi)
2001 – Biela/Kristensen/Pirro (Audi)
2002 – Biela/Kristensen/Pirro (Audi)
2003 – Kristensen/Capello/Smith (Bentley)
2004 – Ara/Capello/Kristensen (Audi)
2005 – Kristensen/Lehto/Werner (Audi)
2006 – Biela/Pirro/Werner (Audi)
2007 – Biela/Pirro/Werner (Audi)
2008 – Capello/Kristense/McNish (Audi)
2009 – Brabham/Gene/Wurz (Peugeot)
2010 – Bernhard/Dumas/Rockenfeller (Audi)
2011 – Fässler/Lotterer/Treluyer (Audi)
2012 – Fässler/Lotterer/Treluyer (Audi)

Here the highlights of the 24H of Le Mans 2012 for a quick recap of what happend last year:

Full entry list:

                                                                                                 LMP1

1  DEU Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro M Germany André Lotterer France Benoît Tréluyer Switzerland Marcel Fässler
2  DEU Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro M Denmark Tom Kristensen United Kingdom Allan McNish France Loïc Duval
3  DEU Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro M Spain Marc Gené United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis Brazil Lucas di Grassi
7  JPN Toyota Racing Toyota TS030 Hybrid M Austria Alexander Wurz France Nicolas Lapierre Japan Kazuki Nakajima
8  JPN Toyota Racing Toyota TS030 Hybrid M United Kingdom Anthony Davidson France Stéphane Sarrazin Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
12  CHE Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60Toyota M France Nicolas Prost Switzerland Neel Jani Germany Nick Heidfeld
13  CHE Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60Toyota M Switzerland Mathias Beche Italy Andrea Belicchi China Congfu Cheng
21  GBR Strakka Racing HPD ARX-03cHonda M United Kingdom Nick Leventis United Kingdom Jonny Kane United Kingdom Danny Watts
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24  FRA OAK Racing Morgan LMP2Nissan D France Olivier Pla United Kingdom Alex Brundle Denmark David Heinemeier Hansson
25  GBR DeltaADR Oreca 03Nissan D Thailand Tor Graves United Kingdom Archie Hamilton Japan Shinji Nakano
26  RUS G-Drive Racing Oreca 03Nissan D Russia Roman Rusinov Australia John Martin United Kingdom Mike Conway
28  ARE Gulf Racing Middle East Lola B12/80Nissan D France Fabien Giroix Ivory Coast Frédéric Fatien Japan Keiko Ihara
30  CAN HVM Status GP Lola B12/80Judd D United Kingdom Johnny Mowlem Canada Tony Burgess Switzerland Jonathan Hirschi
31  CZE Lotus Lotus T128Praga D United States Kevin Weeda United Kingdom James Rossiter France Christophe Bouchut
32  CZE Lotus Lotus T128Praga D Germany Thomas Holzer Austria Dominik Kraihamer Czech Republic Jan Charouz
33  USA Level 5 Motorsports HPD ARX-03bHonda M United States Scott Tucker United Kingdom Marino Franchitti Australia Ryan Briscoe
34  CHE Race Performance Oreca 03Judd D Switzerland Michel Frey Switzerland Patric Niederhauser Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
35  FRA OAK Racing Morgan LMP2Nissan D Belgium Bertrand Baguette United Kingdom Martin Plowman Mexico Ricardo González
36  FRA Signatech Alpine Alpine A450Nissan M France Pierre Ragues France Nelson Panciatici France Tristan Gommendy
38  GBR Jota Sport Zytek Z11SN-Nissan D United Kingdom Simon Dolan United Kingdom Oliver Turvey Germany Lucas Luhr
39  LUX DKR Engineering Lola B11/40Judd D France Olivier Porta France Romain Brandela Belgium Stéphane Lémeret
40  BEL Boutsen Ginion Racing Oreca 03Nissan D France Thomas Dagoneau United States Matt Downs United States Rodin Younessi
41  GBR Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN-Nissan D United States Alexander Rossi United Kingdom Tom Kimber-Smith United States Eric Lux
42  GBR Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN-Nissan D Germany Michael Krumm United Kingdom Jann Mardenborough Spain Lucas Ordóñez
43  CHE Morand Racing Morgan LMP2Judd D Switzerland Natacha Gachnang France Franck Mailleux France Olivier Lombard
45  FRA OAK Racing Morgan LMP2Nissan D France Jacques Nicolet France Jean-Marc Merlin France Philippe Mondolot
46  FRA Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca 03Nissan D France Pierre Thiriet France Ludovic Badey Belgium Maxime Martin
47  CHN KCMG Morgan LMP2Nissan M Switzerland Alexandre Imperatori United Kingdom Matt Howson China Ho-Pin Tung
48  IRL Murphy Prototypes Oreca 03Nissan D New Zealand Brendon Hartley India Karun Chandhok United States Mark Patterson
49  ARG Pecom Racing Oreca 03Nissan M Argentina Luís Pérez Companc Germany Pierre Kaffer France Nicolas Minassian
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51  ITA AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Matteo Malucelli
53  USA SRT Motorsports SRT Viper GTS-R M Germany Dominik Farnbacher Belgium Marc Goossens United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
66  GBR JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 D Italy Andrea Bertolini Saudi Arabia Abdulaziz al Faisal United Arab Emirates Khaled al Qubaisi
71  ITA AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M Monaco Olivier Beretta Japan Kamui Kobayashi Finland Toni Vilander
73  USA Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M Spain Antonio García Denmark Jan Magnussen United States Jordan Taylor
74  USA Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M United Kingdom Oliver Gavin United States Tommy Milner United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
91  DEU Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR M Germany Jörg Bergmeister France Patrick Pilet Germany Timo Bernhard
92  DEU Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR M Germany Marc Lieb Austria Richard Lietz France Romain Dumas
93  USA SRT Motorsports SRT Viper GTS-R M Canada Kuno Wittmer United States Tommy Kendall United States Jonathan Bomarito
97  GBR Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE M Germany Stefan Mücke United Kingdom Darren Turner United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck
98  GBR Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE M Canada Paul Dalla Lana Portugal Pedro Lamy United States Bill Auberlen
99  GBR Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE M France Frederic Makowiecki Brazil Bruno Senna United Kingdom Rob Bell
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50  FRA Larbre Compétition Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M France Patrick Bornhauser France Julien Canal United States Ricky Taylor
54  ITA AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M France Yannick Mallégol France Jean-Marc Bachelier United States Howard Blank
55  ITA AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M Italy Piergiuseppe Perazzini Hong Kong Darryl O’Young Italy Lorenzo Casè
57  USA Krohn Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M United States Tracy Krohn Sweden Niclas Jönsson Italy Maurizio Mediani
61  ITA AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M South Africa Jack Gerber Republic of Ireland Matt Griffin Italy Marco Cioci
67  FRA IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M France Pascal Gibon France Patrice Milesi Germany Wolf Henzler
70  FRA Larbre Compétition Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M United States Cooper MacNeil France Manuel Rodrigues France Philippe Dumas
75  BEL Prospeed Competition Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M France Emmanuel Collard France François Perrodo France Sebastien Crubilé
76  FRA IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M France Raymond Narac France Jean-Karl Vernay France Christophe Bourret
77  USA Dempsey RacingProton Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M United States Patrick Dempsey United States Joe Foster United States Patrick Long
81  USA 8Star Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M Venezuela Enzo Potolicchio Portugal Rui Águas Australia Jason Bright
88  DEU Proton Competition Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M Germany Christian Ried Italy Gianluca Roda Italy Paolo Ruberti
95  GBR Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE M Denmark Allan Simonsen Denmark Christoffer Nygaard Denmark Kristian Poulsen
96  GBR Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE M Germany Roald Goethe United Kingdom Jamie Campbell-Walter United Kingdom Stuart Hall

ELMS 2013 Startlist+ Delta Wing/Nissan seperation

29 cars will come into the ELMS for 2013.

The series was last year  cancelled after 2 races in Paul Ricard and Donigton Park. The ACO tries a restart with the ELMS, competing 5 races around europe including a “Super Endurance Weekend” with the WEC in Silverstone, three other races with the World Series by Renault and the final in Paul Ricard with the french FFSA GT-Tour .

Good to see that the ACO is behind the ELMS, i guessed a low starterfield for this year but it seems like many teams have interes in this series, especially french private teams.

There are no LMP1 Prototypes anymore, becuase of the lack of cars that were enterd. Only LMP2, LMPC, GTE-Am and the new GTC class are in the series .  I’m looking forward to it.

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Quick news: Nissan and the Delta Wing project from Don Panoz and Highcroft Racing are going different ways. Nissan wants to concetrate on their LMP2 programm, but are happy to have raced with the Delta Wing.

ELMS calender 2013:

Silverstone 12-13 April (WEC)

Imola 17-18 May            (WSBR)

Red Bull Ring 19-20 July (WSBR)

Hungaroring 13-14 September (WSBR)

Paul Ricard 27-28 September   (FFSA GT-Tour)

ELMS startlist 2013:

LMP2
TDS (Oreca-Nissan) – Pierre Thiriet
Greaves (Zytek-Nissan) – TBA
Boutsen (Oreca-Nissan) – TBA
Murphy (Oreca-Nissan) – Brendon Hartley
Sebastien Loeb (Oreca-Nissan) – Frank Montagny/Nicolas Marroc
Race Performance (Oreca-Judd) – Michel Frey/Patrick Niederhauser
Signatech (Oreca-Nissan) – Pierre Ragues
Jota (Zytek-Nissan) – Simon Dolan/Oliver Turvey
DKR (Lola-Judd) – Olivier Porta
Morand (Morgan-Judd) – Natacha Gachnang
Orex (HPD) – Dean Stirling

LMPC
Endurance Challenge (FLM09) – TBA
Endurance Challenge (FLM09) – TBA
Endurance Challenge (FLM09) – TBA

GTE
RAM (Ferrari F458 Italia) – Johnny Mowlem/Matt Griffin
RAM (Ferrari F458 Italia) – Gunnar Jeanette
AF Corse (Ferrari F458 Italia) – Yannick Mallegol/Jean-Marc Bachelier/Howard Blank
AF Corse (Ferrari F458 Italia) – TBA
JMW (Ferrari F458 Italia) – TBA
IMSA (Porsche 911 GT3 RSR) – Patrice Milesi
Larbre (Corvette C6-ZR1) – TBA
Prospeed (Porsche 911 GT3 RSR) – TBA
Autorlando (Porsche 911 GT3 RSR) – TBA
Kessel (Ferrari F458 Italia) – Michael Broniszewski/Philipp Peter

GTC
Kox (Lamborghini Gallardo LP600) – Peter Kox/Nico Pronk
AF Corse (Ferrari F458 Italia) – Mads Rasmussen/Cedric Sbirazzuoli
AF Corse (Ferrari F458 Italia) – TBA
Autorlando (Porsche 911 GT3 R) – TBA
Momo (Audi R8 LMS) – TBA

WEC 2013, Teams and Races

The WEC goes in 2013 in his 2nd year. They will be still 8 rounds, including the 24h of Le Mans. The WEC will drive in Austin instead of the 12h of Sebring and Silverstone is now the season opener. They will also make ”Super Weekends” with the ELMS (European Le Mans Series) in Silverstone and Spa, ALMS with Austin and the AsLMS (Asian Le Mans Series) in Fuji and Shanghai.

Toyota will only use one TS030 in the entire WEC season (apart from Spa and Le Mans). Audi will still use two R18 Diesel Hybrids and  four cars for Le Mans. Audi will even compete the 12h of Sebring, the season opener of the ALMS (American Le Mans Series). Rebillion will only use one Lola B10/60 Toyota, because they use two of them in the ALMS. OAK and JRM didn’t confirm anything to their LMP1 programm and Strakka will also use one HPD ARX-03a. So only 5 cars are in the LMP1 class, maybe more in Spa and Le Mans.

The LMP2 is the class with the most cars. Lotus will use two T128, Gulf and Greaves will also use two cars. OAK will compete with two Morgan Nissans and Signatech Nissan with two Zyteks. ADR-Delta and Pecom will use one car each.

In GTE-Pro are two cars each from AF-Corse Ferrari 458 Italia, Manthey Porsche 911 and Aston Martin Vantage V12. In GTE-Am they could be two Corvette Rcaing ZR1, one IMSA Porsche and maybe one BMW Z4 from Saudi Falcons.

Note: I will visit the 6 Hours of Spa this year, follow me on twitter @Motorsport4ever and subscribe to motorsportracer97 on Youtube for news and (hopefully) HD footage of the ELMS and WEC race.

WEC (World Endurance Championship) Calender 2013:

1.  6H  Silverstone      14th April 2013 (Super Weekend ELMS)

2.  6H  Spa-Francorchamps    04th May 2013 (Super Weekend ELMS)

3.  24H  Le Mans     22nd June 2013

4.  6H  Sao Paulo   01st September 2013

5.  6H  Austin     22nd September 2013 (Super Weekend ALMS)

6.  6H  Fuji           20th Oktober 2013  (Super Weekend AsLMS)

7.  6H  Shanghai 10th November 2013  (Super Weekend AsLMS)

8.  6H  Bahrain    30th November 2013