Understanding the European Le Mans Series
The 2022 European Le Mans Series is heating up, and with only two race weekends remaining this season, the title fight is set to go down to the wire.
Discover the ins and outs of one of motorsport’s premier sportscar categories ahead of the penultimate weekend of the current campaign as Step One Automotive Group athlete, Juan Manuel Correa, leaps into action with Prema Racing.
What is the European Le Mans Series?
The European Le Mans Series, commonly known as ELMS, is a multi-class sportscar racing championship that brings closely contested prototype and GT action to some of the continent’s most iconic circuits.
First held in 2004, the 2022 season marks ELMS’ 19th to date and provides teams with a key opportunity to receive entry to the prestigious and historic 24 Hours of Le Mans.
With Juan Manuel Correa joining team-mates Ferdinand Habsburg and Louis Delétraz at Prema Racing, the American-Ecuadorian driver will compete in the series premiere category – LMP2.
What is the format?
Each European Le Mans Series weekend runs over three days and consists of two free practice sessions, three class-specific qualifying sessions, and one four-hour race.
While practice provides drivers and teams with a key window to test and refine car setup, qualifying determines the starting order for the main event.
Pit stops are mandatory, and all of a team’s drivers must compete in each race. In LMP2, points are awarded to the top 10 finishers, with the winner receiving 25 points on a scale down to one point for finishing 10th. One point is awarded to the team that secures pole position.
Where does it race?
The 2022 European Le Mans Series commenced on April 17 at the Circuit Paul Ricard and has raced at Imola, Monza, and the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya so far this season. This weekend, on September 25, it will take on the challenge of the iconic Circuit de Spa- Francorchamps, while the campaign will conclude at Portimão, Portugal, on October 16.
With the backing of Step One Automotive Group, Prema Racing has secured three victories so far this season and has scored a total of 85 points.
Where can I watch?
The European Le Mans Series can be watched on YouTube and can be followed closely on Step One
Motorsports’ Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.