2012 European Le Mans Series season
The European Le Mans Series 2012 season was the ninth season of the Le Mans Series and the first under the name of European Le Mans Series ( ELMS ). The season started on April 1 in Le Castellet and ended on 20 October at Road Atlanta. Three events were held.
LMP1 vehicles were not allowed to compete in the European Le Mans Series this season. These are reserved from this year's FIA World Endurance Championship ( WEC). The LMP2 thus became the first class of the series. The Formula Le Mans was renamed in LMPC. In addition, the GTC class has been introduced. In this class, three cars (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Ferrari F430 Challenge and Lotus Evora GT4 ) were authorized to start. Start of the season, there was no participant in this category.
Teams and Drivers
The race calendar for the 2012 season which originally included five events. Each race was six hours. Shortly after the start of the season the originally planned as the second race 6 - hour race at Zolder was deleted without replacement at the Circuit Zolder due to insufficient number of participants. On July 23 it was announced that the last race of the year in the framework program of the Petit Le Mans will be held in the United States. The 6- hour race at Brno and the 6- hour race in the Algarve, which were originally intended as the last season events were instead taken from the racing calendar.