Valle Mäkelä Racing

Formula Le Mans Series

Formula Le Mans is the fruit of a partnership between the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and the company ORECA. By combining their know-how, they are creating a monotype formula to meet growing enthusiasm for endurance racing. The organisers are keen to give teams and drivers the possibility of taking part in a quality championship, combining advanced technology and high performance with rigorous cost control.

The organiser of the most famous endurance race in the world, the ACO has been running the 24 hours of Le Mans for over 85 years, and for the past ten years, the ALMS and the LMS too. The club’s 100,000 members are further evidence of its extensive renown, making it ORECA’s preferred partner.

ORECA is a leading name in France for its participation in all areas of motor sport. Not only involved in competition and racing car manufacturing, the company also takes part in organising sports events and driving courses and in the sale of equipment and accessories. The company has revealed several young talents and enabled numerous drivers to make their debut in motor racing by gaining renown in disciplines such as rally driving, single-seater, endurance, GT, etc. Boasting almost 35 years of experience, ORECA is contributing its expertise to this new Championship in the fields of car engineering, engine preparation and organisation.

Formula Le Mans is the best and most efficient way to access endurance racing. Most of the meetings will be held along with those in the Le Mans Series and at the start of the 24 hours of Le Mans race, thus guaranteeing maximum interest at each round and as much for drivers and teams as for spectators and the media.

Calendar 2009
8-10 May Spa (BE)
11-14 June Le Mans (FR)
31 July – 2 August Algarve (PT)
21-23 August Nürburgring (DE)
11-13 September Silverstone (GB)
2-4 October Long distance race – to be confirmed

Summary of rules / Organization
Organization of meetings
The Formula Le Mans Championship is a chance to take part in different meetings around Europe.
Seven meetings will be held during the season: – 5 two-race meetings as a supporting event to the LMS rounds with: A free practice session of 60 minutes 2 qualifying sessions of 20 minutes each 2 one-hour races A compulsory driver change will be made during each race. – A meeting as a supporting event to the 24h du Mans – A 3 or 4-hour endurance event at the end of the season.

Categories of drivers
2 drivers per car are allowed out of the following categories:
- Juniors
- Gentlemen Drivers
- Well-known drivers (Only one well-known driver is permitted per car)

Private test sessions
The Formula Le Mans will organize 2 private test sessions before the beginning of the season and 4 other sessions during the Championship. The schedule will be available soon.

Summary of the Technical Rules
The cars taking part in the Formula Le Mans Championship will be strictly identical and may not be changed. The engine and the shock absorbers will be sealed. 3 possibilities will be suggested for gears along with 3 sets of springs and stabilizer bars. The differential adjustment and the body height will be stipulated. Only two new sets of tyres will be permitted per meeting.

Technical checks
Compliance checks will be done by a technical steward after the test sessions and the races.

Media coverage
Agreements for TV image production are currently being negotiated. Our press attaché will be responsible for relations with journalists to promote the championship.

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