In a recent announcement, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest informed endurance racing fans that the two remaining races of the 2012 European Le Mans Series will be canceled. Citing too few cars to fill the grid, the September 7-9 race in Brno, and the November 2-4 race in Algarve will not be held.

In a statement from the ACO, the recent news is a "result of the current economic climate and a very competitive GT market with numerous championships that have led to the disposal of cars of this type in Europe."

In a spot of good news, ALMS has invited full-season competitors to Petit Le Mans in October. As many as 14 registered full season teams will get help from ALMS to Road Atlanta, a 1,000-mile/ ten hour endurance race. These 14 teams will join a grid of up to 40 cars from ALMS.

The remainder of the ELMS schedule is the latest casualty in road racing, as the FIA GT1 World and GT3 European Championships have also been axed.

Petit Le Mans is set to feature double-points scoring for teams. ELMS is still expected to award entries to 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours for LMP2, GTE-Am and GTE-Pro.

At the Six Hours of Donington, a season-low of only 13 cars entered, promoting a series of internal meetings at ACO. Hopefully, a long-term plan will be hatched that can allow one of the top road-racing series to continue for next year.



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      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like CART & IRL splitting, spreading technology too wide ruins the whole sport. Too many series with disparate rules leads to poor coverage, fan who can't see everything, sponsors don't see return on investment and teams have to guess which series will be the next big thing.
        Justin L
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        Not exactly... the ELMS is suffering because the FIA created the World Endurance Championship, which vultured most entries from the ELMS.
      fuzzyfish6
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's too bad, I love endurance racing and in fact just went to an ALMS race not long ago. Definitely one of the best racing series around, it's so fun seeing all the different types of cars racing each other. I hope the ELMS will survive, best of luck to them.
      ijardine
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have more or less given up on LMP1 & 2 s the factories come in and out. I really like the GT category and the PC, especially the latter. Since these use detuned road Corvette V8s I would like to see a Supe PC category created ASAP. Perhaps another 100HP that would provide extremely quick and fun racing at a real bargain price for competitors. So roll (1) & (2) into a single category with a Super PC and PC.
      StephenT
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's good news for Petite because I was worried about the size of their crowd since they have moved the race deeper into colder weather and with the loss of not being part of the WEC. I still don't think it will approach last year's crowd which was absolutely huge but this news can't hurt. I will still be there for the 4th year in a row either way.
        AXEL
        • 2 Years Ago
        @StephenT
        It doesn't usually get that cold. Expect 80* temps in Ocotober...