2023 European Le Mans Series competitors are gearing up for two four-hour races this weekend – the 4 Hours of Algarve on Friday 20 October (start at 14:45 GMT) and the 4 Hours of Portimão on Sunday the 22nd (start at 13:00) – at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal. The rounds will decide the 2023 ELMS title-winners in LMP2, LMP2 Pro/Am, LMP3 and LMGTE, as well as who will receive an invitation to the 92nd 24 Hours of Le Mans (12-16 June 2024):
- 1st and 2nd LMP2 competitors invited to the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans
- 1st LMP2 Pro/Am competitor invited to the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans
- 1st LMP3 competitor invited to the LMP2 class at the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans
- 1st LMGTE competitor invited to the LMGT3 class at the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans
Only 26 points separate the top six teams in the provisional championship standings. The contenders to win the 2023 ELMS crown are: Algarve Pro Racing (#25 ORECA), Duqueine Team (#30 ORECA), Panis Racing (#65 ORECA), IDEC SPORT Racing (#28 ORECA), COOL Racing (#47 ORECA) and United Autosports USA (#22 ORECA). Algarve Pro Racing has won two races this season (4 Hours of Le Castellet and 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps). Duqueine Team and United Autosports USA have won one each.
Racing Team Turkey reclaimed the lead in the LMP2 Pro/Am standings after finishing second at the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. The team and drivers Salih Yoluç/Charlie Eastwood/Louis Delétraz now hold a four-point advantage on AF Corse (#83 ORECA). COOL Racing is currently third, trailing the Turkish outfit by 16 points. Fifty-two points are up for grabs in Portugal.
A third victory in four rounds has earned COOL Racing's #17 Ligier JS P320-Nissan a 46-point lead on the rest of the LMP3 field. The Swiss team just needs to make it into the top 7 at the 4 Hours of Algarve to secure the 2023 LMP3 crown. Inter Europol Competition's #13 Ligier is second ahead of Racing Spirit of Léman's #31 Ligier and Eurointernational's #11 Ligier.
This weekend's season finale will mark the final appearance of LMGTEs in the European Le Mans Series after 12 seasons, ushering in the arrival of the LMGT3s next year.
Proton Competition and Iron Lynx's Porsche 911 RSR-19s share the top spot in the LMGTE standings. Kessel Racing's #57 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo is hot on their heels with only an eight-point deficit, so with 52 points on the table this weekend, 11 of the 12 cars in the class still have a chance to win the title.
Click the link for the 4 Hours of Algarve and 4 Hours of Portimão entry list and check out the teaser for the ELMS final below.