“Since the publication of the 2011 ILMC calendar, there was still a question mark hanging over which circuit in China would host the last of the seven rounds. It is now official. As in 2010, the Zhuhai International circuit will have the honour of organizing the final of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup,” red the statement released by ACO earlier today.
In addition to the ILMC teams that will field cars in the 7th and last round of the 2011 season, local squads will also be allowed to enter GTC (equivalent to GT3) and Formula Le Mans cars in the event.
More importantly however, according to ACO, the ILMC schedule next season has every chance of containing two races in China, following the positive feedback received from the teams and manufacturers competing in the series.
“The quality of the proposals put forward by the management of the Zhuhai and Shanghai circuits to host the 2011 round, and the oft-stated desire of the manufacturers entered in the championship for more races in China and Asia, has encouraged the people in charge of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup to begin work straight away on including two rounds in China on the 2012 ILMC calendar,” added the statement.
Under the circumstances, here is how the 2011 ILMC calendar looks like, under its final form:
1. 12 Hours of Sebring (Floride, USA), March 19th
2. 1 000 Km of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL), May 7th
3. 24 Heures du Mans (FRA), June 11 & 12
4. Imola 6 Hours (ITA), July 3rd
5. Silverstone 6 Hours (GBR), September 11th
6. Petit Le Mans (Road Atlanta, Georgie, USA), October 1st
7. Zhuhai 6 Hours (CHI), November 12th