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Chicane Added for Paul Ricard ELMS Race

ELMS teams to race on revised Paul Ricard layout next weekend…

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European Le Mans Series competitors will race on a revised circuit layout at Paul Ricard next weekend, with a chicane having been added to the Mistral Straight. (En Français)

The iconic 1.1-mile-long back straight will be broken up with the use of a chicane, most recently used by Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe teams during the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup weekend in June.

It’s understood the reason for the change is safety related, particularly with the increased speeds the new-for-2017 LMP2 cars have produced at other tracks, most notably Le Mans.

The revised layout, with the Mistral Chicane, measures 3.642 miles. 

ELMS teams will have their first opportunity to take to the revised track on Friday, which includes a Bronze Test and Free Practice 1, ahead of Sunday’s Four Hours of Le Castellet.

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