Peugeot do well in practice for the last race of the season at Silverstone

Stephan Heublein

The final round of the Le Mans Series is at the same time the opener to the Intercontinental Cup – star cast in all classes!

After the withdrawal of Atlas Saleen, some 45 teams sallied forth today to ready their racing cars for the fifth and final race of the Le Mans series. Every leading driver will be there at the start, because in the1,000km race at Silverstone titles in all categories, except for GT1, are up for grabs and it's the opening race for the new ILMC series, Intercontinental Le Mans Challenge. The loss of Nigel Mansell is of course a great blow for local fans, though. 1992 Formula One World Champion, Nigel, crashed out of Le Mans and his doctors have refused the OK to co drive the Beechdean Ginetta Zytek with sons Greg and Leo at Silverstone.
Despite that, the return of the Audi and Peugeot works teams to the fray in LMP1 should arouse some attention. Both manufacturers with their respective teams, Joest and Oreca, have a good chance of claiming the Le Mans Series title and want to get off to a flying start in the Intercontinental series at the "Home of British Motor Racing".