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RML AD Group Le Mans News 2009
The 2009 Calendar.
Issued November 17th 2008

ACO Confirms 2009 Calendar

The ACO has published a revised and, one hopes, definitive calendar for 2009.

The Le Mans Series will comprise five races and one official test session in 2009, with four familiar "classic" events, but the disappearance once again of Monza from the list. In the place of this iconic Italian track comes a brand new circuit in the form of the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, on the edge of the town of Portimão in Portugal. This will not only be a new venue for 2009, but it will also feature the season's only "night" race. The full calendar, including the Le Mans 24 Hours, is as follows:

2009 Calendar

8-9 March Official ACO Test Paul Ricard, France 2-day test
3-4-5 April Catalunya 1000 Kilometres Barcelona, Spain 6 hours
22-23 April LMS supplementary test Bugatti Circuit, Le Mans 2-day test
8-9-10 May Spa 1000 Kilometres Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium 6 hours
31 May Le Mans Official test Sarthe Circuit, Le Mans 1-day test
13-14 June Le Mans 24 Hours Sarthe Circuit, Le Mans 24 Hours
31 July/1-2 August Algarve 1000 Kilometres Portimão Circuit, Portugal 6 hours, "night" race
21-22-23 August Nürburgring 1000 Kilometres Nürburgring, Germany 6 hours
11-12-13 September Silverstone 1000 Kilometres Silverstone, England 6 hours

Please note the revised date for the Nürburgring 1000 Kilometres.
Further details can be found on the official Le Mans Series Website

More information about the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve can be found on the official circuit website or on Wikkipedia.

Rumour has been rife in recent weeks concerning the fate of the official Le Mans test day, currently scheduled for May 31st 2009. However, for the time being, the test is still expected to go ahead as planned, but if the economic situation declines further, or the public perception of motorsport in relation to fuel usage becomes negative, then it is believed that the ACO may introduce changes to the way the test is run, and perhaps even the date itself.