Le Mans Series Off To Brazil
Brazil’s most prestigious endurance race, the Mil Milhas event at Interlagos, is just waiting for FIA approval before being announced as the final Le Mans Series round (the sixth) of 2007, on November 10 – writes Sergio Fonseca.

The Brazilian organisers are hoping to attract 35 European entries. The local teams and cars will be accepted if they comply with ACO rules. The race is expected to be confirmed early in January. Local drivers (without suitable cars) are apparently not terribly pleased at being excluded from what was their biggest endurance race.

The 2007 edition, over 1000 Km, will not start at the traditional Mil Milhas hour of midnight, but instead at midday.

After pressure from the local drivers to come up with a replacement event in January, the Automóvel Clube Paulista and Federação de Automobilismo de São Paulo will organize the Grande Prémio Cidade de São Paulo, a six hour race (three hours plus three hours) on January 21. This race was held for the first time on July 12 1936.

So a protracted period of toing and froing initially saw the successful 2006 Mil Milhas destined to become a March date as an FIA GT Championship event (the teams weren’t keen on that idea) – but now it’s a November date for the Le Mans Series.

Meanwhile, the new South American GT3 Championship seems likely to get going with four Ferraris, four Porsches, two Vipers, two Lamborghinis, two Aston Martins and maybe one Corvette.

 

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