European Late Model Series
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (March 2009)|
|Constructors||Chevrolet, Ford, Pontiac|
|Drivers' champion||Jean Vasseur|
|Official website||European Late Model Series|
The series came about as the result of talks among CAMSO, Spedeworth International Ltd. and SCSA V8 Trophy. The thoughts were around the fact there are so many late model type stock cars in Europe which are not racing, and it seemed silly not to do something about it. For 2009 racing driver Tony Roots took over the CAMSO organisation with other drivers Colin White and John Stuard. The organisers put together a calendar which featured the Warneton ten times and Lydden Hill and Hednesford once. Eighteen drivers joined the series for the first races. A summary of the weekend was broadcast on Motors TV UK. Each raceday featured 2 25 lap heat races and a 35 lap final. The first ever race of the series was won by Gary Ellis in a Chevrolet.
CAMSO was a reasonably successful formula, but its lack of profile resulted in a series which had become stalled. SCSA had gone through several reinventions since its establishment in 2001, and had been in decline since around 2005.
European Late Model Series is open to North American Stock Cars with a wheelbase of 104-105 inches. Performance is be equalised to allow cars from both old series to race against each other competitively.
More than half the rounds take place at the Belgian oval track in Warneton. Rounds in the UK include visits to Ipswich, Hednesford and Lydden Hill. Multiple round on the new half mile oval in Venray, the Netherlands have also been announced for the 2011 season.