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Michelin Le Mans Cup Adds Spanish Track to 2019 Schedule

LMC - 23/01/2019 - Jeff CARTER

The calendar for the 2019 Michelin Le Mans Cup includes a race on the 4.6km Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the first time. The Spanish circuit replacing the Red Bull Ring is the only schedule change from last season. The race in Barcelona will take place on 20 July and will be Round 4 of the 2019 Michelin Le Mans Cup.

As the home of the Spanish Grand Prix, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is one of four current Formula One tracks included in the 2019 schedule; the others are Le Castellet, Monza and Spa-Francorchamps. 

The 2019 calendar also includes the challenge of two races on the full Le Mans circuit in June and the rollercoaster Portuguese circuit near Portimão, ensuring that teams and drivers competing on the first rung of the International Endurance Racing ladder get to race on some of the very best tracks that Europe has to offer. 

The 4.655km / 2.892 mile Spanish circuit was built in 1991 and is located 32km to the north of the city of Barcelona and 18km from the Mediterranean coast. It features 16 turns and the current outright lap record is held by Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo with a 1m18.441 lap at the 2018 Spanish GP.

Since 1991 the track has hosted the Spanish Grand Prix and in 2006 the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans Champion Fernando Alonso became the first Spanish driver to win a home grand prix on his way to his second F1 world title. The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was also a venue during the 1992 Olympics and has hosted the motorcycle GP for the past 27 years, with this year’s race being held in June. 

The technical nature of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will provide a new challenge for the Michelin Le Mans Cup and is a welcome addition to the series.

For more information on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya visit www.circuitcat.com

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