Sportscar racing enters a new era

Sportscar racing enters a new era

Finally sportscar racing's big guns can go head to head in a season-long global contest again. AUTOSPORT explains what to expect from the first fully-fledged Intercontinental Le Mans Cup

For the first time since the demise of the World Sportscar Championship almost two decades ago, the leading lights of the Le Mans 24 Hours are set to extend their fight across a truly global year-long title contest in 2011.

The Intercontinental Le Mans Cup is an unrepresentatively dreary name for what will be one of the highlights of the worldwide motorsport calendar. We got a foretaste of how spectacular the ILMC could be from the 2008 Le Mans Series - the last time Peugeot and Audi went head to head over a full season. The warring giants managed to stretch the intensity of a 20-lap thrash across 1,000kms of wheel to wheel racing, culminating in a Silverstone disaster for Peugeot and a shock title triumph for an ultimately outpaced Audi team. Expect the same quality of racing from the ILMC.

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