Le Mans nieuws: '2007 American Le Mans Series Preview: Excitement and Concern'

The ALMS Championship has experienced a turbulent off season. On one hand, there is the undeniable and exciting growth of the LMP2 category, the stable GT2 category and on the other hand the LMP1 and GT1 categories have been under threat, to the point of possible extinction for the 2007 season.

The season will start off as it usually does with the 12 Hours of Sebring and extend through 12 rounds rounding off with the Petit Le Mans and Laguna Seca in October. The season will undertake a number of double headers with the IRL and CCWS Championships, again exposing the series to a range of new spectators in what could be another great growth year for the series.

But what they must be careful of is what has caused so much of their instability from 2006. That is rule changes mid-season. The IMSA last year tried to bring Audi and Corvette back closer to their rivals. This caused much upset amongst the GT1 and P1 frontrunners, to the point of Audi threatening to quit the series. Weaknesses like this needs to avoided if the series to continue and thrive as it potentially could.

So enough about the series, what about the categories, the teams and the racing…


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