European Le Mans Series cancels last two races due to low participation image

The two remaining races of the 2012 European Le Mans series will be canceled, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest announced endurance racing fans.

The reason cited by the organiser for this decision is that there are too few cars to fill the grid at the September 7-9 races in Brno and the November 2-4 races in Algarve.

The ACO said in a statement that this is a “result of the current economic climate and a very competitive GT market with numerous championships that have led to the disposal of cars of this type in Europe.”

The competitors who were planning to enter the two cancelled races can fly to the U.S. to join the Petit Le Mans in October, following an invitation from the ALMS. 14 registered full-season teams will get help from the ALMS to Road Atlanta, a 1,000-mile/10 hour endurance race. The 14 European teams will join a grid of up to 40 cars from ALMS.

The cancellation of the two ELMS races comes after the dismissal of the FIA GT 1 World and GT3 European Championships. At the last ELMS race, the Six Hours of Donington, only 13 cars entered, the lowest number of cars this season.