The Automobile Club de l'Ouest has announced that Formula Le Mans cars will be permitted to race in the full Le Mans Series next season.
Formula Le Mans was launched in 2009 to provide a first step into prototype competition, with events running alongside the Le Mans Series this season.
For 2010, Formula Le Mans teams will be permitted to take part in four Le Mans Series events in Europe – at Paul Ricard, Spa, Silverstone and a circuit yet to be decided – while there will also be one race meeting held outside the LMS framework.
The cars will run in their own championship within the LMS, with the 2010 championship winners being offered a test with Team Oreca. Hugues de Chaunac's team is responsible for building the FLM car.
“We are pleased to welcome the FLM within the Le Mans Series races,” Le Mans Series CEO Patrick Peter said. “We hope that this racing nursery will highlight many young talents who will doubtlessly leave a trace in future glorious moments of endurance racing in Europe and throughout the world.”
The 2010 season will also see Formula Le Mans cars debut in the American Le Mans Series as part of its new class format, although FLM cars will not be permitted to race in the Le Mans 24 Hours.