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LMP3 Cup In a Nutshell

Now let me introduce you to the second series I’ll be covering in 2017: the Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup Championship.

The Cars and Drivers:

Every team in the new for 2017 championship will be utilising the expanding LMP3 platform to do battle on track.

Currently, six manufacturers are approved to build LMP3 chassis by the ACO: Ginetta, Onroak (Ligier), Ave-Riley, ADESS, Dome and Norma Auto Concept. Whilst, at the time of publication, there are only Ligiers confirmed for the series; that will not detract from the great racing.

Each entry will feature two drivers in a Pro-Am line up style. One FIA Bronze rated amateur driver will be partnered alongside another driver of any FIA grading.

The Weekend:

Each round of the Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup will run over a Saturday and Sunday. One 60 minute practice session, a 10 minute qualifying session and the first 60 minute race will take place on the Saturday, whilst the Sunday will see a second 10 minute qualifying session and 60 minute race.

Each 60 minute race will feature a mandatory pit stop where a driver change will take place.

Ones to Watch:

LMP3 may be the newest of the ACO prototype categories, but some heavyweights have already emerged; and some will even be participating in the Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup.

United Autosports are the 2016 European Le Mans Series LMP3 class champions and have already announced a line-up consisting of former MLB pitcher CJ Wilson and young American Andrew Evans.

The 2016-17 Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 class champions, and LMP3 Cup Exhibition race winners, Tockwith Motorsports will also be present for the full season.

Other notable teams appear in the form of BRDC British F3 frontrunners Douglas Motorsport, with a planned two car assault on the championship, ABG Motorsport’s entry will be driven by former British GT champions Jim and Glynn Geddie and British Touring Car Championship stalwarts Speedworks Motorsport also have an entry prepared too.

The Calendar:

22-23 April – Donington Park National

20-21 May – Brands Hatch Grand Prix

9-11 June – Spa-Francorchamps

1-2 July – Silverstone Grand Prix

12-13 August – Snetterton 300

16-17 September – Donington Park Grand Prix

Alex MacDonald