Bute Motorsport, organisers of the successful GT Cup Championship, introduced the LMP3 Cup in 2016, with the debut season being run a year later. Identifying a gap in the global prototype racing ladder, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) launched the LMP3 category in 2015. This cost-capped format is the first step on the Road to Le Mans.
The price of the LMP3 car must not exceed €206,000, keeping it an affordable entry-level format. Cars currently race in a number of championships across the globe, and with such a variety of championships running throughout the year, teams have the ability to keep the cars running on track, reducing overall costs.
The LMP3 Cup has an emphasis on driver development on the road to Le Mans but is a National Championship in its own right. It has identified and opened up the driver options to allow for four different categories: Silver/Silver+, Silver/Silver, Silver/Bronze, and Bronze/Bronze. The different driver pairings will assist a growing demand for talented single-seater drivers looking to transition to endurance prototype racing and provide greater flexibility with different drivers from different backgrounds to compete alongside each other or indeed for solo drivers to compete on their own. Only Silver/Bronze and Bronze/Bronze driver pairings will be eligible for the Michelin Road to Le Mans entry in 2019.
Another change for 2018 is that Michelin becomes the tyre supplier for the Championship. The move brings the LMP3 Cup in line with the Michelin Le Mans Cup, ELMS, and other ACO approved championships, which compete using tyres supplied by the French manufacturer. This will hopefully make it easier for teams running the cars to field entries in the UK.
New this season is the introduction of a new category: PT4, which is open to competitors wishing to race the brand-new Ligier JS P4 and Radical RXC. This category provides a stable platform for drivers interested in progressing in prototype sportscar racing without the big step up to LMP3.
To register your interest in the Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup Championship, and for more information, please contact the Championship Coordinator, Hannah Wilson: