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Norma M30 Tests at Pau Arnos, First Photo Released

Norma M30 tests at Pau Arnos, first photo released…

Photo: Norma Auto Concept

Photo: Norma Auto Concept

Norma Auto Concept has released a photo of its new-for-2017 LMP3 chassis, the Norma M30, testing on Tuesday at Circuit Pau Arnos in southern France.

This is the first photo of the French outfit’s LMP3 car, which is expected to make its race debut at Sebring in March for the opening round of the new-look IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda.

So far, two Norma M30 Nissans have been confirmed for the European Le Mans Series, with one car each for Oregon Team and M.Racing – YMR.

The pair of Normas will be the only non-Ligier entries in the class, with 14 Ligier JS P3 Nissans completing the 16-strong ELMS LMP3 field.

Norma founder Norbert Santos is confident that the M30 will be present in several series this season.

“We’ll be taking part in the VdeV, the Michelin [Le Mans] Cup and later on in Asian and other national and continental championships,” he said.

“With teams like Brooks Racing, DB Auto and DKR Engineering, believe me, we are quite ambitious. Our presence in the USA in IMSA for the first race in Sebring in mid-March is also sure now.

“We have been working hard behind the scenes for months to prepare our arrival this season with the M30, and we would love to see the M30 compete very soon against the four other manufacturers, wherever it is possible.”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist focusing on European series for Sportscar365. Kilshaw was the founder of WorldSportsCar.co.uk and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. southcove

    February 21, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Who is running this new car in the USA series…? “which is expected to make it’s race debut at Sebring…” A factory entry?

    Not much time to shake down a new car, especially for Sebring’
    s rough surfaces.

  2. Denz

    February 21, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    I’d love to know the entries for the IMSA LMP3 class.

    • The_Z_Man

      February 21, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      This isn’t going to be a class in the 12 hours. It’s going to be in the old IMSA lites series. It will be a separate 45 minute race. They’re running at some tracks, but not all.

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