20 Full-Season Entries for Le Mans Cup

Photo: Michelin Le Mans Cup

Photo: Michelin Le Mans Cup

The Michelin Le Mans Cup grid is set to grow to 20 cars in time for the first round of the season at Monza next month, despite only 14 cars being confirmed for this weekend’s preseason test.

ENTRY LIST: Michelin Le Mans Cup

The full-season entry list, released on Friday, consists of six GT3 cars and 14 LMP3 cars, an overall improvement of six compared to the field present at Portimao this weekend.

Now in its second year, the series has welcomed LMP3 machinery for the first time this season, although only six GT3 cars is half last season’s average.

The addition of the Ebimotors Lamborghini Huracan GT3 completes the smaller of the two categories, which will also see Steeve Hiesse replace Andrea Belicchi in the SVC Sport Management Lamborghini.

They join the likes of Tom Onslow-Cole, Joe Osborne, Phil Keen, Ben Barker and Fabio Babini in a high-quality GT3 field.

LMP3 stalwarts United Autosports, Duqueine Engineering and Graff are amongst the 14-car prototype field, while talented drivers such as Andy Meyrick and Peter Kox are also included in the entry list.

Thirteen of the 14 LMP3 cars are Ligier JS P3 Nissans, while DKR Engineering is set to run a Norma M30 Nissan, adding some variety.

At 14 cars, the LMP3 field is almost the size of the European Le Mans Series’ class, although the six-car GT3 field is considerably less than last year’s offering, which was consistently in double figures.

2 Comments

  1. Anon

    April 21, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Tough to beat Blancpain when you aren’t the top class anymore (although I suppose these pro-am teams wouldn’t be winning overall at Blancpain anyways), lose out on Spa (2x55min races at Le Mans is not enough to gain season entries, especially when there will probably be one-off entries from Blancpain there anyways), the championship winning Le Mans entry requires borrowing or buying another car which unless you run a Ferrari, Aston, or Porsche will be totally different (so one team would stay with the same model car), and you can’t move up to ELMS without encountering the same problem you do by winning the Le Mans entry.

    Then there is that whole thing about P3 cars being slightly faster yet less expensive than GT3 cars. ACO has a good idea here, but it just doesn’t make sense to run a GT3.

    • Susafan

      April 22, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Maybe they should replace them with GT4 cars

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