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LMP3 Cars Added to Michelin Le Mans Cup for 2017

LMP3 cars added to Michelin Le Mans Cup next year…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

LMP3 cars have been added to the newly renamed Michelin Le Mans Cup, the ACO announced on Sunday, which will see the European Le Mans Series support race feature multi-class racing next year.

The entry level prototypes will join existing GT3 machinery in the championship, which has struggled for entries in its first year, with only ten cars having taken part in this weekend’s season finale at Estoril.

The format change mirrors the class structure utilized in the Road to Le Mans support race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, although lengthened to two-hour races for the balance of the season.

LMP3 cars will remain in the ELMS, with the top-placed entries from Le Mans Cup getting invites to ELMS, and lowest-placed cars in the ELMS championship being transferred to the Le Mans Cup the following year.

“In Europe there is a growing demand for LMP3 cars and we have recognized this by extending the options for entrants and providing the perfect stage for them on which to compete,” said series boss Gerard Neveu.

“We should not forget that this prototype category was created and developed by the ACO and it is the first step on this fantastic adventure that is endurance racing.”

2017 Michelin Le Mans Cup Schedule (Provisional):

May 13 – Monza
June 17 – Road to Le Mans
July 22 – Red Bull Ring
Aug. 25 – Paul Ricard
Sept. 23 – Spa-Francorchamps
Oct. 21 – Portimao

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. StueyB83

    October 23, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Slightly ironic and a touch hypocritical that the group that is the creator of LMP3 and is trying to control its use, is more than happy to use the brainchild of another creator (GT3) for it’s own series as well..

  2. Wut

    October 23, 2016 at 11:31 am

    There probably should just scrap the whole series. Since all the gt3 teams left after getting booted from the elms series. No point trying to fluff it up with p3.

    • Wut

      October 23, 2016 at 11:31 am

      They*

  3. jiwoiefwkm

    October 23, 2016 at 11:43 am

    ELMS should be LMP2+GT3, while this feeder series should be LMP3+GT4

  4. Cactus Tony

    October 23, 2016 at 11:46 am

    This promotion/relegation thing is ridiculous, but then again, so is a support series running the same type of cars that make up over half of the headline series field.

    But because it’s the ACO, it’ll get praised as genius.

    • Helmut

      October 24, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      My words.

  5. 996corsa

    October 23, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    “…and it is the first step on this fantastic adventure that is endurance racing.”
    Interesting perspective on a bunch of fairly short sprint races that comprise this support series.
    My guess is the upcoming Creventic Proto series will have more success, since it appears they will actually be endurance length races. I think that is more what the endurance racing marketplace is looking for, especially in Europe. It’ll be interesting to see how it all works out.

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