Creventic Responds to ACO Dispute Over 24H Proto Series

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Creventic has responded to the ACO’s dispute over its recently announced 24H Proto Series, which they claim is a breach of the LMP3 licensing rights.

The Dutch organization, promoters of the 24H Series, reveled plans to launch a prototype-only championship, featuring LMP3, CN and other entry level prototype machinery, with a planned support race to January’s Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai.

Creventic contends that the ACO’s statement, released last week, is “based on false information and contains many errors.”

“Creventic never claimed that it has an agreement with ACO,” the statement said. “Creventic does not need approval from ACO to organize the 24h Proto Series

“Creventic never declared that ACO granted any right to use the LMP3 band or any ACO regulations. Creventic or any party does not require the permission of ACO to organize a racing event that welcomes LMP3 type cars.

“Creventic is not obliged, nor has it agreed with ACO, to share its provisional entry list with ACO. All the teams on the provisional entry list expressed their interest for the event during a personal meeting and/or have registered through our site http://www.24hprotoseries.com.

“Creventic has tried to clarify this matter with ACO on a personal level in order to prevent any legal dispute with ACO.

“Unfortunately, ACO has decided to take legal steps against Creventic and demands that it renounces from the organization of the 24H Proto Series and refrains from using the LMP3 name.

“Creventic will defend its position and at the same time try to reach an amicable solution with ACO.”

The organization, meanwhile, has stated that plans continue in the formation of its 24H Proto Series next year, with a full list of circuits to be announced in the coming weeks.

“We are convinced that this initiative will help to strengthen the position of prototype racing in Europe and provide additional opportunities for teams and drivers to race these cars and thus enhance the team’s business model,” Creventic’s Ivo Breuker said.

“We already know of teams now running GT cars who are seriously interested in running prototypes as well and have asked for quotations from prototype manufacturers.

“This could also add to the popularity and potential participants for other series as well, from which the sport in general, teams, organizers and fans will benefit.

“In general, Creventic has a passion for endurance racing and it is our aim to share this passion with as many people as possible.

“Manufacturers, teams, drivers and fans are happy with our initiatives and this latest one only helps to strengthen the prototype racing scene, rather than doing any harm to it.

“We remain a simple, small and open-minded organization and our door is always open for any parties willing to co-operate with us, and it goes without saying that that includes the ACO.”

8 Comments

  1. Louis

    October 11, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Once again the ACO is showing their arrogance. Ever since the WEC was launched they have done nothing but turn their noses up to everyone. This will be their downfall.

    • jason

      October 11, 2016 at 9:59 am

      I think that will happen because this LMP2 idea which is supposed to lower costs might go back up again over time. And we know about LMP1. As soon as one of the big 3 leaves. They will be in crisis mode.

      I lost interest in the WEC big time in 2016

    • GR88

      October 11, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      You do realise LMP3’s are already competing in multiple series across the world, from VDV to the new Prototype Cup UK?

      There’s an extremely bizarre attitude towards anything that isn’t IMSA or North American racing. Someone needs to knock down that wall…..

      • N8

        October 11, 2016 at 12:46 pm

        Agree with all of you guys. Creventic racing provides such a great atmosphere for amateurs to get involved in endurance racing without a huge monetary commitment. You’d think they’d want to embrace it as a potential feeder series for Ams who want to take their racing to the next level.

        Like IMSA, they see lots of OEM involvement and money getting put into their series right now. I don’t know if it’s blissful ignorance, or just short memories, but they both act like manufacturers will be here forever and privateer racing is something from a bygone day. Some harsh realities ahead at the next economic downturn…..again.

        • Bakkster

          October 11, 2016 at 1:34 pm

          The ACO seems to want to do everything in-house, and have little interest in supporting 3rd parties that don’t directly benefit them (even if it seems the likely outcome in a few years). This should be great for the ACO, since the more series run the cars, the more the constructors make (which is the whole point of restricting constructor numbers), and the more drivers and teams of quality funnel up to the ACO-run series.

          It’s not even all that new. The ACO’s delayed announcement that GT1 wouldn’t return to Le Mans, for instance, killed SRO’s plans to revive the class.

          • GR88

            October 11, 2016 at 4:52 pm

            Again, LMP3’s are competing across the globe, over the weekend VDV were racing with LMP3’s, while nine cars were are at Snetterton for the inaugural UK Prototype Cup. Next season more national series will be adopting LMP3 too.

            The whole beef with Creventic is they turned up at Spa and started ‘tapping up’ teams. It’s due to the ACO we’ll likely have 100+ privateers competing on track with the LMP3 platform.

  2. thomas

    October 11, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I reckon the issues are two fold:
    1. The provisional entry list was pretty much every one who has fielded a car in ACO competition this year
    2. They allegedly went around recruiting at an ACO event.

    I can get that ACO would be pissed off about both. It would be like PWC people going to everybody who has bought a GT3/4 car for IMSA and trying to recuit them…at the Daytona 24 hours.

    • Issac

      October 11, 2016 at 11:25 am

      I’ve heard similar things. Offering a competitive product for teams is one thing, showing up at rival series event (s) and actively trying to poach teams crosses a line. Also making a series that is principally baser around P3 seems more than a little suspect, yes other prototypes can compete but the series is clearly aimed at LMP3 teams and owners. We don’t need this kind of conflict between creventic and the ACO when both cater to different groups. Hopefully a settlement can be reached before this gets uglier.

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