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.