The LMP2 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship will continue to enforce Pro-Am driver classifications, despite an initial push to eliminate the ratings requirement from its regulations next year.
Instead, each FIA LMP2 entry must continue with at least one Bronze or Silver-rated driver in its lineup. The same regulations also apply to the European and Asian Le Mans Series.
Beaumesnil also confirmed an increase in the maximum price of a cost-capped LMP2 car from 370,000 Euros ($479,000) to 450,000 Euros ($582,000).
“With the arrival of closed-top LMP2 cars, the price has risen to 450,000 Euros,” he told Endurance-Info. “This is a rule we’ve adopted for 2015. But we want a 30 percent reduction in costs for the 2017 season. We’ll need to take a different approach.
“We can’t ignore that the number of LMP2 cars in the FIA WEC is down this year, even though the level of [competition] is still very high.”
The ACO’s clarification on the driver classification system could help solidify a number of prospective LMP2 teams for 2015.
Extreme Speed Motorsports will contest at least a partial FIA WEC season next year, while Paul Gentilozzi’s RSR Racing squad is working towards a potential program with an Oreca 03 Nissan.
Gentilozzi’s program had been dependent on retaining the Pro-Am driver rules.