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LMP2 Set to Remain Pro-Am in 2017

LMP2 to remain Pro-Am-enforced for 2017 in WEC, ELMS…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

The LMP2 class in the FIA World Endurance Championship is set to remain Pro-Am-enforced, following a majority decision from teams to keep a Bronze/Silver driver mandate in the prototype class.

While discussions have been ongoing to potentially drop the Am driver mandate, ACO Sporting Director Vincent Beaumesnil has revealed that the regulations will not change for next year.

“The LMP2 representatives of the Sporting Working Group have circulated the question to the teams. A strong majority wants to keep the Silver driver in the car,” Beaumsenil told Sportscar365.

“So we have no reason to propose a change if the biggest part of the teams want to continue like it is, even if it’s not my opinion.”

Beaumesnil said the topic will be brought up during this week’s FIA Endurance Committee meeting, which is expected to finalize elements of the 2017 sporting regulations ahead of the next World Motor Sport Council meeting on Sept. 28.

“There’s no reason a change comes if the teams and the working groups don’t propose to change. So it won’t change,” he said.

The European Le Mans Series will also continue under the Pro-Am formula as well, which requires at least one Bronze or Silver-rated driver in each lineup.

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

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