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Creventic Responds to ACO Dispute Over 24H Proto Series

Creventic responds to ACO’s 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.”

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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