Australia will the the latest country to embrace LMP3 racing after an agreement was reached between the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, (ACO) and LMP3 Cup Australia Pty Ltd, with the agreement and support of the Australian motor racing governing body, the Confederation of Motor Sport (CAMS).
The 2019 Cup will be a six round series, with each round featuring two x 1 hour races. Utilising the FIA driver seedings, and running ACO sprint cup format regulations, each car will be required to run at least one silver or bronze rated driver. Higher rated drivers, up to platinum, will be permitted to run as co-drivers.
The Australian series will join the fast-growing LMP3 franchise currently expanding through Great Britain, Asia and the United States along with the Asian Le Mans Series, European Le MansSeries, Michelin Le Mans Cup, Road to Le Mans, LMP3 British Cup, V de V, lMSA Prototype Challenge, Gulf 12 Hours and the FRD LMP3 Series.
“The LMP3 Class of racing is the fastest growing prototype category globally and Australia is well known for creating world class motorsport events”, said ACO President Pierre Fillon.
“The cars, style of racing, and the organisation, combined with some of Australia’s most iconic race tracks should be an exciting prospect for both professional and gentlemen drivers. We are delighted at the prospect of seeing LMP3 cars racing in Australia”.
“Australia has a long, and very successful motorsport history, with drivers from Australia regularly winning on the global stage. Indeed, Australia’s own Mark Webber won the FIA World Endurance Championship with us in 2016. Through the introduction of the LMP3 Cup in Australia we hope to see more Australian drivers racing with us, and potentially we could see an Australian team racing at the highest level globally.”
“LMP3 will be an exciting addition to the Australian motor sport scene in a category that is popular around the world”, said CAMS CEO Eugene Arocca.
“This category has already seen its share of success with series in Asia, Europe and the USA. It will no doubt help young drivers help establish their careers here too and provide more opportunities to race.
“While a calendar is yet to be confirmed, we believe the Shannons Nationals will be able to host this category in future and will be able to showcase some exciting racing on circuits around Australia.”
Series dates have been specifically selected so as to not clash with the Asian Le Mans Series
racing calendar to allow teams from both regions to compete in each series.
The winner of the 2019 Season will receive a free entry to the 2019/20 Asian Le Mans Series in the LMP3 class. There they will fight for a money can’t buy invitation to the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2020, awarded to the LMP3 Class winner.
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