LMP2 CARS COULD JOIN NEW BRITCAR SERIES

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LMP2 cars could race in a Bri­tish series for the first time af­ter an agree­ment be­tween Tiga Race Cars and Britcar’s new Pro­to­type Series was reached to pro­duce a low-cost pro­to­type en­gine.

Af­ter the series’ in­au­gu­ral round at Sil­ver­stone last month, or­gan­is­ers are mak­ing a num­ber of changes to the rules and have also struck a deal with Tiga, which will de­velop a turnkey mo­tor pro­duc­ing 430bhp based on the Chevro­let LS3 en­gine.

The series is aim­ing to take ad­van­tage of the change in ACO LMP2 reg­u­la­tions next sea­son, which will leave the cur­rent crop of cars re­dun­dant.

Tiga boss Mike New­ton said: “The Britcar Pro­to­type Series is an ex­cel­lent plat­form for the large num­ber of legacy pre cost-capped LMP2 cars that have been lan­guish­ing in garages, and also the cost capped LMP2 cars that will be sur­plus at the end of the 2016 sea­son. We be­lieve the se­cret to a big suc­cess for the series is for a modestly priced pack­age to pro­vide a ‘push but­ton’ en­gine with low on­go­ing op­er­at­ing costs.”

Series or­gan­iser Rob Hed­ley has met with a num­ber of pro­to­type man­u­fac­tur­ers and teams, in­clud­ing Ginetta, Rad­i­cal, Gib­son and Greaves Mo­tor­sport, to help con­struct the new reg­u­la­tions.

A new class struc­ture will be in­tro­duced from the next round at Don­ing­ton Park in July, af­ter con­cerns at the way the Ginetta G57 dom­i­nated the open­ing races would put off prospec­tive en­tries.

The top class will be for LMP3 cars run to ACO reg­u­la­tions, while the next LMP Evo class will be open to non-ho­molo­gated LMP2 and LMP3 cars, as well as the Ginetta G57.

“Ginetta wanted open rules so it could do what it wants but we wanted to make a level play­ing field,” said Britcar di­rec­tor Hed­ley. “The LMP3 class will have a 900kg min­i­mum weight and max­i­mum power of 420bhp. Then the LMP Evo class will have a min­i­mum weight of 920kg and max­i­mum power of 430bhp giv­ing ex­actly the same power-to-weight ra­tio.”

There will also be an­other class for Rad­i­cal SR8S and RXCS and two di­vi­sions for Cn-spec cars – for space­frame and car­bon­fi­bre chas­sis.

“We want to get the cham­pi­onship as strong as pos­si­ble be­fore the GT Cup [pro­to­type] series has its first race later this year,” added Hed­ley, who wants the series to se­cure cham­pi­onship sta­tus for 2017.”

New rules would limit op­tions for cur­rent LMP2S

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