GT CUP TO RUN LMP3 CARS DUR­ING EVENTS

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The GT Cup Cham­pi­onship will run high-speed demon­stra­tions of LMP3 cars at each of its fi­nal rounds as it builds up to the launch of its new Pro­to­type Cup con­test.

United Au­tosports will run its LMP3 Ligiers dur­ing the lunch break at the next round at Oul­ton Park on July 23, as well as the fol­low­ing races at Don­ing­ton Park and Sil­ver­stone. The new Ave-ri­ley ma­chine is also ex­pected to fea­ture, with Bri­tish squad Mur­phy Pro­to­types run­ning it.

The first round of the Pro­to­type Cup, which is de­signed to be a Bri­tish LMP3 se­ries, will be held at Snet­ter­ton 300 on Oc­to­ber 8/9. That se­ries is the lat­est ven­ture from Bute Mo­tor­sport, which also or­gan­ises the GT Cup se­ries.

“We want to show peo­ple what’s com­ing and get­ting the cars out on the track is the best way to do that as a pre­view,” said GT Cup or­gan­iser Phil Boland. “LMP3 cars are so im­pres­sive, but they’re also ac­ces­si­ble and we want to show driv­ers and teams that they will be run­ning in Bri­tain in the very near fu­ture.

“We’ve had great in­ter­est in the Pro­to­type Cup so far from Bri­tish teams and teams com­pet­ing in the Euro­pean Le Mans Se­ries as the dates won’t clash. It al­lows driv­ers and teams to add ex­tra races in fan­tas­tic cars into their sched­ules at low cost. Hav­ing the sup­port of brands such as On­roak Au­to­mo­tive [Ligier’s par­ent com­pany] and Ave-ri­ley is a great boost.”

United Au­tosports will field Ligiers

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