GT STAR BOBBI EYES UK LMP3 OUT­INGS

Photos: Richard Styles, United Au­tosports, Jakob Ebrey

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Rob Lad­brook

Dou­ble world GT cham­pion Mat­teo Bobbi is con­sid­er­ing a rac­ing come­back in the UK af­ter test­ing one of United Au­tosport’s Ligier LMP3 ma­chines at Snetterton last week.

Ital­ian ace Bobbi – the 2003 and 2006 FIA GT cham­pion and for­mer Mi­nardi F1 test driver – han­dled one of the Nis­san-pow­ered JS P3 cars along­side United Au­tosports reg­u­lar Jay Palmer.

The pair are now in talks with the team to con­test the in­au­gu­ral Pro­to­type Cup race in Oc­to­ber and are look­ing at a full cam­paign in the class in 2017.

Bobbi, 38, said: “I’ve known Jay for a long time and we work very well to­gether so he or­gan­ised this test, which has been great fun and very use­ful.

“I’ve not been in a car for a long time, my last race was in the Lam­borgh­ini Su­per Tro­feo last year, so it was good to blow the cob­webs away with this run.

“The LMP3 was su­perb, and to­tally dif­fer­ent from the GT cars I’ve been driv­ing. They are real fin­ger­tip cars, you have to be so pre­cise with the steer­ing and they have lots of power and a lot more aero than a GT so through fast cor­ners they are very sta­ble and you can lean on them.

“We’re look­ing to do the Bri­tish Pro­to­type Cup Series and see­ing what we can put to­gether for that. I like the look of the series, it will be far less cost than some­thing like the Euro­pean Le Mans Series but you get to race LMP3 on some great tracks.”

United Au­tosports ran a num­ber of drivers dur­ing its test day, in­clud­ing Rad­i­cal reg­u­lar Bradley Smith and Bri­tish GT drivers Mark Poole and Richard Abra.

Tock­with Mo­tor­sport also ran its Ligier JS P3 for Nigel Moore.

The first race for the new Pro­to­type Cup con­test, which is run by GT Cup Cham­pi­onship or­gan­iser Bute Mo­tor­sport, takes place at Snetterton on Oc­to­ber 8/9.

Bobbi shared LMP3 with Jay Palmer Bobbi was one driver to test LMP3 Ligier

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