Prototype Cup gets ACO blessing
Prototype Cup bosses are working in tandem with European Le Mans Series heads in order to schedule a calendar for the inaugural season in 2017.
Bute Motorsport, which runs the GT Cup, is behind the new Lmp3-based British class ( see above, right). The Prototype Cup will be open to all models of LMP3 and will take place over six weekends next season, with five in the UK and an event at Spa in Belgium.
While dates have yet to be confirmed, the series is expected to race at Brands Hatch, Donington Park and Silverstone GP circuits as well as Snetterton 300. Bute is coordinating with ELMS organiser, the Automobile Club de l’ouest, which has given the class its blessing.
Series coordinator Phil Boland said: “We’re in contact with the ACO over the calendars as we want to coordinate the dates to benefit all LMP3 classes.
“All of our rounds are planned to take place a week or two before ELMS rounds, which will encourage teams to do both. Our Spa race will be a week before the LMP3 showpiece Road To Le Mans race, which supports the Le Mans 24 Hours, so teams can use Spa as a warm-up, just like the FIA World Endurance Championship boys do. The ACO has been very supportive of what we’re doing.”