Pro­to­type Cup gets ACO bless­ing

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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.”

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