RI­LEY TO PRO­TO­TYPE CUP ROB LAD­BROOK

“Why not give the CSCC a shot to race?” ”

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - Pho­tos: LAT LMP3 fea­ture, p25

Ave-ri­ley has be­come the sec­ond mar­que to sign up to Bute Mo­tor­sport’s new Pro­to­type Cup se­ries next sea­son, with the new AR-2 chas­sis planned to get its world rac­ing de­but in the pre­view race at Snet­ter­ton next month.

Amer­i­can sportscar giant Ri­ley’s new LMP3 chas­sis, built in part­ner­ship with Ave Mo­tor­sports, has yet to make a com­pet­i­tive ap­pear­ance fol­low­ing a year in ges­ta­tion.

Ave-ri­ley’s Euro­pean agent, Euro­pean Le Mans Se­ries reg­u­lar Mur­phy Pro­to­types, will field up to three cars in next year’s Pro­to­type Cup, and plans to en­ter the in­au­gu­ral race in Nor­folk on Oc­to­ber 8/9.

The car re­cently com­pleted a two-day test at the Red Bull Ring in Aus­tria and is now back in Amer­ica hav­ing fi­nal tweaks to the de­sign be­fore be­ing pre­sented for for­mal ACO ho­molo­ga­tion.

Team head Greg Mur­phy said he planned to run cars in both the ELMS and Pro­to­type Cup next year.

He said: “We’re plan­ning to race it in Bri­tain, and the aim is to give it a world de­but in the Oc­to­ber race, which would be the first time a new Ri­ley has ever been launched out­side of the US. Hope­fully we can have it ho­molo­gated in time and as soon as it is we’ll be out rac­ing and cars will be for sale.

“The Ave-ri­ley is a great piece of kit and has proven to be in­cred­i­bly quick straight out of the box. It may be just one car for Snet­ter­ton, but for next year we’d like two or three in both the Pro­to­type Cup and ELMS and we al­ready have driver in­ter­est. I can see the Bri­tish Pro­to­type Cup se­ries work­ing. LMP3 is a big suc­cess story and is still grow­ing so hav­ing a lower-cost place to race is a great idea.”

Ris­ing Bri­tish star Jor­dan Cane will race in BRDC Bri­tish F3 with Hill­speed next year, af­ter call­ing time on his Amer­i­can rac­ing cam­paign.

The 15-year-old made his de­but in the US For­mula 1600 Cham­pi­onship last year, and be­came the youngest ever driver to win a sin­gle-seater race when he tri­umphed at Mid-ohio just over a month af­ter turn­ing 14.

He then moved up to USF2000 but has had a dif­fi­cult sea­son dur­ing which he switched teams mid-year.

Cane will now re­turn to Bri­tain and con­test the Bri­tish F3 cham­pi­onship once he turns 16 next May.

“The rea­son we de­cided to come back to Bri­tain was be­cause we had a chal­leng­ing year in USF2000 but maybe one day I’ll go back there in the fu­ture if the op­por­tu­nity arises fur­ther up the Road to Indy lad­der,” said Cane. “The main fo­cus to come back here was be­cause fi­nan­cially it’s more ben­e­fi­cial. Also the car is F3-spec so gets a lot of fol­low­ing and Bri­tain is renowned as the home of mo­tor­sport and the place to be recog­nised in.

“Ev­ery­one says about how young I am but I want to show my abil­ity rather than liv­ing off a ti­tle [youngest win­ner].”

Cane will drive for the Hill­speed team that has en­tered into a new part­ner­ship with Cliff Dempsey Rac­ing. He also had a suc­cess­ful test with Lanan but de­cided the Hill­speed of­fer was too good to refuse.

“Cliff Dempsey taught me how to drive a car and we’ve kept in con­tact ever since,” said Cane. “He’s worked with me for two years and knows how I like a car. I don’t be­lieve in all the big flashy awnings, it’s just about how fast the car is on track. The at­mos­phere is that we’re only go­ing out to win.

“The F3 car is a big step up from USF2000 in terms of aero and power. It’s great to drive and suits my driv­ing style. I’m on a high right now and I feel like this past year has been a big learn­ing curve but it’s prob­a­bly the most ben­e­fi­cial year I’ve had. It’s now about test­ing, test­ing, test­ing – I will be flat out un­til my first race.”

Hill­speed boss Richard Olleren­shaw said the deal with Cliff Dempsey Rac­ing made sense for both squads.

“Both teams have con­sid­er­able ex­pe­ri­ence in sin­gle-seater rac­ing and by pool­ing that knowl­edge it will put Hill­speed and Cliff Dempsey Rac­ing in a very strong po­si­tion go­ing for­ward,”he said.

Dempsey added: “This isn’t some­thing I was plan­ning but ev­ery­thing has come to­gether very nat­u­rally and we’re look­ing for­ward to it hugely.

“It’s a great part­ner­ship, I’ll be join­ing Hill­speed’s en­gi­neers on the BRDC For­mula 3 side and we’ll also be join­ing forces with our pro­gramme in For­mula Ford 1600.”

Mur­phy will run Ave-ri­ley

Cane has tested Tatuus F3 ma­chine al­ready

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.