Douglas Mo­tor­sport to en­ter Pro­to­type Cup

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Douglas Mo­tor­sport will en­ter the Bri­tish Pro­to­type Cup Se­ries next year af­ter tak­ing de­liv­ery of a Ligier JS P3 ma­chine.

The Northamp­ton­shire-based squad, which is pro­lific in both the Ginetta Ju­nior and GT4 Su­percup classes as well as the BRDC Bri­tish For­mula 3 Cham­pi­onship, re­ceived its first LMP3 chas­sis from Ligier’s UK agent, United Au­tosports last week.

The car has been bought by Douglas’s GT4 Su­percup driver Mike New­bold, who will race the car along­side an as-yet un­named team-mate in the in­au­gu­ral Pro­to­type Cup pre­view race at Snet­ter­ton on Oc­to­ber 8/9.

Douglas will then en­ter the full six-round se­ries next sea­son, with a view to run­ning mul­ti­ple cars.

“The deal came about mainly through Mike but it’s one that re­ally suits us as a team,” said team head Wayne Douglas.

“There’s a lot of buzz around LMP3 rac­ing at the mo­ment and it fits in with our lad­der of se­ries. For sportscars we run Ginetta Ju­niors, and then the GT4 Su­percup, and af­ter that LMP3 is a great op­tion. Like­wise many drivers com­ing out of Bri­tish F3 are look­ing at pro­to­types too, so it’s got a wide ap­peal.

“We’d like to run two cars in Bri­tain next year to gain ex­pe­ri­ence of the rac­ing and then per­haps look to do the Euro­pean Le Mans Se­ries. The Ligier is a great piece of kit. It’s like an F3 car with wheel cov­ers on. I can see it be­ing very pop­u­lar.”

United Au­tosports is ex­pected to run three cars in the first Pro­to­type Cup race at Snet­ter­ton, with fur­ther en­tries ex­pected from Tock­with Mo­tor­sport, Team RLR and Mur­phy Pro­to­types, pend­ing the ho­molo­ga­tion of its Ave-ri­ley chas­sis.

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