TEAMS SIGN UP FOR NEW LMP3 CUP

Speed­works and ex-british GT crews ABG and Horse­power get Ligiers

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Rob Lad­brook

The new LMP3 Cup Cham­pi­onship gained fur­ther mo­men­tum last week with three new teams sign­ing up, in­clud­ing British Tour­ing Car squad Speed­works Motorsport.

Speed­works has taken de­liv­ery of its first Ligier JS P3 racer and pulled the cov­ers off the new ma­chine at the Au­tosport In­ter­na­tional Show.

The team plans to field the car in both the Uk-based LMP3 Cup class and Euro­pean classes, such as the new Creven­tic-run Proto Cup and Vdev. The team is look­ing for driv­ers.

Speed­works boss Chris­tian Dick said: “This is an ex­cit­ing new ad­ven­ture with the LMP3 Cup’s launch and all of the pos­si­bil­i­ties hav­ing an LMP3 car brings.

“With LMP3 ho­molo­ga­tion frozen for three years it guar­an­tees a level play­ing field.”

ABG Motorsport will also join the LMP3 Cup, run­ning for­mer British GT cham­pi­ons Glynn and Jim Ged­die in a Ligier.

Glynn Ged­die, who won the 2011 British ti­tle in a CRS Fer­rari along­side fa­ther Jim, said: “We tested the car at Snet­ter­ton and loved it. The British LMP3 se­ries will be a great first step on the jour­ney to the Euro­pean Le Mans Se­ries and hope­fully the Le Mans 24 Hours one day.”

Horse­power Rac­ing, another ex-british GT team, will also com­pete in the UK class, field­ing Paul Bai­ley and Andy Schulz in a JS P3. Bai­ley and Schulz have raced to­gether in BGT, but also took a class cham­pi­onship ti­tle in the GT Cup last year in an As­ton Martin Van­tage GT3. ● BRDC British For­mula 3 race win­ner Thomas Ran­dle will com­pete in this year’s LMP3 Cup for the Douglas Motorsport team. Ran­dle took part in last year’s pre­view race at Snet­ter­ton and will now share a Ligier JS P3 with Mike New­bould in the full British cham­pi­onship.

Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey, Ledgepix

Speed­works will run new JS P3 ma­chine ABG Ligier will be han­dled by GT cham­pi­ons the Ged­dies

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