Speed­works con­firms Bu­tel for LMP3 Cup

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Speed­works Mo­tor­sport will en­ter this year’s Uk-based LMP3 Cup Cham­pi­onship af­ter sign­ing sin­gle-seater con­vert Jack Bu­tel as its first driver.

The Bri­tish Tour­ing Car squad will ex­pand into pro­to­type rac­ing this year af­ter buy­ing a Ligier JS P3. Bu­tel is the first driver con­firmed for Speed­works’ as­sault on the new UK LMP3 cat­e­gory, and the team is also plan­ning en­tries in Euro­pean pro­to­type races.

Bu­tel grad­u­ates to LMP3 af­ter two years in FIA Bri­tish For­mula 4. His team-mate has yet to be con­firmed.

“Sin­gle-seaters weren’t work­ing out for me and my ul­ti­mate am­bi­tion has al­ways been to race at Le Mans, so when this deal came along it was too good to turn down,” said Bu­tel, 20 from Jer­sey.

“The step from F4 to LMP3 is big. When I first tested the Ligier it had a load more power but it was the aero change that was the big­gest thing to adapt to. This will be a learn­ing year for both my­self and the team as we’re both new to this form of rac­ing and we both have to learn how the car works.”

Bu­tel com­peted in F4 last year

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