The Henderson Insurance LMP3 Cup Championship has announced that it has tweaked its regulations for the remaining rounds of the 2017 season, including Silver/Silver graded driver pairings alongside the current Bronze/Silver lineups permitted.
This will come in effect for the final two rounds of the championship, creating a ‘Pro’ class. Any Silver/Silver pairs in the championship though, will not score points in the two meetings, and will have to serve a longer mandatory pit stop time penalty to allow the Bronze/Silver duos – now a ‘Pro Am’ class – to compete for the top spots.
Going forward, from the 2018 season onwards, the ‘Pro’ class entries will score class points and have a separate podium celebration.
“We are in the first year of an exciting new Championship and we knew that we would likely need to change and develop the format,” said Bute Motorsport managing director Chris Haynes. “It’s a hallmark of Bute Motorsport that we listen to our partners; drivers, teams and the ACO.
“Therefore I am delighted and grateful that the team has been able to implement these changes so quickly and efficiently. Now is the right time to make these changes to ensure that our 2018 regulations are clear and founded on proven experience.
“This change presents a marvellous opportunity for aspiring young drivers to get involved in Le Mans Prototype racing and we are really excited to see how they and the racing develops over the coming rounds.”
“I think the addition of the Pro class into the Henderson Insurance LMP3 Cup Championship is a fantastic idea,” added Ligier UK’s Richard Dean. “I have spoken to teams who have wanted to enter the series, but are struggling to find a bronze driver, so this will give them the opportunity for them to now enter.
“The championship organisers have done a great job in listening to the response from the teams and drivers already in the championship and those wanting to enter to try and evolve the championship.
“I’m looking forward to seeing who else gets added to the grid and what happens in 2018.”
The penultimate round of the inaugural LMP3 Cup season is set to take place at Snetterton on 12-13 August, before that Ligier UK has organised a two-day test at the circuit open to LMP3 teams on 9-10 August.