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British LMP3 Cup News Notebook

Three teams with 2018 aspirations

Ecurie Ecosse announces return

Ecurie Ecosse has announced that it will return to the LMP3 Cup Championship and defend its crown in 2018, with a fresh driver line-up in its Ligier JS P3 (above), which is run with Nielsen Racing.

Colin Noble returns to the team, keen to add to the six victories he claimed alongside team director and driver Alasdair McCaig last year. This year he’ll be joined by Tony Wells, who raced alongside him in the Le Mans Cup last season.

“I’m really looking forward to the new year,” said Noble. “I know Tony well from our 2017 season successes in the Le Mans Cup and I know that Nielsen Racing will provide me with a car always capable of going for wins. I think we’ll be a very competitive pairing and we go into the championship with the aim of retaining the title.”

Rishover and Spence team up in IAG Racing Ligier

Jason Rishover and Jamie Spence are set to return to LMP3 Cup for 2018 too, in an IAG Racing Ligier JS P3, partnered with 360 Racing. The duo contested eight races last season with four podium finishes.

360 Racing competed in the opening round at Donington Park and has experience running in the European Le Mans Series LMP3 class over the past two seasons.

“I’ve known Jason for the past few years and we’ve spoken about running the car,” said Mark Owen, Team Manager at 360 Racing. “We get on well and decided that we could put a partnership together with IAG and 360 running the car for the foreseeable future and make a run at the championship.”

The partnership includes the recruitment of experienced Formula 1 and saloon car engineer Peter Berry to work on the car throughout the season.

T-Sport hopeful of 2018 entry

Experienced race team T-Sport is hopeful of a return to the LMP3 Cup in 2018 after bookending the season at both weekends at Donington Park last year.

“From our side we’d like to race the full season in the LMP3 Cup,” said Russell Eacott, managing director of T-Sport. “That’s what we are trying to work towards. We’re talking to lots of people and hopefully something will come together. If you’re going to start on a sportscar career Britain is a great place to begin. Now the series is on Michelin tyres, whatever you learn here you can take wherever you go, you don’t have to re-learn anything. If you have a gentleman driver and you teach him certain things and he improves, whatever he’s learnt he moves forward with.

“The championship itself is good,” he said. “The races are local: you’ve got a two-hour drive to most of the venues, so most of the costs you can keep low which makes the LMP3 Cup good value for drivers, especially if they want to learn to drive sportscars. Plus, if you can manage the British circuits, you can race anywhere. There’s a classic mix from Silverstone to Brands Hatch. They’re good venues to race at.”