LMP3 reaches major milestone

The newly formed LMP3 Cup Australia has reached the minimum total of entries required from CAMS in order to proceed for their much-anticipated 2019 season.

It is a huge boost for the already established international series, with a mixture of teams from both Australia and abroad already entered into the series.

As teams begin preparing for next year’s inaugural season, three vehicle manufactures have already confirmed their involvement with Ligier, Norma and Ginetta all sending both new and old cars to Australia.

As the international interest in the series continues the build, the series is likely to increase awareness within the Australian motor sport landscape.

In another significant addition for the series, Michelin have confirmed their involvement with LMP3 Cup Australia, signing on as the official tyre partner for the new series.

With a wealth of experience on the international stage, including Le Mans Prototypes, the World Endurance Championship and the Asian Le Mans Series,Michelin’s addition will benefit all teams competing in Australia.

The competitors will receive Pilot Sport Medium compound tyres for the front, while the rear set will be Pilot Sport Hard compound tyres.

LMP3 Cup Australia non-executive director Chris Papadopoulos was thrilled with the new partnership, revealing how important it is to have Michelin on board.

“It is fantastic to have Michelin involved with LMP3 cup in such a big way because they are a highly respected company both here and around the world,” Papadopoulos said.

“Everyone knows the quality of their products and they have unrivalled experience in LMP3 racing.

“It’s very exciting for the category to have such a strong partner in Michelin. We know the quality of their operation and service on the ground here in Australia is the best available.”

The international tyre manufacture will be providing three sets of new tyres to competitors each race weekend, with a bonus set given in the opening round.

Michelin Motorsports Director for Asia-Pacific Patrick Dias was pleased with the company having another series to get involved with.

“As the global leader in tyre technology, Michelin’s DNA is entrenched in competition as motor sport provides the best opportunity for us to test and develop tyres not only for competition, but for our customers on the road,” Dias said.

“We look forward to partnering with the LMP3 Cup in Australia as it reaffirms our position as the leading tyre manufacturer in Le Mans Prototype competition globally.

LMP3 Cup Australia is yet to release its schedule for next year but the category will be part of the upcoming seven round Shannons Nationals calendar for 2019.