Michelin has been chosen as the control tyre supplier for the new LMP3 Cup Australia category from 2019.
Michelin has a wealth of experience with Le Mans Prototype racing and currently supplies tyres to the World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series, Asian Le Mans Series and has amassed more victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans than any other tyre manufacturer.
Globally, the LMP3 class was established by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) in 2015 to create a global base for sports prototype racing cars and provide a pathway to the World Endurance Championship.
While the 2019 broadcast package and calendar are still in negotiation, the LMP3 Cup in Australia will comprise of a six-round series, with each round featuring two x one-hour races – utilising the FIA driver seedings and running ACO sprint cup format regulations.
Eligible cars for the LMP3 Cup Australia will be homologated LMP3 machines from the ACO designated constructors – Adess AG, Ginetta, Ligier (Onroak Automotive), and Norma. All cars incorporate a carbon fibre monocoque chassis with FIA approved safety standards. The powertrain is engineered by Oreca and features a Nissan 420bhp normally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine, and an X-Trac gearbox.
“We look forward to partnering with the LMP3 Cup in Australia as it reaffirms our position as leading tyre manufacturer in Le Mans prototype competition globally,” said Patrick Dias, Michelin Motorsports Director for Asia-Pacific. “From the pinnacle of the sport, the LMP1 class in the World Endurance Championship, LMP2 and LMP3 in the Asian Le Mans Series, and now here in the LMP3 Cup Australia, we are committed to delivering a tyre that delivers exceptional performance.”
“It is fantastic to have Michelin involved with LMP3 Cup in such a big way,” added Chris Papadopoulos, Non-Executive Director, LMP3 Cup Australia. “Everyone knows the quality of their products and their operation and service on the ground here in Australia is the best available.”