Tuesday, 7th November 2017
2017 Le Mans Cup and IMSA champions Norma looking to expand operations to LMP3 Cup
After a highly successful 2017 campaign in the Michelin Le Mans Cup and IMSA, Norma Auto Concept is aiming to compete in the Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup Championship in 2018.
The Norma M30 was the car to beat in the Le Mans Cup this year, with DKR Engineering taking it to the championship title with four wins in the seven championship races, including the Road to Le Mans race. “At Norma Auto Concept, we have always privileged quality, performance and safety to quantity of cars to be sold,” said founder Norbert Santos. “It clearly looks like we are on the right path to obtain competitiveness and consistency, thus matching our goals.”
Currently the LMP3 Cup Championship grid is composed of Ligier JS P3 machinery but is open to all ACO approved manufacturers, these being Ginetta, Onroak Automotive (Ligier), Adess, Riley Tech and Norma.
“We welcome all eligible manufacturers to the Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup Championship, and are delighted that Norma is planning to expand operations into the United Kingdom,” said Chris Haynes, Managing Director of Bute Motorsport. “The LMP3 concept is still growing and it is encouraging to see that the LMP3 Cup is a recognised first step on the Road to Le Mans. The championship had a very positive opening season and we have a great deal of momentum going into 2018. We have seen considerable interest from teams and drivers looking to enter next season, and a new manufacturer would certainly add a new dimension as the championship grows.”
“The Norma M30 currently competes in the European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup in Europe, and IMSA Prototype Challenge in the United States, so it is a logical step to also showcase our cars in the United Kingdom,” said Santos. “We look forward to working with teams and drivers to start their journey to Le Mans.”
The Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup Championship is currently finalising its 2018 schedule, which will be announced in due course. Expected to run once again over 12 races at six rounds, the overall champions will enjoy a funded entry into the 2019 Michelin Le Mans Cup, valued at €45,000.
Interested teams and drivers can contact Hannah Wilson, Race Manager & Director at Bute Motorsport, for further information, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01963 442787.