15 February 2018
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. Switching from its traditional Formula 3 racing, the team competed on the opening weekend with Steve Tandy and Formula 1 racer and pundit Karun Chandhok scoring a podium in race one. At the final weekend Manhal Allos and Alex Kapadia teamed up in the Ligier JS P3, finishing sixth in the second race.
"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."
Eacott also thinks the lower running costs in the LMP3 Cup compared to European series makes it an attractive prospect. "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."
T-Sport has worked with Chandhok for many years, with the deal for him to race at Donington Park coming together last minute. "We've known him for years and it was quite bizarre how it happened" said Eacott. "It came together quite late which is no problem.
"He called me the week before and said, ‘if you've got any seat time let me know because I need to blow the cobwebs off for Le Mans.' Karun loved it, he thought it was a great little car. The best thing in the race was he tried to get fastest lap and he was a couple of tenths off and he thought it was great fun. I'm trying to persuade him to try it again.
"Steve also enjoyed it. It was a perfect weekend, I hadn't met him until he turned up, but he had a great weekend and got quicker and quicker and got a podium. It goes to show that in a short space of time you can achieve quite a lot with the LMP3 car and the Championship. I'd quite like him to come back!"