11 April 2018
Dominic Paul, GT Cup Group GTA Champion and Overall runner-up in 2017, will join youngster Jack Butel at Speedworks Motorsport in the team’s Ligier JS P3 for the 2018 LMP3 Cup Championship.
Paul stamped his authority on Group GTA in the GT Cup last year, securing 14 victories en route to championship success. Regularly challenging faster cars on track, the Surrey native also pushed the eventual Overall Championship winner Graham Davidson right to the final rounds of the year at Snetterton.
“I’m tremendously excited to be joining Speedworks Motorsport for my first crack at the LMP3 Cup Championship,” said Paul. “Last year marked a successful competitive comeback for me in the GT Cup, and it was good to see that I wasn’t too race-rusty on my return to the cockpit. To win the Group GTA title and finish second overall certainly exceeded my expectations.
“I firmly intend to build upon the results achieved in 2017, and in Speedworks I will be racing for a team with a proven pedigree in the series and the endurance racing world in general. I am under no illusions about the size of the challenge I will be facing, but I have an excellent team-mate in Jack and the Ligier JS P3 is a truly incredible piece of kit, so I am ready to push my limits. I loved driving the car when I tested it.
“I will take the season round-by-round and as long as I demonstrate consistent progress, I will be happy with my performance. Ultimately, the aim is to help Speedworks to secure more sportscar silverware, and I can’t wait to get going.”
Paul also has experience with international endurance racing, finishing fourth in SP3 at the 2018 Dubai 24 Hours, and according to Speedworks’ Team Principal Christian Dick, the plan is to progress towards racing in Europe if things go well in the LMP3 Cup.
“We are delighted to welcome Dominic to the team,” said Dick. “To do what he did last year – particularly after so long away from the cockpit – was quite simply astonishing. He didn’t just win Group GTA in the GT Cup, he absolutely dominated it and we are all very excited to see what he can achieve behind the wheel of the Ligier.
“We are confident that in Jack and Dominic we have a pairing that can vie for regular race wins and mount a proper championship bid, which is the target we have set ourselves this season. We are also evaluating a partial assault on the Michelin Le Mans Cup, which would be an excellent addition to both drivers’ CVs and I believe they are ready for the challenge. For now, though, all our sights are set on Donington Park later this month – and the top step of that LMP3 Cup podium.”