A year ago, we were extremely excited to launch the LMP3 Cup Championship in the United Kingdom, and having learnt a great deal we head into the series’ second season eager to get back on track with these wonderful machines.
Thanks to our continued endorsement from the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) the championship has firmly been established as a step on the Road to Le Mans for drivers who hope to compete in the famous 24-hour race. It not only took a lot of hard work to get the series on track, but also to keep things running, so credit and thanks is due not only to the Bute Motorsport team, but to our strategic partners, drivers, and teams who raced with us in 2017.
Demand is clearly there for the new LMP3 formula, which has now become a global racing option with championships from the US to the Far East, as well as in Europe. With our extensive abilities in race event promotion, Bute Motorsport is ideally placed to grow the appeal of the LMP3 formula racing in the UK.
Continuous improvement has long been a characteristic of Bute Motorsport and a core value of our business is to listen carefully to feedback from teams, drivers, sponsors, and fans, to refine the details of championships we run to ensure longterm success. We pride ourselves on our passion and customer service and it is part of why we know we can make the LMP3 Cup Championship a National success.
It was brilliant to watch a season-long battle between Alasdair McCaig and Colin Noble, and Tony Wells and Matt Bell, and credit must be given to the former for securing the title by just 20 points. The return of the iconic Ecurie Ecosse name, in partnership with Nielsen Racing, as a championship-winning outfit once again was brilliant and to see young drivers coming into LMP3 and immediately be competitive was a delight.
Alasdair and Colin will now race a fully-funded entry in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, just one rung below competition in the European Le Mans Series, and the pair will race at Le Sarthe on the morning of the famous 24-Hour race, in front of some 250,000+ spectators. If that isn’t motivation for teams and drivers in 2018, nothing is!
All the best,