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Sporting Regulations

The  Michelin Le Mans Cup is reserved for competitors running cars conforming to the FIA GT3 homlogation and LMP3 in conformity with the ACO LMP3 2017 regulations. The series represents the first step on the racing ladder with the opportunity for competitors to compete on the full Le Mans track on the morning of the world famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

Here are some of the key points of the  2019 regulations.

  • A system of “Pitstop Handicap” will be applied to the top 5 GT3 cars.

It will be based on the GT3 team championship and applied for each event according to the championship points at the end of the previous event. The Pitstop Handicap will not be applicable for the first event of the Championship.

The calculation of the Pitstop Handicap for the top 5 will be the following:

(Number of points of the 1st/2nd/3rd/4th/5th placed competitors – Numbers of points of the sixth placed competitor) x 0.5 = additional seconds added to the pit stop time. There will be no pitstop handicap for every competitor classified 6th or lower at the previous event.

The number of additional seconds rounded down to the nearest second shall be added to the reference pitstop time. (Art 10.16)

  • In order to promote new technologies, the Michelin Le Mans Cup Committee may authorise one competitor presenting an innovative car in the innovative category (in the same spirit as the Garage 56 of the 24 Hours of Le Mans), which does not meet the 2019 technical rules subject to the following conditions:

- The car must be the product of an innovative technological project which will be assessed by the Selection Committee.

- The ACO will have to obtain the necessary guarantees regarding safety, performance and reliability of the car, as well as all other requirements it deems necessary.

- The innovative car will take part in the race outside the classifications.

- The Sporting Regulations will be applied (entries, driving times, qualification minima, etc.). The ACO may grant waivers linked to the technical features of the car (eg fuelling procedure).  (Art 3.2.4)

  • Only the full season competitors will be able to score points for the Series titles. (Art 11.3.1.d)
  • The competitors will have the authorisation to use an additional set of used tyres. Which means that for the GT3 class, the competitors will have 5 sets of tyres including 2 sets of used tyres. The LMP3 entries will have 4 sets of tyres including 2 sets of used tyres from the previous race. (Art 7.7.1 and 7.7.2)
  • Bronze drivers collective test sessions reserved exclusively for drivers who have been categorised as Bronze by the FIA may be organised by LMEM, if possible and according to the timetable, at each race. The Bronze drivers collective test sessions won’t be mandatory and there will be no limitation on tyres. (Art 9.3).

2019 Calendar

Track sessions

Free Practice 1       60 Minutes

Free Practice 2       60 Minutes

Qualifying               30 Minutes (15’ for GT3 + 15' for LMP3)*

Race                      120 Minutes - Except for Road To Le Mans: two 55-minutes race
*Only the Bronze driver will be allowed to take part in the qualifying session. 

Free practice sessions will take place on Friday with qualifying and the race on Saturday.


Composition of driving crews and teams
A maximum of 2 drivers per car will be authorised in the driver line-up.  One driver must be rated as bronze while the second driver can be classified Bronze, Silver or Gold (Platinum drivers are not allowed).


Entry for Round 2 at Le Mans
Only full season competitor entries will be allowed to take part in the event to be held in Le Mans on the occasion of the 24 Heures du Mans event. Race by race entries are not guranted in Le Mans.

The GT3 winner of the 2019 Michelin Le Mans Cup will receive an invitation to take part in the 24 Heures du Mans 2020 in the GTE Am category.

CLICK HERE to see the full 2019 Sporting regulations.

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Collective Tests

01 April

Results 2019
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