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.
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)
- 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)
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.