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LMC - 11/03/2019 - Jeff CARTER
GT3: Ferrari v Porsche v Aston Martin v Mercedes v Lamborghini
The GT3 grid will feature ten cars, with Mercedes, Lamborghini and Aston Martin returning to the series alongside Ferrari and Porsche. 2018 Champions Kessel Racing return to defend their title with a two car effort.
2018 Driver’s Champion Giacomo Piccini also returns at the wheel of the no8 Ferrari F488 GT3 and he will be joined by Claudio Schiavoni. The no50 Kessel Racing Ferrari will once again feature British duo Ollie Hancock and John Hartshorne.
2017 Team Champions Ebimotors return to the Michelin Le Mans Cup this season with an unchanged line up of Paolo Venerosi and Alessando Baccani in the no88 Porsche 911 GT3R. 2018 Vice Champion Christoph Ulrich will also be back at the wheel of the no51 Spirit of Race Ferrari F488.
Italian team Scuderia Villorba Corse will be on the GT3 grid in 2019 with a two car effort. The no7 Mercedes AMG GT3 will be run for Swiss duo Roberto Pampanini and Mauro Calamia, while the team will run a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 for Cedric Mezard and Steeve Hiesse.
Italian team Krypton Motorsport have signed up for a full season with Marco Zanuttini and Stefano Pezzucchi.
2016 European Le Mans Series LMGTE Drivers Champion Andrew Howard, alongside Ross Gun, will bring his Beechdean AMR team to the Michelin Le Mans Cup with the new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 racing the grid.
Two new teams are joining the Michelin Le Mans Cup GT3 grid this season: Luzich Racing bringing a Ferrari F488 and the German outfit SPS Automotive Performance will run a Mercedes AMG GT3.
LMP3: Quality and Quantity
A grid of twenty-two LMP3 cars will feature in 2019, with quality and quantity the hallmark of the prototype class in the Michelin Le Mans Cup. The grid will feature a straight fight between two French chassis manufacturers, with 13 Ligier JS P3s against 9 Norma M30.
2017 and 2018 Team Champions DKR Engineering will return to defend their title with a two-car effort for the first time.
2018 Vice Champions Nielsen Racing will also return with Scotland’s Colin Noble. The double race winner will be joined by four-time podium finisher Tony Wells in the no2 Norma.
Graff will once again field two Norma M30s during the 2019 season. Adrien Chila, who finished 4th in the 2018 title race, is joined by fellow French driver Nicolas Schatz in the no39 car, while father and son duo, Eric and Adrien Trouillet, team up once again in the no9 Norma.
Motorsport98 will field an unchanged driver line up of Eric De Doncker and Dino Lunardi.
Spanish team CD Sport and British outfit Lanan Racing also return for another crack at the Michelin Le Mans Cup crown.
Anglo-American team United Autosports will once again field three Nissan powered Ligiers, while Swiss team Cool Racing will also be running three cars. British team RLR MSport, who won the ELMS LMP3 crown in 2018, will field one car in the Michelin Le Mans Cup for ELMS regular Christian Stubbe Olsen.
ELMS race winners, father and son duo, Alexander Talkanista Senior and Junior will be part of the Michelin Le Mans Cup grid in 2019 in the AT Racing Ligier-Nissan. Eurointernational will also enter a single car for Italian Andrea Dromedari.
Monza Garage, Spirit of Race and Keo Racing will also enter a Ligier JS P3, while Grainmarket Racing and Racing Experience will field a Norma M30 each. The no11 Racing Experience Norma will be driven by Luxembourg’s Gary Hauser and Britain’s Charlie Martin, with Martin taking the next step of her road to be the first transgender driver to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Matthieu Bonardel, Head of Michelin Motorsport: “For the fourth year in a row Michelin is pleased to be part of the Michelin Le Mans Cup alongside the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. Along with our partner we share the wish to make the Endurance ladder accessible for new drivers and teams, and also discover tomorrow’s champions. The level of the championship is higher and higher and the 2018 champions show it well. Michelin is also pleased that this formula attracts more and more entries. Thirty-two cars will take part in the 2019 season: it is the biggest grid ever seen thanks to new drivers and cars through a formula that combines pleasure, technology and performance with a fair budget.”
Gérard Neveu, CEO of the Michelin Le Mans Cup: “We are pleased to see a very strong grid of 32 cars for the 2019 Michelin Le Mans Cup. When we look at the high-quality teams and drivers that will compete this season we can be sure that each one will have to work very hard to win the 2019 Michelin Le Mans Cup title.
When you look at the drivers and teams that have raced in the Le Mans Cup and have gone onto race in the ELMS, the WEC and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it underlines the importance of providing an entry level to endurance racing and I would like to thank Michelin for their ongoing support of the Le Mans Cup.”
CLICK HERE to view the provisional entry list for the 2019 Michelin Le Mans Cup
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