GT Cup organisers Bute Motorsport working on Prototype series for 2017


The organisers of the popular GT Cup series, Bute Motorsport, are actively working on plans for a prototype series which could feature the latest in Le Mans machinery.

Bute Motorsport are targeting a 2017 roll out for the new championship targeting three distinct types of prototype machinery for their one-hour race series.

The first class targeted for the championship is LMP3. Created by the ACO to act as a step up to LMP2, the LMP3 championship has proved popular with constructors including Ginetta, Ligier and ADESS producing dozens of chassis for competition in the Asian and the European Le Mans Series.

The second class would consist of cars complying to the FIA’s CN prototype regulations and the final class would accept non-LMP3/CN prototypes from manufacturers like Saker, Aquila and Radical.

“This is an idea I’ve been working on for a while now,” said Bute Motorsport technical co-ordinator Phil Boland. “The new GT3 specification cars are costing half a million Euros so we see this as an opportunity because there are plenty of people out there in the market for a serious racing car who don’t want to be spending that kind of money. The LMP3 fits the bill perfectly and they are great looking cars so why not have them racing in a UK championship.”

Bute Motorsport’s plans are already generating interest with tyre maker Pirelli throwing their support behind the idea, with championship organisers working with Motorsport Vision Racing on potential dates. At the moment it is slated that the championship will join the GT Cup series when it goes onto the Grand Prix circuits.

Also throwing his support behind the idea is Richard Dean. His United Autosports team has ran an Audi R8 LMS Ultra in GT Cup for a number of seasons and with their purchase of two Ligier JSP3s this announcement is proving timely.
He said: “We love the concept of a National prototype series and have been in discussions with Phil Boland at GT Cup since the start of 2015 on this subject.
“Now we have taken delivery of our first Ligier LMP3 car, I am even more convinced this is a category that will grow and grow. The LMP3 prototype cars are probably the best value for money racing car out there at the moment and it is a natural progression for GT drivers to want to progress. It makes perfect sense for the GT Cup organisers to look at accommodating this growing class in their British series race weekends, we would certainly look at running cars and supporting it.”