Leading GT and single-seater outfit Douglas Motorsport are set to expand into prototype racing next season with a full-time entry into the brand new British Prototype Cup.
The Corby-based team have purchased a new Ligier JS P3 car after sampling one during United Autosports’ test event at Snetterton in September.
Mike Newbould has been confirmed as one of their drivers after competing with them in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup this season, though his team-mate is yet to be announced.
Both team and driver will attend United Autosports’ third exclusive two day test at Snetterton on 3/4 October, ahead of the inaugural Prototype Cup event at Snetterton a few days later.
“We are going in a bit of a different direction with the Prototype Cup, but I think it’s going to be a great direction for the team,” said team owner Wayne Douglas.
“We have watched for a while the progress of LMP3 teams we know and thought now was the right time to purchase a Ligier JS P3, given the introduction of the Prototype Cup.
“Mike tested the car at one of the United Autosports test days and loved it. We have a few guys that are wanting to try it out so fingers crossed this is a successful new avenue for the team.”
The expansion comes following an impressive season for the squad, who are on course for top two championship finishes in both the GT4 Supercup and the Ginetta Junior Championship.
Douglas are one of five clients to receive delivery of a P3 car from United Autosports as part of their British Onroak Automotive/Ligier business, with Richard Meins, Shaun Lynn, RLR Motorsport and Tockwith Motorsport the others.