Former British GT outfit ABG Motorsport has become the latest team to commit to the new-for-2017 LMP3 Cup Championship with a single Ligier JSP3 for Jim and Glynn Geddie.
The father-son duo, who won the 2011 British GT Championship together with CRS Racing, will take on a full-season programme with Peter Hignett’s team.
Bute Motorsport runs the LMP3 Cup Championship, which is a six-round series taking in four of the UK’s top circuits plus an overseas tilt at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
“It’s great to see Jim and ABG Motorsport joining the British LMP3 grid for 2017,” said Richard Dean, managing director of United Autosports, the team that sells Ligier LMP3 cars to the UK market.
“The series is growing by the day with new drivers and teams expressing an interest in the Ligier JSP3 and the LMP3 Championship. The series is perfect for people like Jim and to have another new team, like the experienced ABG Motorsport guys join the grid and enter the LMP3 racing scene is fantastic.”
ABG Motorsport won the British GT Championship back in 1998 with Richard Dean and Kurt Luby in a Viper GTS-R.
Since then, the team has gone on to win various single make and club level competitions. Its most recent appearance came in the 2014 British GT series with a BMW M3-GT4.
Drivers Jim and Glynn Geddie both tested the Ligier JSP3 at Snetterton last year, and were impressed with the Onroak Automotive-built product.
“I tested the Ligier JS P3 at Snetterton and loved it,” said Jim Geddie.
“It will be a new challenge for me racing prototypes when I’m so used to GT3 cars, but I’m looking forward to taking it on.”
“The new British LMP3 series is great for drivers like me who have an ambition to race in the European Le Mans Series or even at Le Mans, but all at sensible set up and running costs.”
Jim won the Britcar Championship in 2014, piloting a United Autosports McLaren MP4-12C.
Son Glynn has raced in the British Touring Car Champuionship and is currently a development driver for the new SsanYong Racing Challenge.
“I’m really looking forward to racing the Ligier JS P3,” said the 26-year-old.
“It’s a great car and we both loved testing it at Snetterton. I can’t wait to go racing again. The British LMP3 series will be a great first step on the journey to ELMS and hopefully the Le Mans 24 Hours.”
The 2017 British LMP3 Cup Championship will get underway at Donington Park National on April 22-23.