ACO adds details to ‘Road to Le Mans’ support race

Further information has been released detailing the race for LMP3 and GT3 cars that will take place on the weekend of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

Teams from the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup will gain automatic entries for the race, dubbed ‘Road to Le Mans’. It will mark the second round of the ACO’s new GT championship which visits six European circuits in 2016.

LMP3 teams from the European Le Mans Series and Asian Le Mans Series will also be eligible, while the ACO can add invitational entries if required.

Each car in both categories must have a bronze driver, with bronze/gold pairings allowed in the GT3 class. Bronze/silver and bronze/bronze lineups are also permitted, while in LMP3 only silver/bronze and bronze/bronze pairings are allowed. Single-driver LMP3 entries must feature a bronze driver. All GT3 cars will feature a two-driver lineup.

A minimum drive time of 20 minutes will be imposed on each competitor, with a mandatory pit stop factored in. The ACO has reiterated that there will be no limit on tyres.

A further announcement detailing race length will be made later in March, although the ACO has confirmed that it will last either 50 or 60 minutes.

Road to Le Mans will take place at 11:10 on Saturday, June 18, the date of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Two hour-long free practice sessions will be held on Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16, while qualifying will take place on the Thursday evening.

The list of competitors will be announced after the entry deadline on April 15.