Formula 3 outfit West-Tec to make LMP3 debut at Snetterton

by Daniel Lloyd

Renowned Formula 3 squad Team West-Tec has committed to a single Ligier LMP3 for the opening Prototype Cup event at Snetterton on October 8-9.

The Northamptonshire based team, which has experience in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship and Euroformula Open, is looking to expand its reach into endurance racing.

Christian England and Colin Noble have been confirmed as the two drivers of the Ligier JSP3 this weekend.

West-Tec is also planning to support the Prototype Cup in 2017, with a view to entering the 2017 European Le Mans Series.

“We are delighted to have made it onto the grid for this weekend’s race in the Prototype Cup and with a fantastic driver lineup we should be in with a chance of a great result,” said team manager Craig Bennett.

“Although this would appear to be the first Team West-Tec entered sportscar, we do actually have a rich history in providing technical support to a number of successful prototype and sportscar teams.”

“Our aim now is to continue supporting the Prototype Cup and put together and entry for next year along with a 2017 ELMS program with a Ligier JSP3.”

West-Tec is best known for its Formula 3 exploits (Credit: FIA F3)

Recently crowned European LMP3 champion Christian England is contracted to United Autosports, the team responsible for selling Ligier LMP3 and CN cars in the UK.

England recently clinched the 2016 European title with team-mates Alex Brundle and Mike Guasch. The 35 year old is still contracted to United Autosports, but the team has allowed him to take part in the opening Prototype Cup weekend with West-Tec.

“I’m really pleased to be joining Team West-Tec for the Prototype Cup,” said England.

“I know my way around a Ligier JSP3 and I’m really pleased the LMP3 category is coming to the UK – it will give teams like West-Tec a great opportunity to get into prototype racing.”

“Hopefully I’ll be able to give Colin and the team some helpful guidance this weekend. Any chance to race a Ligier JSP3 is something you can’t afford to give up!”

Joining England in the Ligier will be 20 year old rising star Colin Noble.

Noble has already gained plenty of experience in Radical prototypes, winning two races in the Radical European Masters this year.

The 2016 season has also seen him take part in the International GT Open, driving a works entered Radical RXC V8.

“I am really excited about getting the opportunity to race this weekend in the Ligier LMP3 car with West-Tec,” said Noble.

“It will be a big challenge as I have never driven the car before and it’s straight into a race weekend but I’m really looking forward to the challenge and hopefully try to get as much out of it as I can!”

England and Noble will share the track this weekend with eight other Ligier LMP3s. Free practice and qualifying are bookmarked for Saturday, with the 60 minute race scheduled for 14:00 on Sunday afternoon.

The Checkered will be at Snetterton to provide updates from the inaugural Prototype Cup meeting.

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