Pirelli gets exclusive tyre rights to Prototype Cup

Pirelli has been confirmed as the tyre of choice for teams entering the newly created Prototype Cup.

The series is preparing for its opening race weekend at Snetterton on October 8-9.

It is being run by GT Cup promoter Bute Motorsport in association with MSVR.

Sunday’s 60 minute race will feature mostly LMP3 machinery, with CN cars also permitted to enter.

“We already enjoy a very successful relationship with Bute Motorsport through the GT Cup so it made perfect sense for us to extend this to cover the new Prototype Cup, an exciting development that will bring high-level prototype racing to the UK,” said Pirelli motorsport operations manager Matthew Corby.

“The LMP3 category provides a cost-effective route for teams and drivers to enter this discipline, and we are very pleased to add this to our increasing portfolio of motorsport activities in the UK along with our considerable involvement with MSVR.”

Leading LMP3 team United Autosports has already tested some of its Ligier cars on Pirelli rubber (main image).

The announcement is significant because Pirelli has added itself to the LMP3 market alongside Michelin and Dunlop.

Michelin currently supplies the entire European Le Mans Series grid as well as the V de V Endurance Series, with Dunlop focusing its efforts on the newly created Britcar Prototype Series.

“Having had such a long and successful partnership with Pirelli in the GT Cup it was a natural progression to extend that relationship into our new venture,” said Bute Motorsport managing director Marc Haynes.

“Bringing prototype racing to the UK is a very exciting proposition and we have already seen a number of top level teams and drivers getting involved in the Prototype Cup. We are looking forward to a promising future together with Pirelli as this exhilarating championship develops.”