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The Michelin Le Mans Cup (GT3 Le Mans Cup in 2016) is a International sports car racing endurance series inspired by the 24 Hours of Le Mans race and run by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO).

Michelin Le Mans Cup
LeMansCup logo.png
CountryInternational
Inaugural season2016
GT ClassesGT3, LMP3
Drivers' championLMP3:
Belgium Jean Glorieux
Spain Alexander Toril
GT3:
Italy Fabio Babini
Italy Emanuele Busnelli
Teams' championLMP3: Luxembourg DKR Engineering
GT3: Italy Ebimotors
Official websitelemanscup.com
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The GT3 Le Mans Cup was created in 2016 after the GTC category being dropped off European Le Mans Series due to a lack of entries during 2015. Aiming to increase the number of GT3 entries, ACO created a new six event competition (5 events of 2 hours and an one-hour race at Le Mans - with LMP3) destinated primarily for amateur drivers, leading to more media coverage and competitive races (in ELMS, GT3 were much slower than the other 3 categories).[1][2][3] The champion team receives an automatic invitation to take part on the following 24 Hours of Le Mans in LMGTE Am category.[4]

For 2017 season, the series adopted a new format with LMP3 and GT3 category cars competing in their respective class, with ACO aiming to create a kind of LMP3 secondary division regarding ELMS, promoting the best teams from Michelin LMC to ELMS.[5]

All races have a duration of 2 hours except the Le Mans round, which had a 1 hour race in 2017, and two 55 minutes races since 2018.

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ChampionsEdit

LMP3 DriversEdit

Season Drivers Team Poles Wins Podiums Points Clinched Margin
2017   Jean Glorieux
  Alexander Toril
  DKR Engineering 5 4 5 114 6 of 7 24
2018   Jens Petersen
  Léonard Hoogenboom
  DKR Engineering 0 3 4 103 6 of 7 11,5

LMP3 TeamsEdit

Season Team Car Poles Wins Podiums Points Clinched Margin
2017   DKR Engineering Norma M30 5 4 5 114 6 of 7 24
2018   DKR Engineering Norma M30 0 3 4 103 6 of 7 11,5

GT3 DriversEdit

Season Drivers Team Poles Wins Podiums Points Clinched Margin
2016   Aleksey Basov
  Viktor Shaytar
  SMP Racing 3 4 5 121 5 of 6 14
2017   Fabio Babini
  Emanuele Busnelli
  Ebimotors 0 2 5 104.5 7 of 7 2
2018   Giacomo Piccini
  Sergio Pianezzola
  Kessel Racing 4 5 5 138 7 of 7 55

GT3 TeamsEdit

Season Team Cars Poles Wins Podiums Points Clinched Margin
2016   TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 0 2 5 107 6 of 6 11
2017   Ebimotors Lamborghini Huracán GT3 0 2 5 104.5 7 of 7 2
2018   Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 4 5 5 138 7 of 7 55

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Release, News (4 May 2016). "Villorba Corse to enter 2016 Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup".
  2. ^ "History - Michelin Le Mans Cup".
  3. ^ Ltd., Crash Media Group. "ACO launches Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup - Sportscars News".
  4. ^ "Prize fund revealed for new GT3 Le Mans Cup".
  5. ^ "LMP3 Cars Added to Michelin Le Mans Cup for 2017 - Sportscar365".

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