Yvan Muller Racing Purchases NORMA M30 LMP3 For 2017 European Le Mans Series (21.01.17)

Following Norma Auto Concept founder Norbert Santos’ interview in December 2016 where he commented that the first Norma M30 LMP3 chassis would be ready in January 2017, the Saint- Pé-de-Bigorre manufacturer has announced that Yvan Muller Racing has purchased an M30 LMP3 in expectation of an entry into the 2017 European Le Mans Series.

“Ever since Norma announced that it was joining the LMP3 field, I’ve been keeping an eye on its developments,” said Team Principal Muller. “We also visited Norma to find out about the work carried out on the M30. Even though it will obviously be a new car, I am sure it will be really successful. Just a few weeks ago I wasn’t even thinking about adding a new LMP3 to fleet for the new season but my team and partners really wanted to enter a new car into the ELMS so we decided to do so.”

“With two different cars, we certainly do not take the easy route for this new season, but it is also a way not to put all our eggs in the same basket,” continued Muller.

Yvan Muller Racing recently announced that Alexandre Cougnaud and Antoine Jung will join the driver line-up for the 2017 season.

Norbert Santos said: “Welcoming Yvan’s team into the Norma family is great news for us. It’s really important for Norma that experienced and ambitious teams able to put their trust in us. I know that Yvan will do what he needs to do, to demonstrate the car’s full potential right from the first race, both in terms of technical ability as well as with the driver line-up he will announce.”

The 2017 European Le Mans Series season opens with the official test at Monza on March 29 followed by the opening round at Silverstone on April 15.

All To Play For As 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series Reaches Its Finale At Sepang (20.01.17)

The 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series reaches a conclusion on January 21 and 22 as 28 cars head for the Sepang International Circuit near Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia.

With prizes of invitations to the 2017 running of the 24 Heures du Mans, competition has been intense this season and, after three races, titles are still in contention in all classes, except CN.

The #35 Jackie Chan DC Racing Nissan-powered Oreca 03R, driven by Ho-Pin Tung, Gustavo Menezes and Thomas Laurent, leads the LMP2 class on 69 points after victories at Zhuhai and Buriram and a second place at Fuji. The #25 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JS P2, with the driver line-up of Andrea Pizzitola, Andrea Roda and Aidan Read is, however, only 19 points behind after a pair of third places at Zhuhai and Fuji and a second place in the previous round at Buriram. Algarve Pro Racing also occupies third place in the LMP2 standings as its #24 Nissan-powered Ligier JSP2 is only five points behind its sister, Judd-powered, car.

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Student Motorsport Intends To Keep UK At The Pinnacle of Motorsport Development (17.01.17)

JP Latham, founder of StudentMotorsport.com, is on a mission. He wants to keep the UK at the forefront of global motorsport and he sees the education and development of young, aspiring racing professionals as vital to ensuring that race teams have the resources they need for success in the future.

JP, as he is known, spoke to EnduranceAndGT.co.uk editor Andy Lloyd at Autosport International 2017. JP has good reason to believe he is perfectly positioned to help the next generation of engineers, technicians, mechanics and media professionals – he’s been involved in motor racing, from the perspective of enthusiast, team member, student and teacher for most of his adult life.

”I’m a fan of motorsport and I have a great passion for it because it’s such an exciting and rewarding industry. That’s why I want to help the next generation, because of my background.”

He is well qualified to provide that help. JP studied motorsport at two Further Education colleges and within Higher Education.

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Front Runner TV To Screen Live 24H SERIES From Dubai (11.01.17)

Front Runner TV, the free-to-air sports channel launched in the UK in 2016, will screen live action from the opening round of the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook.

With commentary provided by the Radiolemans.com team, coverage of the 24H DUBAI will commence on Friday January 13 at 09:30 with a pre-race show which will include coverage of the opening laps. Five hours of further coverage starts at midday with the final hours of the race and the podium ceremony covered from 2.00am on Saturday January 14.

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track-club Announces GT4 Entry In 2017 British GT Championship (11.01.17)

Huntingdon-based track-club, part of track-group, has announced that it will contest the 2017 British GT Championship with its new McLaren 570S GT4. Adam Balon and Adam Mackay will form the driver line-up.

This will be track-club’s first full-season entry into the premier national GT racing championship, having previously entered its Lotus Evora GT4 at Spa-Francorchamps in 2015.

Although Adam Balon and Adam Mackay have not been team-mates in the same car before, they have competed against each other as part of the same team in the Lotus Cup UK in 2016, a factor that Team Principal Stephen Docherty believes will be significant this season.

“As a team they work well together,” said Docherty. “”They spent the season competing against each other in a Lotus but, within the same team, from the outset they were sharing data and working on finding pace.”

Adam Mckay has been part of the Ecurie Ecosse Young Driver Programme and is the reigning Lotus Cup Supersport champion.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to race with Adam in 2017”, said Mckay. “Adam and I competed against each other in Lotus Cup UK last season and alongside each other at the Creventic Silverstone 24 Hours in April, so we’ve build a strong and understanding relationship over the course of 2016.”

Team Principal Stephen Docherty said, “Adam Mackay is, I believe, a really exciting prospect. As a team we have had a lot of talented drivers to work with us and he’s as good as anyone I’ve seen.”

“Adam Balon is a very disciplined driver intelligent driver who rarely makes mistakes that compromise the car,” continued Docherty. “The additional level of competition that the British GT Championship brings will really motivate him to continue his development and I think he’ll be one of the top amateurs in GT4.”

The British GT Championship season opens at Oulton Park on April 15 – 17 with the Media Day to be held on March 28 at Snetterton.

LMP3 Cup Championship Announces Henderson Insurance Brokers As New Title Sponsor (09.01.17)

Bute Motorsport, organiser of the LMP3 Cup Championship, has announced a partnership with Henderson Insurance Brokers who will become title sponsor of the new-for-2017 prototype championship.

Bute Motorsport had previously announced on Friday January 6 that it had reached agreement on a three-year deal with the Automobile Club de L’Ouest (A.C.O.) to be the exclusive LMP3 championship in the UK.

The Monday January 9 announcement of a new title sponsor means that the championship will be known as the ‘Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup Championship’.

“I’m thrilled to be expanding our motorsport activities by supporting the brand-new LMP3 Cup Championship,” said Founder and CEO of Henderson Insurance Brokers, Joe Henderson. “The LMP3 class has grown rapidly over the last few years and to be involved with the first ACO-sanctioned LMP3 championship is great.”

Bute Motorsport Director Chris Haynes said, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Joe and his team at Henderson Insurance Group with their experience and motorsport enthusiasm. It is clearly an exciting opportunity for the Championship and we look forward to working with them as an intregral partner.

Henderson Insurance has a long-standing association with motorsport, having previously sponsored motorcycle rider James Toseland as well as teams in the British GT Championship and Porsche Carrera Cup.

The Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup Championship is currently scheduled to be contested over six rounds with the opening round to be held at Donington Park on April 22 and 23.