British GT Cup to investigate national prototype championship

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Bute Motorsport, organisers of the British ‘GT Cup’ championship, are working on a prototype championship that could pilot later this year ahead of a full rollout in 2017. 

The series would be open to LMP3 cars from the likes of Ligier, who have already produced nearly thirty chassis, as well as CN cars and the recently launched Ginetta G57. Bute is proposing a three group structure is proposed for the hour-long races with LMP3 cars running in the P1 group, FIA CN (Supersport) cars running in P2 and P3 consisting of cars manufactured by the likes of Radical, Saker, Aquila, Riley and others.

Pirelli have already pledged their support to the idea and Bute Motorsport are in discussions with MSVR on dates with the series likely to join the GT Cup on the Grand Prix circuits later in the year.

“This is an idea I’ve been working on for a while now,” said Bute Motorsport technical co-ordinator Phil Boland. “The new GT3 specification cars are costing half a million Euros so we see this as an opportunity because there are plenty of people out there in the market for a serious racing car who don’t want to be spending that kind of money. The LMP3 fits the bill perfectly and they are great looking cars so why not have them racing in a UK championship.”

“The GT Cup has been very well supported with healthy grids over the past three years,” added Bute Motorsport founder Marc Haynes. “The prospect of running a prototype series is very exciting and I feel we have the team to deliver a quality product to our customers.”

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