Given the speed in which Ginetta Cars announced their entry in the LMP3 category, as well the speed to materialize the idea, several teams relied in their chassis to compete this year while other models are still in development. Between them, three teams are from the United Kingdom, but this number will go up as another team comes to play.
It’s already confirmed that United Autosports will field two Ginetta LMP3 cars in order, which one of them may be ready and delivered in June. When both cars come to the team, they will enter in extensive testing until their competitive debut with the car, in the 4 Hours of Estoril, the last round of the 2015 European Le Mans Series season. In fact, this one-off ELMS race will be a preparation for a full-season campaign in 2016.
The LMP3 adventure of United Autosports is also part of long-term plans to enter in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and team owner Zak Brown doesn’t hide his desire to go back to America to race in the United Sportscar Championship if the LMP3 class is allowed to race there.
Although most of United Autosports’ international participation is resumed into GT3 competitions, like the FIA GT3 European Championship, the Macau GT Cup, Bathurst 12 Hours and Blancpain Endurance Series, they have experience in ACO ruled series because of the entries in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup at Zhuhai, with a GT3 Audi, and in the American Le Mans Series, with a Pescarolo LMP2.
If the current entries align in the grid next year, combined with United Autosports entries and Graff Racing’s Ligier J P3, the ELMS will have at least nine entries for the 2016 season.
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