Following the introduction of the LM P3 category in the IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda in 2017, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) has announced exciting updates for the 2018 season:
- A new format with a 1h 45-minute endurance race at each of the six rounds on the calendar instead of two 45-minute sprints.
- Line-ups consisting of one or two drivers who, in the LM P3 class, can be classified Silver or Bronze in the FIA ratings. Only one Silver allowed per car.
- Fixed time pit stops and a limit on the personnel and equipment to keep costs competitive.
The 2018 IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda calendar:
> 5-7 January, Daytona International Speedway*
> 14-16 March, Sebring International Raceway*
> 21-22 April, Barber Motorsports Park**
> 6-8 July, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park*
> 17-19 August, Virginia International Raceway*
> 10-12 October, Road Atlanta*
* with the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship
** with the Verizon IndyCar Championship
The Ligier JS P3 Prize
Onroak Automotive is pleased to add an additional prize for the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda specifically for Ligier teams. The constructor will award a prize to Ligier teams finishing in the Top 5 in the 2018 Championship, plus an additional prize for winning the Overall Championship.
These teams will take part a test session at the end of the season in a Ligier JS P217 LM P2 car.
Each team will be awarded a set number of kilometres based on how many cars they enter in the series: 75, 50, 35, 25, 15km per car, for 1st-5th place in the championship. For example, if a 3-car team wins the championship, they will receive 75km x 3 = 225km of testing.
For winning the Overall championship, the line-up will additionally receive hot-pit, paddock and hospitality passes to the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans, and Road to Le Mans LM P3 Race.
For all additional requests for information on the challenge and the availability of Ligier JS P3s in the United States, please contact Max Crawford at email@example.com, or Ethan Bregman at firstname.lastname@example.org
The LM P3 Class is cost capped at € 207,000, and powered by a Spec 420hp V8 and 6-speed X-trac paddle shift gearbox. Onroak Automotive is the manufacturer of the Ligier JS P3 LM P3 car, which has won 9 of 11 races (82%) in IMSA competition in 2017.
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