LMP3 Cup Championship Silverstone

 

The brand new championship rolled into Silverstone last weekend for some great racing despite a small field of entries.

In the Saturday practice session it was the pairing of current Radical European Masters Champion Tony Wells and European Le Mans Series competitor Matt Bell behind the wheel of the #3 United Autosports Ligier that led the way, though in qualifying they tumbled further down the field to 4th place, the grid consisting of only 5 cars one of which was excluded from qualifying, the #72 Douglas Motorsport car, due to F3 driver Callan O’Keeffe not conforming to the Championships regulations of only drivers of Amateur/Bronze status being eligible to compete in a qualifying session. Which put the #2 United Autosport car of Christian England and Andrew Evans on pole for the first race of the weekend.

 

With six cars going into the first race it was Colin Noble and Alasdair McCaig in the #79 Nielsen Racing car that took first place, with the #3 United Autosports car in second and a fantastic debut LMP3 race for Callan O Keefe who started at the back of the grid but quickly took the lead in the #72 Douglas Motorsport car. However a 60 second penalty for being a solo driver hindered his blistering start but the 21 year old eventually finished in third place, #2 United Autosport car of Christian England and Andrew Evans despite starting on pole finished fourth, fifth going to Nielson Racings #9 car driven by Dean Gibbs and Alex Kapadia and Speedworks Motorsports Andrew Bentley and Jack Butel in sixth place.

 

On Sunday it was United Autosports #2 and #3 cars that locked out the front of the grid in qualifying with the #3 car of Tony Wells & Matt Bell going on to take top of the podium with McCaig & Noble taking second again and another podium place for O’Keeffe.

 

The Championship run Nissan powered prototypes from manufacturers such as Ligier, Onroak Automotive and Adess and held the inaugural round in April at Donington. Currently at the top of the standings is Nielson Racings Noble & McCaig with Bell & Wells just behind them.

 

The series continues at Snetterton on 12th &13th August

 

Images ©Allison Remzi