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The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) today announced the official LMP3/GT3 support race format for this year’s 84th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours and will be held in the late morning of Saturday 18th June.
The event, titled “Road to Le Mans” will form the second round of the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup but for the LMP3s it is a single event that will not count towards any championship positions and only prototypes racing in an ACO sanctioned series will be eligible to start.
The ACO reserves itself the right to invite other GT3s and LM P3s to compete in this new supporting race to the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Entries will open on Monday 18th March and close on Friday 15th April and a selection committee will meet to finalise the list of entrants; full season entrants competing in the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup will be given automatic entries.
The format of the race will be 50 – 60 minutes maximum, (confirmation on 25th March) with one or two drivers limited to 20 min maximum stints and a pit stop (minimum time fixed by the regulations) within a given time window. There will be no limit on tyre use, the official fuel supplier will be Shell and no refuelling will be permitted during either practice or the race.
Two 1-hour free practice sessions will be held on Wednesday 15th June from 8.30 p.m to 9.30 p.m, and Thursday 16th June from 2.30 p.m to 3.30 p.m followed by a 30-minute qualifying session on Thursday from 6 p.m to 6.30 p.m.