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Nov 25

SportsCars: LMP3 Class Announced For 2015 — Stunning Design

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) announced Monday the creation of a new prototype category, LMP3, that’s set to launch in 2015. (Photo: Sora Composites)

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) announced Monday the creation of a new prototype category, LMP3, that’s set to launch in 2015. (Photo: Sora Composites)

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) announced Monday the creation of a new prototype category, LMP3, that’s set to launch in 2015.

Aimed to provide teams with a low-cost, turn-key prototype, the new class, which replaces the spec LMPC category, will be seen in the European and Asian Le Mans Series.

Sep 5

European PC Team Finalizing USCR Program

European PC Team Finalizing USCR Program

(Photo: DPPI/ELMS)

With the lure of the endurance classics at Daytona and Sebring, a European-based prototype team is set to contest the opening rounds of next year’s United SportsCar Racing series.

SPEED.com has learned that Algarve Pro Racing, a Portugal-based squad run by former Jordan F1 testing manager and A1GP Team Ireland chief mechanic Stewart Cox, is finalizing plans to take its Oreca FLM09 Stateside, in what could potentially turn into a full-season effort.

Aug 6

Hartley Seizing The Moment In Sports Cars

hartley seizing the moment in sports cars

Photo Credit: Nick Busato

Three years ago, Brendon Hartley was on the fast track to Formula One.

As a Red Bull test and reserve driver, the New Zealander, who moved to Europe at the age of 16, had come up through the single-seater ranks and showed promise in Formula Renault 3.5, being touted as the energy drink giant’s next greatest star.

But after being dropped from the Red Bull Junior Team midway through the 2010 season, Hartley was forced to re-evaluate his long-term prospects for F1, despite later making repeated attempts of breaking into the sport’s pinnacle.

“Growing up, my dream was F1,” Hartley says in a SPEED.com interview. “But the start of last year, I realized that it’s not as easy to get there as meets the eye. There are only 22 seats and the majority of the seats are taken up by drivers who are paying to be there. I’m not saying I deserve to be there more than anyone else.

“I had a big chance and was very close to being a Formula One driver, probably more than people realize. But at that moment in my career, I was young and a bit lost within my head and I didn’t cope with the pressure I had around me and missed out on the opportunity.”