The Le Mans Cup, previously the GT3 Le Mans Cup and currently known as the Michelin Le Mans Cup under sponsorship, is an international sports car racing endurance series inspired by the 24 Hours of Le Mans race and organized by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO).

The GT3 Le Mans Cup was created in 2016 after the GTC category was dropped from the European Le Mans Series. Aiming to increase the number of GT3 entries, the ACO created a new six-event competition (five two-hour events and a one-hour race at Le Mans), designed primarily for amateur drivers and leading to more competitive races.[1][2][3] The teams' champion automatically receives an invitation to take part in the following 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LMGTE Am category.[4]

From the 2017 season, the series adopted a new format with LMP3 and GT3-class cars competing in their respective categories, with the ACO aiming to create a secondary division of LMP3-racing and promoting the best teams from the Le Mans Cup to the European Le Mans Series.[5]

A new LMP3 specification with higher power engines was introduced for the 2020 season; this was found to consume more fuel than predicted, forcing pit stop and stint time rule changes.

For 2022 the race length was shortened from two hours to 1h 50m, to enable removal of this second mandatory pit stop.

All events consist of two-hour races except the round at Le Mans, where there was a one-hour race in 2017 and have been two 55-minute races every year since 2018.

Champions

LMP3 Drivers

Season Drivers Team Poles Wins Podiums Points Clinched Margin
2017 Belgium Jean Glorieux
Spain Alexander Toril
Luxembourg DKR Engineering 5 4 5 114 6 of 7 24
2018 Germany Jens Petersen
Netherlands Léonard Hoogenboom
Luxembourg DKR Engineering 0 3 4 103 6 of 7 11,5
2019 Germany Laurents Hörr
France François Kirmann
Luxembourg DKR Engineering 4 2 5 100 7 of 7 8,5
2020 Germany Laurents Hörr Luxembourg DKR Engineering 1 3 6 120 7 of 7 15
2021 United Kingdom Anthony Wells
United Kingdom Colin Noble
United Kingdom Nielsen Racing 0 2 3 75 7 of 7 4

LMP3 Teams

Season Team Car Poles Wins Podiums Points Clinched Margin
2017 Luxembourg DKR Engineering Norma M30 5 4 5 114 6 of 7 24
2018 Luxembourg DKR Engineering Norma M30 0 3 4 103 6 of 7 11,5
2019 Luxembourg DKR Engineering Norma M30 4 2 5 100 7 of 7 8,5
2020 Luxembourg DKR Engineering Duqueine M30 - D08 1 3 6 120 7 of 7 31
2021 United Kingdom Nielsen Racing Ligier JS P320 0 2 3 75 7 of 7 4

GT3 Drivers

Season Drivers Team Poles Wins Podiums Points Clinched Margin
2016 Russia Aleksey Basov
Russia Viktor Shaytar
Russia SMP Racing 3 4 5 121 5 of 6 14
2017 Italy Fabio Babini
Italy Emanuele Busnelli
Italy Ebimotors 0 2 5 104.5 7 of 7 2
2018 Italy Giacomo Piccini
Italy Sergio Pianezzola
Switzerland Kessel Racing 4 5 5 138 7 of 7 55
2019 Italy Giacomo Piccini
Italy Sergio Pianezzola
Switzerland Kessel Racing 1 4 6 130 7 of 7 21
2020 Italy Rino Mastronardi Italy Iron Lynx 5 4 7 132 6 of 7 15
2021 Switzerland Nicolas Leutwiler Switzerland Pzoberer Zürichsee by TFT 1 2 6 107 7 of 7 10

GT3 Teams

Season Team Cars Poles Wins Podiums Points Clinched Margin
2016 United Kingdom TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 0 2 5 107 6 of 6 11
2017 Italy Ebimotors Lamborghini Huracán GT3 0 2 5 104.5 7 of 7 2
2018 Switzerland Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 4 5 5 138 7 of 7 55
2019 Switzerland Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 1 4 6 130 7 of 7 21
2020 Italy Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GT3 5 4 7 132 6 of 7 40
2021 Italy Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GT3 6 5 7 148 6 of 7 41

See also

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