Is LMP2 getting too slow for the class? That is what some competitors have been saying in last weekend’s Roar Before the 24 and I bring you a link that discusses the issue in depth.
In addition to this I have news of Euroformula’s return to Pau, a bumper TCR South America grid, a new American series for prototype race cars and more.
All this in the Motorsport Series & Track Day News Roundup on Motorsport Prospects.
LMP2 drivers are raising concerns about the extent of the class performance reduction after having run at last weekend’s Roar Before the 24. “Several competitors in the second-tier prototype class have suggested that they are being backed into the slower LMP3 category by measures implemented to ensure an adequate pace gap between LMP2 and the new top-level LMDh machinery in GTP.”
Revolution Race Cars have announced their 2023 USA schedule as part of the Sports Prototype Cup North America championship where they will be racing at a number of iconic race tracks. The seven-round series will travel the complete width of the the country, with the dramatic Virginia International Raceway hosting a round in October. Need to contact us about Revolution racing in the US? Email them here: firstname.lastname@example.org
With the Winter Challenge, Ferrari Challenge APAC and Racing Days inaugurate the 2023 season of Corse Clienti, at the Dubai Autodrome from 27 to 29 January. A week later, from 3 to 5 February, it will be the turn of the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.
A new technical partnership between Hankook and Lamborghini Squadra Corse will see the tire maker supply its high-grip medium compound race tire, the Hankook Ventus Race, for use in all three of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo race series during the 2023 season.
While this video is aimed more at a fan than drivers, What is the Mazda MX-5 Cup? gives you a great taste of what the series is all about.
The ADAC has confirmed that its GT Masters series will retain the traditional two-driver, GT-only format this year after initial plans to integrate LMP3 cars were dropped. The German motorsport organization last Tuesday announced the implementation of a “tried-and-tested” concept for the 2023 season, which will consist of six rounds and a dozen races.
Parella Motorsports Holdings has launched the new Prototype Sprint Series Association which is designed to host prototype race cars in a sprint race format at some of the most iconic road courses in America. “We’re very excited to launch the Prototype Sprint Series Association presented by Hankook,” said Tony Parella, CEO of PMH. “This series will fill an important void and provide racers with another opportunity to get on track. Whether they’re looking to race close to home for just a weekend or compete for a national championship, there will be a place for everyone.”
Additional details regarding PSSA rules and classes will be announced in the coming weeks on the series’ new website PrototypeSprint.com. The 2023 PSSA season will kick off at the Mission Foods Atlanta SpeedTour, March 23-26.
After initially deciding against it, Euroformula has adjusted its 2023 calendar to include the Pau Grand Prix, with the event’s headline race going to the series for a third time. “This is great news for all Euroformula contenders, as they will have the possibility to measure themselves on what is, together with Monaco and Macau, the oldest and most prestigious urban track in the world. I want to thank everyone involved at Pau and in the FFSA for making this possible, and also ACI Sport for their understanding, as we step down from the Mugello event.”
Organizers of the TCR South America series have confirmed that 26 cars are set to appear on track during the 2023 campaign. Honda, Toyota, Cupra, Audi, Hyundai, Peugeot, Alfa Romeo and Lynk & Co will all be represented, with a total of ten teams having confirmed plans to join the grid.
Miscellaneous Racing Series
The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) will return to Road America in 2024 and 2025 for the 61st and 62nd running of the annual National Championship Runoffs, an event that caps the Summit Racing Equipment SCCA Road Racing program each year and has evolved into what is widely known as the pinnacle of U.S. amateur road racing.