The Michelin Le Mans Cup is reserved for competitors running cars conforming to the FIA GT3 homlogation and LMP3 in conformity with the ACO LMP3 2017 regulations. The series represents the first step on the racing ladder with the opportunity for competitors to compete on the full Le Mans track on the morning of the world famous 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Here are some of the key points of the regulations. CLICK HERE to see the full 2017 Sporting regulations.
Épreuve 1 - Vendredi 12 / Samedi 13 mai 2017, Monza ITA
Épreuve 2 - Samedi 17 juin 2017, Le Mans FRA
Épreuve 3 - Vendredi 21 / Samedi 22 juillet 2017, Red Bull Ring AUT
Épreuve 4 - Vendredi 25 / Samedi 26 août 2017, Le Castellet FRA
Épreuve 5 - Vendredi 22 / Samedi 23 septembre 2017, Spa‐Francorchamps BEL
Épreuve 6 - Vendredi 20 / Samedi 21 octobre 2017, Portimão PRT
Free Practice 1 60 Minutes
Free Practice 2 60 Minutes
Qualifying 30 Minutes (15’ for GT3 + 15' for LMP3)*
Race 120 Minutes (except for 24 Hours of Le Mans support race – 60 minutes)
*Only the Bronze driver will be allowed to take part in the qualifying session.
Free practice sessions will take place on Friday with qualifying and the race on Saturday. The precise format for the event at Le Mans will be published ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Composition of driving crews and teams
A maximum of 2 drivers per car will be authorised in the driver line-up. One driver must be rated as bronze while the second driver can be classified Bronze, Silver or Gold (Platinum drivers are not allowed).
Entry for Round 2 at Le Mans
Only full season competitor entries will be allowed to take part in the event to be held in Le Mans on the occasion of the 24 Heures du Mans event. Race by race entries are not guranted in Le Mans.
The GT3 winner of the 2017 Michelin Le Mans Cup will receive an invitation to take part in the 24 Heures du Mans 2018 in the GTE Am category.
A total prize fund of more than €300 000 will be distributed over the full season to GT3 competitors.
• €100 000 for the GT3 champion
• €70 000 for 2nd GT3 place in the championship classification
• €50 000 for 3rd GT3 place in the championship classification
• €40 000 for the LMP3 champion
• € 5 000 for the GT3 winner of each event
• €5 000 for the LMP3 winner of each event
General, sporting and technical organisation, timekeeping, TV production, competitor and media relations will be managed by the same organisation which is already in charge of the LMEM.
At each event, competitors will have a dedicated paddock space in order to set up their trucks and awnings which is to be used as their working area.