LMC - 17/01/2018 - Sophie LIGER
Picture © Jakob Ebrey Photography
In the Michelin Le Mans Cup, the Bronze driver (i.e. the gentlemen drivers) is the only one allowed to take part in qualifying, which increases their driving time and their responsibility to the team as it will be their performance that determines the starting position on race day. Thanks to the Road To Le Mans event they also have the opportunity to race in front of thousands of spectators on the full 14km La Sarthe circuit just before the start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is a privilege not given to every driver.
We have met some of the 2017 gentlemen drivers to get their impressions and their feeling about the championship.
For this first episode we met James McGuire driver of the n°22 United Autosports Ligier JS P3
What did you think of your 2017 season in Michelin Le Mans Cup?
My first year in MLMC was my first experience in Europe and was beyond extraordinary at every level… The Iconic Circuits, The Ligier JS P3, United Autosports, the organizers, the Competitors, wow! Everything was outstanding. This is the best series in the world for the serious gent who wants to get better.
As a gentleman driver, how do you feel about being the main player in the championship?
Having been a gentlemen driver for two years in an American race series the leap to MLMC was so refreshing. To have so much attention placed on improving my performance and contributing to our effort was really new and appreciated.
Being able to start and sometimes finish races against proper Silvers & Golds is an exceptional experience. To see what real skill level really is amazing, quite humbling, but a joy to see what is possible. As I said after Portimão, the Michelin Le Mans Cup is by far the finest racing series for the serious gentlemen driver who wants to improve their skill and learn race kraft from fantastic pros at fantastic circuits.
Do you think getting the chance to race on the full 24 Hours of Le Mans track is an important part of the season in the Michelin Le Mans Cup?
Le Mans is incredibly important! Racing Le Mans in our two support races (Road To Le Mans) was a dream realized for many of us. So many exceptional moments, so much emotion. MLMC Le Mans 2017 was the singular best week of my life!!
What are your plans for the 2018 season?
I’m working really really hard to be back with United Autosports for 2018!! The MLMC is a great series and definitely where I want to continue racing.
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