The 2019 Michelin Le Mans Cup will get underway at the Circuit Paul Ricard on Saturday 13 April with thirty-one cars due to take the start for the first two hour race of the new season. Sixty-two drivers and twenty–two teams, representing thirteen different nations, will take part in the event at Le Castellet in the south of France, with one French team, Graff, and thirteen French drivers competing at their home event.
Five Manufacturers in GT3
A grid of ten GT3 cars will form up with five manufacturers – Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes and Porsche – represented. Reigning champions Kessel Racing return with driver champions Sergio Pianezzola and Giacomo Piccini defending the title they won in 2018.
There are three drivers for the French fans to support. Cédric Mézard and Steeve Hiesse return to the Michelin Le Mans Cup, racing in a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 run by Italian team Scuderia Villorba Corse.
Fabien Lavergne is racing with Swiss team Luzich Racing in the no71 Ferrari F488, the French driver is partnered by Denmark’s 2015 ELMS LMGTE drivers champion Mikkel Mac. Lavergne has a busy weekend as he is also racing in the ELMS with Luzich Racing.
2017 Michelin Le Mans Cup Champions Ebimotors return with an unchanged driver line up of Paolo Venerosi and Alessandro Baccani in the no88 Porsche, while 2016 ELMS GTE Champions Beechdean AMR make their Michelin Le Mans Cup debut with the brand-new Aston Martin Vantage GT3.
French Manufacturers Go Head to Head in LMP3
The LMP3 category is once again full to bursting with twenty-one cars divided between two French chassis manufacturers Ligier and Norma. 2017 and 2018 team champions DKR Engineering return with a two-car entry, the no3 Norma M30 featuring French driver François Kimann and German Laurents Hörr.
2018 Vice Champion Colin Noble also returns in the no2 Nielsen Racing Norma and is joined by fellow British driver Tony Wells, who finished third overall last season.
There are ten French drivers competing in the LMP3 category with French outfit Graff running two cars, both with all French crews. The no9 Norma M30-Nissan will feature father and son duo Eric and Adrien Trouillet, while the no39 Norma will have Adrien Chila and Nicolas Schatz behind the wheel.
Swiss team Cool Racing will field three cars, each running with a French driver. Nicolas Rondet will partner American John Schauerman in the no4 Ligier, Victor Blugeon will race alongside American Maurice Smith in the no74 Ligier JSP3 and Romain Carton will team up with Swiss driver Philippe Cimadomo in the no96 Nissan powered Ligier.
Kevin Bole-Besançon and Jacques Wolff make up the French driver contingent on the LMP3 grid, the pair competing for Spanish team CD Sport in the no30 Norma-Nissan.
Round 1 of the 2019 Michelin Le Mans Cup will take place on Saturday 13 April, with practice and qualifying starting on Friday 12 April. The season gets underway with the collective tests on Wednesday 10 April at the Circuit Paul Ricard.