Endurance racing, featuring LMP3 and GT3 machinery, to make FIA Motorsport Games debut

 Endurance racing, featuring LMP3 and GT3 machinery, to make FIA Motorsport Games debut

MARSEILLE, France (Wednesday, 27 July 2022) – Endurance, a new multi-class competition with LMP3 and GT3 cars sharing the track, is set to join the bill of the second edition of the FIA Motorsport Games, being held from October 26-30 in Marseille and at the nearby Circuit Paul Ricard.

Endurance racing joins the vastly expanded programme of 17 disciplines that will headline the second edition of the event, where FIA member clubs, National Sporting Authorities (ASNs) participate under their national colours, competing for gold, silver, and bronze medals.

With the two classes competing in unison, Endurance will be the first competition in the history of the event to offer double medal-winning opportunities. 

GT3-spec cars raced in the inaugural running of the FIA Motorsport Games in 2019, as part of the GT Cup. They are set to return to the second event this year, featuring across Endurance, GT and GT Sprint. LMP3 prototypes, meanwhile, will make their event debut this October. 

Introduced by the ACO in 2015, and later recognised by the FIA, the LMP3 class serves as the base of the prototype endurance racing pyramid.

LMP3 cars are closed-cockpit prototypes, based around a carbon-fibre tub with steel roll-cage and powered by a 5.6-litre normally-aspirated V8 engine, with power output of 455bhp, and different chassis options available. 

Since its introduction, LMP3 has become a global platform – adopted by several competitions worldwide, including European Le Mans Series, Asian Le Mans Series, Michelin Le Mans Cup and Road to Le Mans, as well as the US-based IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Prototype Cup Germany.

The FIA Motorsport Games Endurance competition is open to teams consisting of a minimum of two and a maximum of three drivers, with the maximum driver pairing being one Platinum, one Silver and one mandatory Bronze driver.

The Endurance competition will begin with two 60-minute free practice sessions. Qualifying will be divided into three 15-minute segments (one for each of the three drivers), with the grid determined by the average time of all three drivers per car.

The all-important 150-minute race around the 5.770-kilometre circuit will feature two mandatory pit stops, each including refuelling, changing of all four tyres and a change of driver.

Marek Nawarecki, Director of FIA Sports and Touring Cars, said: “The world of endurance racing by its nature is diverse and inclusive. In major endurance series we can see teams and drivers representing countries from all continents. For this reason, I believe that the Endurance discipline will attract a strong and eclectic entry that will produce great competition.

“FIA Motorsport Games Endurance will also be the first FIA event for LMP3 cars. This platform has already proven to be successful and has been adopted by championships worldwide. Endurance racing is on a rise and having it on the bill of the FIA Motorsport Games is another positive development for this form of motor racing.”

Entries for the 2022 FIA Motorsport Games are open until Sunday, 25 September via the dedicated FIA registration platform. Competitors wishing to represent their country are encouraged to contact their respective National Sporting Authority, a full list of which can be found here: fia.com/members/member_club/sport-mobility-3/member_club/sport-1 

For further information visit fiamotorsportgames.com