Motodrom Insight // Ultimate Cup Series
The Ultimate Cup Series expands in Europe
Since its creation in 2019, under the impetus of Vincent Vigier, the Ultimate Cup Series has found its place in the motorsport landscape with a formula combining Endurance and Sprint, on the most legendary circuits.
Gentleman drivers, guests, young up-and-coming talents or professional drivers… The strength of the championship is that it caters for all driver profiles thanks to its different grids – Endurance Proto, GT-Touring Endurance, GT-Touring Sprint, Single Seater and Rencontres Peugeot Sport – which are adapted to the ambitions of each driver. The Proto Endurance is the base of the pyramid for the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Among the 200 or so cars in the paddocks, all of which are equipped with Michelin tyres, the historic partner, several prestigious makes are in the race: Porsche, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Alpine Ligier, Peugeot, Ligier, Renault, etc.
The drivers also make the championship famous, since well-known names from the world of motorsport, but also from the general public, compete on the track, such as Sébastien Loeb, Nicolas Prost, Dorian Boccolacci, David Hallyday, Inès Taittinger, Arnaud Tsamere, Carmen Jordan and many others.
In 2022, the Ultimate Cup Series offers a five-star calendar with three French events and three foreign events – Le Castellet, Navarra, Misano, Hockenheim and Magny-Cours.
Some new features
The GT-Touring Sprint format has been thoroughly revised to consist of two 25-minute sprint races and one 40-50 minute ‘long’ race with one or two drivers.
The Proto Endurance will see the arrival of the new NP02 sport-prototype from French manufacturer Nova Proto, presented in Estoril last November. These prototypes will compete alongside the LMP3, CN, JSP4 and Proto Evo, but will nevertheless benefit from a dedicated class. Four-hour races will be held at Navarra, Misano and Hockenheim, compared to the three French events, which will last three hours.
The Single Seater grid has been given a new lease of life with the arrival of the F3R Tatuus, competing alongside the FR 2.0s, in a specific classification. In 2022, the Formula 4s, new and old generation, will arrive with their own classification.