Sandy Mitchell wins LMP3 prize drive

British GT race winner Sandy Mitchell will contest the final round of the LMP3 Cup at Donington Park in September after he was announced as the winner of the LMP3 Young Driver Initiative.

The 17-year-old, who is set to become the youngest competitor in the championship’s short history, beat nine other candidates in a public vote on social media to earn a seat in the third United Autosports Ligier JS P3.

He will be joined by fellow Scot and six-time gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy, who won the LMP3 title in the European Le Mans Series in 2015 in a Ginetta. Hoy tested the car at Snetterton last week.

Mitchell received backing from Le Mans winner Allan McNish, Williams reserve driver Paul di Resta and Aston Martin factory driver Jonny Adam in the run up the deadline on Friday evening, with over 8,000 votes cast over the course of the 10-week competition.

“I am so pleased to win the Sports Insure Young Driver initiative, it is an incredible prize,” said Mitchell.

“To have this opportunity to drive the United Autosports LMP3 car alongside Sir Chris Hoy is truly special.

“I would like to thank every single person that voted for me, the support has been amazing. I can’t wait to race at Donington Park, I will be giving it 100% and more.”

United Autosports boss Richard Dean added: “I’m really pleased with the response we have had from the Sports Insure Young Driver initiative.

“It’s a great opportunity for a young driver to get behind the wheel of a prototype and I hope Sandy gets everything he can out of it.

“It has been a close competition with various leaders at one point or another, but I think Sandy will be an asset to the team as he is a proven race winner already this year.”

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