The field for the Prototype Cup Germany race weekend at Hockenheim is growing. ARC Bratislava is fielding a Ligier JS P320 for Miro and Matej Konôpka.
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The Prototype Cup Germany, run by the ADAC together with Dutch promoter CREVENTIC, is already enjoying great popularity in its first season. At the race weekends held so far, the new racing series has impressed with interesting fields and cars from three different LMP3 manufacturers. The largest grid of the season is expected at the season finale from 21 to 23 October at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, for which various guest entrants are expected.
ARC Bratislava, for example, will bring a Ligier JS P320 to the start. Here, team boss Miro Konôpka and his son Matej Konôpka will share the wheel. The entry comes against the backdrop of further entries in the coming year. "In Hockenheim we will certainly compete with one car - next season maybe with two. That depends on the series calendar for 2023," explains Miro Konôpka.
ARC Bratislava is no stranger to international motorsport. The racing team from Slovakia has already been racing on the world's circuits for 25 years. Initially, Konôpka and his team raced various Porsche models in GT racing. From 2008, they also fielded a spectacular Saleen S7R.
The switch to prototype racing followed in 2016, with ARC Bratislava competing four times in the LMP2 class at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans from 2017 to 2021 with a Ligier JS P217. In 2021, Miro Konôpka and his son Matej shared the cockpit for the first time at the great endurance classic on the Sarthe. In addition, the team also competed in the Sports Car World Championship (FIA WEC) last year. During the 2021 season, the switch to the Oreca 07 followed, with which the 24h of Le Mans was tackled again in 2022.
In addition to LMP2 racing, ARC Bratislava has also been active in the LMP3 class since 2017. After initially relying on vehicles from Ginetta, the Ligier JS P320 is now the Slovakian team's racing vehicle. This model has already achieved great success in the Prototype Cup Germany. Five of the six races so far this season have been won by the race car from France.