Randle fastest at Snetterton in LMP3, but Podium finish proves elusive

Randle fastest at Snetterton in LMP3, but Podium finish proves elusive

Thomas Randle returned to the Douglas Motorsport Ligier LMP3 for the penultimate weekend of the Henderson Insurances LMP3 cup. He partnered Mike Newbould over two races, two races in which Douglas Motorsport were unlucky not to make it onto the winners podium.

Consolation could be found in the fact that over two race days, Douglas Motorsport posted the fastest lap times in both races, thanks to Thomas Randle, a sure sign that the pace is there and we can hopefully turn that pace into podium places at the last meeting, That’s at  Donington Park, on the 16th/17th October

O’Keeffe Impresses in LMP3 Debut at Silverstone

O’Keeffe Impresses in LMP3 Debut at Silverstone

The Henderson Insurances LMP3 Cup moved on to Silverstone for the weekend of July 1st and 2nd,

Douglas Motorsport F3 driver Callan O’Keeffe was given his sportscar debut in the Ligier LMP3, and what a debut it was. Qualifying fastest, O’Keeffe’s starting position was amended (as per the rules, no amateur driver took part in qualifying) and he started from the back of the grid.

O’Keeffe made a blistering start but spun at turn 1 in a bid to avoid contact. Despite this, the debutant made his way through the field and took the lead. However, as O’Keeffe was the solo driver in the Ligier LMP3, he had to server an extra 60 second penalty on top of the time required to stop for a driver change. This put him back down the field but in the closing stages he was able to make his way back up to P3 and this is where he finished, and impressive display for a debutant. To add to the result, Callan put in the fastest lap of the race, a lap record,  over .4 seconds ahead of the second fastest driver.

Callan O’Keeffe after Race 1:

“I wouldn’t say I made it easy for myself, obviously, I had a bit of contact into turn one because everyone got on the anchors a bit too early and I put myself into a bit of a spin,” said O’Keeffe. “We had a 60 second penalty, so to make up a total of 80 seconds to get back onto the podium is a pretty good effort.”

In race 2, Callan once again took the lead before the 60 second penalty put a stop to his lead. He would eventually finish P3, and once again record the fastest lap in the race.

“We managed to finish 12 seconds off the lead with the fastest lap of the race in both races, getting the Sunoco fastest driver of the weekend award. So, all in all a pretty successful sports car debut and hopefully it won’t be too long before I’m back in one of these.”

– Callan O’Keeffe


Randle and Newbould’s First Podium in LMP3 at Brands Hatch

Randle and Newbould’s First Podium in LMP3 at Brands Hatch

The second weekend of action in this years Henderson Insurance LMP3 Cup Championship saw the Douglas Motorsport team achieve their first podium of the series. After finishing 4th in the first race of the weekend, the second race of the weekend saw the duo of Mike Newbould and Thomas Randle both make up positions from their starting position of last on the grid.

Despite a 1 second stop/go penalty, Randle and Newbould brought the Ligier home in 3rd place, giving the team their first podium in LMP3 and Mike Newbould his first ever podium which made it extra special.

“It’s amazing, it’s my first podium so it’s extra special for me,” said Newbould. “Bring it on at Spa!”


“I’d like to thank Douglas Motorsport for their efforts, Mike for the opportunity and everyone back home in Australia for supporting me,” added Randle. “The car was fantastic and hopefully we can take that pace to Spa

Thomas Randle was the fastest in race 2 of the weekend, so let’s hope for more of the same at Spa in June. Spa was the location for Thomas Randle’s epic British F3 victory for Douglas Motorsport when he came from 9th position to finish in 1st, a win which included a now famous ‘bump draft’ with teammate Enaam Ahmed.

Randle Quickest at LMP3 Cup Opener

Randle Quickest at LMP3 Cup Opener

The opening two rounds of the Henderson Insurance LMP3 Cup took place at Donington Park over the weekend, April 22/23.

Dougrandle-sunoco-presentationlas Motorsport drivers Thomas Randle and Mike Newbould brought the Ligier JSP3 LMP3 car home in 4th place in race one on Saturday, followed by a 6th place in race 2 on Sunday. It was a good start to the season for the team, just missing out on a podium place in race 1.

Thomas Randle showed that the car has the pace by setting the fastest lap and thelap record in race one, earning him the award for Sunoco Fastest Pro Driver for the weekend in the LMP3 Cup.

The next rounds take place on 20th & 21st May  at Brands Hatch (Grand Prix).

Gallery of the weekend’s action. Images courtesy of Jakob Ebrey and Alan Lygo: