A field of 23 LM P3s battled in the third round of the IMSA Prototype Challenge (IPC) on the Mid-Ohio circuit. It turned out to be a Ligier festival as the French-built cars dominated the 1h 45m event. Victory went to the #54 MLT Motorsports Ligier JS P3 which, on only its second outing in the IPC, romped home to victory after dominating its rivals for 90% of the race.
The #54 MLT Motorsports Ligier JS P3 gave its rivals no quarter, but its win wasn't a foregone conclusion. Behind the wheel were two drivers who recently made their debut in the LM P3 category: 22-year-old Dakota Dickerson and 18-year-old Dylan Murry. It was Dickerson's, the reigning F4 U.S. Champion in a Ligier JS F4 currently lying second in the 2019 F3 Americas title chase at the wheel of a Ligier JS F3, second race in an LM P3. He had his maiden outing last November in the Michelin IMSA SportsCar Encore event at Sebring. Murry had his first taste of the #54 MLT Motorsports Ligier JS P3 at Sebring in the previous round, where he was backed up by his father, David Murry.
The MLT Motorsports Ligier JS P3 was fourth on the grid with Dickerson at the wheel. Ten minutes later he took the lead, which he held till the end of his 55-minute stint. Murry too never put a foot wrong. He fought off the attacks of the #4 Ansa Motorsports Ligier JS P3 and crossed the finishing line in first place. “We just started the team, this is incredible, said Murry.” Dikerson added “I can't wipe the smile off my face. The Ligier LM P3 car is fantastic to drive. Driving their F3 car and their LM P3 car, you can tell they know what they're doing building cars. I'd love to come back to IMSA."
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