Earlier this month, IMSA announced in its 'State of the Sport' address that LMP3 will come on board as a fifth class next season alongside the WeatherTech series' existing DPi, LMP2, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona categories.
As well as boosting grid numbers, Albuquerque - previously a full-timer for Action Express Racing and now the third driver for the squad's #31 Cadillac DPi-V.R - thinks that the resulting increase of inexperienced amateurs will have knock-on effects for the whole field.
"I think we will have to adjust a little bit again how aggressive we are," Albuquerque told Motorsport.com. "I know the level of LMP3, you can have a very good driver or you can have a gentleman driver who doesn’t look so much in his mirrors.
"I believe we’ll go back to wild races with a lot of safety cars and eventually red flags because of accidents happening, because there will be many cars on the track.
"I think it will come back to the times of when I started racing in America in 2013, ’14, a lot of safety cars, a lot of things happening, so the racing will all be in the last couple of hours. And that’s what we like to see, like what happened in the last hour in Road Atlanta."
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