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Triple Podium For Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA At Fuji For Asian Le Mans Series (03.12.17)

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Jackie Chan DFC Racing X JOTA enjoyed a highly successful second round of the 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series when it took first and third in the LMP2 class and won the LMP3 class.

The #8 Nissan-powered ORECA 05, piloted by Thomas Laurent, Stéphane Richelmi and Harrison Newey, crossed the line to take the LMP2 class victory 1:00.354 minutes ahead of the #37 BBT Ligier JS P2 with the driver line-up of Anthony Xu Liu, Pipo Derani and Davide Rizzo.

Taking the final podium position in the LMP2 class was the sister #7 Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA entry driven by David Cheng and Jazeman Jaafar.

Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA driver Thomas Laurent was delighted at the win.

“My teammates did a really good job at the start of the race,” said the French driver. “I was around 20 or 30 seconds behind the BBT car in front of us. I was able to close the gap and pass him in my first stint and I tried to manage our tyres for the rest of the race while managing my lead. The team did a really good job to maintain the cars as well as possible. A big thank you to my team mates and my team.”

Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA also took the victory in the LMP3 class after its #6 Ligier JS P3 piloted by Patrick Byrne and Guy Cosmo crossed the line some four laps ahead of the second-in-class #65 Viper Niza Racing Ligier JS P3 piloted by Douglas Khoo, Dominic Ang and James Winslow. Taking the final podium was a delighted Shinyo Sano in the TKS Ginetta LMP3 driving alongside Yuta Kamimura and Takuya Shirasaka.

“We battled a lot with managing the tyre pressures throughout the race,” said Patrick Byrne, driver of the #6 entry. “But everything worked out well and we went from 5th to 2nd. I got out – Cosmo got in and just demolished it. He went up to first and had a huge time gap so we knew we were comfortable for the pit stops. For me it was an enjoyment to watch, an enjoyment to be with the drew, a great team , great mechanics – we just go out there and drive – they are the ones that are working hard and staying late. And thanks to the Asian Le Mans Series as well – it is a great series.”

In the GT category it was the FIST-Team AAI who scored a 1-2 in class after its #90 Ferrari F488 GT3 driven by Lam Yu, Ollie Millroy and Marco Ciocci took class honours, followed by the sister #91 BMW M6 GT3 piloted by Junsan Chen, Jesse Krohn and Chaz Mostert.

Third in the GT class was the Tianshi Racing Team Audi R8 LMS driven by Peng Liu, Weian Chen and Massimilano Wiser.

Round Three of the 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series takes place on January 11 – 13 with the 4 Hours of Buriram.

GT Cup Champions TKS Return To Asian Le Mans Series For Fuji (16.11.17)

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Current Asian Le Mans Series GT Cup champions TKS have announced that they will return to the series for Round Two at Fuji International Speedway.

For the 2017/18 season, the Japanese team will again be led by Shinyo Sano and will campaign the Ginetta LMP3 in which Sano contested the Asian Le Mans Series Sprint Cup.

It has been a busy twelve months for Shinyo Sano and TKS as the team entered the ‘Road To Le Mans’ race, held as a prelude to the French classic at le Circuit de la Sarthe in June, where he was joined by Takuya Shirasaka to complete the driver line-up.

Team owner and driver Shinyo Sano is excited at the prospect of re-joining the Asian Le Mans Series grid in time for the second round at Fuji.

“The reason I made the team is my dreaming of going to Le Mans,” said Sano. “For me, the Asian Le Mans Series is a necessary race. As the only Japanese team in this race I want to stand on the podium at my home course of Fuji Speedway. And I want to share the pleasure with my team, chasing our dream.”

Further drivers for the TKS GInetta LMP3 will be announced shortly.

Round Two of the 2017/18 four-round Asian Le Mans Series will be held at Fuji International Speedway, Japan on December 1 – 3.

2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series Set For Zhuhai Opener (27.10.17)

The 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series opens at Zhuhai International Circuit in Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province, China on October 27/29 for the 4 Hours of Zhuhai, the first of four rounds which will see the series visit China, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia.

The series was launched in 2013 and the management and promotion of the championship being taken over by the Automobile Club De L’Ouest (ACO) in 2014.

Open to entries from the LMP2, LMP3, GT3 and GT Cup ranks, the series offers the prize of an entry to the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans to the class winners and, as a result, has attracted interest from teams based outside of Asia as a potential doorway to the grid for the world’s premier endurance race.

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Asian Le Mans Series Moves To Buriram For Round Three (05.01.17)

The 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series moves to  Buriram, Thailand for Round Three on January 7 and 8.

27 cars will take to the track for the 4 Hours of Buriram with four entries in the LMP2 class, nine in the LMP3 class, one CN entry, 12 GT cars and one GT Cup entry.

The full 27-car entry list can be found here.

Jackie Chan DC Racing goes to Thailand leading the LMP2 class with its #35 Nissan-powered ORECA 03R, driven by Ho-Pin Tung, Gustavo Menezes and Thomas Laurent. Algarve Pro Racing, with its pair of Ligier JS P2s, are second and third in the standings, with the #25 car, driven by Michael Munemann, Andrea Roda and Andrea Pizzitola on 32 points and the Judd-engined #24 entry, driven by Tacksung Kim, Jonathan Hirschi and Mark Patterson just two points further back.

The popular LMP3 class is currently led by the #26 Tockwith Motorsports Ligier JS P3 on 44 points with the #1 Jackie Chan DC Racing Ligier JS P3 only four points behind.

The GT class is equally close with the #5 DH Racing Ferrari F488 GT3, driven by Stephane Lemeret, Michele Rugolo and Matthieu Vaxiviere,  leading on 37 points, followed by the VS Racing #6 Lamborghini Huracán GT3, with the driver line-up of Kei Cozzolino, Yuhi Sekiguchi and Corey Lewis, in second place in the standings on 27 points.

Round Three of the 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series takes place at Buriram, Thailand with the 15 minute qualifying session for GT and GT Cup entries taking place on January 7 at 15:45 local time and for the LMP2, LMP3 and CN entries at 16:10. The lights go out for the start of the 4 Hours of Buriram at 12:15 local time on January 8.

Jackie Chan DC Racing Takes Zhuhai Double Podium At Asian Le Mans Series Round One (30.10.16)

Jackie Chan DC Racing took double class honours when it won the LMP2 and LMP3 classes at the opening round of the 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series at Zhuhai.

The #35 Jackie Chan DC Racing Nissan-powered ORECA 03R driven by Ho-Pin Tung, Thomas Laurent and Gustavo Menezes took the honours in LMP2 after the four-hour race where the lead was traded back and forth with the #24 Judd-powered Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JS P2, driven by Tack Sung Kim, Andrea Roda and Matthew McMurry. The #24 car was second at the chequered flag, followed by the Nissan-powered #25 Algarve Pro Racing Ligeir JS P2, piloted by Michael Munemann, Nicky Catsburg and Andrew Pizzitola.

Jackie Chan DC Racing also took class honours in LMP3 when the #1 Ligier JS P3 driven by David Cheng, Jamie Winslow and Jun Jin took the chequered flag ahead of the #26 Tockwith Motorsports Ligier JS P3 driven by Nigel Moore and Phil Hanson. Third in the LM P3 class was the #85 G-Print by Triple 1 Racing Ligier driven by Hanns Lin and Julio Acosta.

In GT it was an all-Italian manufacturers podium with two Ferrari F488 GT3s and a Lamborghini Huracán GT3. The #38 Spirit of Race Ferrari F488 GT3, driven by Nasrat Muzayyin, Rui Aguas and Marco Cioci took the class victory ahead of the #61 Clearwater Racing Ferrari piloted by Mok Weng Sun, Keita Sawa and Matt Griffin. The #6 VS Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 with the driver line-up of Cozzolino, Lewis and Zaugg took the final podium position.

The second round of the 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series will take place at Fuji, Japan on December 2 – 4.

Full race report to follow.

Eurasia Motorsport Teams With Aston Martin For 2016 – 17 ALMS

Phillipines-based Eurasia Motorsport has announced that it will partner with Aston Martin Racing to win the GT class of the 2016-2017 Asian Le Mans Series with an Aston Martin Vantage GT3.

The team has previous experience with the marque having run the Aston Martin under the Craft banner in the 2013 Asian Le Mans Series.

“We are really happy to renew our association with Aston Martin, having run the car successfully in GT Asia, achieving a podium finish in the Dubai 24H and gaining an entry for the Le Mans 24H,” explained Team Principal Mark Goddard. “The team knows the car very well, we will receive engineering back-up from Aston Martin Racing and we are confident with the right driver line-up we can win the GT Class.”

The Asian Le Mans Series is equally excited to welcome Aston Martin to the 2016 – 2017 championship.

“I am delighted that Aston Martin will compete in the coming Asian Le Mans Series and officially partner Eurasia Motorsport’” said Cyrille Taesch Wahlen, Asian Le Mans Series Managing Director.

“Not only is it an additional prestigious brand on the field but also a sign of the growing attractiveness of the series. It tells a lot about the level of competition there will be in the GT class next season. Mark Goddard who has always been a strong supporter of the Asian Le Mans Series and the ACO shows once again the ambition and potential of Eurasia Motorsport”.

“Aston Martin Racing are pleased to be working with Eurasia Motorsport again in the prestigious Asian Le Mans Series and look forward to working together to campaign a Vantage GT3 in the region in 2016 and beyond,” said John Gaw, Aston Martin Racing Team Principal. “The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 is proving once again to be a quick and capable machine, with a winning start in a number of events around the globe at the start of 2016.”

The first round of the 2016 – 2017 Asian Le Mans Series will be held at Zhuhai International Circuit in China on October 28 – 30 with subsequent rounds at Fuji International Speedway in Japan and Chang International Circuit in Thailand. The season finale will be held at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia on January 20 – 22 2017