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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