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.
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