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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.

Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA Wins In Zhuhai (29.10.17)

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Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA, with its #8 Nissan-powered ORECA 05 driven by Thomas Laurent, Harrison Newey and Stéphane Richelmi, won the opening round of the 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series in dominant fashion.

Pushing the #8 entry hard to the chequered flag was the #37 BBT Ligier JS P2 driven by Davide Rizzo, Anthony Xu and, taking the final stint, Luis ‘Pipo’ Derani.

The final podium spot in the LMP2 class was taken by the #4 ARC Bratislava Ligier JS P2, piloted by Miro Konopka, Konstantins Calko and Rik Breukers.

The five-car LMP3 category, all Ligier JS P3s, was won by the #18 KCMG entry driven by Josh Burdon, Louis Prette and Neric Wei. Second in the LMP2 class was the #11 Taiwan Beer GH Motorsport entry, piloted by Hanss Lin, and Shaun Thong. The final step on the podium was taken by the #6 Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA entry driven by Guy Cosmo and Patrick Byrne.

FIST-Team AAI took a 1-2 in the three-car GT field, the #91 BMW M6 GT3, piloted by Junsan Chen, Jesse Krohn and Chaz Mostert, taking the win, followed 22.214 seconds behind by the sister #90 Mercedes-AMG GT3 driven by Lam Yu, Ollie Millroy and Rafaelle Marciello.

Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA enjoyed a day of mixed fortunes. After locking out the front row of the grid in qualifying, the second-placed #7 entry, with David Cheng at the wheel for the start, started slowing soon after the lights went out. An electrical problem was diagnosed but the car fell to the back of the class and was retired after completing 41 laps.

The #8 car, meanwhile, dominated the field from pole. Thomas Laurent took the opening stint and was soon opening a gap to the #37 BBT Ligier with Davide Rizzo at the wheel. There was drama, however, for the #8 car after contact with the #66 Tianshi Racing Team Audi R8 LMS, driven by Massimimiliano Wiser, resulted in damage to a legality panel. Although the #8 car was not immediately called in, it was required to replace it at its next pit stop.

The lengthy stop for the #8 car resulted in Harrison Newey, son of Adrian Newey and in his first prototype race, re-joining in sixth position. Newey, however, showed himself as a star of the future, by pushing hard from the start of his stint and retaking the lead at the half-way mark, a position which Richelmi was able to consolidate to the chequered flag.

#18 a.a. 17.10.29

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Starting from pole position in the LMP3 category, the #18 KCMG Ligier JS P3 fell back to third in class during the first hour but a solid stint from Monégasque Louis Prette, his second drive in prototypes, had the car at the front of the class by the half-way mark. Josh Burden then took the #18 car over to bring it home 58.727 seconds ahead of the #11 Taiwan Beer GH Motorsport entry, piloted by Hanss Lin.

FIST-Team AAI qualified its #90 and #91 entries first and second in class and held that order throughout the first half of the four-hour race. Jesse Krohn, however, took the class lead in the #91 BMW M6 GT43 in the second half aof the race and brought the car home for its first win of the 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series.

The second round of the series will be held at Fuji Speedway, Shizuako Prefecture, 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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Three More Invitations Decided For 2017 24 Hours Of Le Mans After Asian Le Mans Series Sepang Thriller (23.01.17)

Three further invitations to the 2017 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans were decided after a thrilling finale to the 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series with the 4 Hours of Sepang.

In the LMP2 class the #25 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JS P2, driven by Andreas Pizzitola, Andrea Roda and Aidan Read, took its first victory of the season, ahead of the #8 Race Performance Judd-powered ORECA 03R, piloted by Giorgio Maggi, Struan Moore and Fabien Schiller.

Taking the third podium place was the Algarve Pro Racing sister car, the Judd-powered #24 Ligier JS P2 with the driver line-up of Michael Munemann, Tacksung Kim and Mark Patterson.

The LMP2 class battle was thrown open after the retirement of the series-leading #35 Nissan-powered Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA 03R at the end of the first hour.

“It was a strange start, with a lot of crashes and so we basically started from last position,” said Andrea Roda, driver of the race-winning #25 Algarve Pro Racing entry. “We had to deal with the traffic from the GT and LMP3, but I tried to avoid any issues and crashes. I tried to push as much as I could for two stints. We had very good pace. The car was awesome.”

Aidan Read, making his LMP2 debut in the Asian Le Mans Series, said:” It was a great stint for me and I was very happy. It was a massive challenge coming here for my first time in an LMP2. I had a great time out in the car. The speed was good. As we saw, the start was interesting and mixed up the race completely. From there it was about running consistently.”

Tockwith Motorsports, who arrived at Sepang four points behind the LMP3 series leaders ARC Bratislava, took the class victory and with it the LMP3 Championship title. The Tockwith Motorsports driver line-up of Nigel Moore and Phil Hanson were chased to the chequered flag, however by the #85 G-Print by Triple 1 Racing Ligier JSP3 driven by Hanss Lin and Shaun Thong Wei Fung.

Nigel Moore was delighted with the victory.

“It was great,” said Moore. “We had a pretty good start and ended up leading the race overall for quite a few laps. There was an incident on the first corner in the first lap and we avoided it as best we could. The team did an absolutely fantastic job.”

“Like Nigel said, brilliant result, really happy winning the championship,” said fellow driver Phil Hanson. “That last stint was exciting as well. A big thank you to everyone at Tockwith Motorsports, all the mechanics. Also to Ligier. It’s been a quick car throughout the year.”

Victory in the GT class went to the #31 Audi Team Korea Audi R8 LMS GT3 driven by Kyung Ouk You, Marchy Lee and Alex Yoong. The #31 car was chased to the line by the #3 DH Racing Ferrari F488 GT3 piloted by Rino Mastronardi, Alex Riberas and Olivier Beretta. However it was the #5 DH Racing Ferrari F488 GT3 which secured the GT Championship with its fifth place.

Invitations have now been extended to Algarve Pro Racing, Tockwith Motorsports and DH racing to compete in the French classic this coming June.

The Asian Le Mans Series next gathers for the Sprint Cup for which the first round will be held on April 7 – 9 at Sepang International Circuit.

All To Play For As 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series Reaches Its Finale At Sepang (20.01.17)

The 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series reaches a conclusion on January 21 and 22 as 28 cars head for the Sepang International Circuit near Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia.

With prizes of invitations to the 2017 running of the 24 Heures du Mans, competition has been intense this season and, after three races, titles are still in contention in all classes, except CN.

The #35 Jackie Chan DC Racing Nissan-powered Oreca 03R, driven by Ho-Pin Tung, Gustavo Menezes and Thomas Laurent, leads the LMP2 class on 69 points after victories at Zhuhai and Buriram and a second place at Fuji. The #25 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JS P2, with the driver line-up of Andrea Pizzitola, Andrea Roda and Aidan Read is, however, only 19 points behind after a pair of third places at Zhuhai and Fuji and a second place in the previous round at Buriram. Algarve Pro Racing also occupies third place in the LMP2 standings as its #24 Nissan-powered Ligier JSP2 is only five points behind its sister, Judd-powered, car.

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Clearwater Racing Applies For Full-Season FIA WEC Entry (07.01.17)

Singapore-based Clearwater Racing has announced that it is applying for a full-season entry into the FIA World Endurance Championship in the LMGTE Am class.

Clearwater Racing is currently defending its GT title in the 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series with its Ferrari F488 GT3 driven by Team Principal Mok Weng Sun, Keita Sawa and Matt Griffin. As a result of winning the GT crown in the 2015/16 season, the team was invited to the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans where it finished 30th overall and fourth in class.

“We’ve been thinking about this for a while, but it’s a big commitment, financially as well as time wise,” said Team Principal Mok Weng Sun. “ I’ve been waving back and forth on the idea, and then this weekend I just had a good chat with the team and said ‘Let’s go do it’.”

“I was actually planning on retiring from racing after this season in the Asian Le Mans Series,” continued Mok Weng Sun. “I’ve been doing it for 11 years and I’ll be turning 50 next year, so I thought I’d wind it back. But the lure of being able to race in the premier GT championship in the World was just too much of a lure, and of course I want to go back to Le Mans, and so to have a guaranteed entry as well as the ability to race on the greatest circuits on the planet with top rated teams, I just said – Let’s go do it!”

Asian Le Mans Series Managing Director Cyrille Taesch Wahlen is delighted that Clearwater racing is moving up to the world stage.

“It’s great to see one of our teams taking the next step on the endurance racing ladder,” said Wahlen.” It goes to show that the Asian Le Mans Series is doing what it set out to do, which is to give teams the opportunity to work their way up to competing in a World Championship. We will of course miss them in our paddock, but we wish them the best of luck with their endeavour.”

The first round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship takes place at Silverstone on April 16.