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Team NZ Return to Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup

New Zealand’s Team NZ will return to the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup in 2017 once again fielding their Porsche 997 GT3 Cup in the GT Cup class.

John Curran (IRL) and Graeme Dowsett (NZ) will drive once again in the effort that saw class winning success both in the Sprint Cup and the Asian Le Mans Series last season.

Graeme Dowsett, Team NZ: “Team NZ is excited to be joining the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup again. The format is an excellent platform to race at a relatively high level with some of the teams actually going onto the Le Mans 24hr race, while also providing a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. The race format of 1hr x 2 races per weekend provides Team NZ excellent track and race time to develop the drivers abilities. It is an excellent series to leading onto the 4hr race format of Asian Le Mans.”

The three round Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup features LMP3, GT3 and GT Cup class cars in a three round, 6 race Series based at Sepang in Malaysia, giving teams and drivers the opportunity to sample multi class Prototype and GT racing before committing to the full 5 round Asian Le Mans Series over the winter of 2017/ 2018.

Class winners of the full Series receive an automatic invitation to contest the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Team AAI Files Two Car GT3 Entry for 2017 Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup

One of the largest endurance teams in Asia, Taiwan’s Team AAI, has given a ringing endorsement to the move to include GT3 cars in the revamped 2017 Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup by committing a pair of cars to the competition.

Team AAI have confirmed both a BMW Z4 GT3 for Chi Huang and a McLaren 650S GT3 for Terry Fang for the three race Series based at Sepang International Circuit.

Both men are Bronze rated drivers, Team AAI joining a host of other teams to utilise the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup as an opportunity for gentleman drivers to hone their race craft before stepping up to the full Asian Le Mans Series.

In the BMW Z4 Chi Huang will be lined up with Silver driver Ollie Millroy.

Last season’s Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup saw the majority of entrants graduate to the 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series helping grid numbers to record levels with more Asian teams on the grid than ever before.

Junsan Chen, Team AAI Founder and Director: ”In the past years, motorsports has been growing quite rapidly in the regions of Asia as we are very enthusiastic to see all the major race organizers such as the ACO to bring their well established programs here.

“We are also seeing top world class pro drivers in the mix of driver lineups which has brought the races to a very competitive level which may also intimidate a lot of the gentlemen drivers to partake at this stage. It is with great joy to see that the ACO has opened the GT class in the 2017 Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup to cater more towards gentlemen drivers and help provide a platform and a stepping stone towards their passion to the highest level of international racing. With the well consideration of the programs that the ACO are providing we are certain to see Asia motorsports to continue growing.”

Cyrille Taesch Wahlen, Managing Director of the Asian Le Mans Series said: “Team AAI were the very first GT team to graduate from our Series to the Le Mans 24 Hours and it is great to see that they are continuing to bring more cars and drivers to join the ACO Racing family. I hope that the Sprint Cup whets their appetites and we see both Chi Huang and Terry Fang for the full season in the Asian Le Mans Series too.”

Race 6 Win and Championship title for #1 DC Racing

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The #1 DC Racing Ligier JSP3 was first to cross the line at the 6th and final race of the 2016 Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup, giving them the team title as well as the LMP3 driver title for Jamie Winslow. The #94 WINEURASIA Ligier JSP3 crossed the line in 2nd, and the #69 Team Aylezo Ginetta LMP3 came third. The CN car, the #68 PS Racing Ligier JS 53 finished 4th overall, and the #77 team NZ Porsche GT3 Cup won the GT Cup class.

Under a sweltering noon-day sun, the race got off to a quick start, with Charlie Robertson at the wheel of the pole sitting #67 PRT Racing Ginetta LMP3 speeding off and creating a wide gap to the rest of the field early on. It was hard going for Neale Muston in the #1 DC Racing Ligier JSP3 and Yoshiharu Mori in the #94 WINEURASIA Ligier JSP3 to keep up, but they kept a good pace, running in 2nd and 3rd. The #67 Ginetta led until the pit stops, where unfortunately, the car overheated and shut down, and the team spent the rest of the race in the pit box. This left the way open for Jamie Winslow in the #1 DC Racing Ligier JSP3 to take back the lead, which he kept until the chequered flag. The #94 WINEURASIA with Edgar Lau at the wheel tried to make up the gap and take on the leader, but with the heat, it was a lot for the car to handle, so he backed off and brought the car home in a comfortable 2nd. Team Aylezo, with Zen Low and Weiron Tan sharing the wheel, also kept up a good pace to finish third with their #69 Ginetta LMP3, a very good performance for the team’s debut with the car.

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It was another clean race for the #68 PS Racing Ligier JS 53. They didn’t have the same power today as in yesterday’s race, mainly due to the heat, but Sebastien Mailleux and Iori Kimura managed to bring it home in 4th overall, giving Mailleux the CN Driver title as well as the CN team title for the PS Racing.

The #77 Team NZ Porsche GT3 Cup got off to a strong start with John Curran at the wheel, quickly overtaking Anthony Chan in the #28 Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GTC. By the time the pit window opened, they were leading over their rival by nearly 30 seconds. Once the changeover took place at the pit stop, Dominic Ang in the #28 Lotus Evora GTC managed to catch Team NZ and overtake Graeme Dowsett, before unfortunately going off track and finishing the race stuck in the grass, allowing Dowsett to bring the #77 Team NZ Porsche GT3 Cup home to claim the Team and Driver Titles in the GT Cup Class.

Today’s results means that DC Racing, PS Racing and Team NZ all get free entries to the 2016-2017 season of the Asian Le Mans Series, which starts in Zhuhai, China, at the end of October.

To celebrate the champions and the promising first season of the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup, the organisation put on an awards ceremony at the track on Sunday evening, where the teams received their trophies.

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Cyrille Taesch Wahlen had this to say on the result of this first season – “This first season has been quite successful, because we managed to bring a good number of LMP3 cars to the series, all entered by Asian Teams. I think for next year, there might be 2-3 more at least. For a series that was announced in mid-January this year, and that started in May, it’s a good result and looks promising. It also means that the LMP3 car, as a new product in Asia, is being understood and is becoming more and more attractive. They are very good looking cars. They also like the fact that the Sprint Series is based in Sepang.
We’ll keep the CN class again in the Sprint Cup next year, to give it a chance, and hopefully more will join. I’m sure the field will grow in the GT Cup class.
The plan for next year is to have 4 rounds; the calendar will be announced at the latest at the end of October during the first round of the Asian Le Mans Series at Zhuhai, to give teams time to prepare.”


 

LMP3
#1 DC Racing Ligier JSP3
Neale Muston: “It was a great race today. It really went to plan. I just had to go out there and drive fast, tuck in behind Charlie and keep him in sight, keep the lap times as low as possible, and I think we did that quite well. The car performed beautifully, thanks to the team. Thanks as well to my fellow competitors. It was a good, clean race and very enjoyable. Thanks a lot to James for the opportunity to come over and partner him. And well done to him for being the champion.”

Jamie Winslow: “The race went extraordinarily well for us, after a few issues yesterday, though yesterday we closed in on the championship, so it kind of went to plan, but today was definitely a better day. Neale started the race and made a good start, followed the plan to follow Charlie, not lose too much time, and he did exactly that. He did a fantastic job for his first ever weekend in an LMP3 car. A big part of my championship goes to Neale. A huge thank you to the team, to Eurasia for running the DC Racing operation. Big thank to Asian Le Mans, Cyrille, and everyone involved. It’s a good, strong championship and I’m looking forward to coming back.”

#94 WINEURASIA Ligier JSP3
Yoshiharu Mori: “First, congratulations to the champions, DC Racing. My car was much hotter than yesterday, so it was different to drive. My team mate did a good job finishing and getting us second place. I’m very happy, it’s been an amazing weekend. Thank you to the team, the organiser and the sponsors.”

Edgar Lau: “It’s another amazing result. Congrats to James Winslow for the championship. Yoshi gave me the car in a pretty good position. I just went out and pushed. I found out that it was too hot for the car and that the tyres overheated, so I backed off. Thanks to Eurasia Motorsport for giving me a good car, getting me up to speed with the car, thanks to my sponsors and the Asian Le Mans Series. Hopefully I’ll be back in Zhuhai with the team.”

#69 Team Aylezo Ginetta LMP3
Zen Low: “Once again, thank you to the ACO and to everyone at the Asian Le Mans Series. What can I say. This is the most incredible shakedown ever. It’s not really a shakedown anymore. Considering we’re only running 1/3 of our pit crew, we don’t have a race engineer with us, we don’t know anything about the car, it’s our first time in it. I think the team did an awesome job. My teammate is solid. I’m happy, going home with a double podium. It’s brilliant. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the main event, the Asian Le Mans Series, in October.”

Weiron Tan: “First of all, well done to DC Racing for winning the championship. It’s quite unfortunate that PRT faced some car issues, because they’ve helped us throughout the weekend. Good job to Team Aylezo as well, they did a really good job. It’s another bonus for us to be on the podium today. I think everyone’s quite happy. I think we’re all quite happy to come away with a double podium finish. Looking forward to the Le Mans Series.”

CN
#68 PS Racing Ligier JS 53
Sebastien Mailleux: “It was much hotter than yesterday, and we had some bad rear tyres, so it was hard to set good times. But we still had a consistent race, we had a good car from PS Racing. Thank you to the team. I think this Sprint Cup has been a good season, a good event. I’m very happy and I’d like to thank the organisers for it and look forward to coming back.”

Iori Kimura: “Thanks to Sebastien and PS Racing. He drove a good race and gave me the car in a good condition. I tried to pass the LMP3 cars, like yesterday, but this time the track conditions were too hot, so I just tried to bring it back to the pits, which I did.”

GT Cup
#77 Team NZ Porsche GT3 Cup
John Curran: “Thanks again to Asian Le Mans. It’s an awesome series. The plan today was just to bring the car home. I was quite fortunate yesterday to secure the win, which led us to bring the car home today. We had some technical issues with the car yesterday, which we thought we’d fixed, but they came back to plague me towards the end of my stint, and I made sure that it would be really bad for Graeme when he got in. It was a good race, and a great series.”

Graeme Dowsett: “Again I’d like to thank the ACO and the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup, the organisers for an excellent job. It’s been very enjoyable and we’ll definitely be back. Concerning the race, as John said, he did hand me a handful of a car. It got worse towards the end and basically it was down to a sticking throttle. I thought I could actually do the slow down lap without touching the throttle. The team did well today. We had a fairly easy plan to achieve, which we did, luckily. Commiserations again to the Lotus team. They certainly put all their heart and effort into it. It’s a shame that the car let them down again. But thank you again and we look forward to the next event of the Asian Le Mans.”

WINEURASIA wins Race 5 of the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup

After starting from the pits, WINEURASIA’s #94 Ligier JSP3, driven by Edgar Lau and Yoshiharu Mori took the win in Race 5 of the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup, here at the Sepang International Circuit. Newcomers for this round, the #69 Team Aylezo Ginetta LMP3 came second and the #1 DC Racing Ligier JSP3 crossed the line third. The #68 PS Racing Ligier JS 53, the CN entry, came 4th overall, having stayed in the top 3 for most of the race, and Team NZ won the GT Cup Class in the #77 Porsche GT3 Cup.

In one of the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup’s most exciting races to date, due in part to the changeable track conditions, the choice of tyres at the start really made the difference. The pole sitting #1 DC Racing Ligier JSP3 started on wets, whereas a good portion of the field had opted to stay on slicks for the race, although it had been declared wet.  The fight for the lead took off quickly and saw the #27 Nexus Infinity ADESS 03, with Garnet Patterson at the wheel, claim the lead from the #1 DC Racing Ligier JSP3. The #69 Team Aylezo Ginetta LMP3, the #68 PS Racing Ligier JS 53, and the #48 PS Racing ADESS 03 were all fighting in very close quarters for the first couple of laps before the field settled. With the track drying up and the #1 Ligier JSP3 dropping back a few places, the #69 Team Aylezo Ginetta LMP3 made advances on the #27 ADESS 03, which led until the pits. Unfortunately, once Vignesa Moorthy was in the car, the #27 Nexus Infinity ADESS 03 had to take a drive through penalty, due to a jump start, taking away their chance at the win.

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While the battle was going on at the head of the field, the #94 WINEURASIA Ligier JSP3 fought its way back up, having started from the pits due to mechanical issues. Edgar Lau and Yoshiharu Mori drove a clean, consistent race and, in the last couple of laps, Mori managed to make up the last places and overtake Zen Low in the #69 Aylezo Ginetta LMP3 to claim the win. With the #69 Ginetta LMP3 finishing in close second, Neale Muston in the #1 DC Racing Ligier JSP3 managed to overtake the #68 PS Racing Ligier JS 53 in the last lap to claim third.

The #68 PS Racing Ligier JS 53, the CN entry with Iori Kimura starting and handing over to Sebastien Mailleux for the second stint, displayed a most impressive performance, running in the top 3 for most of the race, and even leading for a few laps after the pit stop. Unfortunately, due to their pit stop time being too short, they suffered a stop and go penalty, re-joining the race in third, and crossed the line 4th overall.

In the GT Cup class, the win was claimed by the #77 Team NZ Porsche GT3 Cup, with Graeme Dowsett and John Curran delivering a consistent race, and giving them valuable points towards the class title. Their rivals in the GT Cup class, the #28 Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GTC, got off to a good start, with Dominic Ang fighting up in 6th place overall at some points, but unfortunately, after the changeover to Anthony Chan, the car ended in the gravel and could not rejoin the race.

The best lap time of the race was set by Charlie Robertson in the #67 PRT Racing Ginetta LMP3 (2:00.946) as he made his way back up the field to try and fight for a podium finish, and finished 4th in LMP3. Their result gives them enough points to still be leading the championship, but Winslow in the #1 DC Racing Ligier is now only 5 points behind.

As race 5 still hasn’t decided the winners of the season, the teams will be going all out in tomorrow’s final race, to claim those valuable points and try to win the titles and a free ticket to the Asian Le Mans Series. See you tomorrow for the final race of the 2016 Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup.

Please note that the results will not be finalised until tomorrow.

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#94 WINEURASIA Ligier JSP3
Edgar Lau: “It’s unbelievable, first time driving an LMP car at this track, and it’s my first time at the track as well. Starting from the pit lane on slick tyres, I just kept my head down, putting out lap after lap, thinking hopefully I could keep up. By the time I came into the pits, we were already in 3rd or 4th place. It’s unbelievable, I have no words to describe it. Good job to Yoshi who made the pass for first place. He’s worked very hard all weekend. We’re all new to the LMP3 cars. Much congrats to him as well.”

Yoshiharu Mori: “This is an amazing result for the race. It’s my first race in the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup. We started on Friday, and I didn’t know how much potential the LMP3 had, but it’s a very nice car. Tomorrow we will try again for another win. Thank you to the team, organisation, sponsors.”

#69 Team Aylezo Ginetta LMP3
Zen Low: “First I would like to thank the ACO and everyone at Asian Le Mans, who have done an awesome job. To start with, just to clarify, we’re not supposed to be racing. We received the car last week and our main program is to go to the Asian Le Mans Series, which starts in October. This is just a shakedown to collect as much data as possible. We thought we’d have a bit of fun while we’re here. I’m surprised we did pretty well. Thanks to Weiron, who started the race. We made the right choice in tyres, as the race was declared wet but we went on slicks. After the 3rd or 4th lap, Weiron put in a very good pace. By the time he handed over to me, we were already top three. I was very comfortable in the car, it was awesome. I just kept my head down. I made a couple of mistakes halfway through the stint, but my radio was not working, I had no idea what position I was in. I thought, never mind, and just drove. When I got into the pits after the chequered flag, I was surprised that we’d finished in P2. Well done to the team who did a good job.”

Weiron Tan “First I’d like to thank everyone for coming this weekend, and thanks to Zen as well for giving me this opportunity to race this weekend at the Asian Le Mans. Like he said, we weren’t actually supposed to compete this weekend, so it’s quite fortunate for us to be on the podium. I’m very happy. The team did a good job. The car handled really well during the last stint. Hopefully we’ll see you soon in the other championship.”

#1 DC Racing Ligier JSP3
Jamie Winslow: “We had a tricky race. It didn’t go the way we wanted it to. As a team, we opted for wet tyres, and our championship rivals were as well, we were the only two on the wets in the front rows. I struggled in the beginning, tried to make the best of a very bad situation. I fell back to 5th or 6th, compared to the guys on slicks who were overtaking me around the outside and all over the place. So we struggled at the start, but I want to thank Neale, my new co-driver, who came through and managed to get us back on the podium. It’s a fantastic result. We’ll come back tomorrow and try to fight for victory.”

Neale Muston: “Thanks to everyone for coming. It’s a great honour to race on this fantastic track. Thanks also to James and Martin for the great support. It’s a fun race. I’ve never seen so many changes of weather in one race and over the weekend. Congratulations to the guys in first and second, awesome drives there. I just got in, and was on dry track, dry tyres, and just had to be consistent and reasonably fast. We’re on the front row tomorrow and looking to improve from there. It’s been awesome to drive and thanks for the great support.”

#77 Team NZ Porsche GT3 Cup
Graeme Dowsett: “It was a very challenging start. Thanks again to the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup and the ACO. Excellent job of organisation and handling the event. I’d like to welcome my co-driver John who showed up after midnight last night. Congrats to the CN team, I think these guys did an awesome job. Commiserations to the Lotus team; they were very competitive today and gave us a run for our money. Unfortunately, they had a spin and that’s what gave us the chance back. The start was very tricky. We just had to suck it.”

John Curran: “Thanks again to the Asian Le Mans Sprint Series. As Graeme pointed out, I had to come in at one o’clock this morning. Jumping into the car and being expected to do hot laps straight away wasn’t easy. It certainly took a couple of laps to settle down. I couldn’t really settle, whether down to the car or the conditions. Fortunately, the car we were racing spun out, because I’m not quite sure I could have caught them. But, that’s racing. We’ll take the win.”

The Pole sitters are decided for the Final Races of the 2016 Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup

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Qualifying took place Friday evening at the Sepang International Circuit, seeing two different teams take pole for races 5 and 6 of the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup. Jamie Winslow in the #1 DC Racing Ligier JSP3 went quickest in Q1, setting a best time of 2:01.464, and Q2 saw Charlie Robertson in the #67 PRT Racing Ginetta LMP3 set the quickest lap of the session, and of the day, with a time of 2:00.631.

DC Racing topped both Free Practice sessions earlier in the day with the #1 Ligier JSP3. The first session was red flagged with five minutes to go, after the #28 Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GTC caught fire and spilled oil out on track. The second free practice session started out on damp conditions, giving the teams a different kind of grip to practice on, and then rain struck halfway through, seeing most teams head back to the pits, and meaning that the times would cease to improve.

For the first time in the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup, the Qualifying sessions would take place on the Friday evening instead of the Saturday morning. This is due to sharing the weekend with the Sepang 1000km, which will be racing all of Saturday afternoon, pushing race 1 to Saturday morning.

Race 1 will see Jamie Winslow on pole in the #1 DC Racing Ligier JSP3, after setting a time of 2:01.464 in the drizzly conditions. Alongside him on the first row will be Garnet Patterson in the #27 Nexus Infinity ADESS 03, having set a time of 2:02.390 in qualifying. Third quickest was the #94 WINEURASIA Ligier JSP3, with Edgar Lau at the wheel, setting a lap of 2:02.803.

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In Qualifying 2, as the sun was starting to set, Charlie Robertson in the #67 PRT Racing Ginetta LMP3 went quickest with his lap of 2:00.631, a time 4 seconds qu

icker than his nearest rival in the session. The #1 DC Racing Ligier was second fastest with Neale Muston’s lap of 2:04.636. Yoshiharu Mori in the #94 WINEURASIA Ligier JSP3 was third in the session, with his best of 2:04.846.

The CN car, the #68 PS Racing Ligier JS 53, performed well during both qualifying sessions. Driven by Iori Kimura in Q1, he managed to get it 5th on the overall grid, with a lap of 2:04.387. Sebastien Mailleux’s lap time of 2:08.265 got him 4th on the grid for the 6th and final race of the season.

In the GT Cup class, Team Lotus HK managed to repair their car after the fire and rewarded themselves with pole for both races. Dominic Ang set a time of 2:12.408 in Q1, and team mate Anthony Chan set a best of 2:19.618 in the #28 Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GTC.

The championship is still wide open and all is still to play for. Come back tomorrow find out how the standings have changed after race 5!

 


Jamie Winslow: “Qualifying went to plan. It was raining in the session, we were out on slick tyres as the track wasn’t particularly wet, but there was a lot of moisture on the windscreen. I think it dried out as it went into the 2nd part of the qualifying session. Pretty happy with the result. Most of the pros are in the first session and we managed to get pole position by 0.9 seconds. We’re not quite where we were at the last event, but we’re looking pretty good for the race. Neale did a fantastic job in his session to qualify second, so two front rows. It’s going to be an interesting day tomorrow.”

Charlie Robertson: “Qualifying was great. A little bit of rain on the circuit made it a bit slipperier than it would be. You just have to push through it and that’s what I did. I put it on pole in my session by 4 seconds, which is pretty crazy, but I know that James was in the session before me and set a 2:01.4., so there are 8-9 tenths between James and I. I’m happy with the time difference. Our aim this weekend is to improve all the time, improve on the weekend just gone, and we want to win the championship, which is the ultimate goal. It’ll be a fight between James and myself. It’ll be good if we can things clean and consistent, we should be able to bring it home. It’s easier said than done. I’m feeling fairly confident, the car feels great. I’m happy”

Iori Kimura: “I’m going to start 5th on the grid, so I’m going to try and pass the LMP3 at the start, as the LMP3s are very fast on the straights, so the only chance I have is at the first corner. I will try to pass the LMP3 and keep blocking. Then I’ll hopefully pass over to Sebastien in a good place.”

Sebastien Mailleux: “It was starting to rain a bit, so it was a bit tricky at the beginning, but I gained some confidence. I got a good lap at the end, but spun unfortunately, but it wouldn’t have changed anything. I’ll be starting fourth, which is good. The very slow rain helped me, the slow track. I think I’ll use the same technique as Iori.”

Dominic Ang: “It was starting to drizzle a bit at the start, so everyone wanted to rush out and make sure they don’t get caught up in the rain. As the laps went by, I think the rain stopped for a while and the conditions got better. I’m happy to be on pole again. The aim tomorrow for the race is to try and win the championship.”

Anthony Chan: “It was a bit tough for me, as it’s late, my eyes couldn’t see all that good, and I was the only GT car running, so the session wasn’t hard. It’s a lot of fun to race around by myself.

Eligible Cars for the GT Cup category


The GT Cup (formerly known as GT Am) category in the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup (Asian LMSC) and Asian Le Mans Series (Asian LMS) is open to cars that have been homologated for various one-make series around the world. Prestigious brands such as Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini organise the popular Ferrari Challenge, Porsche Carrera Cup and Lamborghini Super Trofeo across different continents. Often featuring gentleman drivers, they also serve as development grounds for future professional drivers. 24Hrs of Le Mans Champion Earl Bamber is one such driver who came through Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

Eligible cars (non-exhaustive list):
Porsche: Porsche 997 Cup car
Ferrari: Ferrari 458 Challenge
Audi: Audi R8 LMS Cup
Lotus: Lotus Evora GTC, Lotus Exige Cup R
McLaren: McLaren 650 Sprint, McLaren 570 Sprint
Lamborghini: Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo, Lamborghini Huracan LP620-2 Super Trofeo

Young Talents Emerge Through Asian Le Mans Racing

The Asian Le Mans Series not only features a variety of teams, cars but also drivers from different backgrounds and experiences. In the 2015-2016 season, we saw the emergence of several young talents under the age of 20 years.

Thomas Laurent (1998) who drove with LMP3 class Champion DC Racing has started his 2017 season with Yvan Muller Racing in both the Porsche Carrera Cup France and in LMP3 in the European Le Mans Series.

Martin Rump (1996), Akash Nandy (1997), James Munro (1997) drove with GTAm class Champion KCMG. Akash recently announced a full season foray in the GP3 Series. James has started his season in the USF2000 series.

Giorgio Maggi (1997) secured both Team and Driver Championships in the CN class with Team Avelon and is currently competing with Race Performance (2015/2016 Asian Le Mans Series LMP2 Champion) in LMP3 in the European Le Mans Series.

We wish all of them great success in their endeavours and look forward to seeing them back in the Asian Le Mans family and racing, be it in the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup or Asian Le Mans Series.