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Second Win for Wineurasia Motorsport!

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Wineurasia Motorsport have claimed the top step of the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup podium for the 2nd time this weekend, with Matthew Solomon and Aidan Read leading for nearly the whole race in the #94 Ligier JSP3 at the Sepang International Circuit. The #1 DC Racing Ligier came 2nd, with James Winslow and Dean Koutsoumidis at the wheel, and the #27 Nexus Infinity ADESS 03 was third, driven by Adrian D’Silva and Garnet Patterson.

Starting on pole for the second race of the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup, Matthew Solomon took a great start in the #94 Wineurasia Motorsport Ligier JSP3, quickly creating a wide gap to his nearest rivals, which turned out to be the #1 DC Racing Ligier JSP3. Having missed out on qualifying and the 1st race yesterday due to gear box issues, the #1 DC Racing Ligier managed to take part today thanks to a true show of sportsmanship from Team AAI who could not compete today due to a cracked gearbox, and who donated a part to the #1 DC Racing Ligier JS P3 so that they could race today. Jamie Winslow and Dean Koutsoumidis made the most of the opportunity and delivered a great performance, starting from last on the grid and making their way up into 2nd by the end of the 1st lap. Although they tried hard to reach them, the duo of Solomon and Aidan Read were too fast for them to catch up.

The #27 Nexus Infinity had a good consistent race, with Adrian D’Silva and Garnet Patterson going from their 5th place on the grid up into 3rd and holding that place for the majority of the race; they started to challenge the #1 DC Racing Ligier by the end, and crossed the line in third.

The PRT Racing Ginetta LMP3, due to a problem with the oil pressure and a few spins on track, struggled a bit in today’s race and finished 4th, but Charlie Robertson still succeeded in setting the fastest lap of the race with a time of 2:00.686.

Sebastien Mailleux and Neric Wei in the #68 PS Racing Ligier JS53 had a good clean race. Mailleux took the start from 2nd place on the grid, managing to avoid the faster cars on the opening straight, and kept a good steady pace before handing over to Wei for the 2nd stint, where Wei brought it home in 4th place overall.

The GT Cup class saw the most action, with a close fight from start to finish between the #77 Team NZ Porsche GT3 Cup and the #28 Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GTC. John Curran in the #77 Porsche GT3 Cup started from the back of the field, having missed qualifying yesterday, but this didn’t get in his way, as he quickly joined the head of the pack and started to battle Dominic Ang in the #28 Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GTC. Curran took the class lead and held onto it until the pitstops. Once the pitstops were over, the #28 was in the lead again, with Anthony Chan in the car, but Graeme Dowsett in the #77 caught up to him to claim the class win. The #28 Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GTC crossed the line 2nd in class, and the #11 Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GTC, driven by Robert Webb came third.

This has been a great opening weekend for the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup, with a diverse grid of cars and drivers, and we are expecting more teams to be joining the field for the next two rounds.

See you from the 5-7th of August for the 2nd round of the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup, held again at the Sepang International Circuit!

 

Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup – Race 2 – Results

 

#94 WINEURASIA Motorsport Ligier JSP3

Matthew Solomon : “Fantastic weekend for the team. They’ve done an amazing job since the start of the weekend. Everything’s been going forward since we got here. I took the start and pulled a decent gap, and just managed to conserve and save everything, bring it back for the pit stop and hand over to Aidan who did a fantastic job to bring it home. We were very comfortable on the car for our first weekend in LMP3, which is amazing. Great job by our team on all fronts. I’m really happy with the way it went, and hopefully we’ll be back to continue this performance.”

Aidan Read: “Like Matt said, we’ve been making good steps with the car since the start of the weekend. It’s my first time in LMP3s, so I’ve been feeling more and more comfortable. The setup’s been going in the right direction. Today was a well set car, and I think we’re happy with the performance. Matt did a good job in qualifying to put us on pole and just kept that momentum going and pulled in a nice big lead. It was very comfortable and we’re very happy with the car. We’re both happy with today’s race. When he handed it over to me, it was just about controlling things and bringing the race home, which is an awesome feeling to come home with two wins this weekend. Congrats to the team, it’s a great result for them, they’ve put in a lot of hard work.”

 

#1 DC Racing Ligier JSP3

Dean Koutsoumidis: “It’s really nice to be back in a prototype car in Sepang. We had a few gearbox problems, which resulted in us missing quali and race 1, but through the hard work and the good will of a couple of teams, we got back for this race. We’re ecstatic to be sitting here. The car had good pace and we did the best we could. We’re very happy. I’d like to thank Eurasia and DC Racing for making this possible.”

James Winslow: “As it’s been said, we missed yesterday’s race and quali, and so had to start from the rear of the pack, made a reasonable start, got into second position on the first or second lap. Matt did a great start in the Wineurasia car and I couldn’t keep up with his pace. We had some minor issues but these two drivers drove fantastically, so congrats to them. And Garnet and Adrian drove a great race to give us a race to the chequered flag. A big thank you to DC Racing and Eurasia. It was good to be in an LMP3 car for the first time.”

 

#27 Nexus Infinity ADESS 03

Adrian D’Silva: “It’s the first time I’m in a prototype. I really enjoyed this weekend. I’ve got to thank Cyrille for putting this all together. I think we’ll have more cars here next round, which will be great fun. A lot of young drivers, myself being one of the veterans, struggling with the heat and keeping pace with all of them. Otherwise it’s been a great weekend. We’ve got some issues to deal with the car, which we’ll sort out by the next round. We hope to see you all up here again.”

Garnet Patterson: “I’d really like to thank Adrian, CQ, the whole team and Infinity Race Engineering for giving me a chance this weekend. It was really good. It’s my first race out of open wheel cars. It’s been a really good weekend. We had a really good race. Adrian had a good first stint, handed the car over quite well. I knew that James and Dean had a pretty good lead and tried to put my head down and put in consistent times to try and catch them. I could see I was getting closer, but time was running out. Credit to everyone else for the great race. It’s really good being here and hopefully we can develop the car; it’s got a few little issues, but it’s very promising first race. Really good speed. If we keep developing and catch the Ligiers, it could be a great year. I’d really like to thank everyone for the opportunity.”

 

#68 PS Racing Ligier JS 52

Sebastien Mailleux: “Thanks first of all to PS Racing; we really had a great car again today. My mission for the first stint was really to come home safely for Neric, so to save the tyres, as we started on an old set of tyres. So I went pretty slow and steady for the run. We had a few issues with the radio, but it little else. The Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup is a very good series, I hope it will have a very strong future in the region.”

Neric Wei: “Firstly I need to thank the team and all the boys from PS Racing. They’re doing a fantastic job. The car has been pretty good. We’ve only used one set of tyres for two races. The aim was to bring the race home and be safe. I think next time at Sepang we’ll be pushing a bit harder and we’ll see where we get.”

 

#77 Team NZ Porsche GT3 Cup

Graeme Dowsett: “It was a bit of a fight, yesterday as well. Unfortunately we didn’t finish. Thank you very much to the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup. I think it’s an excellent platform and I look forward to next race weekend. From our side, we all enjoyed it. We were catching our tail a bit with just getting the car mid-day Thursday and completing about 4 laps each prior to race 1. It’s good to get a result to race 2. Thank you very much to all the guys in the team, Will Bamber, our team engineer, and everyone else involved. Thanks also to the guys we’re racing with. It’s very clean racing and there’s no incidents which is what I think we’re all after at the end of the weekend. Thank you very much and looking forward to next weekend!”

John Curran: “I’d like to reiterate what Graeme said and also thanks to the sponsors and to the race organisers for working with us to get us out on track. Unfortunately yesterday didn’t go as planned, but we made up for it today. It’s been an awesome weekend and see you guys for rounds 3 and 4.”

 


 

Wineurasia Motorsport车队在亚洲勒芒冲刺杯再下一城,里德(Aidan Read)和苏诚峻(Matthew Solomon)驾驶94号Ligier JSP3赛车获得第二场比赛的冠军。DC Racing车队的温斯路(James Winslow )和库索米迪(Dean Koutsoumidis)驾驶1号Ligier赛车获得第二,Nexus Infinity车队的迪士华(Adrian D’Silva)和派特森(Garnet Patterson)驾驶27号ADESS 03获得第三。

亚洲勒芒冲刺杯第二场比赛中,Wineurasia Motorsport车队的苏诚峻(Matthew Solomon)驾驶94号Ligier JSP3从杆位出发,一起步就迅速拉开与对手、DC Racing车队的1号Ligier JSP3的距离。DC Racing车队的1号Ligier JSP3因变速箱故障错过排位赛和第一场比赛。Team AAI车队发扬运动员精神,借给DC Racing车队一个零部件,否则后者今天仍然会因为变速箱毁损而无法参赛。温斯路和库索米迪把握机会发挥出色,从最后一位发车,第一圈结束已经升至第二。尽管他们拼命追赶苏诚峻和里德(Aidan Read)驾驶的前车,仍然无能为力。

Nexus Infinity车队的27号ADESS 03表现稳定,迪士华(Adrian D’Silva)和派特森(Garnet Patterson)从第五位起步,升至第三位,在比赛中大多数时间都保持在第三位。比赛接近尾声时,他们向DC Racing车队的1号Ligier JSP3发起攻势,最终第三个冲线。

PRT车队的 Ginetta LMP3在今天的比赛中遇到一些困难,因为压力在赛道上数次打滑,最终以第四名完赛,不过罗伯森(Charlie Robertson)仍然做出了本场最快圈速,2分00秒686。

驾驶68号Ligier JS53的PS Racing车队车手麦礼斯(Sebastien Mailleux)和蔚超音干净利落完成比赛。麦礼斯从第二位起步,在大直道成功避开快车,保持稳定的速度,之后交棒给蔚超音,蔚超音最终第四个冲线。

GTCup组别的竞争最激烈。Team NZ车队的77号保时捷GT3 Cup和Team Lotus HK车队的28号Lotus Evora GTC从起步一直缠斗到结束。因为未能参加昨天的排位赛,John Curran(库伦)驾驶77号保时捷GT3 Cup从后排起步,丝毫不受影响,他迅速攀升至前列,并开始与Team Lotus HK车队驾驶28号Lotus Evora GTC的洪(Dominic Ang)展开竞争。最终库伦胜出,取得组别领先,直至进站时段到来。进站时段结束后,28号再度取得领先,但陈健强被77号的多塞特(Graeme Dowsett)超越,最终后者获得组别第一。Team Lotus HK车队的28号Lotus Evora GTC第二个冲线,Team Lotus HK车队韦伯(Robert Webb )驾驶的11号Lotus Evora GTC获得第三。

亚洲勒芒冲刺杯的揭幕战精彩纷呈,赛车多样,车手多元,我们期待在未来两站比赛中看到更多车队的身影。

亚洲勒芒冲刺杯第二站比赛将于8月5-7日在雪邦国际赛车场举行,下站见!

 

Wineurasia take the first race win of the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup

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Aidan Read and Matthew Solomon have won the first race of the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup in the #94 Wineurasia Motorsport Ligier JSP3 at the Sepang International Circuit. Ollie Millroy in the #91 Team AAI ADESS 03 was 2nd, and the #67 PRT Racing Ginetta LMP3, driven by Charlie Robertson and Ate de Jong was 3rd. Neric Wei and Sebastien Mailleux took the CN class win in the #68 PS Racing Ligier JS 53, and Anthony Chan and Dominic Ang won the GTCup class in the #28 Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GTC.

The conditions for the morning’s two qualifying sessions were tricky, with the track being quite damp, but not enough to be declared wet, but this did equalise out the field and showed how close the competition would be for the races that were to come. Ollie Millroy, now racing alone this weekend after Junsan Chen got stomach flu on Friday, took pole for the first race in the #91 Team AAI ADESS 03, with a best lap of 2:20.057. 2nd overall was Neric Wei in the #68 PS Racing Ligier JS 53, really showing off the power of the CN car. On pole for the GTCup class was Robert Webb in the #11 Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GTC.

In the second session, Matthew Solomon continued his work from yesterday and took pole with a best time of 2:18.852 in the #94 Wineurasia Motorsport Ligier JSP3. 2nd on the grid would be Sebastien Mailleux in the CN entry, the #68 PS Racing Ligier JS 53, who managed to set a best lap of 2:21.743, before pushing a bit too hard and ending in the gravel, bringing out the red flag to end the session a couple of minutes early. The GTCup pole went to Dominic Ang in the #28 Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GTC, who will be starting 4th overall on Sunday with a time of 2:28.881.

The first race of the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup took place under a hot early afternoon sun. Charlie Robertson in the #67 PRT Racing Ginetta LMP3 got a good start and made it quickly up into first, having started from 3rd, whereas pole sitter Ollie Millroy dropped to third, and the #94 with Aidan Read made his way into 2nd.

The first half of the race saw the leaders pair off, with the #67 PRT Racing Ginetta LMP3 and the #94 Wineurasia Motorsport Ligier JSP3 fighting for first, and a few seconds behind them, the other two LMP3s, the #91 Team AAI ADESS 03 and the #27 Nexus Infinity ADESS 03 were duelling it out for third place.

When it was time for the pit stops, the field shuffled around, with the #94 Wineurasia Motorsport Ligier JSP3 coming out on top. With Matthew Solomon at the wheel, they led until the end of the race, also setting the fastest lap of 2:00.934. The #91 made its time back up and crossed the line in 2nd place. The #67 missed the pit window by a mere 6 seconds, and had to take a stop and go penalty, which cost them valuable time in the race, but Ate de Jong still managed to take 3rd. The Nexus Infinity ADESS 03 came 4th.

With three brands represented on the LM P3 podium, this is proving to be a very interesting category to watch.

For the CN class, Neric Wei in the #68 PS Racing Ligier JS 53, though second on the grid, dropped back behind the LMP3 cars on the starting straight, the car not having the power to keep up with the acceleration of the LMP3s. He spent the race in a comfortable 5th overall, before handing it over to Sebastien Mailleux at the halfway mark, who brought it home, happy that the car made it to the end of the race.

In the GTCup class, the #77 Team NZ Porsche GT3 Cup could finally show its colours in the race, having missed out on a few sessions. Starting from the back of the grid, John Curran quickly made his way up the field and was leading the class by lap 2. After the pit stops, Graeme Dowsett took over, but was overtaken by Dominic Ang in the #28 Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GTC. The #77 didn’t make it to the end of the race and stopped on track on the last lap. The #11 Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GTC driven by pole sitter Robert Webb was 2nd, and the #98 Team Lotus HK Lotus Exige Cup R came third.

The #1 DC Racing Ligier JSP3, unfortunately could not take part in today’s sessions, after having a problem with the gear shift. They are confident they can take part in tomorrow’s race.

See you tomorrow for the 2nd race of the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup!

Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup – Race 1 – Results

#94 WINEURASIA Motorsport Ligier JSP3

Aidan Read: “We started fourth after quite a tricky qualifying session this morning, with the rain overnight which soaked into the track and made things quite tricky out there. I had a good start and got up to second, then after a few laps and from there we just got a pretty stable gap to first. After the start it was about controlling the gap. The car’s been good all weekend. We’ve made some good progress in free practice. We’ve been very happy; it’s been a great day.”

Matthew Solomon: “A tribute to the boys, they did a fantastic job all weekend. We started off with the car being quite tricky to drive on Thursday and the team’s really worked on it and safe to say, the car’s pretty good. Aiden did a fantastic job in his stint, and once I got in, it was just about catching the leader, passing him and maintaining the pace and bringing it home. Well done to everyone this weekend and a big thanks to Eurasia Motorsport for putting it all together. Hopefully we can do it again tomorrow.”

 

#91 Team AAI ADESS 03

Ollie Millroy: “It was tough; it’s been tough all weekend. Because we’re one of the first cars from ADESS, which means that development wise, we’re quite a long way behind these guys at the moment, the key for us this weekend was to try and finish a race, so to come away second in the first race was a real good result and probably the best we could have hoped for today, and we’ll try and do the same tomorrow, and stay out of trouble, and hang onto these guys for as long as possible.

 

#67 PRT Racing Ginetta LMP3

Charlie Robertson: “It was a tough race, starting third behind Ollie and the CN car. Got a good start off the line and pick Ollie off on lap 2, and then just focus on getting my head down and getting the biggest lead possible before handing over to Ate. The car felt good; there are a few little changes we have to make tomorrow, but I think we had the pace there, it was definitely there during testing, we just need to unlock it now. Hopefully we can go one step higher tomorrow.”

Ate de Jong: “We were a bit late getting into the pitlane at the end of the first stint, so we ended up with a 6 second stop and go penalty, so that lost us the second place this race. For me, this is my maiden race, so I’m happy to be third, in my first race ever. So I’m very happy to have joined with Ginetta and the factory, and Charlie as a factory driver, and to be able to run in the Sprint series. I’m delighted.”

 

#68 PS Racing Ligier JS 52

Neric Wei: “We did quite well in qualifying, but at the start, our car was just left behind because of the acceleration on the straight. After that, I thought I’ll just stick to my own and enjoy the race, before I handed over to Sebastien. It was a good race.”

Sebastien Mailleux: “I think the goal was really to finish. We had a couple of issues over the past days, the car handled very well. We’re just taking it slowly, and surprisingly we had quite a good pace, which was surprising and delightful to see at the end. I’m very happy to have finished the first race and get the points, and I hope that tomorrow we can do the same thing again.”

 

#28 Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GTC

Anthony Chan: “This is the first time we’ve raced in the Asian Le Mans. It’s been a great experience.”

Dominic Ang: “I did the second stint, and we were second behind the Porsche at the start, who I managed to catch after a few laps, about halfway through the stint. Then I brought the car back home. I’d like to thank Team Lotus HK and Anthony for letting me drive with them and I’m glad to be with the Asian Le Mans Sprint Series, and to win the first round.

 


 

Wineurasia Motorsport车队的里德(Aidan Read)和苏诚峻(Matthew Solomon)驾驶Ligier JSP3赛车在雪邦国际赛车场赢得了亚洲勒芒冲刺杯第一场比赛的冠军。Team AAI车队车手米罗伊(Ollie Millroy)驾驶91号ADESS 03赛车获得第二,PRT Racing车队的罗伯森 (Charlie Robertson) 和勇(Ate de Jong)驾驶67号Ginetta LMP3赛车获得第三。CN组中,PS Racing车队的蔚超音和麦礼斯(Sebastien Mailleux)驾驶68号Ligier JS 53赛车获得冠军。Team Lotus HK车队的陈健强和洪(Dominic Ang)驾驶28号Lotus Evora GTC获得GTCup组冠军。

上午的两节排位赛情况很棘手。赛道潮湿,但又不足以定为雨战。这对大家都很公平,也能从中看出正赛中的竞争将会十分激烈。因为队友陈俊杉周五突发肠胃炎,Team AAI车队车手米罗伊只能独自出战,他驾驶91号 ADESS 03做出了2分20秒057的圈速,第一场比赛中将从杆位发车。PS Racing车队的蔚超音驾驶68号Ligier JS 53赛车做出全场第二快圈速,展示了CN组赛车的强劲实力。驾驶11号Lotus Evora GTC赛车的Team Lotus HK车手韦伯(Robert Webb)获得GTCup组杆位。

在第二节排位赛中,Wineurasia Motorsport车队的苏诚峻延续昨天的上佳表现,驾驶94号Ligier JSP3赛车做出2分18秒852的最快圈速,获得杆位。CN组的麦礼斯驾驶PS Racing车队Ligier JS 53赛车做出了2分21秒743的全场第二快圈速,之后跑大了冲上砂石,带出红旗,排位赛因此提前结束。Team Lotus HK车队的洪驾驶Lotus Evora GTC拿下GTCup组杆位,做出了2分28秒881的圈速,全场第四,周日比赛他将从第四位发车。

亚洲勒芒冲刺杯的第一场比赛在午后的骄阳下开始。PRT Racing车队的罗伯森驾驶67号 Ginetta LMP3从第三位发车,起步不错,迅速升到第一位,而杆位发车的米罗伊掉到第三,驾驶94号赛车的里德位列第二。

前半程比赛中,前列车手比拼激烈。PRT Racing车队的67号Ginetta LMP3和Wineurasia Motorsport车队的94号Ligier JSP3角逐第一名,他们身后不远是另外两台LMP3组的赛车在争第三名,分别是Team AAI车队的91号ADESS 03和Nexus Infinity的27号ADESS 03。

到进站时间段时,格局重排,Wineuroasia Motorsport车队的94号Ligier JSP3攀升至第一。苏诚峻驾车领先至比赛结束,并做出2分00秒934的全场最快圈速。91号赛车第二个冲线。61号赛车错过了进站时间段,晚了六秒,被罚通过维修区。尽管损失了宝贵时间,但勇仍然进入三甲。Nexus Infinity的ADESS 03获得第四。

LMP3组的前三名分属于三个不同品牌,也一再证明了这组的比赛十分精彩。

CN组中,PS Racing车队的蔚超音驾驶68号Ligier JS 53从第二位起步,然而因为与LMP3组别速度相差悬殊,一起步就掉在了LMP3组之后。他很舒服地跑完比赛,获得第五,随后交给麦礼斯。麦礼斯保持名次,很高兴看到赛车完赛。

GTCup组中,Team NZ车队的77号保时捷GT3 Cup在错过练习和排位环节之后,终于在比赛中一展身手。从末位发车,库伦(John Curran)迅速发力,从群车中突围,第二圈之后,已经上升至组别第一。进站时段过后,多塞特(Graeme Dowsett)接棒,但被驾驶28号Lotus Evora GTC的Team Lotus HK车队车手洪超越。最终77号未能完赛,在比赛最后一圈时停在了赛道上。驾驶11号Lotus Evora GTC获得组别杆位的Team Lotus HK车队车手韦伯获得第二,Team Lotus HK车队的98号Lotus Exige Cup R获得第三。

DC Racing车队的1号Ligier JSP3因为遇到变速箱问题,缺席了今天的排位赛和第一场正赛。他们有信心能够参加明天的比赛。

亚洲勒芒冲刺杯第二场比赛将于明天举行,到时见!

 

Road to Le Mans 39 entries!

Road to Le Mans, one of the curtain-raisers to the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours, which combines the LM P3s in the ACO series and the GT3s in the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup, has attracted a big entry with a total of 39 cars. It is organised by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest in cooperation with Le Mans Endurance Management (promoter of the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup Series), and the first running of this event is scheduled for Saturday 18th June in the late morning on the mythic 13,629-km Le Mans circuit.

All drivers dream of racing on the Le Mans 24 Hours circuit and Road to Le Mans gives them the opportunity to cut their teeth on the track in the Sarthe. This unique race that will last around an hour counts towards the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup reserved for GT3 cars. The first round took place last weekend at Imola in the context of the European Le Mans Series. 22 LM P3s, the prototypes that help access endurance, will join the 17 GT3s giving a field of 39 cars.

The first Road to Le Mans will enable a large number of the entrants to test the waters of the Le Mans 24 Hours. For this combined GT3-LM P3 event, quantity, quality and diversity are the key words that describe this unique race. Teams and drivers from all over the world will be on the track on late Saturday morning 18th June. The 39 driver line-ups combine youth and experience.

In the LM P3 category are the prototypes, introduced in 2015, which give access to the first step on the endurance pyramid put in place by the ACO: it has met with great success. However, the event does not count for any LM P3 championship. Only the prototypes competing in the ACO Series (the European Le Mans and Asian Le Mans Series) are allowed to start unless they have received an invitation from the organiser. The main contenders in the ELMS have entered starting with Anglo-American team United Autosport victorious in both the Silverstone and Imola rounds, which has entered two Ligier JS P3s. The DC Racing squad, the reigning Asian Le Mans Series LM P3 Champion, will run a Ligier JS P3 driven by Alexandre Cougnaud and Thomas Laurent, ACO driver and winner of the 2015 World Kart Cup on the Le Mans Karting International circuit. French teams are well represented with three Ligier JS P3s for Duqueine Engineering and for Graff Racing, which has taken part in the Le Mans 24 Hours on 12 occasions. OAK Racing with two cars, M Racing – Yvan Muller Racing and N’Race will also be on the grid. The fans massed around the circuit will be delighted to see the Dutchmen in the Racing Team Holland again including Jan Lammers, winner of the 1988 Le Mans 24 Hours in a Jaguar, with Bernhard van Oranje. Martin Brundle, another Le Mans 24-Hours winner, will be back in the Sarthe four years after his last outing and 26 years after his victory in a Jaguar. Race Performance, crowned in the Asian Le Mans Series, will be present and the team is also taking part in the Le Mans 24 Hours in LM P2. LM P3 has attracted a varied field with three makes of chassis: Ligier JS P3, ADESS-03 and the Ginetta P3-15, although the French make crushes its rivals in terms of sheer numbers.

The same diversity can be found in GT3 with 17 driver line-ups entered in nine different models representing the great makes: Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes and Porsche. These GT3 cars will all go at it hammer and tongs on their first outing on the Le Mans 24-Hours circuit. Two teams that will be at the start of the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours are also racing in Road to Le Mans: the Larbre Competition squad running a Mercedes-AMG GT3 and AF Corse with four Ferraris including two of the new 488 GT3s. Rui Aguas will enjoy the unique experience of taking part in the Le Mans 24 Hours and Road to Le Mans the same weekend! One to watch is the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 entered by TF Sport Racing, which won the opening round of the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup at Imola last weekend. Teams from China, France, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Italy and the Netherlands will be at the start in this category. As in LM P3 many of the teams are coming to test the waters of the Le Mans 24 Hours hoping to take part in the mythic endurance race one day.

The timetable for the 39 cars is as follows: two free 1-hour practice sessions on Wednesday 15th June from 20h30 to 21h30, then on Thursday 16th June from 14h30 to 15h30 followed by a qualifying session between 18h00 and 18h30. The start of Road to Le Mans will be given at 11h10 on Saturday 18th June.

Entry List

Provisional Schedule (V.5)


Friday, 27th May 2016
1200 hrs – 1245 hrs Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup Free Practice 1
1600 hrs – 1645 hrs Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup Free Practice 2
Saturday, 28th May 2016
0900 hrs – 0915 hrs Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup Qualifying 1
0930 hrs – 0945 hrs Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup Qualifying 2
1440 hrs – 1545 hrs Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup Race 1 (1 hour plus leader)
Sunday, 29th May 2016
1250 hrs – 1355 hrs Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup Race 2 (1 hour plus leader)

EKS Motorsports to support Porsche customers in the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup

EKS Motorsports, the long time Porsche Carrera Cup Asia official technical and customer support partner will provide support to the Porsche teams entered in the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup.

Thanks to their Sepang base, the Malaysian company will also be able to provide Porsche-trained mechanics and the full and comprehensive technical support to all Porsche teams and drivers competing in the series, ensuring that the race cars are race-prepared, set-up, maintained or repaired for a weekend of racing.

Asian Le Mans Endurance Management Ltd is very happy with the decision which contribute towards both the attractivness and potential of the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup.

Hong Heng Soon, EKS Motorsports Ltd, Managing Director:”We are delighted to be part of the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup. With our many years’ experience in Porsche race cars, we wish to extend our services to the teams and drivers, not only with technical support but also spare parts support. We hope by doing this, there will be more Porsche cars entered in the series and we are looking forward to work with YOU!!!”

Cyrille Taesch Wahlen, Asian Le Mans Managing Director: “To have EKS involved in the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup Porsche customers service is definitely a real nice addition to the series package. Their long time experience and professionalism with the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will undoubtedly create a path towards the Sprint Cup. I would really like to thank Hong Heng Soon for his involvment and support”.

 

About EKS Motorsports

Appointed by Porsche China (Motorsport department), EKS Motorsports has been the Official Technical Service Provider for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Championship for the last 13 years from 2003.
Established in 1990, the company’s high degree of professionalism, vast experience, sound technical competency and valuable networking have been built on a successful motor-racing career spanning over the last 20 over years. This has seen EKS Motorsports evolve from a championship-winning racing team to providing team management and technical consultancy for various disciplines in motor-racing.
EKS Motorsports’ mechanics and supervisors comprise of Porsche-trained technical personnel with between 5 and 20 years of experience in various disciplines of motor-racing.

 

About the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup

The Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup is the latest ACO created series and will be run by the Asian Le Mans Endurance Management Ltd.
The championship is reserved for LM P3, CN and GT Cup cars (For the latter the ACO reserves the right to adjust their performances). Entirely held (over three 2 race events) in Sepang (Malaysia), the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup will provide teams and drivers the opportunity to compete on one of the most beautiful circuits in Asia at a reasonable cost.
The Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup is not only the basis of the ACO racing pyramid in Asia, but also a perfect stepping stone in prototype racing and the ACO environment.

EKS Motorsports and Onroak Automotive

EKS Motorsports
The long time Porsche Carrera Cup Asia official technical and customer support partner will provide support to the Porsche teams entered in the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup.
Thanks to their Sepang base, the Malaysian company will also be able to provide Porsche-trained mechanics and the full and comprehensive technical support to all Porsche teams and drivers competing in the series, ensuring that the race cars are race-prepared, set-up, maintained or repaired for a weekend of racing.

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LIGIER (Onroak Automotive)
In May, Onroak Automotive will be opening a branch at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. It will offer a customer backup service as well as spare parts for its different models racing in the CN, LM P3 and LM P2 categories on the Asian continent. This branch will provide a rapid-intervention service to meet the needs of the teams competing in both the Asian Le Mans Series, and the new Asian Le Mans Series Sprint Cup while optimising transport costs.

For any information, contact Christophe Profit

Michelin ACO Asian Series partner for the 2016/2017 season

Michelin has renewed its confidence in the Asian Le Mans Series for the fourth year running, and has extended its involvement in the whole platform put in place by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest on the Asian continent.

This year the French manufacturer will be the exclusive supplier for the whole field in the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s two Asian series: the Asian Le Mans Series, the ACO’s main championship in Asia that will now be run to a four-hour format, and the Asian Le Mans Series Sprint Cup, the new series reserved for LM P3 and CN prototypes and GT Cup cars, which will have a sprint format with two one-hour races.

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest is delighted to announce not only the renewal, but also the extension of its partnership with Michelin in Asia. This agreement fits in with both parties’ common intent to develop motor sport in Asia, as well as promoting the French manufacturer’s and the Le Mans label’s products through performance.

The 2016-2017 Asian Le Mans Series comprises seven events and 10 races as follows:

Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup

  • Round 1: 27/29th May 2016 – Sepang (Malaysia) // 2×60′
  • Round 2: 5/7/th August 2016 – Sepang (Malaysia) // 2×60′
  • Round 3: 2/4th September 2016 – Sepang (Malaysia) // 2×60′

Asian Le Mans Series

  • Round 1: 28/30th October 2016 – Zhuhai (China) // 4 hours
  • Round 2: 2/4th December 2016 – Fuji (Japan) // 4 hours
  • Round 3: 6/8th January 2017 – Buriram (Thailand) // 4 hours
  • Round 4 : 20/22nd January 2017 – Sepang (Malaysia) // 4 hours

 

Patrick Dias, Motorsport Manager, Michelin Asia-Pacific:“We’re delighted to renew this partnership. The ACO’s strategy to develop motorsport on this continent is in line with our values. After a very successful 2015-2016 Asian Le Mans Series in terms of both quality and quantity, Michelin is also supporting the new Asian Le Mans Series Sprint Cup, which will enable teams running prototypes to organise a full programme with no fewer than seven events. In addition, this series will allow certain teams to test their level before moving up to the Asian Le Mans Series. The sprint races as well as the four-hour endurance events on the ACO programme enable us to demonstrate the quality of Michelin products and their ‘total performance’ capacities without compromising safety or lap times.”

Cyrille Taesch Wahlen, Asian Le Mans Managing Director: “It’s important here to thank Michelin for its loyalty and its determination to contribute to the success of our platform in Asia. It’s an honour to be able to count on the prestige and the backing of a company like Michelin, whose presence alongside us in both series will provide the teams and drivers with consistency in terms of service and performance. This involvement helps not only to reinforce our presence but also to structure our offer on the continent.”

TOTAL partner of the Asian Le Mans platform


For the fourth year in a row TOTAL continues its commitment with the ACO in Asia. The partnership will include both the Asian Le Mans Series and the newly created Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup.

Back in 2013 TOTAL immediately believed in the Asian Le Mans project and potential and was one of the first partner of the series. With this new partnership TOTAL will be associated with the whole ACO platform in Asia (7 events and 10 races between May and January) and will then benefit from a larger exposure both on and off the track which complement its growing presence within the context of the major events held in Le Mans.

Highly experienced in motorsport and with leading-edge technology, the French petroleum company will exclusively supply the Asian Le Mans Series field with 102RON fuel developed by TOTAL Additives & Special fuels when it will concentrate on promoting their lubricant products in the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup.

Eric Reverberi, TOTAL Marketing & Services, Rally & Endurance Manager: “At TOTAL we pride ourselves on being at the cutting edge of innovation and technology in motorsports. s racing The Asian Le Mans platform provides a fantastic opportunity for us to further elevate and extend our work in Asia, and position ourselves at the forefront of motor racing in this strategic region.”

Cyrille Taesch Wahlen, Asian Le Mans Managing Director: “The renewal of our partnership with TOTAL is a very good news and makes perfect sense within the context of the long-term development of the ACO platform in Asia. They need to be thanked for their continuous support. The combination of the new Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup and a stronger Asian Le Mans Series clearly widens the marketing and media/new media opportunities”.

Calendars

    Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup

  • Round 1: 27/29th May 2016 – Sepang (Malaysia)
  • Round 2: 5/7/th August 2016 – Sepang (Malaysia)
  • Round 3: 2/4th September 2016 – Sepang (Malaysia)

Asian Le Mans Series

  • Round 1: 28/30th October 2016 – Zhuhai (China)
  • Round 2: 2/4th December 2016 – Fuji (Japan)
  • Round 3: 6/8th January 2017 – Buriram (Thailand)
  • Round 4 : 20/22nd January 2017 – Sepang (Malaysia)

LMP3 Norma, Sixth Chassis Constructor

Norma will be the sixth chassis constructor for the LMP3 category. Given the success of the Le Mans Prototype 3 category the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s Sport Committee has decided to increase the number of constructors to meet the growth of the market. Thus, it has selected a sixth chassis constructor, Norma, to supply cars to the category in the continental championships, the European and Asian Le Mans Series.

The names of the six constructors are as follows: Norma (France), Ginetta (UK), Onroak Automotive (France), Riley Technologies (USA), Adess AG (Germany) and Dome (Japan).

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Onroak Automotive In Asia

In parallel to the development of its activity in the United States, Onroak Automotive is working on deploying the necessary resources to meet new needs. In 2016, Onroak Automotive will open a workshop in Asia for the races in the Asian Le Mans Series and the new Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup. A stock of spare parts for the different CN, LM P3 and LM P2 models present on the Asian continent will be available to quickly fulfil the requirements of the teams while optimising the transport costs. At the request of clients a backup service could also be set up in keeping with the calendar.