The ten cars entered into the first round of the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup took to the track today for the first official sessions at the Sepang International Circuit, with Aidan Read setting the fastest lap of the day in the #94 Wineurasia Motorsport Ligier JSP3 – 1:59.925.
After a heavy downpour while the driver’s briefing was taking place, the cars headed out for the first free practice session on a very wet track. The times improved as the track dried out, and just as the chequered flag fell, Matthew Solomon in the #94 Wineurasia Motorsport Ligier JSP3 went quickest, with a lap of 2:01.644. Dean Koutsomidis in the #1 DC Racing Ligier JSP3 was 2nd with a best time of 2:04.612, and the #67 PRT Racing Ginetta LMP3, driven by Charlie Robertson, was 3rd quickest.
With the conditions more stable for the 2nd session, but still very hot, the times averaged out a bit more, showing us a first glimpse of what the weekend could bring. Aidan Read set the fastest time in the #94 Wineurasia Motorsport Ligier JSP3, with a lap of 1:59.925, the best time of the day. James Winslow in the #1 DC Racing Ligier JSP3 was 2nd quickest with a lap of 2:00.300, and the #67 PRT Racing Ginetta LMP3 improved on their morning’s best with a lap of 2:01.613; it’s the first time the Ginetta LMP3 is racing out in Asia, and it’s performing well. The #27 Nexus Infinity and #91 Team AAI ADESS 03 cars also performed well in both sessions.
In the CN class, the #68 PS Racing Ligier JS 53 went out in the morning session, and set a time of 2:17.821, 7th overall, but did not take part in the afternoon.
In GT, the Team Lotus HK Lotus Evora GTC set the quickest lap of the day for the class, with Dominic Ang recording a best time of 2:12.819 in the first free practice session.
The Team NZ entry, the #77 Porsche GT3 Cup, suffered from gearbox issues and had to miss the first free practice session, but managed to join halfway through the 2nd session and set a time of 2:16.455.
With the cars all setting decent times, it’s promising a good weekend of racing!
Charlie Robertson: “It’s going really well at the moment. First time for Ginetta here in Asia, and first time for myself. The conditions are a lot different from anything we’ve experienced before, but the car’s running fantastically, I’ve not had any issues so far. I’m really happy. We’re fast. Ate’s doing a great job too. First time ever in an LMP car this weekend, and he’s making great progress throughout every session, faster and faster. And that’s really our target for this weekend – get Ate up to speed and hopefully challenge for some good results.”
Matthew Solomon, #94 Wineurasia Motorsport, was pleased with his performance in the first session – “It’s good to be back in Asia. I did a year in Europe last year, and recently moved to Australia, so it’s good to be back with the boys in Eurasia, where I started my career.
We’ve been setting up the car over yesterday, started the setup and worked on a few things. It was quite a tricky session because we went out on slick tyres at the start of the session, so it was a bit hairy in the beginning. But as the track dried up, we just got quicker and quicker. We had a small problem in the middle of the session, so had to come in and get a few things fixed, so I only really had one lap in the end to see where we were at in terms of performance. Went out and put a lap together, and it happened to be quickest. We’ve got the potential for the rest of the weekend. Aidan’s driving well. We both learnt a lot yesterday, it’s the first time for both of us in the LMP3 car. We’re enjoying it so far and hopefully can keep it going like this.”
亚洲勒芒冲刺杯第一站今日在雪邦国际赛车场举行，共有10台赛车参赛。驾驶94号Ligier JSP3赛车的Wineurasia车队车手里德（Aidan Read）做出了1分59秒925的本日最快圈速。
开车手会议时，下起了瓢泼大雨。自由练习开始时，赛道很湿。随着赛道逐渐变干，圈速也在提高。就在这一节自由练习即将结束时，驾驶94号Ligier JSP3赛车的Wineurasia Motorsport车队车手苏诚峻（Matthew Solomon）做出了2分01秒644的圈速，本场最快。驾驶1号Ligier JSP3赛车的DC Racing车队车手库索米迪（Dean Koutsomidis）做出了2分04秒612的圈速，本场第二快。驾驶67号Ginetta LMP3赛车的PRT Racing车队车手罗伯森（Charlie Robertson）第三快。
第二节自由练习时情况更稳定，但天气仍然很热，圈速也都有提升，本周末的战况可见一斑。驾驶94号Ligier JSP3赛车的Wineurasia Motorsport车队车手里德做出了1分59秒925的本日最快圈速。驾驶1号Ligier JSP3赛车的DC Racing车队车手温斯路（James Winslow）第二快，圈速为2分0秒300，PRT Racing车队的67号Ginetta LMP3赛车继续提升圈速，做出了2分01秒613的圈速。这是Ginetta LMP3赛车第一次亮相亚洲赛场，表现不俗。在两节练习中，Nexus Infinity车队的27号和Team AAI车队的91号ADESS 03赛车都表现不错。
在CN组中，PS Racing车队的68号Ligier JS 53赛车参加了早上的自由练习，做出了2分17秒821的圈速，全场第七快，但没有参加下午的自由练习。
GT组中，Team Lotus HK车队的Lotus Evora GTC赛车做出了本组最快的圈速，在第一节自由练习中，车手洪（Dominic Ang）做出了2分12秒819的圈速。
Team NZ车队的77号保时捷GT3 Cup赛车因遇到变速箱问题，错过第一节自由练习，在第二节自由练习中途出车，做出2分16秒455的圈速。
驾驶Wineurasia Motorsport 94号赛车的苏诚峻（Matthew Solomon）对于自己在第一节自由练习中的表现感到满意：“回到亚洲很好。去年一年我在欧洲比赛，最近搬去了澳大利亚，所以很高兴能跟Eurasia团队并肩作战。Eurasia是我赛车生涯起步的地方。