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Wineurasia Motorsport on top after Free Practice

RW4_1161 smallThe 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。

参赛车辆都做出了不错的圈速,本周末的比赛一定十分精彩!

 

罗伯森:“现在感觉非常好。这是Ginetta在亚洲第一次亮相,也是我自己第一次驾驶。这台车跟我们以前开过的车相比,完全不同,但车辆表现很棒,目前没遇到任何问题。我真开心。我们很快。Ate的表现也不错。本周末第一次驾驶LMP组赛车,他进步很大,一次比一次快。这正是我们本周末的目标——让Ate熟悉赛车,希望能够做出一些好成绩。”

 

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。

昨天我们一直在调试赛车,尝试一些设定,解决一些问题。第一节练习很棘手,因为我们开始时用了光头胎,所以最初有些险象环生。不过随着赛道变干,我们也越来越快。自由练习中段我们遇到一个小问题,所以必须返回维修区做一些调整。最终我只做了一个圈速,看看我们的表现如何。做了一个圈速,结果就碰巧成为最快的。看来本周末我们具备了取胜的潜质。里德开得不错。我们昨天都学到很多,这是我们第一次驾驶LMP3组别的赛车。目前我们很享受,希望能够继续保持。”

The Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup Kicks Off

Next weekend will see the first round of the newly created Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup take place at the recently resurfaced Sepang international circuit.

Taking place over three days, from the 27th to the 29th of May, the Sprint Cup will be held jointly with the first 2016 Malaysia Championship Series event, and will see racing from LM P3, CN and GT Cup cars.

With a provisional 12 car entry list over the three classes, including some familiar faces from the Asian Le Mans Series, the series is off to a good start, with more entries already confirmed and some others planned for the 2nd and 3rd events later in the year.

LM P3 will see the return of Asian LMS Champions DC Racing, entering their Ligier JSP3, as well as Team AAI who are returning with one of their ADESS 03 cars, with Junsan Chen and Ollie Millroy announced as drivers.

Also joining us in the LM P3 class is Asian LMS familiar Eurasia Motorsport with a Ligier JSP3 that will be driven by Aidan Read, and Nexus Infinity who have moved from GT to enter an ADESS 03.

Our fifth entry in LM P3 is Philippine team PRT Racing who will enter a Ginetta LMP3, the first time this car has participated in an Asian LMS event. It will be driven by Ate de Jong and Charlie Robertson.

We have three entries announced for the CN class – Avelon Formula, Atlantic Racing Team, and PS Racing. Denis Lian will be returning to pilot the Avelon Formula Wolf Racing GB08, having taken part in the Asian Le Mans Series earlier this year. Atlantic Racing Team are also returning with their Wolf Racing GB08. Newcomers to the Asian LMS, PS Racing, with Sebastien Mailleux and Neric Wei announced as drivers, will be entering a Ligier JS 53.

The GT Cup class has four entries – Team Lotus HK are coming with three cars, two Lotus Evora GTC, with Robert Webb and Anthony Chan driving one each, and one Lotus Exige Cup R that will be raced by Eric Wong. Team NZ are entering their Porsche GT3 Cup, and have announced Graeme Dowsett and John Curran as their drivers.

Cyrille Taesch Wahlen, Asian Le Mans Managing Director: “Only four and a half months after the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup was announced it is all rather encouraging. I am glad we have such a combination of newcomers and Asian LMS teams that are supporting our new series. Even if the numbers are not spectacular yet, we have a good variety of entries, and for the first time there will be three models of LMP3 cars competing in Asia. I really would like to thank all those who have already committed to our first event. Of course we knew we would be missing some cars for Round 1 but the interest is there and we have to keep building on this.

Reserved for LMP3, CN and GT Cup cars, the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup has been set up to be the first step of the ACO racing pyramid in Asia. It’s a great platform for teams and drivers to take their first steps in prototype racing and the ACO environment, with taking part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans the ultimate goal. The champions in each category will get a free entry into the 2016-2017 Asian Le Mans Series.

The weekend will see two free practice sessions, two qualifying sessions, and two one-hour races, one on Saturday 28th May and one on Sunday 29th May.

See you there!

2016 Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup Round 1 Provisional Entry List

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

PS racing to enter Road to Le Mans with Adess-03 LM P3

PS racing is entering the newly established Road to Le Mans as the 84th Le Mans 24 Hours support race with Adess-03 LM P3. PS racing and Adess AG decided to join forces to optimize the best possible outcome from the Road to Le Mans race.

After Road to Le Mans race Moneypenny will be heading to Asia to take part in the remaining two Le Mans Sprint Cup races at Sepang International Circuit followed by the 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series which will take place in Zhuhai (China), Fuji (Japan), Buriram (Thailand) and Sepang (Malaysia).

PSR will have another entry at Sprint Cup with LMCN car which will compete in the entire Sprint Cup Series and, possibly, will continue into join ALMS.

Pekka Saarinen: “We are very proud of our achievement as a team and I am very proud of my crew, clients, and partners to be able to put this in motion. When I stopped racing and started my own team from scratch my one goal was to go endurance racing since it is so much about how team and drivers come together and just do it! Other great thing about doing both series is that we based in Sepang and Zhuhai which gives us maybe a small advantage over some of the teams.”

 

Comments from Road to Le Mans and ALMS drivers

Angelo Negro, LMP3 driver: Racing in the Le Mans 24 Hours circuit is the dream of any driver. I am really pleased to share the experience with my friends, Philippe Prette and Pekka Saarinen. Philippe and I will be
sharing the driving while Pekka and his team, PS Racing, will provide the entire assistance with Adess factory support.

Huge thanks to Philippe, Pekka, PS Racing and Adess to make the dream come true!

Philippe Prette, LMP3 driver: It is really great to team up with Angelo and PS Racing again. We’ve had a good run of success together. I am very excited to have a chance to race at Le Mans!

 

Comments from Le Mans Sprint Cup drivers

Sebastien Mailleux, LM CN driver: After two Asia Formula Renault seasons with PS Racing, who offered me great support and coaching, I believed it was time to move towards new opportunities. The Le Mans Sprint Cup
offers the perfect first step to prototypes and endurance racing. Once more, racing with PS will bring additional comfort as we’ve known each other for a long time now. I look forward to the next race weekend.

Neric Wei, LM CN driver: It is my great honour to be driving with PS racing and my teammate, Seb, this year.

About Road to Le Mans: An invitational event at the historic 13.629 kilometer Circuit de la Sarthe in the LMP3 class, the Road to Le Mans, described as a curtain-raiser for the Le Mans 24 Hours main event, will include
LMP3s from both the European and Asian Le Mans series, as well as, the GT3s participating in the Michelin T3 Le Mans Cup.

The Le Mans 24 Hours support race will get a pair of 1-hour free practice sessions on June 15th and 16th, then 30-minutes of qualifying also on Thursday the 16th. The 1-hour Road to Le Mans race is scheduled for
Saturday the 18th at 11:10am before the 24 Hours of Le Mans main event.

About the Le Mans Sprint Cup: The Le Mans Sprint Cup is for LMP3, CN and GT Cup cars (i.e. Porsche Carrera Cup, Audi R8LMS, Lamborghini Super Trofeo, Ferrari Challenge, McLaren 650 Sprint, Lotus Cup, etc.),
and drivers classified as Bronze and Silver by the FIA.

A Sprint Cup weekend will consist of two 45 minute practice sessions and two 15 minute qualifying sessions with championship points awarded to the pole winner for both sessions, and two 60 minute races with
mandatory 120 seconds in the pits. A driver line-up may have a maximum of two drivers and one driver must be Bronze. A Bronze driver may drive solo. Gold and Platinum drivers are not allowed.

About PS Racing: Founded by Pekka Saarinen in 2007 and based in Zhuhai, China, PS Racing started in Asia Formula Renault (AFR) and has expanded into China F4, Formula Pilota, PCCA (Porsche Carrera Cup
Asia), Audi R8 LMS Series, GT Asia and other series, as a racing team and service provider. In 2015, PS Racing expanded operations to Sepang international Circuit.

REPAC and Asian Le Mans join forces to support Malaysian motorsport

REPAC will partner the Asian branch of the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) for the 2016/2017 season.
The main objective of this partnership is to create a path for Malaysians into the Le Mans 24 hours through the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup.

REPAC will organize the REPAC Route To Le Mans, a very accessible national race series for entry level local teams to pursue their racing passion and develop their race-craft. Winners of this series would be invited to campaign as a team in the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup for the following season. REPAC and the Asian Le Mans will both support their progression into the Sprint Cup.

REPAC will also expose the exciting world of the Asian Le Mans to its programme members through its important network of automotive businesses and build the Malaysian fan base for the series.
The cooperation between the Asian Le Mans and REPAC will also contribute towards enhancing Malaysia’s automotive & motorsport industry ecosystem by encouraging local technology development particularly on energy efficiency and to provide access to the Asian market.
In addition, as part of social responsibility, REPAC will leverage on this partnership to raise awareness on safe & responsible driving through special programmes and courses during the REPAC Route To Le Mans events.

Jaafar Fareed, CEO, REPAC: “I am very delighted to be a part of the Asian Le Mans and the Le Mans family. The aim of this partnership is to provide the ladder for Malaysian motorsport talents to reach the pinnacle of endurance racing and to assist the Malaysia automotive industry to raise competitiveness through technical and commercial initiatives with the Asian Le Mans. This is also aligned to Malaysia’s National Automotive Policy 2014 which aims to transform Malaysia into the regional hub for Energy Efficient Vehicles. I look forward to a long and exciting relationship with the Asian Le Mans.”

Cyrille Taesch Wahlen, Asian Le Mans Managing Director:”I am very happy that we secured that partnership with REPAC. It will give Malaysian teams and drivers the opportunity to step in the Asian Le Mans environment as well as exposing our brand through the REPAC networks and towards hundred thousands of people in the country.”

 

About REPAC

REPAC is a private entity established in collaboration with the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI), an agency under the Malaysian Ministry of International Trade & Industry. REPAC manages the locally manufactured parts and components supply network within the local automotive supply chain ecosystem through aftermarket retailing programme, and is aligned to Malaysia’s National Automotive Policy 2014 agenda of raising Malaysia’s industry competitiveness and transformation into a regional hub for Energy Efficient Vehicles

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.

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.