Richard Bradley

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Today’s interview is with Richard Bradley, Asian LMS Eurasia Motorsport driver. He was born in London on 17 August 1991.
           
2000: First time in kart age 8;
2001-2009: Achieved 12 championships in 9 years;
2010: Formula BMW Pacific Champion in first year of car racing with 2 races to spare with 8 championship wins and 11 championship podiums from 15 races;
2011: 2 podiums in Japanese F3 and 9th in Macau GP first attempt;
2012: 6 podiums in Japanese F3 finishing 4th in championship;
2013: Won first ever Asian Le Mans Series race in LMP2 at Fuji, finished 5th in first ever WEC race in LMP2;
2014: 2 podiums so far in WEC, pole at Spa, led the Le Mans 24 Hours in first ever attempt.
 
1. It is great to see you again in 2014 Asian LMS. What do you think about your performance at 3 Hours of Inje?
I think mine and the team’s performance at Inje was very respectable. Bearing in mind that OAK are the reigning Asian Le Mans Series and world champions, had information from the Inje circuit from competing in the previous years race and an experienced driver line up and for us to give them a serious run for their money in qualifying and led the race by over a minute at one point is an exceptional performance by the team. Whilst we didn’t finish the race due to an unfortunate mechanical failure we can hold our heads up high that we gave them a good fight and created an excited spectacle at what should theoretically be by far our weakest round. We are coming to get them in Fuji I promise!!
 
2. How did you first get into Motorsports?
My dad used to race cars for fun and then for my 8th birthday he took me karting for the first time where some good drivers were present and I showed great potential so as I started winning races we took it very seriously and here I am today 14 years later!

3. What do you think about driving with Asian drivers? Do you think Asian Le Mans Series will help Asian drivers to improve?
I think that it is only a matter a time before we will have a group of Asian drivers at the top of global motorsport. With the resources, population numbers and growing number of Asian Formula One races coming up there is only going to be more and more Asian drivers coming up through the ranks which means the level is getting quite impressive. Racing on Formula One grade circuits with reputable drivers from all over the world with high level backgrounds will only help the Asian drivers improve.

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4. Will you compete in all 5 races for 2014 Asian LMS? What plans and goals do you have for the rest of the season and for 2014?
I hope to be racing in all of the Asian LMS races except for Shanghai where I have a clash in the World Endurance Championship the same weekend. The Asian LMS is great for keeping me sharp in between the world championship races and competing against great teams and manufactures will only help improve my credibility on the world scene as well so whenever I am available I would hope to race in the Asian LMS.

Marco Seefried

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Today’s interview is with Marco Seefried, Team AAI #92 driver, and his team won the first place of GT class in the kick-off round of 2014 Asian LMS. He also competes in TUSCC, VLN, Blancpain Endurance Series, and did the 24h Dubai, 24h Nürburgring, 24h Spa, 24h Daytona and 12h Sebring. Some of his latest success was the victory in GTD class in Sebring with Magnus Racing, the 3rd place in GTD class in Daytona with Snow Racing and the 4th place in Dubai. As a pro driver in GT categories he has experience with BMW, McLaren, Porsche, Ferrari and Audi.

1. Congratulations on the win for the first round of 2014 Asian LMS, what would you like to share?

Thank you for the congratulations. First I would like to say thank you to the whole AAI team, our success was really a team effort. For me it was great to secure the win this time as I already competed in Asian LMS last season with AAI and now me and the team are in a good rhythm of our work together. Beside that it was great to compete the first time with the BMW Z4 GT3 which is a really nice racing car to drive.

2. What makes Asian LMS so unique & appealing
when compared to other motorsports?

I’m a pro driver in endurance categories, I really specialised in these type of racing and I appreciate it a lot. So the Asian Le Mans Series is really a series I like. That has many reasons. For me it is interesting to get to know other international drivers and teams, their way of racing and the mix of all the Le Mans categories. Of course I enjoy to travel and get to know new racing tracks in Asia too. And for the team it is very interesting to score the entry for 24h Le Mans.

3. What do you think about driving with Asian drivers? Do you think Asian Le Mans Series will help Asian drivers to improve?

In my opinion the Asian motorsport world is developing a lot. So the Asian Le Mans Series is the perfect series that an Asian driver can achieve. It is very professional and I think with the European influence of some teams it is also a good platform to have an exchange of Asian and European motorsport. Perhaps some Asian drivers can recommend themselves for some racing in Europe via the Asian Le Mans series.

4. With Team AAI, what do you hope to achieve from the upcoming 2014 Asian LMS?

I hope to secure the good result of the beginning of the season for the rest of the season. As racing driver you always want to be at the top in the end. So that has to be our aim. But our competitors don’t sleep, so we have to try to get the best out of the car and work as a team.

Denis Lian

Today’s interview is with Denis Lian, Asian LMS Team Avelon Formula driver. Denis Lian is Singapore’s most successful professional racing driver. In 2002, he was crowned Asian Formula 2000 Champion, becoming the first Singaporean to win an FIA international championship title. In 2002 to 2004, he was contracted to drive for TVR Malaysia and Lotus Cars Asia Pacific, competing in 12hr endurance events. In 2005, he then became the first Singaporean to compete in Europe when he raced in the Formula Palmer Audi Euro Series. In 2006, he established his own Formula V6 Asia race team to compete in the region’s premier series, finishing 5th overall as driver and owner. That same year, he also represented Singapore in the A1GP series.

1. We are glad to hear that you and your team will compete in CN Class at for the remaining 2014 Asian LMS season. Are you excited to compete in Asian Le Mans Series?

When I was 7 years old, I watched a movie that captured my imagination like no other. That movie was Le Mans, staring the mercurial Steven McQueen. Despite having less than 10 lines of dialogue, it painted such a romantic picture about the spirit of endurance racing, that I swore to myself, one day, I will partake in this legendary 24h race. Hailing from Singapore, a country with no race circuit or racing culture to speak of at the time, I had no idea how or when I would get there, but I would dedicate my life to getting there. So, here we are now, about to make our first step into the Le Mans series and hopefully to the 24h race itself. It’s a culmination of dreams, so to say I’m excited is to put it mildly.

2. How do you see motorsports in Asia right now? Do you think Asian Le Mans Series could help promote motorsports in Asia and help Asian drivers to improve?

Currently there are a lot of racing choices in Asia, mainly manufacturer backed one make series catering predominantly to gentleman drivers in the region. Asian LMS is an international championship, catering to both professional and gentleman drivers, who wish to compete with different classes of vehicles in a short endurance format. Together with the Le Mans title and credibility associated with the ACO, I’m certain it will attract more professional outfits and eventually launch the careers of Asian drivers into the world endurance series and 24h Le Mans. We just have to look at the likes of Ho Pin Tung and David Cheng to see this path already developing.

3. CN prototypes are a new racing class for the 2014 Asian LMS, what new opportunities to CN prototypes offer? How do you see the competition with other teams in CN class?

The incorporation of CN prototypes into Asian LMS is in my opinion a practical and wise move on the part of the ACO. Corporate sponsors in Asia are not as familiar about motorsports as their counterparts in Europe or America, therefore it’s harder to convince them to part with large sponsorship budgets. CN cars are roughly half the acquisition and running cost of LMP2 cars, but are only about 3 seconds per lap slower, so bang for the buck, they are great value, even comparing against slower GT cars. I believe, more teams and drivers will cotton onto that fact, and we could see a pretty competitive CN class develop very soon. I for one am relishing the competition, it’s the reason we race, so that we can constantly push ourselves.

4. What plans do you and the team have for 2014?
We are adopting a simple race by race strategy. Our primary focus is to have a smooth debut at the coming Fuji round, then we’ll take stock of the situation from there.