Asian Le Mans Series Welcomes United Autosports

High profile team confirms four car entry in 2018/19 season.

The Asian Le Mans Series welcomes the announcement that United Autosports will compete in both the LMP2 and LMP3 classes in the coming season. The team will race two Ligier JS P2s and two Ligier JS 3s – creating a very strong four car effort.
 
United Autosports’ LMP2 team finished second in the 2017 European Le Mans Series and third in the 24 Hours of Le Mans just 10 days ago, while their LMP3 team are the reigning European LMP3 Champions.
 
Racing in the European Winter, the Asian Le Mans Series fits comfortably within their existing calendar of racing that includes the European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup. 
 
Racing in Asia is not new to the United Autosports team. They last raced in Asia in 2014, entering the Macau GT Cup with a pair of McLaren GT3 cars. In 2010, they also raced at Zhuhai, in China for the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.
 
The team will confirm the driver line up closer to the start of the season. 
 
Zak Brown, Team Owner and Chairman, United Autosports:
“I can’t wait to see our United Autosports Ligiers race in Asia. Some new circuits for the team to visit and a new challenge to take on – it will be great.”
 

Richard Dean, Team Owner and Managing Director, United Autosports:
“I’m really excited to be racing in Asia and it made sense to add another ACO programme to our calendar. There is a lot of interest in the series and it gives United Autosports a new challenge to take on. From a personal point of view, I’m looking forward to going back to Asia. I raced a lot in Japan when I was younger, and it was a place I loved so I’m looking forward to heading back there to see how much it has changed.”
 
Cyrille Taesch Wahlen, Managing Director, Asian Le Mans Series:
“We are very happy to welcome United Autosports as a new team to the Asian Le Mans Series. It demonstrates that the Asian Le Mans Series is definitely on the global motorsport map, and proves it is becoming the reference endurance racing series in Asia.”

Asian Le Mans Series welcomes Champions to Le Mans

 
An impressive line-up of past Asian Le Mans Series champions will be on the grid for the 2018 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend. 
 
Launched in 2013 by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), the Asian Le Mans Series is rapidly becoming a key part of the endurance racing ladder. It is playing a vital role in the development of both teams and drivers in the region. 
 
The success of the Asian Series as an important step will be on display this week with five championship winning teams entering six cars in the main 24-hour race, and two cars in the Road to Le Mans support races between them. In addition, there will be eleven championship winning drivers, eight racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and three in the Road to Le Mans. 
 
The past three Asian Le Mans Series ‘Rookie of the Year’ award winners, Thomas Laurent (2015/16), Philip Hanson (2016/17), and Harrison Newey (2017/18) will also take part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Cyrille Taesch-Wahlen, Asian Le Mans Series Managing Director:
 
“We are very proud to see so many of our teams and drivers racing here this weekend. One of the key objectives of the Asian Le Mans Series is the growth and development of motorsport in Asia, in particular prototype racing which is relatively new in the region. The Series provides a solid springboard for teams and drivers seeking to race in the pinnacle of the ACO Endurance pyramid, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
 
“We wish all the Asian Le Mans Series teams and drivers racing here this weekend a safe a successful campaign.” 
 

2017 – A Break though year for Asian Le Mans Series graduates at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

Asian Le Mans Series competitors made a significant impact on the results of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2017. Leading the way was Chinese LMP2 team, Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport. Not only did they claim the LMP2 Class victory, they also came home second overall after heavy attrition hit the premier class. 
 
The team became the first ever Chinese team to lead the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and Ho-Pin Tung became the first Chinese driver to win a class at Le Mans. 
 
Singaporean team Clearwater Racing, also took the lead of the LM GTE Am class in the World Endurance Championship at Le Mans last year.

 

 
Asian Le Mans Series Champions competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans:
 
TEAMS:
Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport
2017/18 – LMP2 and LMP3 Champions
2016/17 – 2nd LMP2 & 3rd LMP3
2015/16 – LMP3 Champions
2014 – LMP2 Champions
2013 – LMP2 Champions
 
Algarve Pro Racing Team:
2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series LMP2 Gentleman’s Trophy.
2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series LMP2 Champions.
 
Eurasia Motorsport:
2016/17 –  2nd LMP2 Championship
 
Clearwater Racing:
2015/16 GT Champions
  
DRIVERS:
David Cheng:
2015/16 LMP3 Champion
2014 LMP2 Champion 
2013 LMP2 Champion
 
Ho-Pin Tung:
2015/16 LMP3 Champion 
2014 LMP2 Champion
           
Thomas Laurent: 
2017/18 LMP2 Champion
2016/17 2nd LMP2
2015/16 Race winner and part of the LMP3 winning team – missing the first round of the season. 
2015/18 Rookie of the year.
 
Harrison Newey: 
2017/18 LMP2 Champion 
2017/18 Rookie of the year
 
Stephane Richelmi: 
2017/18 LMP2 Champion
 
Gabriel Aubry: 
2017/18 Race winner and part of the LMP3 winning team for the final two races of the season.
 
Philip Hanson: 
2016/17 LMP3 Champion
2016/17 Rookie of the year
 
Weng Sun Mok:
2015/16 GT Champion
 
Keita Sawa: 
2015/16 GT Champion
 
Competing in the Road to Le Mans:Patrick Byrne:
2017/18 LMP3 Champion
 
TKS – Shinyo Sano: 
2016/17 GT Cup Champions
 
WIN Motorsport – William Lok: 
2017 Sprint Cup Champions (LMP3)