Agile 4 Hours of Shanghai – Round One
SAIC International Circuit, Shanghai, China
November 23-25 2018
LMP2 #8 Spirit of Race, Ligier JS P2 Nissan / AM
#23 United Autosports, Ligier JS P2 Nissan
LMP3 #13 Inter Europol Competition, Ligier JS P3
GT #11 CarGuy, Ferrari 488 GT3 / AM
#66 TianShi Racing Team, Mercedes AMG GT3
Porsche Endurance Trophy #16 Modena Motorsports, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
The 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series opener has delivered a thrilling race, with the win being fought for right up until the chequered flag. Ultimately it was polesitter Pipo Derani in the Spirit of Race Ligier JS P2 that crossed the line first to claim victory alongside his teammates Côme Ledogar and Alexander West.
Series newcomers United Autosports finished 2nd with Paul Di Resta behind the wheel of the #22 Ligier JS P2 he shared with Phil Hanson. Both teams did it the hard way after they made light contact on the opening lap causing both to drop back down the order.
Another front runner to hit trouble early was the #24 Ligier JS P2 Algarve Pro Racing being driven by Andrea Pizzitola. While leading the race, Pizzitola pulled off the track with a terminal engine issue.
Having a more successful day was the second LMP2 car from United Autosports, the #23 Ligier JS P2 raced by Guy Cosmo, Patrick Byrne and Salih Yoluc finished 3rdoutright, also claiming the win in the LMP2 AM Trophy class. ARC Bratislava finished 4th outright and 2nd in the LMP2 AM Trophy class with team owner Miro Konopka joined by Ling King and Darren Burke in their #4 Ligier JS P2. The third LMP2 AM entry, the #25 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JS P2 Nissan driven by Mark Patterson, Anders Fjordbach and Christopher McMurry finished 5th outright and third in class.
In LMP3, pole sitters Inter Europol claimed the victory in their first Asian Le Mans Series race with Jakub Smiechowski and Martin Hippe sharing duties in the #13 Ligier JS P3. The first of the two United Autosports Ligier JS P3s, piloted by Chris Buncombe, Garret Grist and Wayne Boyd finished 2nd. Eurasia Motorsport claimed the final place on the podium thanks to a solid drive from Aidan Read and Nobuya Yamanaka in the #36 Ligier JS P3.
The battle for the race victory in GT was drama filled. The race was won by Japanese newcomers Car Guy in the team’s first race in their new Ferrari 488 GT3. The #11 Ferrari was raced by Takeshi Kimura, Kei Cozzolino and James Calado. Making it a Ferrari 1-2, the Spirit of Race #51 Ferrari 488 GT3 piloted by Alessandro Pier Guidi, Francesco Piovanetti and Oswaldo Negri Jr. finished the race in 2ndplace in the GT class. In 3rdplace in the GT class was the TF Sport Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 of Johnny Mowlem and Bonamy Grimes.
After pulling away comfortably in the early stages of the race the class pole sitting #88 TianShi Racing Team, Audi R8 LMS had a difficult race that eventually ended with retirement.
At the end of a very tough weekend though, the TianShi Racing Team finished the race on top in the the GT AM Trophy with their #66 Mercedes AMG GT3. Prior to the race, the only track time the drivers Max Wiser and Xu Wei had was in qualifying after a problem with their original entry.
In Porsche Endurance Trophy, it was polesitter, Benny Simonsen and Philippe Descombe in the #16 Modena Motorsports, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup that dominated the race to take a comfortable victory.
It is now just under two weeks until the second round of the Asian Le Mans Series, this time coming from Fuji Speedway in Japan on 7-9 December.
Full results of the Agile 4 Hours of Shanghai can be found here
Agile 4 Hours of Shanghai – Round One
SAIC International Circuit, Shanghai, China
November 23-25 2018
New entries, returning champions and continued long-time partners are set to deliver a thrilling season, with coverage of on track action to be covered by a world class broadcast package available for free around the world.
The entry list for the Agile 4 Hours of Shanghai features 27 cars and promises to deliver exciting racing in all classes.
Cyrille Taesch Wahlen, Managing Director, Asian Le Mans Series:
“The 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series is shaping up to be the best yet. The field has grown both in terms of quality and quantity this season, and importantly we have seen growth in both Le Mans Prototype and GT entries; something that is integral to the philosophy of ACO racing.
“Prototype racing is still very new throughout most of Asia and it is exciting to see the growth in the interest being shown in the Asian Le Mans Series. Last year saw a record audience follow the races either via our live streams or on the highlights packages that were broadcast around the world. This year we will return with a more comprehensive broadcast programme particularly with expanded of coverage featuring Chinese commentary, and we are hoping to grow our reach even further.”
The first new entry to be announced this season was a four-car entry from United Autosports. They will race two LMP2 cars and two LMP3.
The 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series will also see the Series debut for European teams Panis Barthez Competition, racing in LMP2, Ecurie Ecosse/ Nielsen Racing with two LMP3s, Inter Europol Competition in LMP3, and Red River Sport by TF Sport with an Aston Martin Vantage GT3.
Japanese team Car Guy will also enter the season for the first time with a Ferrari 488 GT3.
After an outstanding debut season in prototype racing, 2017/18 Champion Harrison Newey returns to defend his title. This season he will race with Algarve Pro Racing who won the series in 2016/17.
2017/18 LMP3 Champions Guy Cosmo and Patrick Byrne will this season make the step up to LMP2 with United Autosports.
2016/17 LMP3 champions Phil Hanson and Nigel Moore will also return. Phil will be joined by former F1 racer Paul Di Resta in a United Autosport LMP2. Nigel will join Douglas Khoo in the Viper Niza LMP3.
Long term partners:
2016/17 Champions Algarve Pro Racing have returned this season with two LMP2 entries, one of which will be fighting for the LMP2 AM Trophy.
Chinese based 2017/18 GT class race winner TianShi Racing Team (Audi Sport Customer Racing Asia by TSRT) have returned this season with two Audi R8 LMS.
ARC Bratislava and Viper Niza have both also confirmed they will be returning in the same categories they raced in during the 2017/18 season. ARC Bratislava, who finished runner up in the LMP3 class in 2016/17 before finishing 3rdoutright in LMP2 last season have entered their Ligier JS P2 in the LMP2 AM Trophy. Viper Niza have entered a Ligier JS P3. Eurasia Motorsport have also confirmed they are back with an LMP3 entry.
Spirit of Race will return with a Ferrari 488 GT3 and a Ligier JS P2 this season after providing support to the highly competitive BBT entry that narrowly missed the outright championship last season. Returning to the LMP2 entry will be the very quick Pipo Derani.
Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport return with a three-car entry this year, one LMP2 ORECA 05 Nissan and two LMP3s. Racing the LMP2 entry will be the Malaysia trio of drivers that are currently fighting for the FIA World Endurance Championship with the team. Jazeman Jaafar, Nabil Jeffri and Weiron Tan also raced with the Asian Le Mans Series last season.
After an outstanding season last year that saw them narrowly miss out on claiming the LMP3 `championship, Neric Wei and Josh Burdon will make the switch to the number 38 Jackie Chan DC Racing LMP3. They will be joined by Hugo de Sadeleer.
Championship winning drivers in GT3:
This year the GT category is set for some exciting racing with some highly talented drivers including three World Championship-winning drivers including the reigning 2017 GT FIA World Endurance Drivers’ Champions James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi.
Calado races in the Car Guy Ferrari, Pier Guidi in the Spirit of Race 488 GT3.
2012 WTCC Drivers’ Champion Rob Huff will race with Chinese team, TianShi Racing Team Audi.
2017 Le Mans 24 Hours LMGTE Am class winner Dries Vanthoor will also be racing with TianShi Racing in the sister Audi.
Johnny Mowlem, 2013 European Le Mans Series GTE Drivers Champion, races in the Red River Sport by TF Sport Aston Martin.
Please find the full entry list for the Agile 4 Hours of Shanghai here.
Series host Nadia Nash lets you know how you can catch all of the action from the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series!
World Class broadcast schedule – live, in full and for free!
The Asian Le Mans Series will again be broadcasting all qualifying sessions and races in full, on the Asian Le Mans Series Facebook and You Tube pages, ensuring as many people as possible can watch the races.
The coverage will be streamed live on Tencent Sport in China, Set India on SonyLIV, MotorTrend on Demand in the United States and across Europe, and through Motorsport.tv.
In China, the race will be broadcast with dedicated Chinese commentary and will be streamed on over 25 channels in addition to Tencent Sport.
As a part of a bolstered broadcast programme for the coming season, there will also be more social media clips, getting fans even closer to the action.
Fronting the broadcast will again be the highly experienced Graham Goodwin, Editor of Dailysportscar.com and one of the FIA World Endurance Championship TV commentators. He will again be joined in the commentary box by Jeevan Selvanathan, and in the pitlane will be Nadia Nash.
The 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series is set to be broadcast to a record audience, reaching all corners of the globe. The preliminary list of broadcasters shows the coverage will be broadcast through almost 20 networks, in around 80 countries
In addition to the live race coverage, a one-hour highlights programme will be produced after each race, and at the end of the season, a full season high lights package will also be broadcast.
Please find a full list of the broadcast partners here
Up for grabs – four invitations to the 24 Hours of Le Mans:
In addition to the glory of winning the outright and class championships, the teams will be fighting for an elusive invitation to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The winners of the LMP2 and LMP3 classes will each receive an invitation to compete in the LMP2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2019. New for the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series, there will be an added recognition for LMP2 amateur entries – not only will they be fighting for their own Championship honours, they will also be for an invitation. There will also be one invitation to race in the LM GTE Am class for the winner of the GT class.
The Le Mans Prototype 2, or LMP2 category is reserved exclusively for privateer teams independent of constructors or engine suppliers. In the Asian Le Mans Series, only the previous generation of cars are eligible making it easier for teams to access the top level of competition.
These cars can be identified by their blue number plates.
LMP2 AM Trophy:
New for the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series, the LMP2 AM Trophy is open to all-amateur driver line ups, with the winner also receiving a highly coveted entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2019.
Launched in 2015, LMP3 class is the next step on the ACOs endurance racing ladder. The cars have received much praise from both pro and am drivers. They provide the power and aerodynamic downforce required for a thrilling driving experience – making them the perfect entry point to world standard, top tier sportscar racing.
These cars can be identified by their purple number plates.
Unlike the prototypes, GT cars look more like cars that can be seen on public roads. They are based on high performance cars from great manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Audi and Ferrari and can race with the Asian Le Mans Series in either the GT3 or GT Cup classes.
These cars can be identified by their orange number plates.
Asian Le Mans Series Porsche Endurance Trophy:
The Asian Le Mans Series, in partnership with Porsche Carrera Cup Asia have united to create the Asian Le Mans Series Porsche Endurance Trophy. The new Endurance Trophy offers the Asian Carrera Cup teams the opportunity to compete in an ACO endurance race, with the same Porsche that they have campaigned all season.
Teams competing include the team run by a two time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, Earl Bamber. Behind the wheel will be a familiar face, Graeme Dowsett who won the GT Cup class in the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup in 2017 and raced in the final round of the 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series.
Daniel Lu, the 2018 Porsche China Junior, will also take part, racing for EKS Motorsports. Daniel was just 16 when he was awarded the title of Porsche China Junior after beating over 300 applicants to be awarded the title.
The cars will also run as a part of the GT Cup Class within the Agile 4 Hours of Shanghaiand will have their own podium presentation at the end of the race.
These cars can be identified by their black number plates with white numbers.
Agile 4 Hours of Shanghai:
Timetable (local time)
Friday: 11:15 – 12:45 Free Practice 1
10:20 – 11:50 Free Practice 2
15:50 – 16:05 LMP2 & LMP3 qualifying
16:15 – 16:30 GT qualifying
Sunday: 13:00 – 17:00 Agile 4 Hours of Shanghai
Live broadcast schedule:
Saturday: 15:35 – 16:45
Sunday: 09:00 – 14:15
The Asian Le Mans Series is proud to be run in partnership with the following partners.
Agile Group Holdings Limitedwill be the presenting partner for the 4 Hours of Shanghai.
The Agile Group Holdings limited (AGILE) specialises in property development, with extensive presence in diversified range of businesses. Since its establishment, Agile has been dedicated to the pursuit of a high quality of life and is committed to becoming a provider of quality lifestyle. The brand concept of Agile is “Lifestyle of a Lifetime” – a philosophy that fits well with the positioning of the Asian Le Mans Series as the premier endurance racing series in Asia. The two are united in delivering the best products and experiences, at the highest possible standard.
Michelin is the world leader, especially in endurance racing where they have dominated for many years. They have tasted unrivalled success in recent years in the 24 Hours of Le Mans where this year they recorded their 20thconsecutive victory.
Total is a highly experience fuel supplier, with leading-edge technology. The French petroleum company will exclusively supply the Asian Le Mans Series teams with 102RON fuel specially developed by Total additives and special fuels.
The opening round of the 2018/19 Series will be known as the
Agile 4 Hours of Shanghai.
The Asian Le Mans Series is pleased to announce the Agile Group Holdings Limited will be the presenting partner for the 4 Hours of Shanghai.
The Agile Group Holdings Limited (AGILE) specialises in property development, with extensive presence in a diversified range of businesses. Since its establishment, Agile has been dedicated to the pursuit of a high quality of life and is committed to becoming a provider of quality lifestyle. The brand concept of Agile is “Lifestyle of a Lifetime” – a philosophy that fits well with the positioning of the Asian Le Mans Series as the premier endurance racing series in Asia. The two are united in delivering the best products and experiences, at the highest possible standard.
Cyrille Taesch Wahlen, Managing Director, Asian Le Mans Series:
“The Asian Le Mans Series is very excited to welcome the Agile to our Series. They understand and share the spirit of what we are trying to achieve in China, of growing the motorsport industry and in particular endurance racing.
“We are looking forward to working with them to make the Agile 4 Hours of Shanghai a huge success.”
This will be the first time that Agile have been involved with motorsport, but they are excited about the prospect particularly to be racing with the Asian Le Mans Series.
Mr. Kayson – Vice President of Agile Property Group and General Manager of the Industry -City Development Center:
“The 24 Hours of Le Mans has a nearly one hundred-year history. It is world-famous and is a hallmark and a symbol of world automobile endurance events. Alongside the FIA Formula 1 World Championship and the Indy 500, it is recognised as the most prestigious and most gruelling automobile race in the world. As a brand, its influence is indescribable.
“Currently, China has the second largest inventory of cars in the world, and in 2019 it is predicted to surpass the US. The Motorsport culture in China is on the rise, developing into an irresistible trend. In 2015, China became one of the most important motorsports markets in the world, forming an event system with a national championship event at its core complemented by a multitude of regional events.
“For Agile, the aim is to leverage our involvement in the Asian Le Mans Series to grow the Le Mans brand in the region. As the exclusive title sponsor of the 2018 Asian Le Mans Series round in Shanghai, Agile is taking its first step. The next step for Agile is to bring the ethos of the Le Mans, France model to China and build a new-model city-race track synthesis combining eco-parks, recreation & sports education, vacationing, tourism conventions, and health & liveability in one. At the core will be the motor sports industry and an “automobile+” as its extension. The selected site for this project, Baodi Jinqiao International Town, will cooperate on the town’s overall planning.”
The Agile 4 Hours of Shanghai will be held on the 25thof November at the Shanghai International Circuit.
Further information about the Agile:
Currently, Agile has evolved into a conglomerate with eight major businesses such as property development and A-Living.
Agile Group Holdings Limited (Stock Code: 3383) and A-Living Services Co.,Ltd. (Stock Code: 3319) were listed on the main board of Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2005 and 2018 respectively.
The shares of Agile are currently one of the constituent stocks of Hang Seng Composite Index, Hang Seng Global Composite Index, Hang Seng Stock Connect Hong Kong Index Series, Hang Seng High Dividend Yield Index, Hang Seng Mainland Properties Index, Hang Seng High Beta Index, MSCI China Index and Lippo Select HK & Mainland Property Index.