Latest Generation LMP2 cars Eligible in 2019/20

Two years ago it was announced that, as a part of the natural evolution of the LMP2 category, the latest generation LMP2 cars will be eligible to race in the 2019/20 Asian Le Mans Series.

This will not mean the end of the older generation cars within the Series. The older generation cars will continue to be eligible within the Series, however from the 2019/20 season they will be limited to just the LMP2 Am Trophy class.

The decision was made after close consultation with the teams proved that there was demand for both the old and the new generation LMP2 cars to be run in the Series. The teams unanimously support the decision as the right way forward for the series.

As in the 2018/19 Series, there will continue to be an invitation to the 24 Hours of Le Mans on offer for both the LMP2 Championship winner, and the LMP2 AM Trophy winner.

The full details will be released as a part of the technical and sporting regulations for the 2019/20 Asian Le Mans Series.

Algarve Pro Racing win the 4 Hours of Fuji!

 

CLASS WINNERS:
LMP2 – #24 Algarve Pro Racing, Ligier JS P2 Judd / AM #4 ARC Bratislava, Ligier JS P2 Nissan
LMP3 – #3 United Autosports, Ligier JS P3 Nissan 
GT – #11 Car Guy, Ferrari 488 GT3 / AM #66 Tian Shi Racing Team, Audi R8 LMS

With very light snow falling as the grid formed up for the second round of the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series, the race was set to be run in very frosty conditions. The action on track however was hot right from the start!

2016/17 Champions Algarve Pro Racing are back to their winning ways, with current drivers Andrea Pizzitola and Harrison Newey claiming a hard fought victory in the 4 Hours of Fuji. 

Starting the race in the #24 Ligier JS P2 Judd, Harrison Newey took the lead into the first corner. He held the lead until a well-timed pit call from the United Autosports team saw the pole sitting #22 Ligier JS P2 Nissan with Phil Hanson behind the wheel get the jump on the #24. 

The battle between the pair continued throughout the race before a safety car period with just 30 minutes to go bunched the field up. At the restart the #24 with Andrea Pizzitola behind the wheel was just in front of Paul Di Resta in the #22 and the battle just intensified. It was Andrea and Algarve Pro Racing that held on to claim the victory, with Paul and United Autosports team in second.  

In third place, and taking the win in LMP2 Am was ARC Bratislava in a impressive comeback drive. Early in the race the #4 ARC Bratislava Ligier JS P2 dropped back after an incident saw Miro Konopka tangle with another competitor. Ling Kang put in a solid middle stint to help the team climb up the order. After the safety car, and with Darren Burke driving, they closed the gap to the class leading #23 United Autosports Ligier JS P2 Nissan. After another tight battle, Darren caught and passed the #23 to claim 3rd place outright and the LMP2 Am trophy win. 

In LMP3, just as in the Agile 4 Hours of Shanghai, it was the #65 Viper Niza Racing Ligier JS P3 of Nigel Moore that got the jump on the field again, running as high as 3rd outright in the opening stages of the race.

Ultimately the battle for the LMP3 class victory came down to the final moments of the race. After leading the class towards the end of the race thanks to a well-timed pitstop to change to slick tyres, the safety car proved to be poorly timed for Martin Hippe in the #13 Inter Europol Competition Ligier JS P3. After the race resumed, he had the #3 United Autorsports Ligier JS P3 of Kay van Berlo right on his tail. The battle between the two once the racing resumed was tight, with Kay getting the jump early, but Martin refused to give up, fighting for the position until the end of the race. 

In the end it was Kay that took the victory by just 3.5 seconds, with Martin taking second. In third place was the #79 Ecurie Ecosse / Nielsen Racing of Antony Wells and Colin Noble. The pair put in a very strong effort to come back from starting at the rear of the grid to claim the final place on the LMP3 podium.

Hometown heroes, Car Guy claimed a very popular victory in front of the Japanese fans in their #11 Ferrari 488 GT3. After contact in the opening stages of the race, the team made an unscheduled pitstop, dropping them well behind the GT field.  Takeshi Kimura, Kei Cozzolino and James Calado all drove strongly during the race, ensuring Car Guy claimed their second GT class victory from the opening two Asian Le Mans Series races. 

In second place was the #51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3 driven by Alessandro Pier Guidi, Ozz Negri Jr and Francesco Piovanetti. They also had a challenging opening phase of the race after dropping to the back of the order, before fighting their way back, making their second place all the more impressive. 

In third place was the #66 Tian Shi Racing Team, Audi R8 LMS of Xu Wei, Max Wiser and Zhang Ya Qi. They were also the top GT Am entry.

The Asian Le Mans Series now has a month’s break now before the teams head to Thailand for the 4 Hours of Buriram on 12 January, 2019. The race there will be held on the Saturday to coincide with the very popular Children’s Day in Thailand.  

Full race results can be found here 

 

 

 

 

Grid set for the 4 Hours of Fuji!


 
2016/17 LMP3 Asian Le Mans Series drivers champions Phil Hanson and Nigel Moore have claimed pole positon in their respective classes ahead of the 4 Hours of Fuji.
 
Pole Position – by class:
LMP2:  Philip Hanson #22 United Autosports Ligier JS P2 Nissan  
           / LMP2 Am Trophy: Guy Cosmo #23 United Autosports Ligier JS P2 Nissan 
LMP3: Nigel Moore #65 Viper Niza Racing Ligier JS P3 
GT: James Calado #11 Car Guy Ferrari 488 GT3
            / GT Am: Max Wiser #66 Audi R8 LMS
 
Leading the field away will be first time pole sitter Phil Hanson in the #22 United Autosports Ligier JS P2 Nissan. Alongside him will be the #24 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JS P2 Judd, with Andrea Pizzitola. Starting in 3rdplace will be the #8 Sprit of Race Ligier JS P2. Alexander West will start the race 3rd after Pipo Derani set the third fastest time in qualifying. 
 
In LMP2 Am, it was the Class winner from the opening round, the #23 United Autosports Ligier JS P2 with Guy Cosmo that set the fastest time in qualifying. 
 
Phil’s 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 team mate, Nigel Moore, claimed pole position for the LMP3 class in the #65 Ligier JS P3 from Malaysian team Viper Niza Racing.   
 
Starting just behind Nigel will be the United Autosports #2 Ligier JS P3 after Garett Grist set the second quickest time in the LMP3 class. Third fastest in the sister United Autosports #3 Ligier JS P3 LMP3 class with Kay van Berlo Ligier behind the wheel.
 
In the GT class it will be home town heros Car Guy that will start from pole postion for the 4 Hours of Fuji in their bright yellow Ferrari 488 GT3. The team is based just metres from the circuit and are hoping for a home ground advantage. Behind the wheel  of the Car Guy entry was Ferrari factory driver James Calado, and it was his FIA WEC team mate Alessandro Pier Guidi who finished second in the Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3.  
 
Starting 3rdin class will be the #88 Tian Shi Racing Team Audi LMS after Dries Vanthoor set the third quickest time in the session. Max Wiser was 4thfastest, and will start as the quickest GT Am entry in the sister Tian Shi Audi. 
 
For TF Sport, they approached the session differently by allowing their gentleman driver Ivor Dunbar who missed the opening round of the season to have extra time in the car ahead of tomorrows race. They will start 5thin the GT Class. Full qualifying results can be found here.

 

 

Driver quotes:

#22 Phil Hanson – Qualifying went as well as we could have hoped. It is nice to finally get pole after I gave it away in Shanghai. I’ve learned from my mistakes, and it really happy it came all together. I think we have had a quick car throughout the testing, and I think we have also done a lot of work towards having a quick car in the race, so I am really looking forward to it. 

#23 Guy Cosmo – Session went well, there is more to find out there. Adjusting to the P2 car, after a number of years of not racing prototypes, we did it last year, and it went well, but this is a new endeavour, and we are finding more speed every lap. Of course, had a second crack at it, with another set of tyres, had a big lock up on my first flyer. Although I went quicker, I kind of ruined my chances of making a big gain. But looking for a solid run tomorrow, it is going to be a very, very competitive race.

#65 Nigel Moore – Session didn’t go too badly, we didn’t do a qualy sim all weekend, so it was the first time out on new tyres. I had a little lock up on the first set, so once we got a feel for them, we came in and another lot on.  In a half decent lap together, struggled with the car a little bit, but considering the time we did, I was really, really happy. As for the race, we are in the strongest position for sure.

#11 James Calado – I think the session was good, we got pole position. I am very happy for the team, Car Guy, because they really wanted it as a Japanese team, to get pole position, for their home race. I made a mistake in the first stint, and then we went on new tyres. The temperatures had dropped a lot, and it was quite tough out there in terms of grip level, but I am looking forward to the race. From pole it is always an advantage, but it is a long race. I think we have a good line-up to get a good result. 

#66 Max Wiser – We finished our qualifying session, it has been good for us, we are trying some set up changes to make the car more comfortable for the two gentleman, which is the most important thing for us.  We got fourth place overall, not very far from the other Audi, the Ferrari here is very quick. It will be a nice race, we will try our best to get overall podium, we will see.

 

World Class broadcast schedule – live, in full and for free!
 
The Asian Le Mans Series will be broadcasting therace in full, on the Asian Le Mans Series Facebook and YouTube 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.
 
 
4 Hours of Fuji: 12:00 – 16:00 
Live broadcast schedule:
Sunday: 11:30 – 16:30 
  
Links to live coverage:
ENGLISH LANGUAGE 
4 HOURS OF FUJI
https://youtu.be/j697Pf7eqgo

4 HOURS OF FUJI Part 1 (11:30 – 15:30hrs)
https://www.facebook.com/AsianLMS/videos/357428938340077

4HOURS OF FUJI – PART 2 (15:00 – 16:30hrs)
https://www.facebook.com/AsianLMS/videos/2179991655379123
 
JAPANESE LANGUAGE
4 HOURS OF FUJI Part 1 (11:30 – 15:30hrs)
www.facebook.com/AsianLMS/videos/343599069802031

4HOURS OF FUJI – PART 2 (15:00 – 16:30hrs)
www.facebook.com/AsianLMS/videos/356922765117457

 CHINA STREAMING CHANNELS – OFFICIAL NEW MEDIA PARTNER
Tencent Sport: 
http://sports.qq.com/kbsweb/game.htm?mid=100002:20203663

 
Prestigious partners:
The Asian Le Mans Series is proud to be run in partnership with the following partners. 
 
Michelin:
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:
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. 

4 Hours of Fuji

Agile 4 Hours of Fuji – Round Two
Fuji Speedway, December 07-09 2018 

With hardly enough time to catch their breath after a thrilling start to the season, the Asian Le Mans Series teams and drivers will make their way to Japan for Round 2 this weekend. 

Located at the base of Mt Fuji, the iconic Fuji Speedway has a long and impressive motorsport history. It has also been an important part of the ACO racing calendar holding a round of the FIA WEC every year since 2012, as well as the Asian Le Mans Series since 2013.  

It is the home round for Car Guy, the team that claimed the GT Class victory in the opening round of the season, the Agile 4 Hours of Shanghai. The team is located around the corner from the circuit and are hoping the new yellow livery on their Ferrari 488 GT3 will bring them success in the 4 Hours of Fuji.  

The provisional full entry list can be found here.   

 

Kei Cozzolino -Team Manager and driver Car Guy:

“Our main target is to win in Fuji. We are not interested in finishing second or third. 
 
“In the opening round in Shanghai, we were able to win because we had some luck but on the other hand as a team we were quite strong.  
“Fuji is Car Guy’s home track and it is the perfect venue to prove our maximum potential.”
  
“第2戦富士の目標は優勝です。2位、3位には興味がありません。開幕戦の上海ではたまたまラッキーに勝てた部分もあったと思います。そして自分らの力だと思って勝てた部分もあります。それをはっきりされるのが第2戦の富士です。
我々にとってホームサーキットだからこそ優勝にこだわりたい。”  
Another driver who will be hoping for home ground advantage is Nobuya Yamanaka. Nobuya and his Eurasia Motorsport team mate Aidan Read head to the 4 Hours of Fuji fresh from a podium finish in the opening round of the Asian Le Mans Series.   

 

Nobuya Yamanaka (JPN) – Eurasia Motorsport:

“It is quite exciting and honourable to have the second race meeting of Asian Le Mans Series in Fuji Speedway for me in my home country.  
 
“The circuit is located in the beautiful scenery at the foot of the symbolic Mt. Fuji which I like as it is one of most challenging and beautiful courses in Japan. The first corner at the end of 1.4km home straight, the high speed 100R and the uphill corners in 3rd sector are all challenging.  
“I’m looking forward to the race very much and hope I can perform a little better with my hometown advantage to assist Aidan Read to bring the best result to the team Eurasia Motorsport.”
  
アジアン・ルマン・シリーズの第2戦を、12月7日~9日に、自分の国の富士スピードウエイに迎えられることはとてもエキサイティングで名誉なことです。 

富士スピードウエイは、日本の象徴である富士山の山すその美しい風景の中に位置し、日本のサーキットの中でも最高にチャレンジングで美しく私の好きなコースです。  

1.4㎞の長いホームストレートの終わりにある第1コーナー、Aコーナーから続く高速の100R、そして、第3セクターの登りのコーナーはどれもチャレンジングです  

私はこのレースをとても楽しみにしています。そして、ホームコースのアドバンテージを活かし私のチームメイトのAidan ReadをアシストしてEurasiaチームに最高の結果をもたらしたいと望んでいます。  

  

   

Schedule

Agile 4 Hours of Fuji:

Timetable (local time) 
Friday: 
Private test: 10:15 – 11:45 
Free Practice 1: 14:45 – 16:15 
Saturday: 
Free Practice 2: 09:45 – 11:15 
GT qualifying: 14:25 – 14:40 
LMP2 & LMP3 qualifying: 14:50 – 15:05 
Sunday: 
4 Hours of Fuji:12:00 – 16:00  

Live broadcast schedule:

Saturday: 15:35 – 16:45 
Sunday: 09:00 – 14:15 

 

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. 
 

QUALIFYING

https://www.facebook.com/AsianLMS/videos/736465973374261 
https://youtu.be/Nqv6c9PdEgQ   

4 HOURS OF FUJI

https://youtu.be/j697Pf7eqgo   

4 HOURS OF FUJI Part 1 (11:30 – 15:30hrs)

https://www.facebook.com/AsianLMS/videos/357428938340077   

4 HOURS OF FUJI – PART 2 (15:00 – 16:30hrs)

https://www.facebook.com/AsianLMS/videos/2179991655379123   

 

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.   

 

Prestigious partners:

The Asian Le Mans Series is proud to be run in partnership with the following partners.    

 

Michelin:

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:

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.