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Grid set for the Asian Le Mans Series Finale!

Pole Position for the 4 Hours of Sepang – the final round of the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series.

LMP2
Pipo Derani – #8 Spirit of Race Ligier JS P2 
 
LMP2 Am Trophy 
Anders Fjordbach – #25 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JS P2 Judd
 
LMP3 
Wayne Boyd – #2 United Autosports Ligier JS P3
 
GT
Dries Vanthoor – #88 TianShi Racing Team Audi R8 LMS GT3 

 

4 Hours of Sepang – Qualifying Report

Derani and Spirit of Race on pole for the 4 Hours of Sepang. 
Drama in LMP3 as pole winner receives a penalty. 
First ever pole position for new Audi.  

The final round of the Asian Le Mans Series is set to be intense, with Championships and invitations to the 24 Hours of Le Mans all still on the line. With every point counting, claiming the point for qualifying in pole position was never more important. 
 
The first qualifying session was for the GT cars and with the possibility of the #11 Car Guy Ferrari winning the Championship by claiming the point for pole position, qualifying became even more important.  It was not to be their day though, with a blistering lap from Dries Vanthoor, in the TianShi Racing Team Audi claiming pole position. 
 
In the week leading into this round, the TianShi Racing Team’s Audis have been updated and are now running the 2019 evolution of the Audi R8 LMS GT3. The pole lap from Vanthoor also gave the new car its first ever pole position globally.
 
LMP3 qualifying was hit by post-race drama with a penalty for Nigel Moore in the #65 Viper Niza Racing Ligier JS P3 for wearing non-homologated boots in qualifying. This handed pole position, and the very important associated Championship point to Wayne Boyd in the #2 United Autosports Ligier JS P3. 
 
The #2 currently sits in 2ndposition, now just 7 points behind the class leader, the #13 Inter Europol Competition who will start 4thin class. The sister United Autosports #3 Ligier JS P3 and the #79 Ecurie Ecosse / Nielsen Racing also still remain in contention for the championship win. The #79 will start at the rear of the grid after a problem saw them miss the qualifying session. 
 
Pipo Derani and his Spirit of Race team missed the 4 Hours of Buriram, but he left a mark on his return. In a tightly fought battle between him, the two Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JS P2 Judd entries, and the Championship leading #22 United Autosports Ligier JS P2. It was Derani that put in a last-minute flyer to claim pole position outright. Second fastest was Phil Hanson behind the wheel of the #22 and Andrea Pizzitola in the #24 Algarve Pro Racing. Fourth fastest, and the fastest LMP2 Am Trophy entry was Anders Fjordbach in the #25 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier. 
 
Championship battle lines have been drawn. Live coverage of the race will begin on the series Facebook and YouTube pages at 11:30 tomorrow and entry to the 4 Hours of Sepang, including access to the pit walk and autograph session will be free of change. 
 
Full qualifying results can be found here.

 

 

Driver quotes:
 
LMP2: #8 Spirit of Race – Pipo Derani: It is great to be back, unfortunately we had to miss one race, which took us away from the championship fight. The team did a fantastic job to put this car together. We had a small issue in FP2, so we weren’t sure what was going to happen, but we have managed pole, which is a good way to start the weekend! Unfortunately, with all the different line ups, we know it is going to be difficult. One thing for sure, we will fight from the beginning to the end, like we did in Shanghai. If we come out here with a podium, or even a win, it would be fantastic. 

LMP2 AM Trophy: #25 Algarve Pro Racing – Anders Fjordbach: I am pretty happy with my performance. We dedided not to use our second set of tyres and save them for tomorrow. It was a bit tight to use two sets. For tomorrows race, we think we have a good package with our three drivers and are pretty comfortable.

LMP3 #2 United Autosports – Wayne Boyd: I’m very happy to have been promoted to pole position for the final race of the Asian Le Mans Series. We needed that point for the championship challenge. I feel sorry for Nigel obviously as it wasn’t a performance issue, but we will take the results all the same.
 
GT #88 Tianshi Racing Team – Dries Vanthoor: Qualifying went well, we are on pole, so that is always nice. It is a good start for tomorrow, but it is a four race, so anything could happen. Sepang is a tricky circuit, so it took me a little while to get my lap. It is also a very good day for Audi, as this is the first event they have run with the Evo kit in South East Asia, and it will start on pole. Hopefully we will do a good job tomorrow and see where we can end up after the four hours. It is very hot, so it will be quite an intense race. 

4 Hours of Sepang Schedule:
Sunday, 24 February 2019
09:30 – 10:00 Autograph Session 
12:00 – 16:00 4 Hours of Sepang

*Live programme begins at 11:30am local time. 
 

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. 
 
For the Australian audience, Speedcafe.com will also be streaming both qualifying and the 4 Hours of Sepang race live on their website. 
 
In addition, the coverage will be streamed live on Tencent Sport in China, Set India on SonyLIV, MotorTrend on Demand in the United States and Europe, and through Motorsport.tv.

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.

 

United Autosports Wins the 4 Hours of Buriram!

4 Hours of Buriram Winners – By Class:
LMP2:  #22 United Autosports Ligier JS P2 Nissan
          / LMP2 Am Trophy: #4 ARC Bratislava Ligier JS P2 Nissan 

LMP3: #2 United Autosports Ligier JS P3 

GT: #11 Car Guy Ferrari 488 GT3
            / GT Am: #66 TianShi Racing Team Audi R8 LMS

Full results can be found here.

The Asian Le Mans Series has again delivered an action packed race up and down the grid. With tens of thousands packing the precinct, and in what was easily the hottest race of the season with ambient temperatures reaching 34 degrees during the race, the battles on track were fierce!  

 
At the start of the race it was an Algavre Pro Racing 1-2 after a fantastic getaway from both of the team’s Bronze drivers, Ate Dirk De Jong (#24) and Christopher McMurry (#25). Phil Hanson in the Championship leading #22 United Autosports Ligier JS P2 Nissan was though able to pass them and take the lead early in the race. It was Hanson and his team mate Paul Di Resta that led most of the race before claiming their first Asian Le Mans Series race win, extending their Championship lead to 18 points. Whilst a perfectly timed pitstop when a full course yellow was called helped cement their position, the team ran without fault all weekend. 
 
The #24 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JS P2 Judd of Harrison Newey and Andrea Pizzitola came home second, followed by Matthieu Lahaye, Jean-Baptiste Lahaye, and Francois Hériau in the #35 Panis Barthez Competition Ligier JS P2 Judd. The French team picking up its first Asian Le Mans Series podium.  
 
Nursing home the #4 ARC Bratislava Ligier JS P2 in to 4th position was Darren Burke. Due to an engine issue, Burke slowed significantly and lost third position overall to the Panis Barthez Ligier, He was though able to hold on to finish the race. The team also picking up the LMP2 AM Trophy win taking the Class Championship lead by 9 points. 
 
In LMP3 the battle was intense from the start. Once again it was Nigel Moore in the #65 Viper Niza Racing Ligier JS P3 that made a storming start to be up to 4thoutright on the opening lap. His run was cut short after hitting debris and having to hit for new tyres. This left Matt Bell in the #3 United Autosports Ligier JS P3 to pull away at the front of the LMP3 field. As the race went on, it became a battle between the sister United Autosports car, the polesitting Ligier JS P3 of Chris Buncombe, Garett Grist and Wayne Boyd and the #13 Inter Europol Competition Ligier JS P3 of Jakub Smiechowski and Martin Hippe. After being forced to pit for loose body work, the #13 dropped out of contention for the win, but fought hard to secure second position and retain the LMP3 Championship lead. They now lead the LMP3 class by 8 points. In third place after the #3 suffered a broken exhaust and got stuck in 4thgear was the #79 Ecurie Ecosse / Nielsen Racing Ligier JS P3 of Tony Wells and Colin Noble. 
 
In GT it was the #66 TianShi Racing Team Audi R8 LMS with Max Wiser that had a stunning start yet again to be comfortable leading the GT Class and running ahead of a number of the LMP3 entries early in the race. Class pole sitter, the #51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3 dropped back to be 4th in Class in the early running.
 
1.5 hours into the race and there was a full course yellow after the #5 TF Sport Aston Martin V12 Vantage had a power steering and brake failure with Johnny Mowlem behind the wheel. The failure caused a scary moment for the Aston driver, but Mowlem did well to scrub off speed through the gravel trap making only light contact with the barrier. He would make it back to the pits where the team opted to retire the car.
 
After the first driver changes, it was GT Class Championship leader, Car Guy that continued their dominant run in the 2018/19 Season, with series newcomer and highly experienced racer, Jean Karl Vernay chasing hard in the #88 TianShi Racing Team Audi R8 LMS.
 
Once James Calado got in the #11 Car Guy Ferrari, he pulled away from Vernay in the #88 TianShi Racing Team Audi R8, and pole sitter, Alessandro Pier Guidi in the #51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3. Despite a number of driving infringements that saw Calado receive multiple penalties, he pushed hard and ensured the Japanese team won their third race of the season to extend their lead in the Championship to 24 points. 
 
Full results can be found here

Next up is the season finale, in 4 Hours of Sepang on Sunday, 24th of February. 

Current Championship standings:

LMP2 & Outright Championship 
62 points – #22 United Autosports Ligier JS P2 Nissan 
44 points – #24 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JS P2 Judd
39 points – ARC Bratislava #4 Ligier JS P2 Nissan
 
LMP2 Am Trophy 
69 points – ARC Bratislava #4 Ligier JS P2 Nissan 
60 points – United Autosports #23 Ligier JS P2 Nissan 
48 points – Algarve Pro Racing #25 Ligier JS P3 Judd 
 
LMP3
62 points – Inter Europol Competition #13 Ligier JS P3 
54 points – United Autosports #2 Ligier JS P3 
43 points – United Autosports #3 Ligier JS P3  

GT 
76 points – Car Guy #11 Ferrari 488 GT3 
52 points – Spirit of Race #51 Ferrari 488 GT3 
39 points – TianShi Racing Team #66 Audi R8 LMS – they are also the lead GT Am entry

Harrison Newey Claims Pole for the 4 Hours of Buriram!

After winning the previous round of the Asian Le Mans Series, Algarve Pro Racing will start in pole position in Thailand.

Pole Position – by class:

LMP2: Harrison Newey #24 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JS P2 Judd
/ LMP2 Am Trophy: Darren Burke #4 ARC Bratislava Ligier JS P2 Nissan
LMP3: Wayne Boyd, United Autosports, Ligier JS P3
GT: Alessandro Pier Guidi #51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3
/ GT Am: Max Wiser #66 TianShi Racing Team Audi R8 LMS

After the very cold temperatures the teams experienced in the opening two rounds of the Asian Le Mans Series, the air temperature was in the low 30’s as qualifying got under way for the 4 Hours of Buriram.

First up was the GT qualifying. Setting the fastest time of the session was Alessandro Pier Guidi in the #51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3. Making it an all Ferrari front row was James Calado in the Car Guy Ferrari 488 GT3. Third fastest was Series debutant, Jean Karl Vernay in the TianShi Racing Team Audi R8 LMS.

Max Wiser in the #66 TianShi Racing Team Audi R8 LMS was the fastest GT AM, followed by Bonamy Grimes in the #5 TF Sport Aston Martin V12 Vantage.

As the sun slowly set, qualifying for the LMP2 and LMP3 cars got underway. In a high paced 15 minute session, it was reigning Champion Harrison Newey in the #24 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JS P2 Judd that claimed the outright pole position. In second place was Phil Hanson in the #22 United Autosports Ligier JS P2 Nissan, just 0.385 seconds behind him. In third place was the leading LMP2 Am Trophy entry, the #4 ARC Bratislava Ligier JS P2 Nissan with Darren Burke behind the wheel.

Second fastest in the LMP2 Am Trophy was the Class leader, the #23 United Autosports Ligier JS P2 with Guy Cosmo behind the wheel. In third place was Anders Fjordbach in the #25 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JS P2 Judd.

The battle for LMP3 pole was claimed by Wayne Boyd in the #2 United Autosports Ligier JS P3. Second fastest in the session was Nigel Moore in the #65 Ligier JS P3 from Malaysian team Viper Niza Racing. In third place was current LMP3 Championship leaders Inter Europol Competition, with Jakub Smiechowski behind the wheel of the #13 Ligier JS P3.

Full results can be found here:

 

 


Driver quotes:
 
LMP2 – Harrison Newey: I am very happy with pole. It came quite late in the day and took two sets of tyres to do it. In the end we had a good margin, and it went better than we thought it was going to. Really looking forward to tomorrow, and it is nice to have the one point for pole, after the woes in Shanghai. Ate will also be back in the car, so hopefully he can keep the lead, and me, and Andrea, will bring it home. 

LMP2 Am Trophy – Darren Burke: I was a little bit conservative with track limits, while on the first set of tyres. I think it was the same for everybody. The number one priority was to make sure we put a banker lap in to actually get us into the race. The second set of tyres was a chance to push a little bit harder and explore the limits of the car a little bit more. I think our race set up will be better than the qualifying set up, but it was great fun being out there. 

LMP3 – Wayne Boyd: It was really good for us, with P1. We were really hoping to get the extra point, as our last race didn’t go quite to plan for us, especially in terms of the championship. We did a first run, just to get a banker lap in, then we came in and took another set of tyres, and pushed a bit harder, and it was worth it. Very pleased.

GT – Alessandro Pier Guidi: We did a very good job on the car, it was important for us to score the point to keep the Championship alive. It will be a tough race tomorrow, with the Championship battle, but we will try our best. We have finished second twice, so we will try to win. I know it will be difficult, but we will try.

4 Hours of Buriram:11:45 – 15:45 
Live broadcast schedule:

Saturday: 11:15 – 16:30 
 
Links to live coverage:
 
English commentary: 
https://www.facebook.com/AsianLMS/videos/2169712840010215/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzCLPYsazK8
 
Thai commentary:
https://www.facebook.com/AsianLMS/videos/2057842124283196/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz6uuaHuOOc
 
 
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.

Asian Le Mans Series to Celebrate Children’s Day in Thailand!

4 Hours of Buriram – Preview 

Round 3 of the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series

After two thrilling races, and with all Championship Class battles incredibly tight, the Series makes the trip to the Chang International Circuit in Buriram this weekend. One of the most popular and well attended races of the 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series, the race in Thailand is set to be just as popular this year!
 
The round will again be held on Children’s Day in Thailand, with the race forming an important part of the celebrations occurring in Buriram. The circuit will be open to everyone as a part of the celebrations, with children under 15 getting access to the grandstand for free if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
 
Children’s Day has been celebrated in Thailand on the second Saturday of January every year since 1955 and is designed to celebrate the role children play in the development of the Country. It is a day for family fun and adventure – and the Asian Le Mans Series offers them exactly that! 

4 Hours of Buriram entry list – view here. 

LMP2
Fresh from taking the win in Round 2, the #24 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JS P2 Judd driven by Harrison Newey and Andrea Pizzitola, are aiming to close the gap to the Championship leaders. Last round in Japan, the battle between the #24 and the current leaders, Phil Hanson and Paul di Resta in the #22 Ligier JS P2 Nissan was incredibly close and the battle is expected to pick up where it was left off. Unfortunately, due to family commitments the #8 Spirit of Race entry will not be on the grid in Buriram, however they will be back for the final round in Sepang. 
 
LMP2 Am Trophy 
Miro Konopka, Kang Ling and Darren Burke in the ARC Bratislava #4 Ligier JS P2 Nissan not only won the LMP2 Am Trophy class in the 4 Hours of Fuji, they also claimed an outright podium position. This saw them close the gap to Class leaders in the #23 United Autosports Ligier JS P2 Nissan, Guy Cosmo, Patrick Byrne and Salih Yoluc. With just two points between them, the battle is set to be intense in Buriram! 
 
LMP3 
With the biggest lead of all the Class Championships, Jakub Smiechowshi and Martin Hippe in the #13 Inter Europol Competition Ligier JS P3 have an 11-point lead in the LMP3 class. Behind them are 4 Hours of Fuji Class winners, Matthew Bell, Kay van Berlo and Christian England in the #3 United Autosports, Ligier JS P3 Nissan. Just 5 points behind them is the sister United Autosports #2 Ligier JS P3 Nissan, driven by Chris Buncombe, Garett Grist and Wayne Boyd.
 
GT
As the only entry to have two race wins in the 2018/19 Season, Japanese team Car Guy with their Ferrari 488 GT3 are aiming to make it three from three in Thailand. Drivers Takeshi Kimura, Kei Cozzolino and James Calado will not have it all their own way, with the Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3 being driven by Alessadro Pier Guidi, Ozzy Negri Jr and Francesco Piovanetti will be aiming to cut their lead. 
 
Both of the TRST Audi R8 LMS’ will have slight changes to their driver line ups. In the #66 GT Am entry will be Lo Kai Fung, Max Wiser and Zhang Ya Qi. In the #88 will be Alex Au, Chen Wei An and new driver Jean Karl Vernay. The 2017 TCR International Champion was also the highest finishing Audi Sport driver in last season’s WTCR.

Tickets:
Tickets for the 4 Hours of Buriram, Asian Le Mans Series will be free for all children (under 15 years of age). Grand Stand Ticket Price: 300 baht (1 day) / 500 baht (2 days) and they can be purchased online here – https://www.allticket.com/#/event/ASIANLEMANS2019R3
 
Schedule:
Friday, 11 January 2019
08:40 – 10:10 Free Practice 1
12:40 – 14:00 Free Practice 2
16:35 – 16:50 GT Qualifying
17:00 – 17:15 LMP2 & LMP3 Qualifying
 
Saturday, 12 January 2019
09:20 – 09:50 Autograph Session 
11:45 – 15:45 4 Hours of Buriram
 
Current Championship standings:
LMP2 & Outright Championship 
37 points – United Autosports #22 Ligier JS P2 Nissan (Phil Hanson & Paul Di Resta)
34 points – Spirit of Race #8 Ligier JS P2 Nissan (Alexander West, Côme Ledogar & Pipo Derani)
27 points – ARC Bratislava #4 Ligier JS P2 Nissan (Miro Konopka, Ling Kang & Darren Burke)
 
LMP2 Am Trophy 
45 points – United Autosports #23 Ligier JS P2 Nissan (Guy Cosmo, Patrick Byrne & Salih Yoluc)
43 points – ARC Bratislava #4 Ligier JS P2 Nissan (Miro Konopka, Ling Kang & Darren Burke)
30 points – Algarve Pro Racing #25 Ligier JS P3 Judd (Mark Patterson, Anders Fjordbach & Christopher McMurry) 
 
LMP3 
44 points – Inter Europol Competition #13 Ligier JS P3 (Jakub Smiechowski & Martin Hippe)
33 points – United Autosports #3 Ligier JS P3 (Matthew Bell & Kay van Berlo) 
28 points – United Autosports #2 Ligier JS P3 (Chris Buncombe, Garett Grist & Wayne Boyd)
 
GT 
51 points – Car Guy #11 Ferrari 488 GT3 (Takeshi Kimura, Kei Cozzolino, James Calado) 
36 points – Spirit of Race #51 Ferrari 488 GT3 (Alessandro Pier Guidi, Ozzy Negri Jr & Francesco Piovanetti)
27 points – TianShi Racing Team #66 Audi R8 LMS (Xu Wei & Max Wiser) – they are also the lead GT Am entry.
 
For full standings – click here 
 
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.
  
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.

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. 

23 Confirmed Entries for the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series

 
With just over 5 weeks until the start of the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series, interest in the reference endurance racing series in Asia is high. To date, 23 full season entries have been confirmed, with more still to be announced.

Entries have come from some of the leading teams in endurance racing, cementing the ACO’s Asian Series place in the region, and confirming its place in the global motorsport calendar.
 
The teams will be fighting for highly sought after entries to the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans in a competitive and growing series, whilst benefiting from an exceptional broadcast package and racing at high-class circuits.
 
In addition to the entries announced earlier (see here), new entries have been received from Ecurie Ecosse/ Nielsen Racing, Inter Europol Competition, Panis Barthez Competition, Red River Sport by TF Sport, and Spirit of Race. 
 
Cyrille Taesch Wahlen, Managing Director, Asian Le Mans Series: 
“We welcome the arrival of the new teams, especially those making their first trips to Asia. Motorsport in Asia is booming and the Asian Le Mans Series which provides a direct pathway to the 24 Hours of Le Mans for both Le Mans Prototypes and GT cars is now firmly on the radar of all the top endurance racing teams globally. 
 
“We remain committed to delivering an exceptional product that is a combination of four Class A Circuits, exciting racing, a professionally run series and technical support, as well as a world class broadcast package, improved social media activation, and live streaming in China.” 
 

The season gets underway on the 25th of November at the Shanghai International Circuit, China. 

 

 Confirmed new entry details: 

NEW TEAM – Ecurie Ecosse / Nielsen Racing 
Two Ligier JS P3s
Car 1 – Christian Olsen and Nick Adcock
Car 2 – Colin Noble and Nick Wells
 
The Scottish team which this year has scored race wins in the Michelin Le Mans Cup and British LMP3 Cup and multiple podiums in the European Le Mans Series, has entered a pair of Ligier JS P3 prototypes for their first season in Asia. 
 
Ecurie Ecosse / Nielsen Racing Team Manager – Sven Thompson: 
“We’re incredibly excited to announce our first Asian Le Mans Series campaign as a team. This year’s LMP3 field looks like it’s going to be extremely competitive, and very attractive.
 
“We look forward to the opportunity that this gives us, not only a chance to fight for an Automatic Le Mans Invite, (obtained by winning the class title), but continue to expand and build up the reputation of Ecurie Ecosse / Nielsen Racing racing in ACO-sanctioned series outside of Europe.”

 
Read more about it here 
 
 
NEW TEAM – INTER EUROPOL COMPETITION 
Ligier JSP3
Drivers – Kuba Smiechowski and Martin Hippe
 
Established in 2010, this year the team is racing two LMP3s in both the European Le Mans Series and the VdeV championship. Inter Europol have announced Kuba Smiechowski and Martin Hippe will compete in their LMP3 entry, their first in the Asian Le Mans Series.
 
Inter Europol Technical Director – Michael Keese:
“I am proud to say that we are going to Asia also because of the very stable performance with both our LMP3s in the two European series we participate in. More important than that is that we will do this together with some of our long-time customers. For the team it also means that we will have a nice and very different winter programme instead of our usual testing in Europe. Nobody is complaining. We feel that the Asian program is a better preparation for the 2019 season.”
 

Read more about it here 
 
 
NEW TEAM – PANIS BARTHEZ COMPETITION
#35 Ligier JS P2
Drivers – Matthieu Lahaye, Jean-Baptiste Lahaye and François Hériau
 
Panis Barthez Competion have announced the driver line up of their LMP2 entry will be Matthieu Lahaye, his brother Jean-Baptiste and François Hériau.
 
Panis Barthez Competition Team Principal – Olivier Panis:
“The team is delighted to welcome this competitive line-up, which has proven during the past seasons a lot of promising things in ELMS, racing in the LMP3 Category. Matthieu already had an experience in LMP2, Jean-Baptiste never stop improving on track and François is one of the best Gentlemen driver. We are glad to bring the Panis-Barthez Compétition team in Asian Le Mans Series. The team, after three years of activity, is now well experimented and has always improved its level of performance in ELMS and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Being able to show our performance overseas is very positive for us, especially with such a line-up, whom will give all it has to succeed in this new challenge.”
 
Read more about it here 
 
 
NEW TEAM – RED RIVER SPORT BY TF SPORT 
#5 Aston Martin Vantage GT3
Drivers – Johnny Mowlem, Bonamy Grimes and Ivor Dunbar
 
Red River Sport by TF Sport have announced their driver line up will feature Johnny Mowlem, Bonamy Grimes and Ivor Dunbar in the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series.
 
TF Sport Director – Tom Ferrier:
“It will be a new and exciting challenge for everyone at TF Sport.  We’re very proud of our history and results and we’ve proven we can run at the front, take wins and challenge for championships at every level. In saying that, we never underestimate the competition and it is will be a pleasure to work with Red River Sport in helping then with their longer-term ambitions.”
 
Read more about it here
 
 
RETURNING TEAM – SPIRIT OF RACE 
Ligier JSP2 – Drivers: Alexander West, Come Ledogar, Pipo Derani 
Ferrari 488 GT3 – Drivers TBA

 
Spirit of Race have announced they will be returning to the Asian Le Mans Series with a Ligier JSP2 and a Ferrari 488 GT3 for the 2018-19 season. The team raced Ferraris with us in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons and provided technical support to the BBT entry that finished runner up in LMP2 last season. 
 
They have announced Pipo Derani who finished 2ndin the 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series will race the LMP2 with Alexander West and Côme Ledogar. The drivers of the Ferrari will be announced later. 
 
 
Other news:

United Autosports have announced their first LMP2 driver line up. Returning to the Asian Le Mans Series is 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 Champion, Phil Hanson. Joining him will be the highly experienced ex-formula one racer Paul di Resta. This strong pairing is expected to be challenging for the outright victory and the invitation to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. 
 
Read more about it here 
 
United Autosports have also announced the driver line up one of their LMP3 entries.  They announced reigning Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 Champions Guy Cosmo and Patrick Byrne will be joined by Salih Yoluc for their Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 team for the 2018/2019 season.
 
Read more about it here 
 
Algarve Pro Racing have announced the drivers that will pilot one of their two LMP2 entries.  Mark Patterson, Anders Fjordbach, and Chris McMurry will join forces to race in the LMP2 Am class that is designed specifically for amateur drivers. 
 
Read more about it here
 
Jackie Chan DC Racing  have also confirmed an additional LMP3 entry, and they continue to work on confirming a second LMP2. This will bring their total to four prototypes for the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series. 
 

Red River Sport by TF Sport opens a new racing chapter with 2018-19 Asian Le Mans Series entry


 

Red River Sport by TF Sport are delighted to announce that it will join the Asian Le Mans Series for the 2018-19 season which gets underway at Shanghai International Circuit 23-25 November.
 

The opportunity for TF Sport, in conjunction with Red River Sport, to compete in Asia opens a new chapter for the British-based team, building on success in British GT, Blancpain GT, European Le Mans Series and most recently the FIA World Endurance Championship.
 
Red River Sport, a motorsport mentoring and management agency, are delighted to be bringing two Clients in Bonamy Grimes and Ivor Dunbar to the Asian Le Mans Series alongside agency driver Johnny Mowlem. This is the next step for the group in taking Clients into an ACO run series and part of a stairway to competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the future.
 
“This is a long-term project for Red River Sport and it’s an exciting opportunity for us to take two of our Clients to the Asian Le Mans Series,” said Mowlem. “We have been working on this for a while in conjunction with the series and the ACO and is part of a bigger programme for us to bring gentlemen drivers up through the ranks and to compete at the highest levels.”
 
The trio will compete in all four-rounds of the championship in the #5 Aston Martin Vantage GT3. Mowlem is certainly no stranger to sports car racing, having competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 11 times, and won the GTE championship in the 2013 European Le Mans Series.
 
Dunbar competed in the Le Mans classic in 2014 before running in the GT Cup UK the following season. He graduated to the Michelin Le Mans Cup in 2016 and then into the International GT Open.  Dunbar raced in LMP3 at Le Mans in 2018 alongside Grimes and Mowlem. Grimes had not even completed a track day before 2016, but he competed in the Britcar Endurance Championship in 2017 and with Mowlem won the Class 2 championship. They also competed in the Gulf 12H, finishing second in class.
 
“This opportunity to compete in the Asian Le Mans Series surfaced recently,” explained TF Sport Director Tom Ferrier. “It will be a new and exciting challenge for everyone at TF Sport.  We’re very proud of our history and results and we’ve proven we can run at the front, take wins and challenge for championships at every level.
 
“In saying that, we never underestimate the competition and it is will be a pleasure to work with Red River Sport in helping them with their longer-term ambitions.”
 
The addition of Red River Sport by TF Sport to the Asian Le Mans Series is a welcome one for Managing Director Cyrille Taesch Wahlen. “We are pleased to welcome Red River Sport by TF Sport to the Asian Le Mans Series grid,” he said. “As a highly successful global GT team that is currently racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship they will make a very positive addition to our races. Their arrival marks another high-profile team entering the Asian Le Mans Series, and is further evidence of the high position the series holds on the global motorsport stage.”
 
The championship begins with the Shanghai round before traveling on to Fuji, Buriram and Sepang.

 

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The Spirit of Le Mans coming to Australia!

LMP3 Cup Australia launched. 

2019 will see the arrival of LMP3 prototype racing in Australia thanks to an agreement between the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, (ACO) and LMP3 Cup Australia Pty Ltd,with the agreement and support of the Confederation of Motor Sport (CAMS).
 
The LMP3 Cup Australia:
The 2019 LMP3 Cup will be a six round series, with each round featuring two x 1 hour races. 
 
Utilising the FIA driver seedings, and running ACO sprint cup format regulations, each car will be required to run at least one silver or bronze rated driver. Higher rated drivers, up to platinum, will be permitted to run as co-drivers. This allows lesser experienced drivers to partner with more experienced professional drivers to learn and develop their skills during the season.
 
Calendar details are still to be announced as the exact dates for the Australian motorsport calendars for 2019 have yet to be finalised. However, it is expected that the majority of the series will feature on the Shannons Nationals program, racing on premium tracks such as The Bend, Phillip Island and Sydney Motorsport Park. 
 
The dates have been specifically identified to avoid clashing with the Asian Le Mans Series calendar, even allowing for shipping transit between regions. This is by design to allow teams from throughout the region to compete in both series, adding an exciting element and offering Australian teams an opportunity to race on the global stage. 
 
The Series will feature a broadcast package that, while still being negotiated, aims to be a mix of both live streaming and television. The details will be confirmed once the calendar is announced. 
 
The Prize:
Teams and drivers will fight for either the outright championship, or an amateur trophy for all silver/ bronze driver line ups. 
 
The Outright Championship winning team will receive a free entry to the Asian Le Mans Series for the following season.
 
The Cars:
The LMP3 class was established by the ACO in 2015 to create a global base for sports prototype racing cars, and to provide a pathway to the World Endurance Championship (WEC) featuring the internationally famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race at its pinnacle. 
Eligible cars for the LMP3 Cup Australia will be homologated LMP3 machines from the ACO designated constructors – Adess AG, Ginetta, Ligier (Onroak Automotive), and Norma.All cars incorporate a carbon fibre monocoque chassis with FIA approved safety standards. The powertrain is engineered by Oreca and features a Nissan 420 bhp normally aspirated 5 litre V8 engine, and an X-Trac gearbox. 
 
With such a high specification, LMP3 cars have the potential to showcase the fastest racing of any Australian series when you consider the performance of the cars compared to other categories at circuits around the world.
 
The cars have received much praise from both professional and amateur drivers for providing the power and aerodynamic downforce required to give a thrilling driving experience, creating the perfect entry point to this level of world standard, top tier sportscar racing.
 
New cars (complete with engine) are cost capped at €206,500, and spare parts are also cost capped to ensure value for competitors. The result is low purchase and running costs for cars at this level.   
 
Since the ACO introduced the category in 2015, over 150 LMP3 cars have been produced and compete in a dozen different series, among them the Asian Le Mans Series, European Le Mans Series, Michelin Le Mans Cup, Road to Le Mans, LMP3 British Cup, V de V, lMSA Prototype Challenge, Gulf 12 Hours and the FRD LMP3 Series.
 
 LMP3 technical specifications:
 Minimum weight – 900 kg
 Fuel tank capacity – 100 litres
 Engine – Nissan V8
 Gearbox – 6 forward gears + reverse
 Brakes – Steel discs / max diameter 14″ (355 mm)
 Overall length – 4650mm (including rear wing)
 Overall width – 1900 mm
 Wheels and tyres – Max width 13″/ Max diameter 28″
 
 
Series Entrants: 
Organisers have already received significant interest in the category following speculation of its introduction. There have been a large contingent of Australian and New Zealand drivers who have previously had to travel overseas to race these amazing cars. The LMP3 Cup Australia organisers aim to provide a strong local championship allowing these drivers to race much closer to home, whilst making the distinctly different class accessible in Australia. 

Series organisers are also aiming to encourage teams from Asia and around the world to come to Australasia to experience some of the impressive circuits normally out of their reach. 
 
The Asian Le Mans Series connection: 
 The Australian LMP3 Cup will provide a direct pathway for Australian teams and drivers to compete in the Asian Le Mans Series and prove themselves on the regional stage. There will be a reciprocal pathway for teams and drivers from Asia, Europe and the USA to come to Australia and race in equivalent machinery.  
 
The winner of the 2019 Season will receive a free entry to the 2019/20 Asian Le Mans Series in the LMP3 class. There they will fight for a money can’t buy invitation to the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2020, awarded to the LMP3 Class winner.
 
For more information about the Asian Le Mans Series – see here.  

 


 

Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: 
“The LMP3 Class of racing is the fastest growing prototype category globally and Australia is well known for creating world class motorsport events. The cars, style of racing, and the organisation, combined with some of Australia’s most iconic race tracks should be an exciting prospect for both professional and gentlemen drivers. We are delighted at the prospect of seeing LMP3 cars racing in Australia. 
 
“Australia has a long, and very successful motorsport history, with drivers from Australia regularly winning on the global stage. Indeed, Australia’s own Mark Webber won the FIA World Endurance Championship with us in 2016. Through the introduction of the LMP3 Cup in Australia we hope to see more Australian drivers racing with us, and potentially we could see an Australian team racing at the highest level globally.”
 
 
Chris Papadopoulos, LMP3 Cup Australia: 
“The arrival of LMP3 racing in Australia is just mega. A quick look online will show everyone the sight and sound of these pure racing cars is amazing. The Cup is going to be great for spectators with the close and exciting racing, but also for teams and drivers looking to experience the high-speed thrill of Le Mans Prototype racing. 
 
“From an engineering side, the cars are designed to provide a comfortable learning platform, whilst not sacrificing any of the exhilaration of prototype racing. This allows bronze and silver drivers to, if they wish, partner with more experienced drivers in a proven formula to help them gain experience and get more out of their race weekends.”
 
“The cost-cap on the cars and the nature of the category will means it is a cost effective racing option in this market. The one hour race format means teams will not need expensive refuelling, or pit stop equipment and crews, making it easier for new teams to get involved or expand existing programs. 
 
 
Josh Hunt, LMP3 Cup Australia:
“I have been excited about LMP3 since I saw it on its debut in the 2015 Asian Le Mans Series. The concept of fast, great sounding cars that are cost effective to run has been so successful around the world and it is so exciting to bring it to Australia.”
 
“We have seen so many Australian drivers travel overseas to compete in LMP3 recently, so now LMP3 Cup Australia gives those drivers a place to compete in Australia, whilst also giving many more drivers the opportunity to progress to Le Mans and prototype racing.”
 
“The partnership with ACO has been important in establishing the LMP3 Cup Australia. This brings us into the ACO pyramid and gives Australian drivers a better opportunity than ever to progress into overseas racing and hopefully a world championship in WEC like Mark Webber, Alex Davison and Matt Campbell.”
 

Eugene Arocca, CAMS CEO confirmed the CAMS Board has approved the introduction of LMP3 in Australia.
“LMP3 will be an exciting addition to the Australian motor sport scene in a category that is popular around the world.
 
“This category has already seen its share of success with series in Asia, Europe and the USA. It will no doubt help young drivers help establish their careers here too and provide more opportunities to race.
 
“While a calendar is yet to be confirmed, we believe the Shannons Nationals will be able to host this category in future and will be able to showcase some exciting racing on circuits around Australia.”
 
 
ABOUT LMP3 Cup Australia Pty Ltd:
LMP3 Cup Australia Pty Ltd has been established with input from former F1 Engineer Chris Papadopoulos, Professional Driver Josh Hunt in consultation and co-operation with the ACO to bring the exciting class of LMP3 racing cars to Australasian shores. 

Negotiations are underway with key experienced staff to form a category management team that will oversee the organization and administration of the category for the first season in 2019.

Further Information: 
For more information about the LMP3 Cup Australia, please contact info@lmp3cup.com.au / +61(0)7 5559 6537

Team Virage

Created in 1998 by Philippe Gautheron under the name G-TEC Sport, our structure gained successes in many singles-seaters series, from the Formula Junior to the Open Telefonica by Nissan – recently known under World Renault.

In 2011, Gautheron started Virage Academy and was joined by Julien Gerbi in order to assist the drivers’ physical, mental and technical preparation. Among them, Sergio Perez, Vitaly Petrov, Giedo Van der Garde, Rio Haryanto and other 60 drivers enjoyed the Virage Academy services.

In the winter 2017-2018, Team Virage is born in order to compete with two LMP3 in the European endurance series.

The team have entered two LMP3s for their first Asian Le Mans Series!