Category Archives: Features by 9tro

2016/2017 Asian Le Mans Series Sepang – Practise

After three highly successful race weekends which kicked off at the Zhuhai International Circuit in November 2016, followed by Round Two at the Fuji International Speedway a month later and Round Three at the Chang International Circuit earlier this month, we return to Sepang International Circuit for the fourth and final round of this season’s Asian Le Mans Series.

With 25 cars competing in this final showdown and multiple teams still in contention for the win in their respective class, the weekend is looking positively exciting. The grid will comprise of four machines in the LMP2 class; nine machines in the LMP3 class; 10 cars in the GT class and two cars in the GT Cup class. For more, Click Here.

2016/2017 Asian Le Mans Series Sepang – Qualifying

The 15-minute qualifying session for both the GT and GT-Cup classes kicked off at 1715hrs, with 10 cars competing in the GT class and two cars in the GT-Cup class.

Three minutes into the qualifying session and car #77 piloted by Will Bamber from the GT-Cup class finds itself in the gravel at Turn 1, resulting in a red flagged pause from 1718hrs till 1722hrs. But aside from the brief incident, the fight for pole position in class was fierce among all competitors, evident in their individual best timings. For more, Click Here.

2016/2017 Asian Le Mans Series Buriram – Race

The #35 Jackie Chan DC Racing takes the win in Thailand!

The 4 Hours of Buriram, Round 3 of the 2016/2017 Asian Le Mans Series has been won by the #35 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 03R Nissan driven by Gustavo Menezes in the final stint. In second and third respectively were the pair of Algarve Pro Racing Ligiers, the #25 of Andrea Pizzitola and the #24 of Michael Munemann. Fourth overall went to the #8 Race Performance Oreca 03R Judd of Struan Moore. For more, click here.

2016/2017 Asian Le Mans Series Buriram – Qualifying

#35 Jackie Chan DC Racing qualifies top spot for tomorrow’s race!

Day two at the 4 Hours of Buriram started off today amid a searing morning sun, even though the session began at 9.00AM, the same time as yesterday’s practise sessions. With ambient temperatures hovering around the 29 to 30 degrees Celsius range, all 26 cars were back out on the Chang International Circuit here in Buriram, Thailand. For more, click here.

Clearwater Racing enters WEC

We spoke to Mr. Mok Weng Sun on his team’s decision to take part in the full-season of the 2017 WEC.

Fresh off Free Practise 2 here at the 2016/2017 Asian Le Mans Series Buriram, Singapore-based race-team, Clearwater Racing’s Team Principle, Mr. Mok Weng Sun has announced his team’s decision to race in the full 2017 season of the FIA World Endurance Championship with their current team and line-up of drivers. We caught up with man himself to find out more about what it takes to be the first race team in the South East Asian region to participate in a full-season of the world’s most popular endurance championship. For more, click here.

2016/2017 Asian Le Mans Series Buriram – Practise

Kicking off a new year, we delve straight into the thick of things with Round 3 of the 2016/2017 Asian Le Mans Series held at the Chang International Circuit, here in Buriram, Thailand. Picking up from where we last left off in Fuji Speedway, Japan, Race Performance took the victory in Round 2 and are looking at a repeat of for the third leg as well. The race weekend officially started today with Private Testing happening in the morning from 9.50AM till 11.20AM. 26 cars were out on track for the morning session, which started off on a rather cooling 24 degrees Celsius with track temperatures rising to 33. For more, click here.

2016/2017 Asian Le Mans Series Fuji – Driver Interviews

As with all the other rounds within the Asian Le Mans Series and Sprint Cup, 9tro is on the ground again visiting the various teams and catching up with the drivers just to learn a little more about the inner workings of racing. Here at Fuji Speedway, it is no different, except for the fact that instead of the usual hot and humid weather, its replaced by chilling winds and generally cool weather, which in our case is welcomed, making running around the paddocks effortless! But enough raving about the fantastic weather here in Japan, let us see what the drivers had to say. For more, click here.

Algarve Pro Racing Will Start At P1 On Grid Tomorrow!

We could not have asked for better weather in the lead up to tomorrow’s four hours of Fuji for the 2016/2017 Asian Le Mans Series. Last week’s snow now seems like a distant memory in stark contrast to yesterday and today’s weather with nearly cloudless clear blue skies and the sun beating down upon a cool 18 to 20 degrees Celsius here at Fuji Speedway, Japan. Coming out tops from Friday’s Free Practise 1, will the #35 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 03R Nissan emerge triumphant again? Let’s find out! For more, click here.

2016/2017 Asian Le Mans Series Fuji – Practise

Friday’s private and official practise sessions for the 2016/2017 Asian Le Mans Series kicked off amid fantastic weather here at the Fuji Speedway, Japan, set against the picturesque snow-capped Mount Fuji. Just a week ago, snow had been reported in various parts of Tokyo, considering that the last time it snowed in the city was over 54 years ago. Thankfully the weather has cleared up with a constant temperature of between 10-18 degrees Celsius making for a spectacular opening day at Fuji. For more, click here.