The night after the 4 Hours of Sepang caped off a season full of close and exciting racing, the Asian Le Mans Series has celebrated the outstanding performance and achievements of the teams and drivers that have competed in the 2017/18 season.
In addition to recognising the series Champions, the following titles were also announced last night:
Team of the Year:
Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOA Sport
On top of an already impressive 12 months, the Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport team won both the LMP2 and LMP3 Class Championships. Along the way they won every race of the 2017/18 season in the LMP2 Class, as well as winning two races in the highly competitive LMP3 Class.
Rookie of the Year:
#8 Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport Oreca 05 Nissan
This season was the first time 19-year-old Harrison had raced in anything other than an open wheeled race car, as well as racing for longer than 30 minutes at a time. Not only was he able to adapt quickly to the different driving style required for endurance racing, he quickly became a very important part of the Championship winning team.
Man of the Year:
Team manager – #66 Audi Sport Customer Racing Asia by TSRT Audi R8 LMS
The Man of the Year Award goes to a person who has achieved something important in the Championship. At just 26, Ron has achieved much in a very short amount of time with the team that is now recognised by Audi Sport as a full Customer Racing team in Asia. After initially planning just to enter the Chinese round of the Championship, he managed the team’s first races outside China and the very successful step up to the Asian Le Mans Series.
Bronze Cup – LMP2:
#25 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JS P2 Nissan
Ate Dirk De Jong and Dean Koutsoumidis
GT Am trophy:
#66 Audi Sport Customer Racing Asia by TSRT Audi R8 LMS
Massimiliano Wiser and Weian Chen
2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series Championship winners:
1 – #8 Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport Oreca 05 Nissan – 95 points
Stephane Richelmi, Harrison Newey and Thomas Laurent
2 – #37 BBT Ligier JS P2 – 70 points
Anthony Xu Liu, Davide Rizzo and Pipo Derani
3 – #4 ARC Bratislava #4 Ligier JS P2 – 51 points
Miro Konopka and Konstantins Calko
1 – #6 Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport Ligier JSP3 – 77 points
Guy Cosmo and Patrick Byrne
2 – #18 KCMG Motorsport Ligier JS P3 – 54 points*
Louis Prette, Neric Wei and Josh Burdon
3 – #11 Taiwan Beer GH Motorsport Ligier JS P3 – 54 points
*Awarded 2nd place based on having more race wins.
1 – #91 FIST Team AAI GT3 BMW M6 GT3 – 95 points
Jesse Krohn and Junsan Chen
2 – #90 FIST Team AAI Ferrari 488 GT3 – 78 points
3 – #66 Audi Sport Customer Racing Asia by TSRT Audi R8 LMS – 48 points
Massimiliano Wiser Weian Chen
GT Cup – #77 Team NZ Porsche 997 GT3
Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport have secured two invitations to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LMP2 Class, and FIST Team AAI have secured two invitations to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LM GTE Am Class.
The full entry list for the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans will be announced by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest on Friday, 9 February 2018.