G-Drive plus other Asian news

Since our latest update regarding participating teams in the Asian Le Mans Series, even more entries have arrived. G-Drive Racing will also be racing in Asia. Roman Rusinov is once again the backbone, bringing the Russian roubles, and the orange colour, but unlike at ELMS and Le Mans for the last couple of years, it will be with a different team. TDS Racing has been their partner lately, but it will be Algarve Pro Racing in Asia. The team will run under the G-Drive Racing by Algarve banner. Rusinov will…

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Indonesian team in the Asian LMS

Asian Le Mans Series will once again add to the list of participating nations in the series. When the 2019/20 season starts later this month in Shanghai, there will be an Indonesian team on the grid. T2 Motorsports will enter the GT category with a Ferrari 488 GT3, driven by Italian Christian Colombo, and the two Indonesian drivers  David Tjiptobiantoro and ex-Formula 1 driver Rio Haryanto. Haryanto has been coaching Tjiptobiantoro for the last few years, after he ended his F1 career, and they have raced in the Blancpain GT…

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Inter Europol Competition finalizes line-up

Inter Europol Competition has finalized their line-up for the Asian Le Mans Series 2019/20. The Polish team, with a bit of help from the German mechanics at Keese Motorsport, has put Jakub Smiechowski in the LMP2 car #34 together with Mathias Beche and James Winslow. Smiechowski has been a fixed member of the team for the last few seasons, and was part of securing the LMP3 title last season, which gave the team their Le Mans entry. Beche drove for the team at Spa Francorchamps and in Portimao in the…

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More entries for Asian LMS

The entries for Asian Le Mans Series keep coming in. ARC Bratislava will once again compete in the LMP2 championship, which the team won last season. Two out of three drivers remain the same. Team owner Miro Konopka will be joined by returning Kang Ling, and a newcomer Andreas Laskaratos. The Greek driver will drive a Ligier JS P2 for the first time, after competing in LMP3 class in European Le Mans Series earlier this year. RLR MSport is another LMP2 team, coming up in their ORECA 05. John Farano…

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More Le Mans slots taken up

More and more slots for the 24 hours of Le Mans 2020 are taken up. A total of 43 entries have been handed out so far. But one thing is the amount of entries handed out – a completely different thing is the teams taking up their invitations. Because it is just invitations, and the entry fee still has to be paid. The 31 full season entrants from the FIA World Endurance Championship 2019/20 are all secured a ticket for the race, with it being the finale in the World…

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New teams and name changes in Asian LMS

More and more teams are announcing their plans for the Asian Le Mans Series  2019/20. Eurasia Motorsport enters two cars. Aidan Read and Nick Foster will race one of the Ligier JS P217 cars, under Eurasia Motorsport banner. The pair will be joined by a yet unnamed third driver. The second Ligier will be running under the Eurasia Racing New Zealand name with Nobu Yamanaka, Daniel Gaunt, Masataka Yanagida and Nick Cassidy behind the wheel. Cassidy won’t be doing the opening race in Shanghai, so he will be replaced by…

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More entries for the Asian LMS

The entries for the Asian Le Mans Series 2019/20 keep getting announced. It was announced earlier this rummer that Nielsen Racing would enter Tony Wells and Colin Noble in one of their Norma M30 LMP3 cars, while Rob Hodes and Garett Grist have just been announced in the second car. Both drivers arrive from United Autosports, where they share #23 in the Michelin Le Mans Cup. Grist has already participated in the Asian LMS, where he finished second in the Championship last year. Hodes and Grist will have a yet…

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Carguy ready in Asia

Carguy are ready for the upcoming Asian Le Mans Series season. The Japanese team, located close to Fuji International Speedway, are the defending champions in the Asian series, where they won four out of four races during the 2018/19 season, and therefore winning an entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team finished 5th out of 16 entered cars, which was a really good debut for them. The team will be supported by AF Corse, who will run the yellow Ferrari 488 GT3. Team owner Takeshi Kimura will…

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Nielsen Racing ready with first line-up

Nielsen Racing has announced the first names for their Asian Le Mans Series 2019/20 effort. It’s no major surprise that Colin Noble and Tony Wells once again will share on of the Norma M30 LMP3 cars, that the team will run in the Asian series. Nielsen Racing were the first team to announce running with the Norma chassis in the Asian LMS about two months ago, where they will aim to run several entries. Noble and Wells also ran the Asian Le Mans Series 2018/19 together, plus they currently compete…

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Significant changes at United Autosports

There will be significant changes at United Autosports in the coming months. The British-American team has been ever present in the European Le Mans Series since 2016, where they started out with two LMP3 cars, winning the Championship in that category in both 2016 and 2017. They expanded that programme in 2017 to include LMP2 as well, getting their first start at Le Mans too. The Daytona 24 Hours 2018 was their first step into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Champinship, followed up with Sebring and Watkins Glen later in the…

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Graff enters in Asia

The French Graff team is ready for a trip to the Asian Le Mans Series 2019/20 season. The team has entered two Norma M30 LMP3 cars, with Eric Trouillet being confirmed as the first driver in one of them. Trouillet currently races in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, where he shares the car with his son Adrien. But so far it’s just Trouillet Senior confirmed in the Asian LMS. Graff is a busy team, and in addition to their Michelin Le Mans Cup programme, they run in LMP2 in European…

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Norma enters Asia

When the Asian Le Mans Series gets underway once again in November 2019, there will be a new brand in the LMP3 category. So far we have only had Ginetta, ADESS and especially Ligier, but now we are going to have at least one Norma chassis running. The British team Nielsen Racing will bring a Norma M 30, but they are working on getting a second car on the grid as well. The team already knows the Asian LMS, where they raced two cars under the Ecurie Ecosse/Nielsen banner. That…

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ACO lets two more cars in

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has managed to get two more cars into this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The French organizer has chosen to build two temporary garages, so there will be room for more teams in the prestigious race. That is really good new for the Danish team High Class Racing and British-American United Autosports, who were number one and two on the reserve list prior to today’s announcement. They were originally second and third on the reserve list, but Duqueine Engineering #30 was let into the race,…

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RLR MSport looking towards Asia

There is a bit of tendency starting in European sportscar racing – a lot of people are starting to look towards the east. RLR MSport is the most recent team to announce their ambitions to participate in the Asian Le Mans Series 2019/20. The defending LMP3 Champions from the European Le Mans Series has already expanded their 2019 programme with a LMP2 car in ELMS, on top of their LMP3 effort once again. Furthermore they have a car running in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, where Christian Stubbe Olsen will…

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Comment – Is it OK to be disappointed?

It happens time after time, year after year. When the entry list for the 24 Hours of Le Mans is released, there are 60 happy teams and x number of disappointed teams. 2019 is no different. There is no doubt that the 60 cars, that have been allowed in have absolutely nothing to complain about – but still one of the teams does so. 22 minutes after the entry list was confirmed, there was a reaction from United Autosports. They got one car in the race, by winning the Asian…

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All Le Mans teams 2019 announced

ACO has announced the complete list with all 60 entrants for this years 24 Hours of Le Mans. The list includes the 42 teams that was announced just shy of three weeks ago, and the four auto-entries from the Asian Le Mans Series, which finished last weekend, plus various IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and European Le Mans Series teams. There are still 8 LMP1 teams, while 8 more LMP2 teams have gotten their entry approved. That is the Asian LMS Champion from LMP2, United Autosports, and the LMP2 Am winner…

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The champions crowned in Asia

The final in Asian Le Mans Series was run under the beating sun and 32 degrees at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. Spirit of Race #8 with Pipo Derani, Come Ledogar and Alexander West started from Pole Position in LMP2, Algarve Pro Racing #25 with Anders Fjordbach, Chris McMurry and Mark Patterson had LMP2 Am pole an an overall fifth starting position, United Autosports #2 with Wayne Boyne, Garett Grist and Chris Buncombe was the fastest in LMP3, while Tianshi Racing Team Audi #88 with Xu Wei, Chen Wei…

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Steaming hot qualifying at Sepang – updated

The final qualifying of the season in the Asian Le Mans Series 2018/19 was run at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. 22 cars was ready on the former Formula 1 circuit, and were battling for the starting positions in the steaming hot afternoon sun and 33 degrees Celsius air temperature. First out was the five GT cars. The two Tianshi Racing Team Audi #66 and #88 were some of the first out on the track. Since the previous round at Buriram, both Audi R8 LMS GT3 had been updated with…

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High Class Racing on Asian adventure

We primarily know High Class Racing from the European racing circuits, but they now expand to the east. When the Asian Le Mans Series 2019/20 starts on 24 November, the Danish team plans to enter two cars at the Shanghai International Circuit. The team has participated in the European Le Mans Series with a Dallara P217 Gibson for the last two seasons, and has rented out chassis’ to other teams. They will now ship two of those cars to Asia, where they will race in the four races in the…

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Asian 2019/20 schedule ready

The Asian Le Mans Series has announced their 2019/20 schedule, with a few surprises. The series has been 50/50 split between first half of the season and second half of the season, so far. That will change in the upcoming season. The season starts at Shanghai International Circuit on 24 November, two weeks after the FIA World Endurance Championship round on the same track. All teams will go on a really long Christmas holiday, since the cars won’t drive until 12 January in Australia, at the new The Bend. One…

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