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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R24 with three new females in Malaysia

When the Asian Le Mans Series 2018/19 finale is run at Sepang International Circuit in one and a half weeks, the R24 team will have three brand new drivers in the car. There has been several driver combinations of females, where Marie Iwaoka has been the fixed point during the first three races of the series. She was joined by Stephane Kox, Anna Inotsume and Sarah Bovy at various times, but now even Iwaoka has to jump out of the seat. Katherine Legge, Michelle Gatting and Margot Laffite will be…

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LMP3 generation 2 presented

Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) has announced the new LMP3 regulations, starting 2020. The LMP3 category was introduced in 2015, where Ginetta was the first company to have a car ready. Ligier joined them later in the year, while Adess and Norma are the two latest. Ginetta left the party early on, when they had an argument with the engine supplier ORECA. The Adess car is only made in a very few editions, but they are still active. The 4 constructors are all invited again to the new regulations, where…

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Australia back on the sportscar world map

Australia will have some of the world’s best sportscar drivers visit them in 2020, in their primary machinery. The Asian Le Mans Series has announced that the Australian track The Bend Motorsport Park near Adelaide, will be hosting a round for the upcoming 2019/20 season. Australia was last visited by ACO race cars, which are cars like LMP2 and LMP3 cars, back in Year 2000, where the American Le Mans Series held their season finale in Adelaide, at the Race of a Thousand Years event. That race was run on…

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Steaming hot 4 hours race in Buriram

It was 4 steaming hot Asian Le Mans Series hours at Chang International Circuit in Buriram, with an air temperature fluctuating between 30 and 35 degrees throughout the race. The Thai circuit had 19 cars split on 3 different classes at the start, with the fight for every single point going on, so the Le Mans dream could live on. Every single class winner, and the best LMP2 Am Trophy team will receive a ticket for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2019. Algarve Pro Racing #24 had…

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Friday qualifying in Thailand

The qualifying for this weekend’s Asian Le Mans Series at Chang International Circuit in Buriram in Thailand was run today, Friday. First out was the five GT cars, for their 15 minutes of qualifying. After all cars had posted their first flying laps, we had Spirit Of Race Ferrari #51 fastest ahead of the two Tianshi Racing Team Audi’s #88 and #66. It was a bit of a slow start for Championship leader James Calado in the Car Guy Ferrari #11, but he initially got the bright yellow Ferrari F488…

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Asian Le Mans Series resumes this weekend

The Thai circuit in Buriram will host the third round of the Asian Le Mans Series 2018/19 this weekend. 19 cars are on the entry list, in a weekend with a slightly different schedule than usual. It’s Children’s day in Thailand this Saturday, so it’s a national holiday. That makes Chang International Circuit, the official name of the circuit, do some extra free activities for the families with kids. One of the things are all children under the age of 15 has free admission to the grand stand, as long…

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New cars to be introduced in the Asian Le Mans Series

New cars will be introduced in the Asian Le Mans Series, when the 2019/20 starts in the fall 2019. The latest generation of LMP2 car will be able to race in the series from next season onwards. When the new cars were introduced in the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series in 2017, they let the older version of the cars continue in the Asian pendant. That was to help the series get going, since a lot of old cars suddenly were out of use. That partly…

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Amazing 4 hours at Fuji

Nine degrees and a light shower before the start of the 4-hour race, made the conditions really difficult for the 20 Asian Le Mans Series teams at the Fuji International Speedway. United Autosports #22 started from Pole Position in LMP2, with Phil Hanson and Paul Di Resta. Viper Niza Racing #65 with Douglas Khoo and Nigel Moore had taken LMP3 Pole, while Car Guy Ferrari #11 with James Calado, Takeshi Kimura and Kei Cozzolino started from GT Pole. There had been a change compared yesterday’s qualifying result, since Ecurie Ecosse/Nielsen…

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Cold qualifying at Fuji

The qualifying for the second round of the Asian Le Mans Series, was run at a very cold Fuji International Speedway. An overcast track and only 13 degrees air temperature made the conditions quite hard for the teams. So the exception of using tire warmers for this race gave the drivers quite a lot more grip than they otherwise would have. First out was the five GT cars. James Calado in Car Guy Ferrari #11 was the first driver to set a fast lap. The Ferrari works driver proved how…

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20 cars at Fuji

The second round of this year’s Asian Le Mans Series will be run this weekend at Fuji International Speedway in Japan, with a slightly reduced entry compared to the opening race, two weeks ago. There will be 20 cars entered, which is seven less than Shanghai. Four of these cars are Porsche Carrera Cup Asia cars, which won’t go to the Japan trip. We have also lost all three Jackie Chan DC Racing cars from the field. There season opener went all terrible, where #1 with the three Malaysian drivers…

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England in Japan

England goes to Japan this weekend. Confused? Don’t worry. England is Christian England – an Englishman. And he will be the third driver on the United Autosports #3 LMP3 car, when the second round of the Asian Le Mans Series will be run at the Fuji International Speedway. England has been a part of United Autosports through several seasons, but this is the first time for him at the Japanese track. He will share #3 with Kay van Berlo and Matt Bell, while Jim McGuire has to miss this round…

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Fantastic opening to the season

Asian Le Mans Series 2018/19 got the season started in China at Shanghai International Circuit with the Agile 4 Hours of Shanghai. The race was started 9.30 local time, and even though the sun was on its way, there was heavy fog until shortly before the start of the race. That meant the asphalt was slightly damp, but all teams still opted for dry weather slicks, since it wasn’t really wet. Luckily the fog was diminishing, so the drivers and not at least the spectators and TV viewers would have…

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Close qualifying session for the opening round

The Qualifying for the opening round of the Asian Le Mans Series 2018/19 was run at the Shanghai International Circuit. The weather was complete opposite to last weekend, so the two times 15 minutes qualifying was run in the beautiful afternoon sunshine. 8 LMP2 cars and 10 LMP3 cars were the first to go onto the track. Pipo Derani in Spirit of Race #8 was the first to set a quick time in the LMP2 category, ahead of Algarve Pro Racing #24 with Harrison Newey and United Autosports #22 with…

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Two Audis in Asian LMS

There will be two Audi R8 LMS cars entered in the Asian Le Mans Series 2018/19. Tianshi Racing Team has doubled up compared to last season, and will enter both their classic number #66 plus the new #88. Both cars will be a good mix of speed, experience and the mandatory Bronze driver. Xu Wei will be joined by Massimiliano Wiser and Rob Huff and #66, while #88 will have Dennis Zhang, Weian Chen and Dries Vanthoor. Xu has seven seasons of experience, including winning the 2015 Ferrari Challenge Asia…

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