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16 Entries for Asian LMS Season Opener at Zhuhai

Sixteen cars and largest ever LMP2 grid set for Asian Le Mans Series opener at Zhuhai…

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Sixteen cars from four classes will contest this weekend’s Asian Le Mans Series season opener at Zhuhai, in the largest LMP2 field in series’ history, although facing a significant drop off in LMP3 and GT entries.

ENTRY LIST: 4H Zhuhai

Six cars will be battling for the outright win in the LMP2 ranks with two Oreca 05 Nissans entered by Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport and four Ligier JS P2 Nissans run by ARC Bratislava, Algarve Pro Racing, Eurasia Motorsport and BBT.

Pipo Derani will be part of BBT’s lineup alongside Davide Rizzo and Anthony Xu, while James Winslow has been added to the No. 8 DC Racing Oreca since the announcement of just David Cheng and Ho-Pin Tung in that car earlier this week.

The LMP3 class is made up of five Ligier JS P3 Nissans with one car each entered by Win Motosport, DC Racing, Taiwan Beer GH Motorsport, KCMG and Viper Niza Racing.

Richard Bradley is among the drivers in the class, driving the Win Motorsport car alongside William Lok and Philippe Descombes.

Only four GT cars are entered, compared to 16 entries at this race last year

FIST-Team AAI has a two-car program with one Mercedes-AMG GT3 and one BMW M6 GT3 while Tianshi Racing Team will enter an Audi R8 LMS.

Spirit of Race is listed to run a Ferrari 488 GT3 but currently has an entirely TBA lineup.

Rafaelle Marciello will drive the AAI Mercedes while Jesse Krohn and Chaz Mostert are in the team’s BMW. 

Team NZ returns as the sole GT Cup entry with its Porsche 911 GT3 Cup driven by Graeme Dowsett and John Curran.

The 16-car total entry compares to 33 cars which took part in last year’s season-opener, and 26 that completed the full 2016/17 season. 

Two Free Practice sessions will be followed by qualifying on Saturday, while the Four Hours of Zhuhai will get underway at 1 p.m. local time on Sunday.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist focusing on European series for Sportscar365. Kilshaw was the founder of WorldSportsCar.co.uk and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Change it up

    October 26, 2017 at 7:16 am

    is there a link to watch this race online live?

  2. Tarek R

    October 26, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Looks like that nearly all top Asian Le Mans Series GT teams have completed the switch to Blancpain GT Series Asia.

    Same thing happened in Europe’ Le Mans Cup, so many GT teams/drivers left for SRO-run championships.

  3. Helmut

    October 27, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Lol, a “Le Mans” series and only six of the 16 cars would be allowed to enter Le Mans 😉

    • KW

      October 27, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      This is not correct; the number of cars on the grid eligible for Le Mans is exactly zero. The 6 LMP2 cars on the entry list are 2016 or older spec, not with the new LMP2 regs. This is on purpose, because the series wants to offer a platform to field the “used” LMP2 2015/2016 cars like the Oreca 05 and the Ligier JSP2. Still it is correct to call the series “Asian Le Mans Series”, as the winners get an automatic invitation for the 24h race the following year, and the series gives an opportunity for teams and sponsors like Jackie Chan DC racing to give talented drivers from Asia an opportunity to step up to worldwide GT and LMP racing.

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