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Graff Confirms Asian Program with Two Norma LMP3s

Graff adds Asian LMP3 program to its European campaigns; plotting WEC entry in 2020-21…

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Experienced prototype squad Graff will make its Asian Le Mans Series debut later this year with a two-car LMP3 entry into the 2019-20 season.

The French team, which currently operates ORECA LMP2 and Norma LMP3 machinery, will field a pair of Norma M30 Nissans in the four-round series.

Graff hopes that its involvement can lead to an automatic invitation to next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, with an LMP2 berth reserved for the Asian LMP3 champion.

Its team manager Pascal Rauturier said that the team is also planning to enter the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2020-21, although he didn’t specify a class.

“We are delighted to join the Asian Le Mans Series championship,” said Rauturier.

“Most of the drivers wish to complete their European programs by participating in competitions with good conditions during the winter.

“The Asian LMS championship meets this need through the quality of the selected circuits and through its organization.

“Our sporting goals will be ambitious; we will seek to win the LMP3 title so that we can get an invitation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020.”

Eric Trouillet and Sebastien Page are the first drivers to be nominated for the program with the pair expected to drive separate cars. Their co-drivers are yet to be announced.

The Asian Le Mans Series gets underway with a four-race race at Shanghai International Circuit in November.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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