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Inje Saturday Notebook

John Dagys’ Saturday notebook from Inje Speedium in Korea…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

***Tomorrow’s Three Hours of Inje will see a reduced field of six cars take the green flag following withdrawals from both the No. 7 Python Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 (chassis damage) and the No. 45 ATL Wolf Asia Wolf GB08 (gearbox/lack of spares) after accidents in practice. As a result, the event will go down in the books as having the fewest number of starters at a major endurance race, breaking the previous seven-car starting field in the FIA Sportscar Championship race at Nogaro in 2003.

***ATL Wolf Asia team owner Rolf-Ingo Strackerjan told Sportscar365 that he hopes to field two Wolf GB08s for the next round at Fuji. The team struck a late deal to have Malaysian brothers Dominik and Gilbert Ang in the single-car entry this weekend, which has since been withdrawn. Strackerjan, who is also the Asian importer for the Italian prototype, said he’s received interest from customers but so far no deals have been reached.

***It will be a busy next few weeks for a handful of drivers competing at Inje. OAK Racing Team Total’s Ho-Pin Tung will be making his second TUDOR United SportsCar Championship start next weekend at Indianapolis in OAK’s Morgan-Nissan with Gustavo Yacaman, while Marco Seefried, driving a Team AAI BMW Z4 GT3 this weekend, will jet off to the Total 24 Hours of Spa.

***The ACO’s Asian delegate, Frederic Henry Biabaud, confirmed the CN class and new-for-2015 LMP3 categories will be run separately in the Asian LMS, with no Balance of Performance measures planned to equalize the two platforms. CN cars are in the first of a three-year commitment in Asia. Only a single car will take the green flag on Sunday, although more are expected for the next round in Fuji.

***Per a bulletin released today, CN cars in the series must make two mandatory refueling stops, each for 60 seconds, with the maximum fuel quantity not allowed to exceed 50 liters. Additional stops will not be timed or regulated. No changes have been made to the LMP2 or GT classes for Sunday’s race.

***OAK Racing will field an additional Morgan LMP2 in November’s FIA World Endurance Championship round in Shanghai for David Cheng. The U.S.-based Chinese driver took part in last year’s race in OAK’s Art Car. Team principal Philippe Dumas said they have yet to finalize the remainder of the lineup, or whether they’ll use its Asian LMS car, or a different Morgan chassis for the race.

***While being present on two continents in as many weeks, OAK Racing’s efforts in the Asian LMS and TUDOR Championship are operated independently of each other with separate crews. Only team principal Philippe Dumas has made the trip from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last weekend and will also be in Indy for next week’s Brickyard Grand Prix.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John


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