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RLR MSport Planning Asia Program Expansion

RLR MSport set for Asian expansion following European LMP3 title…

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Reigning European Le Mans Series LMP3 champion RLR MSport has announced plans to expand into Asian competition later this year.

The British squad intends to run a Ligier JS P3 Nissan in the four-round Asian Le Mans Series, which gets underway in November one month after the conclusion of the ELMS season.

RLR already has confirmed plans in Europe with its new Oreca 07 Gibson LMP2 program and its returning entry into the Michelin Le Mans Cup LMP3 class, as well as a run at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

A driver lineup for the team’s 2019-20 Asian program has yet to be announced.

Christian Olsen, Martin Vedel and Martin Rich will drive RLR’s Ligier LMP3 this year while Bruno Senna, John Farano and Arjun Maini will share the LMP2-class Oreca in the ELMS.

“The Asian Le Mans Series has been on RLR MSport’s radar for some time now,” said RLR MSport director of motorsport operations Nick Reynolds.

“It’s hard to ignore the series’ growth and potential, as the grid has grown in size and competitiveness every year.

“When you factor in the amplified reach and exposure, the Asian Le Mans Series is undoubtedly a value proposition for any professional racing team, but also for those brands and sponsors that either wish to augment their position in Asia or break into the Far Eastern markets.

“It’s far more effective than a normal winter test day, and it should give us a running start into the next European season.

“At present, we hope to enter two LMP3 cars in 2019-20, but our plans are still forming and further announcements should follow in the coming months.”

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

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