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RLR MSport to Run Oreca 05 in Asian Le Mans

RLR MSport commits to Asian LMS program with previous-gen Oreca LMP2…

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RLR MSport has confirmed that it will run an Oreca 05 Nissan in the 2019-20 Asian Le Mans Series LMP2 Am Trophy class.

The British squad announced its intentions to form a bi-continental program earlier this year and has since firmed up its first entry into the Asian series.

Ex-Formula 2 racer Arjun Maini and his European Le Mans Series co-driver John Farano will be joined by New Zealand’s Andy Higgins for the four-race campaign.

The Oreca 05 chassis they will share became obsolete in other Le Mans-style competitions at the end of 2016 and replaced by the Oreca 07, but is still eligible in Asia.

An Oreca 05 contested the opening round of the previous 2018-19 season with Jackie Chan DC Racing, but this planned full-season effort never materialized.

RLR’s program with the 05 comes after the team purchased an Oreca 07 Gibson for the 2019 European campaign and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

“The Asian Le Mans Series is growing in size and stature every year, and we believe there’s a lot of value in an entry,” said the team’s director of motorsport operations, Nick Reynolds.

“It isn’t only the caliber of the field that makes the series attractive, but the fact it’s held during the European winter months makes it a fantastic platform for teams and drivers who wish to stay fresh all year round.”

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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