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Team AAI Planning LM24 Effort in 2015

Taiwanese squad planning 24H Le Mans program in GTE-Am…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

After already locking up the Asian Le Mans Series GT championship and with two automatic invites to next year’s French endurance racing classic, Team AAI is preparing for its debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. (En Français)

The Taiwanese squad, which has fielded a pair of BMW Z4 GT3 cars as well as a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 in the Asian championship, has outlined preliminary plans to contest Le Mans next year, although details have still yet to be sorted out.

However, per ACO rules, the auto entries are eligible for the GTE-Am class.

“As of now our target for 2015 is the Le Mans GTE-Am class,” team owner Chen Jun San told Endurance-Info. “We have not yet confirmed which car we will be running in the 2015 Le Mans at this time.

“Currently we are putting all our attention and efforts to prepare for the Dec. 7th final race at Sepang. Team AAI will further review which car is best suited for the team to be entered at 2015 Le Mans.”

AAI, which has been the only full-season GT team in Asian LMS this year, has yet to confirm its participation next year and is evaluating other options for 2015 as well.

“It is our absolute pleasure to be a part of Asian Le Mans Series, as it has brought us great races,” Jun San said. “It’s allowed our team to get good experience with endurance racing over sprint racing here in Asia.

“We’re not yet certain if we will enter next year’s Asian Le Mans Series, due to few entries in 2014 LMP2, CN, and GT categories.”

Jun San said one option could be to run a handful of Blancpain Endurance Series events with its existing fleet of GT3 machinery, or possibly a full-season effort in GT Asia, which it had entered select events in 2014.

Should its Le Mans effort materialize, Team AAI will become the fouth Asian LMS team to contest Le Mans, following efforts by  KCMG, OAK Racing Team Asia and Team Taisan this year.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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