The first team to bite the bullet and enter a CN car in the 2014 Asian Le Mans Series are Atlantic Racing, the originally Canadian focussed team now do most of their racing in Asia with campaigns in FF1600/2000; FRenault; Indy Lights; IMSA; GT and FBMW amongst their battle honours.
With the announcement that a selection of CN cars would be eligible to race in the Asian Le Mans Series in 2014, ahead of the introduction of the new LMP3 class in 2015, Atlantic Racing signed a race and distribution deal with Wolf Racing, oddly another outfit with a Canadian back story, to represent the now Italian based manufacturer with a race programme, sales and support for any other new customers.
The team will enter a pair of the successful Wolf GB08 CN machines, and will hope that this kick starts interest in the new class.
Rolf-Ingo Strackerjan is the team manager of Atlantic Racing.
What were your key reasons behind entering the 2014 Asian LMS, and what are your objectives for the year?
“As you may know we tried in 2013 to enter a LMP2 car; financial limitation from the drivers stopped this project. 2014 is different -the new CN group opened the door to solid funding, an excellent car, and being a factory team.
“We can offer to our drivers what few teams can offer now – working side by side with the factory’s new projects, LMP 2 and 3 car development work!”
CN prototypes are a new racing class for the 2014 Asian LMS, what new opportunities does that offer?
“It was a smart move on part of the organizers to include CN cars for this and next year along with the new 2015 LMP 3 cars. It could bring as many as 7 manufacturers!
“These new prototype classes will enhance the field and competition in the Asian LeMans series for sure. We, and for our customers in Asia, will make sure that each time a Wolf car is on the grid, it also has the best chances to be on the podium.”
In your opinion, what will be the most important factor for the success for Asian LMS 2014?
“Easy, nearly too easy to answer:
A fair grid;
All participants need to have the same interest to make this series as entertaining for the public as possible;
Budget orientated series with cost conscious regulations; and
Lots of grid girls!”
How do you see motorsports in Asia right now, and how do you think Asian LMS can help the sport?
“Asian motorsport is young for mainstream Asians and not too many understand the sport as such-yet! Asian Le Mans Series is doing terrific PR work and has to continue to do so; equally also the teams need to do so. The CN class and LMP 3 idea will help a long way!”