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Zhuhai: Saturday Paddock Notes

Snippets from the Zhuhai Paddock

OD Racing’s spare McLaren is here for just that, spares, the team not counting out a future second entry but there is nothing on the immediate horizon.

Jono Lester was enjoying his weekend and told DSC at least some of the details of a packed and near complete 2017 race programme that should involve the planned Blancpain Asia Series in a Porsche as well as a full season in the OD McLaren in Asian Le Mans Series together with another major Series drive, again with Porsche.

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Nicky Catsburg told us this morning post the first free practice session that he had “zero laps” this far after the #25 Algarve Pro Ligier Nissan suffered clutch issues this morning adding to the time lost yesterday following Customs clearance issue for the cars.

Concerns over the gearbox on the #99 after William Lok’s minor off earlier have proven to be groundless, a good thing too as we believe there is no spare now available here after Tockwith Motorsports purchased the last one available yesterday.

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Hiroshi Hamaguchi at FFF Racing confirmed to DSC that he plans to return to the Michelin Le Mans Cup in 2017 but will replace his 2016 McLaren with a Lamborghini Huracan GT3. “The McLaren is the better racing car but the Lamborghini is far easier to drive for a Gentleman driver“ said the immaculately spoken Japanese.

Absolute Racing have evened things out on the entry list with a minor change team name, both car now entered under the aforementioned banner rather than the #88 which was previously entered under Absolute Team Bentley.

TianShi Racing’s early meeting woes with their primary car written off in the first Test session on Thursday are behind them, the team reporting to DSC that the replacement Audi is performing well.