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Zhuhai: Pre Race Paddock Notes & Starting Drivers In Grid Order

The rain of yesterday afternoon has disappeared and we’re back to cooler and hazy conditions for race day.

There’s a sizeable crowd arriving with race organisers opting to open further sections of the main grandstand as the morning progresses. One side note it was a genuine pleasure to see young families arriving in numbers with their children hugely excited by what appears to be the first exposure to motorsport for many.

Into the paddock and time to catch up with some of the runners ahead of the race, 4 hours starting at 13:00 local

Ollie Millroy was busy in the Team AAI garage and keen to explain the team’s delay in taking to the track in the qualifying session yesterday. “It was a classic mix-up, a misunderstanding over regulations where we didn’t realise that we were required to have the 2016 spec seat net, we didn’t have one so the AMG boys (for the #92 AMG GT3 also campaigned by Team AAI) lent us theirs for the session. By then it was a matter of getting a banker lap in to get us onto the grid. We had one flown in from Shanghai last night so we are good to go.

Struan Moore at Race Performance was happy with his performance, the Race Performance Oreca Judd 4th on the grid:

“This is my first time in an LMP2 car and qually was my very first time in the car in the wet. The key was bringing it home without damage and anything beyond that was a bonus. The LMP3s were quick in the wet so I’m very pleased to be ahead of them for the race start.”

Starting Drivers In Grid Order

25 Algarve Pro Ligier JS P2 Nissan – Michael Munemann
35 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 03-R Nissan – Ho-Pin Tung
24 Algarve Pro Ligier JS P2 Judd – Tack Sung Kim
8 Race Performance Oreca 03-R Nissan – Struan Moore
99 WinEurasia Ligier JSP3 – Philippe Descombes
69 Aylezo Ecotint Ginetta G57 P3 – Giacomo Barri
67 PRT Racing Ginetta G57 P2 – Martin Rump
4 ARC Bratislava Ginetta G57 P3 – Darren Burke
26 Tockwith Motorsporrs Ligier JS P3 – Nigel Moore
1 Jackie Chan DC Racing Ligier JS P3 – James Winslow
38 Spirit of race Ferrari 488 GT3 – Nazrat Muzayyin
37 Team BBT Ferrari 488 GT3 – Anthony Liu
61 Clearwater Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 – Mok Weng Sun
2 Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 – Steven Lin
10 FFF Racing by ACM Lamborghini Huracan GT3 – Hiroshi Hamaguchi
66 TianShi racing Audi R8 LMS Ultra – Peng Liu
85 G-Print by Triple 1 Racing Ligier JS P3 – Julio Acosta
5 DH Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 – Frédéric Vervisch
6 VS Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 – Kei Cozzolino
86 OD Racing Best Leader Team McLaren 650S GT3 – Tang Chi Lun
51 KCMG Audi R8 LMS – Tetsuya Tanaka
3 DH Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 – Rino Mastronardi
7 ARC Bratislava Ginetta G57 P3 – Neale Muston
88 Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3 – Jeffrey Lee
90 Team AAI BMW M6 GT3 – Tom Blomqvist
68 PS Racing Ligier JS53 – Akihito Asai
48 PS Racing Adess 03 Philippe Prette
91 Team AAI McLaren 650S GT3 – Xavier Maassen
92 Team AAI Mercedes Benz AMG GT3 – Tatsuya Tanigawa