30 Car Entry
30 cars have been announced on the provisional entry list, four LM P2, nine LM P3, one CN, 15 GT cars and one GT Cup.
An addition in the GT class is Team Audi Korea, operated by Phoenix Racing Asia, with the #31 Audi R8 LMS GT3 for Kyong Ouk You , Marchy Lee Ying-Kin and Audi R8 LMS Cup Champion Alex Yoong.
The first GT Cup entry of the 2016-2017 season comes with with the arrival of TKS, a Japanese team, bringing their #96 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, complete with a full Japanese driver line-up with Shinyo Sano, Takuma Aoki and Shigeto Nagashima.
WinEurasia Reshuffle LMP3 Pack
WinEurasia are fielding a new look driver squad in the #99 Ligier JSP3 for next weekend’s 4 hours of Fuji, Round 2 of the 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series
Aidan Read, who won nine Formula Masters races this year with Eurasia and added two race wins in the Asian Le Mans LMP3 Sprint Cup joins fellow Australian, Scott Andrews, the 2015 USA F1600 Formula F Champion who will be having his first taste of an LMP car at Fuji International Speedway.
William Lok will complete the trio once again.
“We know Aidan will be competitive, he has already proven his speed in the Ligier this year and I am sure Scott will also quickly get up to speed,” stated Team Principal, Mark Goddard. “This gives us two very competitive drivers alongside William Lok and we have to be aiming for a podium.”
Algarve Pro Racing Change their Line-ups too, Fabian Schiller Makes LMP2 Debut
Algarve Pro Racing’s two entries, the #24 Ligier JSP2 Judd and #25 Ligier JSP2 Nissan both see changes to their driver line-ups with Jonathan Hirschi and Mark Patterson joining Tacksung Kim on the #24, and Andrea Roda replacing Nicky Catsburg in the #25.
The Race Performance crew will see an extra driver in the car with Renault Sport Trophy Champion Fabian Schiller joining Struan Moore and Giorgio Maggi.
GT Driver Changes
The #5 DH Racing Ferrari has announced that Chaoyin Wei and Frederic Vervich will be replaced by Stephane Lemeret and Matthieu Vaxiviere for this round.
In the #6 VS Racing Lamborghini Yuhi Sekiguchi will be replacing Adrian Zaugg.
Team AAI have announced a driver change on their #92 Mercedes AMG GT3 Zhang-Wen-He replaces Huang Chi.
The #91 McLaren 650 GT3 crew meanwhile switch to a BMW M6 GT3.
The weekend will see the cars head out for two free practice sessions (one on Friday, and one on Saturday), Qualifying on Saturday afternoon and the race on Sunday.
The four-hour race will be held a bit earlier than in Zhuhai, from 12:15-16:15, so as not to race in the dark, although the sun will have started to set by the end of the race. It will also be quite a bit colder than Zhuhai, with highs of 10° currently forecast, compared to the 25-30° in China.