Fastest in the Friday morning test session aboard the #8 Race Performance Oreca 03-R Judd, 2016 Renault Sport Trophy Am class winner Fabian Schiller has driven an LMP2 car before, he had seat time in Ligier’s JS P2 (and the LMP3 spec JS P3 at an Onroak organised test last winter.
Schiller is set to contest the remaining trio of 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series races with the Swiss team whilst he closes in on options to continue in LMP2 for the 2017 season elsewhere.
Tockwith Motorsport meanwhile set the fastest LMP3 time in the first Free Practice session, the team will return from Japan to the start of their LMP2 testing programme, the Yorkshire-based team will though not receive their 2017 spec Ligier JS P217 until February next year.
In the meantime they will take delivery next week of the now ex Krohn Racing Ligier JS P2, the car loaned to them by Onroak to allow some baseline testing before their new car is available. Testing in Europe will begin almost immediately.
Lanan Racing continue to provide technical support for the ARC Bratislava LMP3 effort but Team Manager Graham Johnson is slightly hobbled in Fuji, crutches required after an incident most likely involving either Ultimate Cage Fighting or SAS style survival training rather than the very much less likely scenario of an injury suffered whilst being heavily beaten by his wife at a game of badminton.
The Asian Le Mans broadcast team have once again come up with a solution to provide a basic live web streaming feed for qualifying tomorrow and for Sunday’s four-hour race.
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