New Zealand’s Team NZ will return to the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup in 2017, fielding its Porsche 997 GT3 Cup in the GT Cup class.
John Curran and Graeme Dowsett will drive for the outfit once again in the effort that saw class-winning success both in the Sprint Cup and the Asian Le Mans Series last season.
“Team NZ is excited to be joining the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup again,” said Dowsett. “The format is an excellent platform to race at a relatively high level with some of the teams actually going onto the Le Mans 24hr race, while also providing a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere.
“The race format of 1hr x 2 races per weekend provides Team NZ excellent track and race time to develop the drivers abilities. It is an excellent series to leading onto the 4hr race format of Asian Le Mans.”
The Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup features LMP3, GT3 and GT Cup class cars in a three round, six-race series based at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, giving teams and drivers the opportunity to sample multi-class prototype and GT racing before committing to the full five-round Asian Le Mans Series over the winter of 2017/ 2018.
Class winners of the full Asian Le Mans Series receive an automatic invitation to contest the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours.