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6H Buriram: Race Day Paddock Notes

Plans developing for Algarve Pro and Team BBT. Another car switch for AAI? Matt McMurry Le Mans Record to be challenged?

Algarve Pro Racing are already well advanced with their plans not only for the 2018 season, but for the following year, both in Asia and Europe.  Expect them to be back in LMP2 in both markets for the coming seasons with a bolstered effort.

Stewart Cox was delighted to be name-checked by Matt McMurry in a recent press conference after a question about the most significant influences on his career, and that sort of happy customer response is paying dividends in terms of enabling the team to develop a racing business with certainty. Look out for more on their plans in the next couple of weeks on DSC.

A decision is expected by Team BBT in the next day or so that could well see the team add a full ELMS LMP2 programme to their current Asian Le Mans Series effort.  Amato Ferrari, here in support of the AF Corse crewed effort telling DSC that he expected a decision from the team owner this weekend.

Childrens Day on race day in Buriram saw the outer paddock packed with young families and a growing crowd assembling with other attractions in the wider development around the circuit providing plenty to do for those enquiring and acquisitive young minds!

What a great concept though, a National Day aimed at young people where there was plenty of evidence of real subtlety at play even from the commercial interests involved with providing the entertainment.

That all saw the early morning autograph session very decently attended too.

FIST Team AAI look set to switch cars for the #90 effort back to the teams Mercedes AMG GT3 for the final round of the Series at Sepang next month.  The AMG contested the Zhuhai opener (below), coming home in second place but was replaced for Fuji and here in Thailand.

15 year old Belgian F4 racer Ugo de Wilde is making a guest appearance here in the F4 South East Asia Championship and has made quite an impact, third place in race one after a spin he took wins in the next four races!

Perhaps of more interest to readers here though is his ambition to move to sportscars as soon as possible, potentially via the Asian Le Mans Series, with an eye on Matt McMurry’s record as the youngest ever starter (and finisher!) at the Le Mans 24 Hours.  Whilst his birthday is four days before the American’s the potential date for Le Mans in 2019 COULD see him beat the record by a single day!