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4H Sepang: Friday/Saturday Paddock Notes

Local interest

Algarve Pro Racing’s rebuild of the #25 Ligier has been successfully completed, the car running well in Private testing on Friday. That session saw the Team BBT Ligier fastest the AAI Ferrari topping the GT times, final times here Asian-Le-Mans-Series-Private-Session

Sennan Fielding is here with the team acting as driver coach for the regular trio and assisting the team with set-up too, getting some track time in the Ligier. Stuart Cox told DSC that his contribution was proving valuable but there’s little doubt that the team are assisting the talented Fielding to keep his eye in, excellent stuff from a team that continues to see a catalogue of happy customers.

 The #25 is also sporting new sponsorship this weekend.

Ho Pin Tung is here in support of the Jackie Chan DC Racing effort, he joins Guy Cosmo, Pipo Derani and Jessie Krohn in the paddock as drivers who competed at Daytona last weekend, the latter trio all driving this weekend. A goodly proportion of the Jackie Chan DC Racing crew have made the trip too as has Jacob Greaves, here in support of the ARC Bratislava effort.

A significant ACO presence is here this weekend too, headed up by President Pierre Fillon who will join Asian Le Mans Series MD Cyrille Taesch Wahlen for a press conference tomorrow to announce the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series calendar.

There’s major local media interest in the Malaysian involvement in the race, the win last month in Buriram by the all Malaysian crew in the #7 JCDC Oreca heading up the local talking points, a total of eight local racers on the entry.

 The Asian Le Mans Series is supported here by F4 South East Asia once again plus the local Caterham Championship, the full grid photocall for F4 featuring some splendidly mind blowingly inadvisable makeshift scaffolding!

The Sepang Circuit ran a ‘convoy’ of race cars on the public road earlier in the week to distribute over 50,000 promotional fliers for the race weekend, set to be graced by VIPs on the grid and a hoped for substantial crowd.

Most importantly of all The DSC Editor returned to his room at the excellent Sama Sama hotel last night to find the shirt and two pairs of trousers he left at the hotel by mistake in August last year ironed and packaged beautifully on the bed, you just don’t get that at a Travelodge!

You do though get the opportunity to take a closer look at a couple of real life Asian le Mans race cars, AAI supplying a McLaren 650S GT3 and Algarve Pro their spare Ligier JSP2, incorrectly labelled as a JSP217!

If you are Asian Le Mans Series Media Delegate Jane Rowe you also get to meet a childhood hero. Aussie broadcasting legend Dr Karl coincidentally visiting, Jane totally star struck!

Lead pic courtesy Algarve Pro racing copyright Vision Sport Media