23 Entries Received So Far For 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series With just over 5 weeks until the start of the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series 23 full season entries have been confirmed, with more still set to be announced either as full season entries or as race by race participants:
The current confirmed list includes:
LMP2, 8 Cars
Algarve Pro Racing, Ligier JS P2 Nissan: Anders Fjordbach, Mark Patterson, Chris McMurry
Algarve Pro Racing, Ligier JS P2 Nissan:
ARC Bratislava, Ligier JS P2 Nissan:
Jackie Chan DC Racing, Oreca 05 Nissan:
Panis Barthez Competition, Ligier JS P2 Judd: Matthieu Lahaye, Jean-Baptiste Lahaye, François Hériau.
Spirit of Race, Ligier JS P2 Nissan: Alexander West, Pipo Derani, Come Ledogar
United Autosports, Ligier JSP2 Nissan: Phil Hanson, Paul di Resta
United Autosports, Ligier JS P2 Nissan:
LMP3 (all Ligier JS P3 Nissan), 10 cars
Ecurie Ecosse/ Nielsen Racing: Christian Olsen, Nick Adcock
Ecurie Ecosse/ Nielsen Racing: Colin Noble, Tony Wells
Inter Europol: Jakob (Kuba), Martin Hippe
Jackie Chan DC Racing :
Jackie Chan DC Racing :
United Autosports: Patrick Byrne, Guy Cosmo, Salih Yoluc
Viper Nisa Racing:
GT, 4 Cars
Red River SPorts/ TF SPort, Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3: Johnny Mowlem, Ivor Dunbar, Bonamy Grimes Spirit of Race – Ferrari 488 GT3
TianShi Racing, Audi R8 LMS GT3:
TianShi Racing, Audi R8 LMS GT3:
Plus another as yet unannounced entry
Cyrille Taesch Wahlen, Managing Director, Asian Le Mans Series: “We welcome the arrival of the new teams, especially those making their first trips to Asia. Motorsport in Asia is booming and the Asian Le Mans Series which provides a direct pathway to the 24 Hours of Le Mans for both Le Mans Prototypes and GT cars, is now firmly on the radar of all the top endurance racing teams globally.
“We remain committed to delivering an exceptional product; a combination of four Class A Circuits, exciting racing, a professionally run series and technical support, as well as a world class broadcast package, improved social media activation, and live streaming in China. The season gets underway on the 25th of November at the Shanghai International Circuit, China.
Amongst the additional entries now confirmed are Ecurie Ecosse Nielsen racing, now confirmed as two-time British LMP3 Cup Champions and also with LMP3 race wins in the Michelin Le Mans Cup and multiple podiums in the European Le Mans Series:
Ecurie Ecosse / Nielsen Racing Team Manager, Sven Thompson: “We’re incredibly excited to announce our first Asian Le Mans Series campaign as a team. This year’s LMP3 field looks like it’s going to be extremely competitive, and very attractive.
“We look forward to the opportunity that this gives us, not only a chance to fight for an Automatic Le Mans Invite, (obtained by winning the class title), but continue to expand and build up the reputation of Ecurie Ecosse / Nielsen Racing racing in ACO-sanctioned series outside of Europe.
Another team with title winning success in LMP3 joining the Asian Le Mans Series are Polish team Inter-Europol Competition. Established in 2010, this year the team is racing two LMP3s in both the European Le Mans Series and the VdeV championship having already scored Championship winning success in VdeV.
Inter Europol have announced ELMS regulars Kuba Smiechowski and Martin Hippe will compete in their LMP3 entry, their first in the Asian Le Mans Series.
Inter Europol Technical Director, Michael Keese: “I am proud to say that we are going to Asia also because of the very stable performance with both our LMP3s in the two European series we participate in. More important than that is that we will do this together with some of our long-time customers. For the team it also means that we will have a nice and very different winter programme instead of our usual testing in Europe. Nobody is complaining. We feel that the Asian program is a better preparation for the 2019 season.”
Panis Barthez Competition bring the sonorous Judd V8 back to the Asian Le Mans Series aboard their Ligier JS P2, a car the team has plenty of experience with through their ELMS programmes.
Matthieu Lahaye, Jean-Baptiste Lahaye and François Hériau will move up from their front-running ELMS LMP3 entry under the Ultimate Racing banner to join the LMP2 outfit in Asia.
Olivier Panis, Team Principal: “The team is delighted to welcome this competitive line-up, which has proven during the past seasons a lot of promising things in ELMS, racing in the LMP3 Category. Matthieu already had an experience in LMP2, Jean-Baptiste never stops improving on track and François is one of the best Gentlemen drivers.
We are glad to bring the Panis-Barthez Compétition team in ALMS. The team, after three years of activity, is now well experimented and has always improved its level of performance in ELMS and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Being able to show our performance overseas is very positive for us, especially with such a line-up, whom will give all it has to succeed in this new challenge”.
Red River Sport by TF Sport have announced their driver line up will feature the evergreen and apparently not retired Johnny Mowlem, Bonamy Grimes and Ivor Dunbar in the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series.
Tom Ferrier, TF Sport Director: “It will be a new and exciting challenge for everyone at TF Sport. We’re very proud of our history and results and we’ve proven we can run at the front, take wins and challenge for championships at every level. In saying that, we never underestimate the competition and it is will be a pleasure to work with Red River Sport in helping then with their longer-term ambitions.”
Spirit of Race, a sub-brand of AF Corse, will return with a two careffort, and LMP2 Ligier for Alexander West, Come Ledogar and Pipo Derani plus an entry in GT for a Ferrari 488 GT3 with an as yet unannounced crew.
Beyond that little lot there are a number of other teams working hard to finalise programmes, with some surprises in store on a race by race basis too!