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Eurasia Tests New Ligier JS P217

Cassidy, Yamanaka and Read shared the wheel in Malaysia

Eurasia Motorsport has been out testing the first of its two Ligier JS P217 chassis ahead of the 2019/20 Asian Le Mans Series season.

Mark Goddard’s outfit has purchased a pair of JS P217 LMP2s to take on the new-look Asian Le Mans top class, which for the first time allow current-spec LMP2 cars to enter as part of a multi-class LMP2 structure. The LMP2 Am class remains in Asian Le Mans, for teams and drivers looking to campaign the previous-spec LMP2 cars.

The Eurasia completed over 1000km of running during its first test with the first of its new Ligiers, at the Sepang International Circuit with Nobuya Yamanaka, Aidan Read and Super GT ace Nick Cassidy at the wheel.

“This is the first of a series of planned tests for us at Sepang and the results were extremely encouraging,” said Goddard. “We knew the car would be fast in the hands of the Pro drivers and it certainly was, but the pace of Nobu in his first experience of LMP2 machinery was impressive, recording times that would have put him on a par with the Pro drivers in the older-spec car.

“We have our second Ligier JS P217 arriving later this month and hope to step up our testing mileage over the next couple of months, testing prospective drivers for a second car in the Asian Le Mans Series.”

Details of the teams’ driver line up for the first Asian Le Mans entry will be announced in the next couple of weeks with details of further cars in both the P2 and P3 categories to follow.