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4 Hours of Sepang: Thursday Paddock Notes

Driver changes, renumbered Ligier, more Evo Ferraris and more!

Daniel Nielsen Frost replaces Mitch Nielson in the #33 Inter Europol Ligier JS P217 Gibson LMP2, the 18-year-old Singaporean driver making his first sportscar appearance after race and title-winning success in junior single-seaters.

Sascha Fassbender, Inter Europol Team Manager is not at Sepang today, instead, he’s representing the team in their final appeal at the FIA Court against the penalty levied against their #13 car at the final race of the 2019 ELMS at Portimao which cost the team the race and Championship win, together with an automatic Le Mans 24 Hours entry.

The second Inter Europol Ligier LMP3 Ligier is numbered #18 here and not #14 as new driver Philip Kadoorie from Hong Kong was unhappy at driving a car numbered as #14, a notoriously unlucky combination in Chinese Numerology. The entry will be counted in the Championship standings as an entirely.

All four Ferrari 488 GT3s are now in full 2020 ‘Evo’ spec, this after the HubAuto Corse car was the only car upgraded for The Bend last month.

ACE1 Villorba Corse also has a driver change here, Gabriele Lancieri ceding his seat to ARC Bratislava refugee Andreas Laskaratos.

In Norma M30 world the #3 Nielsen Racing car has reverted to the team’s original chassis that was badly damaged at The Bend, the tub was air-freighted back to Europe for repair and returned in time for the team to build up the car here in Sepang.

The spare Graff Racing car rented to Nielsen as a replacement at The Bend, was returned to the team post-Aussie misadventures and is now entered as the #8 for Matthieu Kaiser and Rory Penttinen.

Tom Gamble, named yesterday as Ross Gunn’s replacement at D’Station Racing for the Asian Le Mans Series finale at Buriram next weekend is here in Sepang to observe and meet the team, the 2018 Mclaren Autosport BRDC Award Winner has experience in both Lamborghini and Audi GT3 Machinery as well as contesting the 2019 Road to Le Mans double-header in a TF Sport Aston Martin.