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Buriram Paddock Notes: D’Station Aston Martin Plans, Luzich Le Mans Entry Forfeited

D’Station are still in the mix for an automatic invitation to the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours despite their dnf at Sepang after gearbox issues for the #77 Aston Martin.

Whether or not they receive that entry the team look set to have a busy programme alongside their Pacific D’Station Super GT GT300 campaign.

If the team win the auto-invitation (or are granted an entry in the general section process) they look set to race too at the Spa 6 Hours WEC event.

After that there appear to be two alternate programmes on the table:

Either a full FIA WEC programme in GTE Am, potentially allianced with TF Sport, plus a partial Asian Le Mans Series season) or a full season in Asian Le Mans alongside an appearance in the WEC race at Fuji.

Mikkel Mac Gets LMP2 Seat Time After Luzich Programme Pulled

Whilst not here to race 2015 ELMS GTE Champion, 2018 GT Open Champion and 2019 Michelin Le Mans Cup runner-up Mikkel Mac took the opportunity to turn some laps in the Thursday Private test in an Inter Europol LMP2 Ligier.

The test comes after the Luzich Racing team, winners in the GT Open in 2018, ELMS GTE Champions in 2019, ceased operations. That means that the Swiss-flagged team will not take up their automatic invitation to the Le Mans 24 Hours earned as a result of taking the ELMS Championship.

ACO Guests

There is a bus-load of senior ACO figures here at Buriram for the Asian Le Mans Series season finale.

Joining ACO President Pierre Fillon are Sporting Director Vincent Beaumesnil, Special Advisor to the President Frédéric Henry-Biabaud, ACO Board member Francois Bourdin and Sales and Marketing Director Stéphane Andriolo.

After serving as Race Control Driver Advisor at Sepang Alex Yoong is serving at Buriram as an International Steward, his son Alister is competing in F3 Asia here this weekend.

Support Races

The Asian Le Mans Series is supported again this weekend by F3 Asia with a field that includes Pietro Fittipaldi, Jack Doohan and Jamie Chadwick.

Both Dominc Ang (Viper Niza Racing) and Leonard Hoogenboom (G-Drive/ APR) have turned laps in practice.