2016/2017 Asian Le Mans Series Buriram – Practise
Race Performance is the fastest during the first official Free Practise session!
Kicking off a new year, we delve straight into the thick of things with Round 3 of the 2016/2017 Asian Le Mans Series held at the Chang International Circuit, here in Buriram, Thailand. Picking up from where we last left off in Fuji Speedway, Japan, Race Performance took the victory in Round 2 and are looking at a repeat of for the third leg as well. The race weekend officially started today with Private Testing happening in the morning from 9.50AM till 11.20AM. 26 cars were out on track for the morning session, which started off on a rather cooling 24 degrees Celsius with track temperatures rising to 33.
Taking top spot for Private Test was the #35 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 03R Nissan LMP2 driven by Gustavo Menezes on a scorching time of 1 minute 28.298 seconds. In second was the #25 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JSP2 Nissan LMP2 with 1 minute 29.151 seconds, behind them was last round’s winner, the #8 Race Performance Oreca 03R Judd LMP2 of Giorgio Maggi on 1 minute 29.369 seconds. Fourth went to the other Algarve Pro Racing LMP2 car, the #24 Ligier JSP2 Judd with 1 minute 30.050 seconds.
Over in LMP3, the #99 Wineurasia Ligier JSP3 of Scott Andrews went the fastest on 1 minute 32.045 seconds, he was also fifth overall fastest. Second fastest in category and sixth overall was the #1 Jackie Chan DC Racing Ligier JSP3 driven by Hiroki Yoshida with a time of 1 minute 32.199 seconds. Right behind him were the pair of ARC Bratislava Ginetta LMP3s with the #7 driven by Neale Muston clinching third in class and seventh overall on 1 minute 33.019 seconds and the #4 of Miro Konopka taking fourth in class and eighth overall with 1 minute 33.093 seconds. Rounding up the top 10 slots was the #69 Aylezo Ecotint Racing Ginetta LMP3 with Riki Christodoulou at the wheel on 1 minute 33.374 seconds.
Moving onto GT3, the #61 Clearwater Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 of Keita Sawa took the class’ fastest timing of 1 minute 33.343 seconds and even placed ninth overall. Second in class went to Team BBT’s #37 Ferrari 488 GT3 driven by Anthony Liu on 1 minute 33.459 seconds. Third for GT3 went to the #91 FIST-Team AAI BMW M6 GT3 of Ollie Millroy with 1 minute 33.731 seconds. The other FIST-Team AAI BMW M6 GT3, the #90 was right behind on 1 minute 33.830 seconds.
Rounding up the back-markers was the #77 Team NZ Porsche 911 GT3Cup driven by John Curran that scored a 1 minute 43.501 seconds in the GT-Cup class and the #68 PS Racing Ligier JS53 of Medhapan Sundaradeja on 1 minute 59.039 seconds for the CN class.