July 24, 2021

Endurance. The road to Le Mans goes through the Orient. Sport

The Asian Le Mans Series continues to gain momentum. Despite the crisis, the 8e The season, which begins this Saturday in Dubai, will be with 36 cars (7 LMP2, 10 LMP3 and 19 GT) – a record – and drivers of 26 different nationalities.

The two meetings of two races at Dubai Autodrome and Yas Marina are offered one week apart. The two circuits, which are only one hour apart, are located in the United Arab Emirates. This format, dictated by health imperatives, saved the series.

Six tickets for Le Mans

By shining in ALMS, the teams will be able to win six invitations to the next 24 Hours of Le Mans. An invitation will be awarded to the winner of the LMP2 and LMP3 categories. In GT, the first four will be invited to Sarthe.

Among the forces involved, we note Phoenix with the Dane Nicki Thiim, Algarve which supports three cars including one driven by three Indian drivers, and Jota Sport led by the Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne.

Five French at the start

Only five French people appear on the entry list. Valentin Hasse-Clot, a newcomer among the official Aston Martin drivers, is racing for Garage 59. Côme Ledogar is continuing his collaboration with the Car Guy team. He will team up on a Ferrari with Mikkel Jensen, future Peugeot Hypercar driver. The Falaise driver, Alain Ferté and Julien Andlauer, recent winners of the Dubai 24 Hours continue with the Porsche 911 from GPX Racing. In LMP3, Adam Eteki, only 18 years old, will be behind the wheel of the CD Sport team’s Ligier.

In LMP3, Ginetta will be racing her new G61-LT for the first time in an international championship. It is the Slovak Miro Konopka and his team ARC Bratislava who will take care of this baptism with Charlie Robertson and Tom Cloet.

The pretty Ginetta is making her LMP3 debut in a championship organized by the ACO. © ALMS

Convenient. The broadcast of race 1 will be available on the Asian Le Mans Series website and on its YouTube channel, Saturday, February 13, from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. French time; Race 2 is scheduled for Sunday, February 14, from 8:20 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

The 2021 championship line-up

LMP2

N° 5. Phoenix Racing (Oreca 07) – Simon Trummer, Mathias Kaiser, Nicki Thiim in Dubai / Kelvin van der Linde at Yas marina.

N° 11. Eurointernational – Ojets (Ligier JS P217) – Neale Muston, John Corbett, Philippe Mulacek.

N° 18. Era Motorsport (Oreca 07) – Kyle Tilley, Dwight Merriman, Andreas Laskaratos.

N° 25. G-Drive Racing (Oreca 07) – René Binder, Ye Yifei, Ferdinand Habsburg.

N° 26. G-Drive Racing (Oreca 07) – John Falb, Franco Colapinto, Rui Andrade.

N° 38. Jota (Oreca 07) – Stoffel Vandoorne, Tom Blomqvist, Sean Gelael.

N° 64. Racing Team India (Oreca 07) – Narain Karthikeyan, Arjun Maini, Naveen Rao.

photo phoenix racing comes to prepare its season in wec.  © alms

Phoenix Racing is coming to prepare for its WEC season. © ALMS

LMP3

N° 2. United Autosports (Ligier JS P320) – Andy Meyrick, Rob Wheldon, Ian Loggie.

N° 3. United Autosports (Ligier JS P320) – Duncan Tappy, Andrew Bentley, Jim McGuire.

N° 4. Phoenix Racing (Ligier JS P320) – Jan-Erik Slooten, Leo Weiss, Vincent Kolb.

N° 8. Nielsen Racing (Ligier JS P320) – Rodrigo Sales, Matt Bell.

N° 9. Nielsen Racing (Ligier JS P320) – Colin Noble, Tony Wells.

N° 15. RLR MSport (Ligier JS P320) – Bashar Mardini, Malthe Jakobsen, Max Hanratty.

N° 23. United Autosports (Ligier JS P320) – Manuel Maldonado, Rory Penttinen, Wayne Boyd.

N° 33. CD Sport (Ligier JS P320) – Michael Jensen, Adam Eteki, Nick Adcock.

N° 44. ARC Bratislava (Ginetta G61-LT-P3) – Miro Konopka, Charlie Robertson, Tom Cloet.

N° 63. DKR Engineering (Duqueine D08) – Laurents Hörr, Jean Glorieux.

GT

N° 1. HubAuto Racing (Mercedes-AMG) – Raffaele Marciello, Marcos Gomes, Liam Talbot.

N° 7. Inception Racing with Optimum (McLaren 720S) – Brendan Iribe, Ollie Millroy, Ben Barnicoat.

N° 27. Kessel Racing (Ferrari 488) – Giorgio Roda, Francesco Zolla.

N° 34. Walkenhorst Motorsport (BMW M6) – Nick Catsburg, Chandler Hull, Jon Miller.

N° 35. Walkenhorst Motorsport (BMW M6) – Henry Walknehorst, Jörg Breuer.

N° 40. GPX Racing (Porsche 911) – Alain Ferté, Julien Adlauer, Axcil Jefferies.

photo ferté and andlauer wear the colors of gpx, which is racing at home.  © alms

Ferté and Andlauer wear the colors of GPX, which races at home. © ALMS

N° 51. AF Corse (Ferrari 488) – Alessandro Pier Guidi, Ozz Negri, Francesco Piovanetti.

N° 54. AF Corse (Ferrari 488) – Giancarlo Fisichella, Francesco Castellacci, Thomas Flohr.

N° 55. Rinaldi Racing (Ferrari 488) – Davide Rigon, Rino Mastronardi, David Perel.

N° 57. Car Guy Racing (Ferrari 488) – Takeshi Kimura, Como Ledogar, Mikkel Jensen.

N° 60. Formula Racing (Ferrari 488) – Nicklas Nielsen, Johnny Laursen, Frederik Paulsen.

N° 66. Rinaldi Racing (Ferrari 488) – Christian Hook, Manuel Lauck, Patrick Kujala.

N° 77. D’Station Racing (Aston Martin Vantage) – Satoshi Hoshino, Tomonobu Fujii, Tom Gamble.

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Aston Martin is banking on the ALMS. © ALMS

N° 88. Garage 59 (Aston Martin Vantage) – Valentin Hasse-Clot, Maxime Martin, Alexander West.

N° 89. Garage 59 (Aston Martin Vantage) – Marvin Kirchhöfer, Mike Benham, Yuki Nemoto.

N° 93. Precote Herberth Motorsport (Porsche 911) – Steffen Görig, Antares Au, Klaus Bachler.

N° 95. TF Sport (Aston Martin Vantage) – Charlie Eastwood, John Hartshorne, Ollie Hancock.

N° 97. Oman Racing Team with TF Sport (Aston Martin Vantage) – Ahmad Al Harthy, Tom Canning, Jonny Adam.

N° 99. Precote Herberth Motorsport (Porsche 911) – Ralf Bohn, Alfred Renauer, Robert Renauer.

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