The first teams for Asian Le Mans Series are ready to go for the upcoming season.
The defending LMP2 Champions, Algarve Pro Racing was quick to enter the 2017/18 season, where they will enter with a Ligier JSP217-Gibson. Dutch driver Ate de Jong will be joined by Korean Tack Sung Kim in the Portuguese team.
ARC Bratislava will be a new team in the LMP2 category, after finishing second in the Asian LMS LMP3 Championsip during the 2016/17 season. The team has already had their first LMP2 race, when they entered the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Their car will be an JS P2, which was previously run by Krohn Racing during the 2015 and 2016 ELMS seasons. Miro Konopka is the only confirmed driver so far.
Team BBT has participated in GT racing for 7 years, but now they go for the LMP2 category, where they will enter a Ligier JS P2. The team finished third in the GT category in a Ferrari 488 GT3, and even though it won’t be a Ferrari this year, it will still be AF Corse running the car. They have LMP2 experience from the European tracks too.
Spirit of Race is the first GT team to be confirmed, where Rui Aguas and Nasrat Muzayyin will pilot a Ferrari 488 GT3. The team finished fifth in the 2016/17 GT Championship standings, and participated at Le Mans this year too with two cars. Spirit of Race is a full season participant in the FIA WEC, showing that the pyramid works perfect. The plan for ACO and FIA is for new teams to enter the regional series like ELMS or Asian LMS, and then advance to the world scene in the FIA WEC.
The Asian Le Mans Series 2017/18 starts on October 27th-29th at the Chinese track in Zhuhai.