Just eight for Shanghai

And again we'll see a tiny grid for an Asian Le Mans Series race. The 3 Hours of Shanghai, to be held on the Shanghai International Circuit this weekend, sharing the track with GT Asia and WTCC, will count with the same eight car count as the previous race, the 3 Hours of Fuji, but with some cars getting in as others get out.

In the LMP2 class, there's no changes in the entrants, as Fuji winners and championship leaders OAK Racing, with 52 points in the standings, will face again the opposition of Eurasia Motorsport, with 19 points, and its ORECA 03. The only changes are in the driver lineups, as Keiko Ihara isn't in the OAK Racing lineup, so it will be only Ho-Pin Tung and David Cheng at the wheel. Eurasia Motorsport brought James Winslow back to AsLMS as Richard Bradley will race at the FIA WEC 6 Hours of Fuji event for KCMG, the same team where Winslow ran at AsLMS last year.

The CN class keeps the same contestants too, as class leaders CRAFT-Bamboo Racing and its Ligier, with 52 points, will face the opposition of Avelon Formula and its Wolf GB08, with 18 points. Both teams have driver changes for Shanghai, as Avelon Formula sees Williams Lok and James Mitchell depart and italian Guglielmo Belotti get in. CRAFT-Bamboo will have Naoki Yokomizo replacing Mathias Beche, who will race at FIA WEC too.

And finally in the GT class, the Taiwanese guys of AAI Motorsports will have opposition on track, as the consistent Clearwater Racing from Singapore will field a Ferrari 458 GT3 which will be driven by Mok Weng Sun, Keita Sawa and Matt Griffin, an excellent lineup to challenge the 3-car effort from AAI.

The Taiwanese team brings back another BMW Z4 GT3 after running a Nissan GT-R GT3 at Fuji. Ollie Millroy gets back to the No. 91 car after being subbed by Carlo van Dam at Fuji, and BMW ace Jörg Müller replaces Ryohei Sakaguchi in the No. 92 car. It's the third race in a row that the GT class won't see any GTE or GT300 class cars on track.

The GT-Am class will have no entrants, as The Emperor Racing was only a guest entry at Fuji.

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