The 3 Hours of Sepang, second round of the 2015/2016 Asian Le Mans Series season, saw Swiss squad Race Performance dominate with authority again, even though their opposition became higher in numbers.
It was expected that Race Performance drivers Niki Leutwiler and Shinji Nakano would have the opposition of the newcomers from Algarve Pro Racing as James Winslow took pole position for the Portuguese outfit, but as their other drivers, Michael Munemann and Dean Koutsomidis, couldn’t match the pace of Race Performance, eventually they started to lose contact with the leading car. The winning ORECA 03R finished 46 seconds ahead of the Portuguese Ligier JS P2. The other ORECA, from Eurasia Motorsport, finished third, one lap later.
After the LMP2 cars, the fourth overall and GT class winner was the Clearwater Racing McLaren 650S GT3, dominating again from start to finish, while a pair of cars from Team AAI completed the podium, with the No. 91 BMW Z4 GT3 finishing second after starting from the back, thanks to an initial monster drive from Dirk Müller, and the No. 90 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 finishing third.
The day wasn’t exactly that blessed for the light prototype field. Coming home in 12th overall is the CN class winner, the Avelon Formula Wolf GB08, while the other entrant in the class, the Atlantic Racing Team Wolf GB08 ended the race in 13th overall, almost a minute behind the class winners.
The LMP3 field had lots of troubles, finishing at the back of the table, as the winning DC Racing Ligier JS P3 finished 15th overall, spending a huge 30 minutes in the pits due to a halfshaft failure, while their only opposition, the Team AAI ADESS 03 had a starter engine problem, also spending a huge chunk of time in a standstill. Both cars managed to get back on track, and the David Cheng-owned car finished 5 laps ahead of the Team AAI machine.
Again, the GT-Am category was a class on its own, as the KCMG Porsche Cup car finished 14th overall, achieving its second triumph of the season.
Now there’s a huge pause in the AsLMS activities, as they only return to action on January 10th, to race at the Chang International Circuit, in Thailand.
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