Most of the LMP2 teams in action are making the leap from older open or closed top machinery to the new generation of closed top machines that are suited to be updated to the new-for-2017 LMP2 regulations. Eurasia Motorsport is one of them, finally acquiring a new car for the campaign, the ORECA 05.
The Filipino squad is a loyal client from the Hughes Du Chaunac-led corporation since its inception into Le Mans Prototype racing in the 2014 Asian Le Mans Series season, and remained with the realiable ORECA 03 model, which is being used in efforts in the Asian Le Mans Series and in the European Le Mans Series.
The leap for the newest ORECA machine is with the goal of being competitive in the next ELMS season, after finishing sixth in the LMP2 Teams Championship. The Mark Goddard-led team also wants to apply na entry request to participate in the next 24 Hours of Le Mans, expanding the numbers of Asian teams in the French endurance classic. Goddard’s first wish was to enter in the FIA World Endurance Championship, but he reconsidered his plans to stay in the ELMS.
The Idea is to remain with the pair of drivers that competed in Europe in 2015, as Goddard praised the efforts of Pu Jun Jin and Nick de Bruijn. In case of getting a place at Le Mans, Eurasia Motorsport may have to look into their driver pool as Richard Bradley would likely compete with another ORECA 05 user, the FIA WEC LMP2 runner-up team KCMG. Immediate possibilities to fill the third driver role stay in their current AsLMS drivers, William Lok and Tacksung Kim.
With two rounds left in the 2015/2016 AsLMS season, Eurasia Motorsport will reinforce their chances for better results as the second ORECA 03 car, used this year in ELMS, will also take part in the competition.
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