Confortably leading the Asian Le Mans Series standings in the LMP2 class, thanks to a pair of victories at Fuji Speedway, in Japan, and at Sepang, in Malaysia, the Switzerland-based Race Performance squad will switch drivers in order to not let their clean record and their eighteen point advantage against Eurasia Motorsport being broken.
In this case, the two driver lineup will see the change from a pro to another pro, as Shinji Nakano will be replaced by Oliver Webb to partner with Niki Leutwiler in the last two rounds of the continental championship, at Buriram, Thailand, and again at Sepang, then closing the 2015/2016 season.
Webb spent the whole 2015 season in the SARD Morand team competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship in a Judd-Powered Morgan LMP2 EVO, ending the competition in 7th in the drivers standings and helping the Swiss team to achieve a respectful 5th place in the LMP2 teams championship, most of the time alongside Pierre Ragues. Before the troublesome clashes between the team and its main sponsor, KAIROS Technologies, Webb achieved a 2nd place finish in the class at the 6 Hours of Spa, in what was the best presentation of them in 2015.
To add to his Record, Webb is an ORECA specialist, as he conquered the 2014 European Le Mans Series title in the Signatech Alpine team, and in a field that is composed by at least three ORECAs and a single Ligier JS P2 from Algarve Pro Racing, the experience differential he brings will be pretty much welcome.
His first commitment with the Race Performance ORECA 03R, the 3 Hours of Buriram, will be held at the quick Chang International Circuit n January 10th, with na overall field expected to be over 20 machines between LMP2, LMP3, CN and different GT class cars.
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