Sportscar racing competitions sure have the favorite teams and drivers, those that stand out against the rest of the competition, but betting on these favorites isn't a sure shot every time, like what happened in the 3 Hours of Thailand, third round of the 2015/2016 Asian Le Mans Series season, with the first victory of Eurasia Motorsport.
The No. 99 full season car was there, but it wasn't the star of the race. In fact, the guest starter No. 9 KFC-backed ORECA 03, driven by Sean Gelael and Antonio Giovinazzi, the youngest squad in the field, recovered from an early puncture and as the race went on, the rookie duo got the lead and finished like this. A detail to be noticed is the fact that both Gelael and Giovinazzi had no sportscar experience prior to this race. Second overall and 30 seconds later was the Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JS P2, ahead of the current championship leaders from Race Performance.
The LMP3 class had only two cars as the No. 88 Team AAI ADESS 03 crashed during qualifying and was unable to start. Between those in the race, it was another show for the No. 1 DC Racing Ligier JS P3, even with gearbox problems during the three hours of competition.
In the GT class, the dark horse claimed victory, as Nexus Infinity won for the first time in the season, but this triumph wouldn't come without a hard fight, as the Absolute Racing's new Audi R8 LMS and the No. 91 Team AAI BMW Z4 GT3 were respectively 7 and 9 seconds late of the class winning car. The GT-Am class had only the same KCMG Porsche Cup car on track, finishing 12th out of the 17 starting cars.
The CN class had a day not to remember, as both Wolf GB08 machines hit a lot of trouble and retired around the second hour of racing.
Some teams go out of the Chang International Circuit with titles clinched, as the example of the DC Racing squad in the LMP3 class, getting a place in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LMP2 class. The GT-Am class title went to KCMG, as the Paul Ip-led team was the only entry in the class throughout the season.
Between the classes that still have unfinished business, the LMP2 class has Race Performance 21 points ahead of the No. 99 Eurasia Motorsport car (66 vs. 45), so the Filipino team has to make almost a miraculous job to win the title. The CN class has Avelon Formula 5 points ahead of Atlantic Racing Team (25 vs. 20), so the one with the class win conquers the title. The GT class battle is down to two entries, as Clearwater Racing is 20 points ahead of Nexus Infinity (63 vs. 43), which can the get the title if they stay on top and Clearwater stay in the bottom of the field, and the class pole position may come to help if they conquer it.
Next round, the last of this season, is at Sepang again, on January 24th. Most of the entries seen at Buriram are expected to be there, so we will have good grid numbers again.
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