Miro Konopka and the ARC Bratislava squad practically raced in almost any top class in the last decade, at least in GT racing. With the team properly returning to activities in the ACO-sanctioned events, they continue in the Asian Le Mans Series, much against their initial plans.
The Slovakian team raced in the whole 2015/2016 season in the Asian Le Mans Series in the crowded GT class with an Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT3, with their best result being a fourth place class finish at the 3 Hours of Sepang, initial round of the competition. Now the adventure will be in an LMP3 machine, as they switch to Ginetta machinery.
The machine itself has already some mileage in the package, as the car was used by Lanan Racing last year in the European Le Mans Series. However, the team switched to GT4 racing in the British GT Championship, as the European competition passed for a revolution in the junior prototype class, with a full Ginetta field being replaced by a horde of Ligier JS P3 machines. ARC Bratislava intended to be the only Ginetta user in the series, but delays in the registry of the team made the ACO reject the entry, so they will return to the Asian competition.
The LMP3 class in the Asian LMS had DC Racing winning the title with ease against Team AAI, as reliability troubles attacked hard the ADESS 03 of the Taiwanese team. Considering that DC Racing will make the confirmed change to the FIA World Endurance Championship in the LMP2 class, and as Team AAI’s plans for the Asian LMS are still unknown, the numbers for the class are a total mystery.
Lanan Racing will offer support to the Slovakian program, and tests with the new car will start soon. Announcements of who will be the drivers to take part in the Asian LMS may be made in the near future, as the green flag for the new season and the 4 Hours of Zhuhai will be given only on October 30th.
PHOTOS: Lanan Racing, ARC Bratislava