SHANGHAI, China (November 11, 2018) – It is often said that "there is no off-season,” and that is continually shown to be true on the international racing scene. As one championship takes the checkered flag, another prepares to wave the green, as will happen this weekend when the 2018/19 Asian Le Mans Series stages the opening race of the championship with the Agile four hours of Shanghai.
The event will be the first of four race weekends for the series as it will also head to Fuji, Buriram, and Sepang.
Becoming a signature staple on cars across Europe and North America, AERO Sustainable Paint will now make its return on several machines in the 2018/19 edition of the Asian Le Mans series as the first event of the season heads to Shanghai this weekend.
One team who has consistently taken advantage of the AERO Paint benefits is United Autosports. The team has made a statement in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) with two big overall victories to close out the year, and now will take its four-car combined LMP2 and LMP3 line up to Shanghai this weekend.
United Autosports has welcomed Guy Cosmo, Patrick Byrne and Salih Yoluc for their debut in the LMP2 category. Originally slotted for an LMP3 entry, the trio will now move up to LMP2 in their AERO-painted machine.
“It’s great that Patrick, Guy and Salih are moving up to the LMP2 class,” said Zack Brown, Team Owner. “Guy’s previous experience in LMP2 will come in useful to the guys who are less experienced, but I’m sure they will all get on with it really well.”
Also returning to United Autosports in the Asian Le Mans Series is reigning Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 champion, Phil Hanson alongside Paul di Resta.
Competing in the highly competitive LMP3 category will be United Autosports’ two car line up. Jim McGuire, Matt Bell and Kay van Berlo will join forces in one entry. McGuire and Bell raced in the Michelin Le Mans Cup this season and will be joined by newcomer van Berlo who has raced in the LMP3 ranks in the ELMS. The trio got off to a podium-scoring start together just two weeks ago at Sebring International Raceway in the first-ever IMSA Encore event.
“The Asian Le Mans Series will be fantastic,” said McGuire. “It's quite a thrill to be able to race on three continents in one calendar year. Between Sebring, Europe, and now Asia, the United Autosports team and our AERO-painted Ligier JS P3 have been superb. For AERO Sustainable Paint Technology, the Asian series provides an exceptional venue to showcase our ultra-durable, environmentally sustainable paint technology in Asia. Lastly, I'm really looking forward to running with Matt Bell and Kay van Berlo. Matt and I have developed a chemistry with the Ligier JS P3, and young Kay is proving to be a rising star in motor racing at just 17-years-old.”
Also taking on the LMP3 field for United Autosports is Garrett Grist, Wayne Boyd and Chris Buncombe. The three racers are yet another crew that can deliver more results with their AERO-painted LMP3s for their continued effort this season with the team.
The Asian Le Mans Series also welcomes new for 2018/19 team, Ecurie Ecosse/Nielson Racing which will have two cars in the LMP3 category. The team is coming off a 1-2 finish in the Michelin Le Mans Cup at Spa which saw its two AERO liveried machines close out the season on the podium. The team is hoping to take that same AERO advantage with them to the Asian Le Mans season.
“We’re incredibly excited to announce our first Asian Le Mans Series campaign as a team,” said Sven Thompson, Team Manager. “This year’s LMP3 field looks like it’s going to be extremely competitive, and very attractive. We look forward to the opportunity that this gives us, not only a chance to fight for an Automatic Le Mans Invite, (obtained by winning the class title), but continue to expand and build up the reputation of Ecurie Ecosse / Nielsen Racing in ACO-sanctioned series outside of Europe.”
The Shanghai race weekend will get underway this weekend, November 23-25.