First toe in the water for D'Station Racing AMR in ALMS

Friday, November 22, 2019

The opening gambits of the 2019-20 Asian Le Mans Series have already taken place at the Shanghai International Circuit in China yesterday as twenty five LMP2, LPM3 and GT3 cars look to fight for their cause around the 5.4km track at the opening race of the season on Sunday.

Competing with a field of nine GT cars, Japanese based D'Station Racing AMR enter into ACO rules racing for the first time as a team entry (rather than drivers buying into another teams race package) with one of their Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT3 cars for team boss Satoshi Hoshino, team driver Tomonobu Fujii and AMR's Ross Gunn.

Having now had a complete season of racing with AMR's latest GT3 creation in both their national Super Taikyu Series and Super GT Series, D'Station Racing enter into the Asian Le Mans Series as a clear conduit towards an automatic invitation to participate in the 2020 round of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a GTE Am guise which their GT3's can now be easily converted into.

The team arrive in China buoyant from their success in the Super Taikyu Series where both Hoshino and Fujii won the final round of the season at Okayama whilst AMR factory driver Gunn still sports the grin of satisfaction having claimed another podium in the World Endurance Championship when they visited Shanghai just two weeks ago.

One issue the team (bar Gunn of course) will need to get quickly used to are the Michelin spec' tyres of the Series having been used to running their fleet of Vantage GT3's back home on either Pirelli or Yokohama rubber.

With the first of two Free Practice sessions now complete, the #77 D'Station car presently sit in a comfortable mid table position after FP1 on Friday (and at the top of the table in private testing on Thursday), the team will be spending the available time overnight looking for improvements ahead of FP2 and Qualifying on Saturday.

The four hours of Shanghai begin at 09:45hrs Local (GMT +8hrs)

Photo credit - D'Station Racing 
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