The Asian Le Mans Series gets underway again in Dubai

Thursday, February 10, 2022


Family photos have been taken on track and the first laps of private testing have been completed for the thirty-seven multi-class car entry of this year’s Asian Le Mans Series that starts this weekend at the Dubai Autodrome.

Amongst that entry list will feature three Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT3’s from the UK based TF Sport team for regular clients racing under both that and the names of both D’Station Racing and Oman Racing. 

Originally the AMR head count would have been for six Aston Martin’s but for the change of powerhouse made by the Garage 59 team as they swapped to the McLaren 720s platform over Christmas and the ongoing international travel difficulties faced by the Evisu Racing in China that saw them unable to make the trip.

Racing another compacted double – double header race weekend format for the second time of asking has the ACO sanctioned series host its first two four races over both Saturday and Sunday of this weekend in Dubai before moving just across the border to the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi for the series concluding double header race weekend next weekend from there.

The #69 Oman Racing with TF Sport was first of the trio of Aston’s to declare their return to the series as Ahmad Al Harty again races this year with Charlie Eastwood and who are joined this time by Sam de Haan

TF Sports own listed #95 car entry for Gentleman driver John Hartshorne again sees him come back to the ALMS for some more pre-season European Le Mans Series training but this time with Jonny Adam by his side as well as AMR newcomer Henrique Chaves.

Most of these drivers (except for Eastwood) will go onto race together in this year’s European Le Mans Series in a TF Sport prepared AMR Vantage GTE as the Irishman re-joins Salih Yoluc’s TF Sport aided LMP2 effort in that series.

Completing Tom Ferrier’s trilogy of cars is of course the #77 D’Station Racing entry of a return of their trio of drivers from last year in team boss Satoshi Hoshino, Tomonobu Fujii and Tom Gamble who will be using this series again as a stepping stone into their return to the World Endurance Championship that starts in Sebring next month.

This weekend’s official track action starts tomorrow with two Free Practice sessions before Qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday and Race 2 on Sunday.

Photo credits – ALMS / Teams
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