News from Asia today

Wednesday, October 25, 2023


Some brief news from Asia as it appears that the Douglas Khoo ran Viper Niza racing team have had a change of heart ahead of this year’s Asian Le Mans Series that starts in Sepang in just over a months’ time.

Having originally been listed as returning to the ACO rules series with their Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3, the team have just confirmed that they will now be entering their older Ligier LMP3 instead.

Having just been to the UK to sample the new Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3 Evo at Silverstone a couple of weeks ago, this is something of a surprise move from the team albeit one where this new iteration of race car would not qualify to be ran within the ALMS until next season.

That leaves the D’Station Racing and TF Sport teams flying the AMR flags with their entries for Satoshi Hoshino and John Hartshorne with further drivers not being confirmed until nearer the season opener in December.

Then in Macau – unfortunately we still don’t see the return of an Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT3 powered entry within the coveted FIA GT World Cup event around the notoriously tight street circuit, but we do have one Aston Martin listed within one of the support races.

Having first learned of a new relationship between AMR and the Earl Bamber Motorsport team at the recent Thailand Super Series support race for the F1 around the street circuit of Singapore with a Vantage GT4, the Greater Bay Area GT Cup (GT3) support race entry list does!

Entered under the Earl Bamber Motorsport team name, Indonesian gentleman driver Anderson Tanoto is listed with that (so far un-numbered) entry.

In a somewhat fragmented racing career alongside that of his business ventures, Tanoto has raced an AMR Vantage GT4’s before with the Stoner Car Care (Automatic Racing) team during the 2021 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge visit to the Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca where he shared that car with AMR Asia representative Weiron Tan. Since then, he racing commitments have been limited to just three starts within the SRO America GT4 America Series with a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4.

The 70th Macau Grand Prix weekend takes place over the 11th – 19th November.

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