Fuji Speedway, September 22: Round 2 of the Asian Le Mans Series (AsLMS) took place at Fuji Speedway over the weekend. After success in the series' inaugural event at Korea's Inje Speedium in August, the KCMG squad once again entered the record books with victory number two in the Japanese round.
The grid for the Fuji AsLMS race was boosted considerably with the addition of nearly a dozen machines from SUPER GT's GT300 class, among them its top three title contenders. In addition to the Japanese visitors, the GTC class featured over half a dozen entries, with AF CORSE among the teams present, and a pair of McLaren MP4-12C GT3s brought by Taiwan's AAI-RSTRADA outfit. The GTE class was represented by a lone entry, the Team TAISAN KEN ENDLESS Ferrari 458 GTE. At the front of the grid, KCMG's Nissan-powered Morgan LM P2 machine was up against an identical chassis running Judd power.
Unlike the series' inaugural round, the "3 Hours of Fuji" got underway in bright sunshine. KCMG's Hiroshi Koizumi immediately overtook pole-sitters OAK Racing's Jeffrey Lee and set about building a gap. OAK's final stint driver Cong Fu Cheng recorded some blistering times, including the fastest lap of the race, but it wasn't enough to claw back the difference to Richard Bradley, then piloting the KCMG machine, and they finished second. The winners covered 108 laps of the 4.563km circuit in the timed event.
THE SGT class was won by the TEAM MUGEN Honda CR-Z, followed by the GAINER Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 and the R&D SPORT SUBARU BRZ GT300, while GTC saw a triumphant win by Richard Lyons in the CRAFT RACING Aston Martin Vantage GT3, with Andrea Bertolini not far behind at the flag in his AF CORSE Ferrari. TAISAN KEN ENDLESS, with three cars entered across an equal number of classes (SGT, GTC, GTE), tasted victory in GTE, ex-F1 driver Shinji Nakano joined by Akira Iida and Shogo Mitsuyama.
The series next races in Zhuhai, China on October 13 before the season finale at Malaysia's Sepang International Circuit on December 8th.