|Circuit||Buriram International Circuit – Thailand|
|Distance||514,602 km / 319,827 miles|
|458 Italia GT3||F 142 GT xxxx||Nexus Infinity||6. overall / 1. in class GT|
|38||Nasrat Lucas Muzayyin
|458 Italia GT3||F 142 GT xxxx||Spirit of Race||14. overall / 7. in class GT|
Buriram, 10 January – Ferrari could not have had a better start to 2016. The first race of the year and the third of the 2015-16 Asian Le Mans Series was a huge success thanks to the Ferrari no. 27 of Nexus Infinity.
The race. Joshua Hunt and Dominic Ang were clearly in form right from qualifying, when they took third, but in the race things got even better. Hunt and Ang exploited their rivals’ problems, executing an impeccable strategy to put themselves in the battle for victory in the latter stages of the race. The last hour was particularly hard fought, with the 458 Italia of Nexus Infinity finishing a mere seven seconds ahead of the Audi of Absolute Racing driven by Jeffrey Lee, Antonio Picariello and Adderly Fong. Third place went to the BMW of AAI crewed by Nobuteru Taniguchi, Ollie Millrov and Jun San Chen.
Disappointment. However, the other Ferrari of Spirit of Race with Nasrat Muzayyin and Rui Aguas at the wheel encountered a string of problems. The car finished just seventh, 15 laps behind the winners. This cuts the Maranello client crew out of the fight for the title, which will be decided in two weeks time at another 3 hours of Sepang. Thus the championship, and its attendant invitation to the Le Mans 24 Hours, will be fought out between the favourites Weng Sun Mok, Keita Sawa and Bob Bell in the McLaren of Clearwater Racing, and Hunt and Ang with the Ferrari of Nexus Infinity. The overall win went to Italy’s Antonio Giovinazzi and Indonesia’s Sean Galel in the Oreca with a Nissan engine of Jagonya Ayam, prepared by Eurasia Motorsport.
Maranello, 8 January 2016 – The first race of the calendar year takes place at the Buriram circuit in Thailand. However, this is not the start of a new championship, but the third round of four in the Asian Le Mans Series.
Two crews. Two Ferrari 458 Italias will be on track in the hands of five drivers. The best placed car in the championship standings is the no. 38 of the Spirit of Race team that will again be crewed by Singapore’s, Nasrat Muzayyin, and Portugal’s Rui Aguas, who has recovered from the shoulder injury that forced him to skip the last leg of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Bahrain in November. The pair are second in the standings 22 points behind the McLaren of Clearwater Racing driven by Mok Weng Sun, Bob Bell and Keita Sawa.
Malaysian team. The other car has an iconic number for Ferrari, the no. 27 long distinguished by Gilles Villeneuve, Michele Alboreto, Nigel Mansell and Jean Alesi. The 458 Italia will race for the Malaysian team Nexus Infinity. Joshua Hunt and Dominic Ang, fourth in the standings, assisted by Adrian D’Silva, will be looking for their first podium of the season. The race will start on Sunday at 1 pm local time (7 am CET), and will last for three hours. The championship will conclude in two weeks with the second 3 hours of Sepang of the season.