This weekend the Fuji circuit hosted the second of the four rounds in the 2016-2017 Asian Le Mans Series. Among the 27 entries for the Japanese event were two Ligier JS P2s and four Ligier JS P3s.
While Algarve Pro Racing did not manage to win this weekend in Japan, it showed excellent pace and top speed. After clinching pole position with the no. 25 Ligier JS P2-Nissan in 1m32.646sec, the second on the bounce after Zhuhai at the end of October, the Portuguese team set the fastest lap in the race in a time of 1m33.996sec. Unfortunately, the car made an extra stop compared to its direct rivals which, combined with a 10-second penalty for an infringement during its third pit stop, prevented no. 25 from mixing it with the two leaders. Thus the Ligier JS P2-Nissan crossed the finishing line in third place behind the Race Performance and Jackie Chan DC Oreca 03s. The Portuguese team's second car, the no. 24 Ligier JS P2-Judd came home in fourth spot.
The success of the LM P3 category in the Asian Series was underlined at Fuji with nine cars including Ligier JS P3s, Adess 03s and Ginetta LMP3s on the grid.
Tockwith Motorsports followed its second place in the opening round on the Zhuhai circuit with pole and victory in LM P3 at Fuji. After a ding-dong scrap the English team's no. 26 Ligier JS P3 crossed the finishing line in front of the no. 4 Ginetta LMP3 run by ARC Bratislava. The reigning champions Jackie Chan DC Racing joined them on the podium in an excellent third place in the no. 1 Ligier JS P3 despite a 10-second penalty and a gearbox issue.
The next round of the Asian Le Mans Series will take place on the Buriram circuit in Thailand on 7-8 January 2017 after the end-of-year festivities.