Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon will start Friday’s Gulf 12 Hours from the pole, following a team effort by drivers Jeroen Bleekemolen, Bernd Schneider and Khaled Al Qubaisi in qualifying Thursday at Yas Marina Circuit.
The first season of the Asian Le Mans Series wrapped up last weekend at Sepang, which saw OAK Racing Team Total claim the overall victory and the LMP2 championship.
While faced with low car counts in the opening rounds, the season finale in Malaysia delivered a respectable 14-car field, with more entries expected for next year, which will also see a an expansion to five rounds.
FOX Sports SPEED caught up with Asian LMS Managing Director Mark Thomas to get his thoughts on the year and what’s in the works for 2014 and beyond.
Audi has taken the wraps off its new-for-2014 R18 e-tron quattro ahead of testing this week at Sebring International Raceway.
The car, which will retain the same naming as its previous FIA World Endurance Championship-winning model, turned its first laps in October and will now take to the 3.7-mile airfield circuit for a series of endurance tests.
OAK Racing Team TOTAL claimed the 2013 Asian Le Mans Series Championship following a decisive victory in Sunday’s season-ending Three Hours of Sepang.
Ho-Ping Tung took the Michelin-shod No. 24 Morgan-Judd to a 1-minute and 19-second victory over the title-contending No. 18 KCMG Morgan-Nissan, which was unable to match the French-entered car on the track or in the pits.
The ex-A1 GP star passed pole-sitter Tsugio Matsuda with just over an hour to go and stretched his lead during the final round of pit stops when the OAK crew opted to take only new right side tires.