DTM team makes prototype racing debut on record Asian Le Mans Series grid

The Asian Le Mans Series has announced a record 36-car entry for 2021, with DTM outfit Phoenix Racing among its number fielding prototype machinery for the first time

DTM team makes prototype racing debut on record Asian Le Mans Series grid

The four-round series will be held in its entirety at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi due to COVID-19 travel restrictions in Asia, with two hour-hour races on 5-6 February and 19-20 February using different track layouts.

Ernst Moser's stalwart Phoenix team, which delivered DTM titles for Martin Tomczyk (2011) and Mike Rockenfeller (2013), will enter an ORECA 07 in the LMP2 class and a Ligier JS P320 in the LMP3 class for unconfirmed drivers following the conclusion of the DTM's Class 1 DTM rule-set.

Although new to prototype racing, it has extensive experience in endurance racing, having won the Nurburgring 24 Hours for a fifth time in 2019, and twice claimed the Spa 24 Hours in 2007 and 2012.

It is one of seven entries in the LMP2 class, which includes two cars fielded by defending series champion Algarve Pro Racing and one by two-time Le Mans class winner Jota Sport.

DTM regular Ferdinand Habsburg will be joined by Euroformula Open champion Ye Yifei and sometime IndyCar racer Rene Binder in an APR car entered under the G-Drive Racing banner, with John Falb, Franco Colapinto and Rui Andrade steering the other.

Phoenix will go up against three entries from United Autosports in the LMP3 class, while fellow British outfit Nielsen Racing return with two cars to defend its title.

The GT class has 19 entries from five manufacturers, with Spa 24 Hour winning outfits GPX Racing (Porsche), Walkenhorst Motorsport (BMW) and Garage 59 (Aston Martin) among the teams entering for the first time.

Aston joins Ferrari in having five cars on the provisional entry list, with TF Sport and Japanese outfit D'Station also entering cars.

Aston works driver Maxime Martin will lead Garage 59's lineup alongside team regular Alex West, with Marvin Kirchofer joining Michael Benham in a second Vantage GT3.

British GT outfit Optimum Motorsport has entered a single McLaren 720S GT3 for Ollie Millroy and Brendan Iribe.

Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, said: "It is very positive to see such a strong Asian Le Mans Series grid.

"This year has been tough for a lot of our teams, but I am sure this season will offer them the perfect opportunity to race in a world class series, in a safe and secure environment.

"I wish them all well, and look forward to watching the races in February."

shares
comments
MotoGP world champion Joan Mir wins Autosport's Rider of the Year Award

Previous article

MotoGP world champion Joan Mir wins Autosport's Rider of the Year Award

Next article

Gasly's Italian GP victory voted Autosport's Moment of the Year

Gasly's Italian GP victory voted Autosport's Moment of the Year
Load comments

About this article

Series General
Author James Newbold
The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan Plus

The F1 and Indy 'nearly man' that found contentment in Japan

Having had the door to F1 slammed in his face and come within three laps of winning the Indianapolis 500, the collapse of a Peugeot LMP1 shot meant Japan was Bertrand Baguette's last chance of a career. But it's one which he has grasped with both hands

General
Feb 27, 2021
The female all-rounder who arrived "too early" Plus

The female all-rounder who arrived "too early"

From Formula 3 to truck racing, Dakar and EuroNASCAR via a winning stint in the DTM, there's not much Ellen Lohr hasn't seen in a stellar racing career that highlights the merit in being a generalist. But she believes her career came too early...

General
Feb 17, 2021
How Radical's latest machines fare on track Plus

How Radical's latest machines fare on track

The lightweight sportscar manufacturer has not rewritten the rulebook with its latest machines, but the new SR3 XX and SR10 still provide a step forward on its previous successful models

General
Feb 8, 2021
The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction Plus

The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction

The forthcoming Netflix film linking the world of underworld crime and motorsport plays on a theme that isn't exactly new. Over the years, several shady figures have attempted to make it in racing before their dubious dealings caught up with them

General
Jan 31, 2021
How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory Plus

How a GP is thriving in a COVID-free territory

The New Zealand Grand Prix's mix of rising talent and big-name stars thrilled the crowds (yes, remember crowds?) assembled for the Toyota Racing Series meeting at Hampton Downs last weekend and left distant observers craving a repeat

General
Jan 26, 2021
How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going Plus

How a much-changed Macau GP kept the party going

OPINION: The 67th edition of the Macau Grand Prix might have been a largely muted affair to the outside world without its international influx and star line-ups, another victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, but organisers deserve huge credit for keeping the party going

General
Nov 24, 2020
Engineer's view: Motorsport's revolutionary braking tool Plus

Engineer's view: Motorsport's revolutionary braking tool

Although brake pressure and temperature logging is commonplace, measuring and understanding braking performance hasn't been so straightforward. But that's about to change following the introduction of a groundbreaking new sensor

General
Oct 1, 2020
The high-tech materials helping Renault in its F1 rise Plus

The high-tech materials helping Renault in its F1 rise

The Renault F1 team is at the vanguard of innovative solutions pushing development of the V6 turbo hybrid engine rules, embracing the full potential of material science in its bid to get back to the top

General
Sep 29, 2020