Asian Le Mans Series – Ferrari Double At Fuji
Two one-twos in two races. Customer teams racing with Ferrari dominated the 4 Hours of Fuji, the second of the four rounds of the 2018-19 season of the Asian Le Mans Series (ALMS), which rewards the winner with a place on the grid at next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Winning trio. For the second time in a row after Shanghai, victory went to Car Guy Racing with the Ferrari 488 GT3 no. 11 crewed by official Prancing Horse driver James Calado, Kei Cozzolino and Takeshi Kimura. Second place was taken by the sister car fielded by Spirit of Race driven by Alessandro Pier Guidi, another official Ferrari driver, Oswaldo Negri Junior and Francesco Piovanetti.
Tough race. Seeing the Ferraris finish in the same order as they started is a little misleading. The race, held in showery conditions, was packed with surprises and saw the Ferrari of Car Guy Racing make an early pit stop due to a puncture. The skill of the drivers, together with the providential entry of the Safety Car in the final part of the race, saving a further refuelling stop, allowed the Japanese team to secure its second win in two races with the 488 GT3.
Calendar. The 4 Hours of Fuji marks the halfway point in the championship, with two events still to run in 2019. On 12 January, the series goes to Buriram in Thailand, before concluding on 24 February at Sepang, Malaysia.