Third LMP3 race of the year and third victory for DUQUEINE Automotive
The NORMA M30 has once again won the Asian Le Mans Series, this time at Sepang. After Nielsen Racing in Australia, it's GRAFF’s turn to win this third round of the Asian championship.
The third round of the 2019/2020 Asian Le Mans Series took place on the Sepang circuit in Malaysia in a particularly severe weather environment. Heavy rain during practice and qualifying, followed by a thunderstorm during the race did not allow competitors to start directly.
During this race, GRAFF entered a second NORMA M30 for a total of four NORMA prototypes at the start. Challenged by Nielsen Racing during the second round of the championship, the French team marked their first victory in the LMP3 category in the Asian championship with a late arrival on Saturday night.
At the wheel of NORMA N°9, Eric Trouillet, Sebastian Page and David Droux won for the very first time in the Asian Le Mans Series and took the opportunity to climb on the provisional podium of the category in the general classification. Nielsen Racing places NORMA N°3 in second position while the sister car N°3 finishes in fourth position in the LMP3 category.
"It was a special race with a lot of track events, but we managed to keep a good pace with a good team strategy to win. We are very happy to win a first race in this championship, the car was perfect even more with the best time in the race."
David Droux, NORMA M30 N°9
“It was an intense race and full of twists and turns. The delayed start due to rain allowed the Nielsen team to repair (because of an incident in qualification) the car of Colin Noble and Tony Wells (N°2) in the running for the championship. We did our best to help them and they were finally able to start.The race was full of twists but GRAFF and Nielsen did an exceptional job to bring back this victory and second place to Norma. Thanks to them !”
Thibaut Mourgues, Ingénieur et Support Commercial DUQUEINE Automotive
A new success for DUQUEINE Automotive in 2020
DUQUEINE signs his second victory since his arrival in Asia. After “The Bend” and “Daytona”, this is yet another illustration of the performance of the prototype and the DUQUEINE teams, who have won their third straight victory in three races since the start of 2020.
DUQUEINE Automotive brilliantly continues its start to the year with NORMA M30s which demonstrate their high level of competitiveness by winning and taking the second place in this penultimate round of the Asian Le Mans Series. After the United States, DUQUEINE Automotive is expanding its field of action and providing the same know-how and service on all Asian circuits.
After Sepang, direction Buriram in Thailand for the competitors of the Asian Le Mans Series. Before the outcome of this final, Nielsen Racing places NORMA N°3 in second position three points behind the leader. The meeting will take place on the weekend of February 22nd and 23rd and will deliver the names of the winners as well as the prestigious invitations for the next 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Provisional classification of the LMP3 category:
P1 : Inter Europol Competition - 59 points
P2 : Nielsen Racing N°2 - 56 points
P3 : GRAFF N°9 - 40 points
P4 : ACE1 Villorba Corse - 37 points
P5 : Nielsen Racing - 27 points