LMP2 class leader KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG) heads to the scenic foothills of Mount Fuji this week as the FIA World Endurance Championship’s first six-hour round in Asia takes place in the Land of the Rising Sun. As the highly contested premier sports car endurance series travels to the Far East after five successful events in Europe and America, the Hong Kong-based outfit is keen to be back on the top step of the podium with Le Mans 24 Hours winners Richard Bradley, Matt Howson and Nick Tandy.
KCMGPorscheThe all-British trio, who clinched LMP2 victory at the Nurburgring in August, will once again share driving duties in the Dunlop-shod #47 ORECA 05 coupe. Leading the class by 14 points, KCMG is set to demonstrate their strong form on Fuji’s 4.563km configuration. Bradley and Howson’s years of competing at the highly demanding track in two of Japan’s most competitive Formula series, namely Super Formula and All-Japan Formula 3, complemented by Tandy’s stellar skill in the electric blue LMP2, gives the team a commanding advantage in WEC’s sixth event.
“I’m very excited to be going back to Fuji as it’s almost like a home race for me, having spent some time in Japan and having so many friends there,” said Bradley. “I’m really looking forward to be racing there again. It’s also a track that I know extremely well, after competing in JF3 and Super Formula. After the speed we’ve shown in previous races this year, we can be confident of a strong result at Fuji this weekend.”
Fresh from claiming the GT championship crown in IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship with Porsche at the series’ season finale at Petit Le Mans, Tandy rejoins KCMG for the remaining three races in FIA WEC calendar. More so, the 6 Hours of Fuji will be Tandy’s first ever race on an Asian track.  “Personally, it will not only be my first time racing at Fuji, but also my first ever trip to Japan and even Asia! I was on other duties last time out at Austin, but I watched the race and I’m pleased we scored more big points toward the championship. Now for me, my full focus is back on the WEC and winning this championship with KCMG.” After sealing victory at the French Endurance classic and USCC in the LMP1 and GT categories, the British ace is eyeing to further extend his success and ultimately round off an outstanding year by taking the LMP2 championship trophy with KCMG in WEC.
Held as part of WEC’s festivities in Japan, Asian Le Mans Series’ 2015-2016 season will kick off at Fuji Speedway this weekend. KCMG will field a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in the GT Am class, which will be shared by Paul Ip, KCMG 2014 Scholarship awardee James Munro and Christian Reid in the championship’s inaugural two-hour round. The premier Asian series, sanctioned by the Automobile Club de L’Ouest, will hold four events across the region, underlining the French organisation’s thrust to provide Asian teams a world-class platform for sports car endurance racing.
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