The very successful Inter Europol Competition #13 Ligier LMP3 stopped in the second hour of the race at Buriram, Thailand, with a broken first gear. It put an end to the dream of winning the Asian Le Mans Series 2019-2020 season. The #13 LMP3 of Nigel Moore and Martin Hippe finished third in the championship.
With this race, one of the most successful Ligier LMP3, reached the end of its competitive life. The end of an era. In 41 races, the car was on the podium 30 times. Since the beginning of 2017 it only had one DNF. And now this one; in the last race. A job incredibly well done over the years by all mechanics, engineers, drivers and all others involved and of course by Ligier.
In 2020 the team will run two new Ligier JS P320.
Very unlucky #34 LMP2
The #34 LMP2 had a trouble-free run, moving up as high as second. Running in third with 20 minutes to go, the car wouldn’t restart after it came in for its last pit stop. After a quick repair, it re-joined with four minutes to go and finished in 7th place in LMP2. It showed great race pace and its potential of being on the podium.
Job well done
All three drivers in the #33 LMP2, Nathan Kumar, John Corbett and young Danial Frost did a good job. Apart from a nose job done in the first hour, the Ligier #33 ran a trouble-free race and finished in 6th place.
Troubles for the #18
The #18 LMP3 had some troubles. Kadoorie spun in the first hour and had to come in with an overheated clutch. The crew did a good job to repair and he could re-join the race. After a few laps had to come back in with a broken compressor. The team did a quick repair and Wells took over. They were not classified for points due to not having run 70% of the race distance.
Sascha Fassbender, Team Manager: “Unfortunately not the result we hoped for. We congratulate Nielsen Racing with winning the championship and the entry to Le Mans. It was a tough championship and we battled every race with Nielsen to defend our LMP3 title. Unfortunately, a technical problem did cost us the possible championship. This weekend we ran out of luck, technically seen. The #13 and the #34 had problems, as did the #18. All our crews did a fantastic job to get the cars back on track in a minimum of time. The only car having a trouble-free run was the #33 LMP2. Unfortunately, the hard work we put in did not pay out. The Asian Le Mans Series was good for our team. We know each other better, and are now better prepared for the season in Europe. We look forward to a good 2020 season.”
Michael Keese, Team Director: “The four races of the Asian Le Mans Series were a hard battle, which we unfortunately lost due to a technical problem. I am sorry for the whole team that after 30 podiums with the #13, which makes the car one of the most successful Ligier LMP3 ever, it dropped out of the race with a technical problem. The #33 had a good trouble-free run, the #34 was nearly on the podium and had a great race pace. The LMP2 team has learned a lot this season and is showing real potential.”