Months of preparation will finally come together this weekend when Pinnacle Racing Team (PRT Racing) lines up on the grid of the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup. They’ll be fielding a Nissan-powered Ginetta LMP3 prototype, bearing the No. 67 and sporting a black-and-orange livery, at the Sepang International Circuit.
The Philippine-based team has been in Malaysia since Monday to make sure everything goes as planned. Both drivers Ate De Jong and Charlie Robertson have also logged valuable test kilometers in the very hot and humid Formula 1 circuit.
If the schedule goes as planned, FP1 and FP2 will be held on Friday followed by Q1 and Q2 on Saturday morning. Then the lights go green at 2:00 PM for Race 1 and again at 12:50 PM on the next day for Race 2.
Each race will last only 60 minutes (hence then name Sprint Cup) and will have a mandatory pit stop/driver change.
De Jong and Robertson are optimistic that they will finish well against the 10-car grid that consists of 4 other LMP3 entries. The other teams they’ll be up against will be DC Racing, Team AAI, WinEurasia Motorsport, and Nexus Infinity who runs either a Ligier JSP3 or ADESS 03 prototypes.
This will be the first out of 3 Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup rounds in the 2016 calendar. All other races will likewise be staged at the Sepang International Circuit scheduled in August in September.
Accompanying PRT Racing on their LMP3 campaign are partners Pinbet88, Motul, Redmount Group, and P1 Racewear.
Ate De Jong, PRT Racing Owner and Driver: “Months of planning and preparation will finally come together this weekend and we’re quite excited to run with more experienced teams. Our first race will mainly be used to benchmark our performance, but if there is a chance to challenge for a podium finish, we will go for it.”
Charlie Robertson, PRT Racing Driver: “I arrived in Malaysia a few days ago and and have already put in some laps with PRT Racing’s Ginetta. This is my first time at Sepang and I’m working hard to learn the track and adapt to the hot weather before the race. It’s going to be a challenge but I’m definitely looking forward to join the Asian Le Mans Series grid.”