Carlo van Dam in Asian Le Mans Series20-10-09
Dutch racing driver Carlo van Dam will participate in the two opening rounds of the 2009 Asian Le Mans Series 2009 on October 31/November 1. At the Okayama circuit in Japan he will that weekend drive a Saleen S7R for the French Larbre Competition-team.
After America and Europe, Asia now also has its own Le Mans Series; a championship comprising long distance races organised by the organiser of the Le Mans 24 Hours-race. The Asian Le Mans Series this year kicks off in Japan with two races of 500 KM each at Okayama during the weekend of October 31/November 1. Carlo van Dam will join Larbre Competition, a French team that has been successful in endurance racing running a variety of cars, including Ferrari’s. In the Asian Le Mans Series Larbre has entered a Saleen S7R.
Carlo raced a Saleen earlier this year in the Spa 24 Hours-event and enthusiastically accepted Larbre’s offer to do the two races at Okayama. “I know the track very well, Larbre is a top team and the Le Mans Series appeals to me”, Carlo says. “So I am looking forward to doing these two races. I was happy to fit them into what has become quite a busy schedule for this autumn, as I am also doing the final rounds of the Superleague Formula at Jarama as well as the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix. Hitech Racing, the team for which I will race at Macau, has been very helpful and made sure that their testing program would not clash with Okayama and now I can test for them in England and race for Larbre in Japan, so everything fell into place nicely.”
“After doing the Spa 24 Hours this summer, I have developed an interest in endurance racing and since winning the Japanese Formula 3 championship last year, I was looking forward to an opportunity to race in Japan again. The fact that it will be two races is a bonus of course. Given the calibre of the Larbre-team, I of course aim to claim victory in the GT1-class, but obviously I do not underestimate the competition, in particular the Aston Martin entered by the Japanese Team Nova should do well too.”<- Back to: News