The grid for the Fuji 4 Hours, the second of the four rounds in the 2017-2018 Asian Le Mans Series, attracted 15 entries including 4 Ligier JS P2s and 5 Ligier JS P3s.
The very cold weather proved to be a major test for the drivers in the 15-minute qualifying session. After a no-holds-battle Brazilian Pipo Derani put the #37 Ligier JS P2 entered by BBT on pole, which he clinched on the final lap in a time of 1m 32.102sec.
An Onroak Automotive-built car also claimed pole in the LM P3 category.Josh Burdon emerged quickest in 1m 35.255sec in the #18 Ligier JS P3 run by the KCMG outfit.
The drivers starting from pole had a pretty hectic race. At the start of the race the #37 Ligier JS P2 tangled with another car and spun dropping them to the back of the field. The BBT Ligier JS P2 made a stunning comeback and took the provisional lead as well as setting the fastest lap in the race. Finally, Liu-Rizzo-Derani saw the flag in second place and the BBT team in the #37 Ligier JS P2 were on the podium sandwiched between the two Jackie Chan DC Racing x Jota driver line-ups.
The #4 Ligier JS P2 entered by the ARC Bratislava squad came home fourth while #25 run by Algarve Pro Racing finished eighth.
The 4-hour race also took its toll on the entrants in the LM P3 category in which there were a lot of retirements and technical issues. Jackie Chan DC Racing x Jota’s third car, the #6 Ligier JS P3 in the hands of Patrick Byrne and Guy Cosmo, won the category and finished fifth in the overall classification in front of the #65 Viper Niza Racing Ligier JS P3 and the #99 Ginetta LM P3 run by TKS.
The next round of the Asian Le Mans Series will take place on the Buriram circuit in Thailand on 11 – 13 January.