Harrison Newey Claims Pole for the 4 Hours of Buriram

Harrison Newey on pole
Harrison Newey on pole

After the very cold temperatures the teams experienced in the opening two rounds of the Asian Le Mans Series, the air temperature was in the low 30’s as qualifying got under way for the 4 Hours of Buriram.

First up was the GT qualifying. Setting the fastest time of the session was Alessandro Pier Guidi in the #51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3. Making it an all Ferrari front row was James Calado in the Car Guy Ferrari 488 GT3. Third fastest was Series debutant, Jean Karl Vernay in the TianShi Racing Team Audi R8 LMS.

Max Wiser in the #66 TianShi Racing Team Audi R8 LMS was the fastest GT AM, followed by Bonamy Grimes in the #5 TF Sport Aston Martin V12 Vantage.

As the sun slowly set, qualifying for the LMP2 and LMP3 cars got underway. In a high paced 15 minute session, it was reigning Champion Harrison Newey in the #24 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JS P2 Judd that claimed the outright pole position. In second place was Phil Hanson in the #22 United Autosports Ligier JS P2 Nissan, just 0.385 seconds behind him. In third place was the leading LMP2 Am Trophy entry, the #4 ARC Bratislava Ligier JS P2 Nissan with Darren Burke behind the wheel.

Second fastest in the LMP2 Am Trophy was the Class leader, the #23 United Autosports Ligier JS P2 with Guy Cosmo behind the wheel. In third place was Anders Fjordbach in the #25 Algarve Pro Racing Ligier JS P2 Judd.

The battle for LMP3 pole was claimed by Wayne Boyd in the #2 United Autosports Ligier JS P3. Second fastest in the session was Nigel Moore in the #65 Ligier JS P3 from Malaysian team Viper Niza Racing. In third place was current LMP3 Championship leaders Inter Europol Competition, with Jakub Smiechowski behind the wheel of the #13 Ligier JS P3.


Alessandro Pier Guidi
Alessandro Pier Guidi

LMP2 – Harrison Newey: I am very happy with pole. It came quite late in the day and took two sets of tires to do it. In the end we had a good margin, and it went better than we thought it was going to. Really looking forward to tomorrow, and it is nice to have the one point for pole, after the woes in Shanghai. Ate will also be back in the car, so hopefully he can keep the lead, and me, and Andrea, will bring it home.

LMP2 Am Trophy – Darren Burke: I was a little bit conservative with track limits, while on the first set of tires. I think it was the same for everybody. The number one priority was to make sure we put a banker lap in to actually get us into the race. The second set of tires was a chance to push a little bit harder and explore the limits of the car a little bit more. I think our race set up will be better than the qualifying set up, but it was great fun being out there.

LMP3 – Wayne Boyd: It was really good for us, with P1. We were really hoping to get the extra point, as our last race didn’t go quite to plan for us, especially in terms of the championship. We did a first run, just to get a banker lap in, then we came in and took another set of tires, and pushed a bit harder, and it was worth it. Very pleased.

GT – Alessandro Pier Guidi: We did a very good job on the car, it was important for us to score the point to keep the Championship alive. It will be a tough race tomorrow, with the Championship battle, but we will try our best. We have finished second twice, so we will try to win. I know it will be difficult, but we will try.


Pos No. Cls PIC Drivers Car Fastest Gap
1 24 LMP2 1 Andrea Pizzitola-Harrison Newey-Ate Dirk De Jong Ligier JS P2 Judd 1:25.5 71 0.000
2 22 LMP2 2 Philip Hanson-Paul Di Resta Ligier JS P2 Nissan 1:25.9 56 0.385
3 4 LMP2 AM 3 Miro Konopka-Ling Kang-Darren Burke Ligier JS P2 Nissan 1:26.1 11 0.540
4 23 LMP2 AM 4 Guy Cosmo-Patrick Byrne-Salih Yoluc Ligier JS P2 Nissan 1:26.7 96 1.225
5 25 LMP2 5 Mark Patterson-Anders Fjordbach-Christopher McMurry Ligier JS P2 Judd 1:26.8 54 1.283
6 35 LMP2 6 Matthieu Lahaye-Jean-Baptiste Lahaye-François Hériau Ligier JS P2 Judd 1:27.1 15 1.544
7 2 LMP3 1 Chris Buncombe-Garett Grist-Wayne Boyd Ligier JS P3 1:29.5 08 3.937
8 65 LMP3 2 Douglas Khoo-Nigel Moore Ligier JS P3 1:29.6 06 4.035
9 13 LMP3 3 Jakub Smiechowski-Martin Hippe Ligier JS P3 1:29.9 05 4.334
10 79 LMP3 4 Antony Wells-Colin Noble Ligier JS P3 1:29.9 88 4.417
11 3 LMP3 5 James McGuire-Matthew Bell-Kay van Berlo Ligier JS P3 1:30.1 20 4.549
12 36 LMP3 6 Nobuya Yamanaka-Aidan Read Ligier JS P3 1:30.4 41 4.870
13 51 GT 1 Alessandro Pier Guidi-Oswaldo Negri Jr-Francesco Piovanetti Ferrari 488 GT3 1:32.6 17 7.046
14 11 GT 2 Takeshi Kimura-Kei Cozzolino-James Calado Ferrari 488 GT3 1:32.6 60 7.089
15 50 LMP3 7 Marie Iwaoka-Stephane Kox Ligier JS P3 1:32.8 05 7.234
16 88 GT 3 Alex Au-Chen Wei An-Jean Karl Vernay Audi R8 LMS 1:33.1 78 7.607
17 66 GT AM 4 Lo Kai Fung-Max Wiser-Zhang Ya Qi Audi R8 LMS 1:33.6 31 8.060
18 5 GT 5 Johnny Mowlem-Bonamy Grimes-Ivor Dunbar Aston Martin V 12 Vantage 1:35.1 23 9.552
DNS 7 LMP3 Christian Olsen-Nick Adcock

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