14 October, 2016
Matt Bell is set for a busy winter after being signed up to compete in the full Asian Le Mans Series for ‘FFF Racing by ACM’. Bell first raced for the team at the inaugural ‘Road to Le Mans’ in June where he also got his first taste of the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 and the Le Mans 24 Hours circuit.
“The Le Mans weekend was a busy weekend and I had a lot to learn,” said Bell. “A new team, a new car and a new track. I got on with the team immediately as its such a professional operation and, despite having disrupted practice sessions across the weekend, we were still able to show great pace in the race, which shows the team has a good grasp on car. That was my first taste of the Lamborghini and I loved every minute behind the wheel. It’s an easy car to learn and I can’t wait to get my hands on it again as we can only get faster.”
The four-round series of four-hour races starts at Zhuhai in China on 30 October, before heading to Fuji in Japan in December. After the Christmas break the championship picks up at Buriram in Thailand before the season-closing race at Sepang in Malaysia on 22 January.
“I love learning new circuits, which is a good job as I have never been to any of the Asian Le Mans Series tracks,” said Bell. “It’s not just the tracks though, I’ve never been to Japan, Thailand or Malaysia! Recently I’ve had to learn Bathurst, Le Mans and a few of the European Le Mans tracks and I relish the challenge as it’s good to see how quickly you can get on top of a new place as opposed to places like Silverstone where I could probably drive blindfolded!”
The Asian Le Mans Series is run by the ACO, the organisers of the Le Mans 24 Hours, and a successful season in Asia can earn a coveted place on the Le Mans grid the following year. The reigning GT Champions, Clearwater Racing, raced at Le Mans last summer where they finished fourth in the LM GTE Am class. Bell will be racing in the competitive GT class against GT3 cars from Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes.
“With such a competitive entry list we have to perform at the top level straight away,” said Bell. “We were quick at Le Mans straight out of the box so I know we can do it again. Our goal is to win races and ultimately the championship,” Bell concluded. “The series is more competitive than ever before so we will need to get everything right but our eyes are on the top prize. That’s what we are in it for!”
The Asian Le Mans Series gets underway on 30 October at Zhuhai in China.
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