Australian Scott Andrews had a successful debut at the second round of the Asian Le Mans Series - the Fuji 4 Hour, in Japan.
Scott immediately came to grips with the high grip, high downforce LMP3 car on an unfamiliar Fuji circuit.
"Coming into the weekend I didn't really know what to expect out of the car, besides I've not driven a downforce car since February at the Bathurst 12 hour. I did a lot of homework leading up to this event, doing plenty of laps on the simulator, watching a lot of onboard and taking notes." Andrews said.
Scott turned heads in pit lane when he topped the time sheets of FP2 when all teams conducted mock qualifying runs on light fuel and new tyres. Despite the disadvantages, Andrews managed to put a very respectable lap together, going P1 by just over 2 tenths.
Aidan qualified the car P6 with an unlucky session, but made a good start as the team found themselves in P3. Unfortunately the weekend took a bad turn from there as the team discovered a fuel pressure issue making the car 'fuel surge' after the second lap into a stint, and progressively getting worse with each lap, becoming un drivable by the 20 minute mark. Eventually the team decided it was best to retire the car after trying to fix the fuel pressure issue in the garage.
"For me I ticked all the boxes this weekend, but this is motorsport and it can be cruel sometimes. Everyone did a great job over the whole race weekend. I was very comfortable with the car and I was confident in all of our race pace. I did one lap on a full fuel load with old tyres and we were still had the 4th quickest race lap I believe, which really showcases the car's speed. We just needed a bit more luck!" Scott stated post race.
Currently Scott and his team are in negotiations to commit to the final two rounds of the Asian Le Mans Series with Eurasia in LMP3.
"It's a great series. Very professional and there's a lot of European teams here, so you know it's pretty serious and there's people looking. I think for me it's a good career step and I hope to continue in this direction. Big thanks to Eurasia Motorsport for all their help getting me comfortable in the car!" Andrews concluded.