Scott Andrews backed up an impressive debut competing the LMP3 class in the Asian Le Mans Series at Chang International Circuit, Buriram, Thailand.
Andrews was fashionably quick to get on top of an unfamiliar Buriram circuit, going fastest in 2 of the 3 practice sessions whilst sharing the car with teammates William Lok and Aidan Read, prior to qualifying.
Scott was nominated to qualify the WINEurasia LMP3 Ligier, where he respectably qualified the car in 2nd place just after the interruption of a red flag which may have hampered several drivers lap times including Scott's.
"I'm pretty happy with p2. It was my first time driving the car in qualifying trim ever, so I probably left some time out there but I was certainly pushing. It seems our race car is probably better than our qualy car so we will now focus on the 4 hour race tomorrow starting from the front row." Scott said.
Aidan Read started the race for the #99 car, having to avoid carnage at turn 1, Read dropped back to p6. After a very strong stint, Read drove the WINEurasia LMP3 car back up to p2, within seconds of the class leader. Andrews then took over and quickly inherited the race lead.
Engineer Gerard Rooney opted for the shorter stint with Scott as he approached aggressive lapped traffic. Car owner William Lok climbed in, and put in a very respectable double-stint.
Andrews re-took over the reigns of the #99 LMP3 and drove from 7th to 5th.
"Fifth for us is a well executed race after we compromised ourselves on tyre strategy with some mistakes in practice. After a tough practice William drove a great double stint, Aidan was awesome and I was satisfied with my efforts on the old tyres, still pumping out pretty quick laps. It was hot work in the cabin with the Thailand humidity and heat, closed windows, no cool suit and the drink failing in the last stint!" Andrews concluded.
Next event for Scott is again with the Asian Le Mans Series - the Sepang 4 hour, January 20-22.