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KCMG Take Inaugural AsLMS Win

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KCMG became the first winners in the Asian Le Mans Series, taking victory in the 3 Hours of Inje.

The race began under safety car, with torrential rain falling almost as soon as the race was started, adding to the challenge for the teams, who had spent the weekend learning the new Korean circuit.

A major turning point in the race was when 16 year old Akash Nandy stepped in to the KCMG machine, becoming the youngest ever driver in a Le Mans race. Despite a lack of on-track time during practice due to technical issues, Nandy quickly got up to speed and showed strong focus and maturity. James Winslow and Gary Thompson partnered Nandy on their way to victory.

OAK Racing struggled during the race, but periods of strong driving from Ho-Pin Tung, David Cheng and Jeffrey Lee allowed the team to take the #24 Morgan-Judd to third overall and second in LMP2.

AF Corse had an incredibly strong race, with Steve Wyatt, Andrea Bertolini and Michele Rugolo taking their Ferrari 458 GT3 to second overall and first place in the GTC class

Kamui Kobayashi and Naoki Yokozimo took the Taisan Ken Endless Ferrari 458 to victory in GTE, while their #26 Porsche 996 GT300 took second place in GTC.

The next round of the season takes place at Fuji, and after some strong performances setting the standard for the new Asian Le Mans Series, fans will be hoping for more of the same top-class endurance racing as the season progresses.

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