– Second podium in 4 races following a win in Round 2

– A positive way to end the 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series

– Further 2017 plans to be announced soon

The final round of the Asian Le Mans Series saw 25 cars line up for the 4 Hours of Sepang. The track, located 85km from Kuala Lumpur, has 15 turns with 8 straights with speeds hitting in excess of 300km/h.

Struan ended qualifying in P3, 2 tenths from pole, hitting fastest sectors in 1 and 3 but unfortunately lost 4 tenths in sector 2, narrowly missing out on the front row.

Struan’s teammate, Giorgio Maggi was first in the seat for Race Performance and it wasn’t long before the drama took hold with an incident in turn 1 on the first lap which saw the #35 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 03R Nissan limp back to the pits with a puncture, bringing out the safety car. They re-joined before retiring at the end of the first hour following engine trouble. Race Performance didn’t escape unharmed as they sustained aero damage, affecting their lap times. The team chose to continue rather than lose more time by bringing the car in for repairs. With Fabien Schiller at the wheel they were closing in on the first placed Algarve Pro Racing Ligier of Rad, Roda and Pizzitola before a gear problem that lasted for 12 laps. Struan put in a 40 minute stint towards the end with a 60 second gap to first place. He set a number of fastest laps on his way to second place to round out a successful weekend for Struan and his Race Performance team and a pleasing way to finish the Championship.

“I have to say congratulations to Algarve Pro Racing guys for their title. I’m really pleased for them but obviously disappointed not to be celebrating the Championship win. Without the brake failure in Round 1 and the problems we faced in Round 3 we would have been right in the mix but I don’t want to take anything away from the guys, they’ve done a great job. We enjoyed a win in Round 2 and we’ve picked up second place here in Sepang so its nice to finish on a good result. It’s been great driving with Fabien and Giorgio and my thanks to all the guys at Race Performance, it’s been a pleasure working with them. Hopefully we can challenge for the title next year”.

Struan will now return to Europe to finalise plans for the rest of 2017.


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