Reigning Australian Formula 3 Drivers Champion and Radical Australia works driver, James Winslow has this evening confirmed his place in the driver line-up with Hong Kong based KCMG Motorsport, to contest the 2013 Asian Le Mans series as part of the World Endurance Championship season in the team’s Morgan-Nissan LMP2 entry that made its Le Mans 24 Hour debut this year, qualifying sixth outright and having led the LMP2 classifications of the prestigious race at the five hour mark.
The group manages entries in nine race series around the globe, including IndyCar, Super GT, Super Trofeo, both the Chinese and Hong Kong Touring Car Championships, and the World Endurance Championship, along with Japanese Formula 3 and Radical China Cup.
Winslow’s Australian factory Radical experience and Formula 3 dominance, along with extensive overseas open wheel resume is sure to add to the success of the international squad.
Winslow, with the support of the KCMG network, Skwirk.com.au, V3 Recruitment and PJS Air, will travel to South Korea for his debut with KCMG Motorsport this weekend as part of the Asian Le Mans series, the Briton to take the wheel of the blue and white #47 Morgan-Nissan LMP2 machine, alongside regular KCMG drivers, Gary Thompson of the team’s Japanese Formula 3 outfit, and young driver Akash Nandy, for the inaugural race at Inje Speedium to be held on August 4.
The much anticipated re-launching of the world-renowned sports car endurance championship highlights a four-event calendar which will be held on premier circuits around Asia. Opening the season this weekend at Inje Speedium, races will be staged at Fuji Speedway, Japan, Zhuhai International Circuit, China, and Sepang, Malaysia.
As KCMG cements its participation in the series’ upcoming season, Winslow is ready to cement himself as a vital part of the team, drawing on his vast ‘down force’ experience of international Formula 3 titles, along with past successes in A1GP and Renault V6, the Briton explaining, “I’ve had a lot of successes in ‘down force’ racing, and feel that I can bring my experience and enthusiasm to the KCMG Motorsport outfit.
“'I am delighted to be joining KCMG Motorsport in the Asian Le Mans series, having seen their involvement within so many series across the Asia Pacific region, and with their impressive efforts on debut at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hour, I’m proud to be becoming a part of it all.
“I first met team owner Paul Ip, and members of his KCMG team, back in 2006 in my championship winning Asian Formula 3 season, and I'm both thankful and proud to be joining this fantastic team as it grows into a world class outfit.
“I'm very thankful for the opportunity, and am very much looking forward to working with these guys again as we build on our experiences together.”
Winslow is currently working to finalise his own debut at the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hour, with his pending season in the KCMG LMP2 entry offering the ideal place for teamwork, strategy and endurance preparations, but don’t write him off for further appearances in ‘tin tops’, Winslow saying,“This opportunity certainly gives me the experience and ideal preparation for next year’s planned debut at the ‘big one’, the Le Mans 24 Hour, and while Sportscars and V8 Supercars remain as the preferred direction of my career now, a Le Mans victory is definitely the goal for 2014.”
James Winslow is the reigning and history-making double Formula 3 Australian Drivers Champion, with his impressive racing pedigree also including United Kingdom and Asian Formula 3 Championships, a Formula Renault V6 3.5 Championship, racing for his country, Great Britain, in the A1GP series, Radical Australia Cup victories and records, Australian GT performances, along with three years of racing in the United States of America with outfits including the renowned Andretti Autosports in the competitive Indy Lights series.