The Asian based team is fielding the #44 Ligier JS P217-Gibson in the 86th edition of the race in striking green, in deference to title sponsor Krohn Aviation, and having completed successful tests at both Monza and Spa-Francorchamps. Andrea Bertolini, Niclas (‘Nic’) Jonsson and Tracy Krohn take the driving duties and all three drivers have a wealth of experience in sportscar racing and at Le Mans.
In addition to its Le Mans programme, Eurasia Motorsport is competing this year in the Blancpain GT Series Asia, Chinese Endurance Series, Asian Formula Renault and Asian Formula 3. The 24 Hours of Le Mans remains the pinnacle of the sport in terms of prestige and as a challenge; something team principal Mark Goddard relishes.
“I had my first Le Mans experience as a kid back in the nineteen seventies and the 24 Hours became a childhood dream,” said Goddard. “It was a dream that came true in 2016 when Eurasia finished fifth in the LMP2 class and it was especially satisfying to compete with our Asian based personnel, as we are doing again this year. We run under the Philippine flag and most of our technicians are from the South East Asian Country.
“With Tracy, Andrea and Nic on driving duties we are aiming for a top six in class finish. However just finishing the race is a major achievement for any team and we hope to make it three finishes in a row for Eurasia.
“We feel we represent the Asian Le Mans series and we are demonstrating that teams based in the region can compete at this level” Goddard concluded.