Driving the #36 Eurasia Motorsport prepared Ligier on his debut, the Japanese driver built through the weekend’s practice sessions to a competitive pace compared to his fellow bronze rated amateur competitors that bodes well for the pairing with Aidan for the remainder of the four-race series.
Read qualified the car in fifth and Nobu took the driving duties at the start of the race, doing a solid job - whilst steering clear of trouble - to remain in contention for the handover point after his mandatory 90-minutes of racing was complete.
Aidan took best advantage of the opportunity and working with a well-prepared car and good strategy elevated the car to a fine third at the chequered flag, despite a late stop and go penalty for a full course yellow flag infringement which could have seen the pairing finish in second on their debut.
“To be honest, the level of competition was intense,” said Nobu. “The start was chaos, with people passing me even before the start line, so they got the jump on me – perhaps unfairly – so for me it was a case of keeping calm and making sure the car was in good condition for later in the race for Aidan; that was my main focus.
“I’m happy with my stint as I gained a couple of seconds over the weekend and my pace was reasonable compared to the other gentlemen drivers, so for me it’s step by step in part of the bigger picture,” Nobu continued. “I am very happy to have helped achieve a podium position in our first race together in Asian Le Mans.
The series now moves on to Nobu’s home track, Fuji Speedway in Japan 7-9 December where the team and Nobu should be increasingly competitive and be looking to build on the great start to the series.