The Japanese Gentleman driver took the International Stage for the first time in Shanghai where he and Eurasia Motorsport teammate Aidan Read secured a welcome debut podium position in the highly competitive LMP3 class of the series and will be looking to round off the Asian season with another, at a venue where he has completed most of his LMP3 test programme.
Nobu’s team have already seen his improvement in testing at the former venue of the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix, with his times falling significantly, and expect this track knowledge to further close the gap to the professional drivers and be properly in the mix with his amateur peers. This combined with teammate Read’s winning record at the track should make for a decent result.
The Asian Le Mans Series has been a perfect platform for the ambitious Japanese driver, learning the car, level of competition and honing his driving skills and fitness giving him the confidence and knowledge to move on to the challenges that lay ahead in the even more competitive European Series later in 2019.
“It is already the final round of 2018-19 Asian Le Mans Series,” Nobu began. “It has been my first experience at this level. I've made some mistakes, but it is all part of the process. Recently I had some important advice from a world-famous top driver, ‘Nobu, you can't buy experience’. The words mean a lot to me.
“I will fully enjoy the last race of season in Sepang and aim to give my best performance to date,” he continued. “I very much appreciate the help from my partner driver Aidan Read, Eurasia Motorsport and the organiser ACO for supporting me to join the races. Thank you very much.”
The 4H of Sepang gets underway with three-hours of practice on Friday ahead of qualifying the following day. The race itself takes place at 12.00 local time Sunday.