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MUNDIAL - SPORT PROTOTIPOS - ELMA - 1ª EXPERIENCIA PARA YAMANAKA EM MONZA

Domingo, 05 Maio 2019 04:41 | Actualizado em Terça, 03 Dezembro 2019 20:42

Yamanaka looking forward to his first Monza experience

 
Nobuya Yamanaka is looking forward to his second race in the European Le Mans Series as the championship resumes next week at Monza, Italy. The Japanese rookie is a new-comer to the series as well as racing in European soil and continues to learn quickly from the Nielsen Racing team and teammate James Littlejohn.
 
The opening round of the season at Paul Ricard saw a consistent run from Nobu, picking up from James in the second half of the four-hour race and completing the event after a tough - but trouble-free run - to the chequered flag.
 
The Italian round of the championship brings another fresh challenge to Nobu as he has never raced at the fabled circuit. A test programme just ahead of the race weekend is planned which will enable Nobu to get more familiar with the unique characteristics of the circuit which is amongst the fastest in the world featuring long straights and tight chicanes, all of which need to be mastered in order to achieve competitive lap times.
 
Nobo once again teams up with James in the #8 Ligier LMP3 and is looking forward to the event ahead.
 
“My first race in Europe was tough and a real challenge for me,” Nobu stated. “I really liked the Paul Ricard Circuit as it really flowed and had many high-speed turns, something I am not so used to from racing in Asia.
 
“My aim is certainly to improve on my own performance in Italy and I will continue to work hard with James and my engineer Mark to see what gains I can make, but I’m really looking forward to the Monza experience.”
 
Following practice and qualifying on Friday and Saturday, Sunday’s four-hour race gets underway at 12:00 CET:  Follow raceday live.

山中信哉は、初めて経験する「Monza」を楽しみにしています。

山中信哉は、来週、Monza(Italy)で開催されるEuropean Le Mans Series第2戦を楽しみにしています。日本のルーキーは、ヨーロッパのレース、このシリーズの初心者ではありますが、短時間のうちにNielsen Racing TeamとチームメイトのJames Littlejohnから多くのことを学び続けています。
 
シーズン開幕戦のPaul RicardでNobuでは、Jamesから4時間レースの後半を引き受け、タフなレースを着実な走りを見せトラブルフリーで戦いチェッカーを受けました。
 
Nobuにとって、レース経験のない伝説のサーキットで行われるチャンピオンシップシリーズのイタリア戦は新しい挑戦です。Nobuが競争力のあるラップタイムを刻むために必要なことなのですが、レース週末に先立ち行われるテストで、長い直線とタイトなシケインからなり、ユニークな特性を持つ世界有数の高速サーキットに慣れることが出来るでしょう。
 
Nobuは、来るべきレースに、再び、Jamesとペアを組み#8のLigier LMP3で参戦することを楽しみにしています。
 
「私のヨーロッパ初戦はタフでハードルの高い挑戦でした」とNobuはコメントしています。「アジアのレースでは経験をしたことがない、多くの高速コーナーをリズミカルに走らなければならないPaul Ricardサーキットがとても気に入りました」
 
私の目的は、当然のことですが、このイタリア戦で自身のパフォーマンスを上達させることです。そして、James、エンジニアのMarkとともに、自身がどこを改善すれば良いかを見つけ出すためにしっかりと仕事しなければなりません。それはさておき、Monzaを経験できることがとても楽しみです。
 
金曜日のプラクティス、土曜日の公式予選のあと、日曜日の4時間レースは12:00(CET)にスタートします。
ライブ中継:https://www.europeanlemansseries.com/en/live
About the European Le Mans Series
The European Le Mans Series is the primary feeder series to the FIA World Endurance Championship and comprises of six four-hour races across Europe. Run by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, winners of the category get an automatic entry into the 24 Hours of Le Mans. 
 
About Nielsen Racing
An extensive and very successful background in Radical Racing across Europe saw Nielsen Racing step up to LMP3 competition in 2017. With title success in the Henderson Insurance LMP3 Cup in the UK and championship challenges in Michelin Le Mans Cup, the British-based team fields four entries in ELMS and Le Mans Cup in 2019. 

About James Littlejohn
Teaming up with Nobu for the 2019 ELMS Campaign, James is a double champion in Radicals and has a season of LMP3 experience under his belt with Nielsen Racing which includes an impressive near 50-percent podium strike rate. With four podium positions in his debut season in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, James finished a close third in the overall standings.


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