Aidan Read already has an impressive track record in the Asian Le Mans Series and is now poised to compete in Eurasia Motorsport’s second entry into the four round championship staring next month in Shanghai.
Last year the young Australian raced alongside Nobu Yamanaka, very much in a coaching and mentoring role to the rookie racer. For the coming season, he makes way for Japanese and New Zealand drivers in the team and spearheads the second Eurasia Motorsport entry in the LMP2 Pro class.
The 2018-19 Asian Le Mans Series campaign was a successful one for the 20-year-old racer, securing the podium at the opening round in China alongside Nobu. He proved his pace in the remaining rounds, often quickest amongst the P3 runners.
After a season in the ultra-competitive ADAC GT Masters, where he finished second in the Junior Cup, Aidan returns to the championship where he secured his first LMP2 victory in 2017. With an extensive pre-season testing programme complete – where he benchmarked the team’s two Ligier JS P217s – he and his teammates expect to be battling for front-running positions and victories.
It’s something of a home coming for Aidan too as while he has raced with manufacturers both in Europe and is Asia, his ties with the Eurasia Motorsport team date back to his spell in Formula Masters where he won nine races from 16 starts in 2016.
“Eurasia were my first team back in 2014 so it is always special to drive with them,” said Aidan. “I’m driving at my best at the moment I can feel it, the performance is there especially in the LMP2. The characteristics of the car seem to match me quite well; I understand and enjoy driving the car and this is important for me.
“I am always comfortable and confident when I walk into the Eurasia garage because of our history, so this gives us a boost for sure,” he continued. “I know from testing and coaching with the team recently that the level of preparation is high, and the laps we’ve put in have been informative. This puts us at an advantage.
“Asian Le Mans LMP2 is an opportunity for me to apply my experience in an environment I know well. The feeling is positive, and I think this is a good indicator going into the opening round.
The championship gets underway in Shanghai on November 22-24 before heading to Aidan’s home country for the first time as the Series races at The Bend for the first time on January 10-12. Back to back races following Malaysia and Thailand in February to wrap up the championship.
“Aidan started his international racing career with Eurasia in Formula Masters Asia and we have seen him flourish into a fast and professional driver both in LMP and GT,” stated Eurasia Motorsport Team Principal Mark Goddard.
“We are happy to continue the journey we began with Aidan nearly five years ago at our Clark International Circuit training facility and he will be an incredible asset to the #36 car. He’s a fast and reliable driver who knows how to help his teammates and this makes him very valuable to the team.”