Aidan Read is well-versed in the longer race circuits having competed this year on the fabled Nürburgring, Nordschleife for the first time. For the young Australian racer, the challenge of The Bend Motorsport Park should be relatively simple at ‘just’ under 8-kilometres in length as he aims to build on the second position last time out in Shanghai.
Aidan teams up with former F1 driver Roberto Merhi and GT specialist Nick Foster once again in the #36 Eurasia Racing Australia JS P217. It proved to be a formidable line-up in China with the team claiming the pole position and for Aidan to lead the way through the opening stint. Ultimately however second place came as a result of the neighbouring team blocking the Eurasia pit box during a crucial fuel stop.
For Aidan though, it was a particularly strong performance as he double stinted the tyres in order to provide options for his two teammates later in the race. For the coming event, he has been busy training hard and preparing for the second round of the championship.
“Racing LMP2 in Australia for the first time will be special for me,” Aidan began. “We are genuinely in a position to fight for the win so that is the goal, a home victory for the Perth boy in the Asian Le Mans Series Australian debut.
“The Bend is a new track for me, but also new to the series,” he continued. “It is a 7.77-kilometre layout with 34 corners which is a lot to learn. I have had a lot of tracks to learn this year, including the Nürburgring, so I am confident in my process and will adapt quickly.
“It will be hot; the stints will be hard physically and the setup will need to be developed quickly and we will all be exploring the limits. I am really looking forward to showing what I can do at Adelaide, especially after my performance in Shanghai. I feel like I am performing at my best, so it is a perfect time for a ‘home race’.
The four-hour event takes place Sunday 12 January from 13.00 local time, while there will be a special event at the circuit on Thursday 8th where the #36 Ligier and drivers can be seen up close and personal.