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.


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」