JLMC Winner To Race At Le Mans In 2009
At a press conference during last week’s Japan Le Mans Challenge
testing at Sugo (April 3-4), the organisers announced that “the
winner for (of) the 2008 JLMC would be automatically invited to
participate in the 2009 Le Mans 24 Hour Race”.
Representing the President of the ACO at the press
conference was Patrick Peter – referred to as the “infamous
promoter for Le Mans Classic and Le Mans Series”: a rather
unfortunate turn of phrase.
2009 is a long way off, but offering the (just the
overall?) winner of the Japan Le Mans Challenge a place at Le Mans
does grant the new series a further degree of recognition.
Mr. Uzushiri of the JLMC also announced at Sugo
that “Aston Martin Racing is seriously studying the possibility
of competing in JLMC”.
Aston Martin Racing’s Commercial Director,
James Turner, comments that “we’ve had discussions with
both the organisers and a team in Japan, and we would be delighted
to appear in the series, but there isn’t a clear plan at the
The opening round of the JLMC will be held at Sugo
on May 14.