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Winslow wins in South Korea
10:01am Friday 16th August 2013 in Sport
JAMES Winslow claimed a fine debut victory in the inaugural round of the Asian Le Mans Series in South Korea.
The Witham-born driver only signed a deal to race with the Hong Kong-based KC Motorsport (KCMG) squad days before the three-hour endurance race at the Inje Speedium.
But despite limited testing in an unfamiliar LMP2 Le Mans Morgan Nissan prototype, he tamed challenging wet conditions to sweep to a four-lap victory.
Winslow also topped the times in practice prior to his team securing a fine victory, in the three-hour endurance race.
The reigning Australian F3 champion also managed to outpace Le Mans veterans OAK Racing, who won the LMP2 class in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours classic.
Winslow said: “It was a fantastic weekend with a great team. “We produced amazing results despite only having one session in the LMP2 before the race.
“The entire crew, my team-mates and I worked together and pulled off the impossible, winning on our debut in Asian Le Mans.
“This Sportscar drive is something I’m very passionate about and it’s an amazing opportunity I have been offered.
“KCMG are a world class outfit with F1 team personal, it reminds my of my A1GP days and great working with good people again.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone in the team for the opportunity.”
The heavens opened just minutes before Winslow started.
The rain was so fierce that the race was started behind the safety car and only resumed after eight laps.
Winslow soon found his way passed pole sitters OAK Racing and began a fuel economy run.
He managed to balance speed and fuel consumption well to hand over to team-mates Gary Thompson and Akash Nandy with the car in the lead at the end of his one hour 15 minute stint.
Thompson and Nandy made no mistakes when they got their turn behind the wheel, to guide the team to an impressive win.
The AF Corse Ferrari 458 GT3 of Steve Wyatt was second, with Ho-Pin Tung and the OAK Racing squad in third.
The KCMG team now lead the championship standings as they look forward to the next round of the series at Fuji, Japan on September 20-22.
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