Kuala Lumpur calls Manchester for Penultimate round

The penultimate round of the Asian Le Mans Series will get underway this weekend in Malaysia as Jack Manchester looks to continue the strong progress made in the exciting 2019/2020 championship so far. Two podiums and a pole position with his Thunderhead Carlin Racing team, and teammates Harry Tincknell and Ben Barnicoat, mean the talented trio currently stand third overall in the standings. Manchester aims to continue the brilliant progress made and keep the championship fight well within his sights.

After two fantastic and exciting races in Shanghai, China and The Bend, Australia, Manchester is ready to throw himself in to the final two races of the season starting with a four-hour late afternoon/evening race at the Sepang Circuit in Kuala Lumpur. The 15-corner, 5.543km Malaysian track features two long straights separated with a hairpin which will no doubt lead to some thrilling overtaking action as the entire field look to cement their places before the season finale in Thailand the following week.

Last time out, Manchester took to the wheel of his Dallara P217 and started the 4 Hours of the Bend from pole position however luck wasn’t on his side during the tense, racing battles that ensued. Despite this, the team finished brilliantly in third position claiming a strong haul of points once again as they aim to fight for the overall championship lead.

Manchester said of the upcoming race, “I’m really looking forward to being back in the car this weekend at such a cool circuit. It’s going to be even more exciting to be racing into the dark as well. I really enjoy races with this additional challenge so I can’t wait to get behind the wheel and get the weekend underway.

“I think so far in the championship we can say that we’ve progressed really well as a team."

"We’re working well together and that’s showing from the two podiums and a pole position we’ve achieved up to this point. I’m sure that we can have another strong round in Malaysia and look forward to the final round in Thailand in a good position.”

Manchester will be out in the Thunderhead Carlin Racing car on Thursday for two private test sessions which will run into the evening. The 4 Hours of Sepang will get underway on Saturday, with the full weekend schedule below which is eight hours ahead of GMT.

Thursday 13th February

16:10-17:10 – Private test
18:30-19:30 – Private test

Friday 14th February

16:25-17:55 – Free Practice 1
20:00-21:30 – Free Practice 2

Saturday 15th February

13:00-13:15 – Qualifying
17:00-21:00 – 4 Hours of Sepang

Team Principal Trevor Carlin said, “We’re very excited to be back in the European Le Mans Series for 2020.  We learnt a lot in a small time frame last year and gained even more experience in Asia. Without a doubt we return this season stronger than ever.  Jack has developed so much as a driver in the last 12 months we’re really excited to see his potential develop further this season.”

The 2020 European Le Mans Series will start in April in Barcelona and will see Manchester race on iconic circuits such as Monza, Silverstone and Spa among others over the course of the six-round season.