Manchester starts the New Year at The Bend

After a long break in the calendar Jack Manchester is keen to jump back behind the wheel of his Thunderhead Carlin Racing Dallara P217 again as the Asian Le Mans Series heads to Australia.  For the second round in this four-round series, Manchester aims to continue his strong form and put the heartbreak of Shanghai behind him – aiming for the top step of the podium once again with team-mates Harry Tincknell and Ben Barnicoat.

This weekend the challenges of The Bend will be further heightened with extreme temperatures as Australia suffers one of its hottest summers on record.  The thoughts of Manchester and the whole of the Thunderhead team are with those battling and displaced by the widespread fires across the country.

The last outing for the Thunderhead Carlin Racing team in Shanghai saw the squad secure an emphatic win on track following incredible driving from Manchester who started the race from the front row and his team-mates who demonstrated incredible pace to take victory on the road. However, heartbreak followed when the team were demoted to third due to a driver time infringement. Despite the massive disappointment, the accomplishments of both Manchester and the team couldn’t be denied and the Thunderhead Carlin Racing team head to the second round of the 2019/2020 Asian Le Mans Series as serious contenders for the race victory.

Manchester said, “I’m really excited to race at The Bend for the very first time. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the track from other series who’ve raced here and we can’t wait to get on track ourselves later this week. Based on our pace in Shanghai we know we have a lot of potential; we can certainly be proud of our form in China and know that we’re not only aiming to replicate that but make further progress here in Adelaide.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to spend some time here in Australia ahead of the race to acclimatise to the time difference and heat and seen just a glimpse of what this amazing country has to offer.  It goes without saying that as the world’s attention is turned on Australia due to the terrible fires, our thoughts are very much with everyone who has been affected and of course those trying to prevent the fires from spreading further.  We’re very grateful to be able to start our racing season in this incredible country.”

Track action kicks off on Friday.

"We’re very grateful to be able to start our racing season in this incredible country.”