The 2018 V de V Endurance Series will be the fourth consecutive season for the GT, Touring Car and LMP3 classes, with seven races spread across Spain, France and Portugal.
The Viper Niza team will be flying the Malaysia flag in it’s first foray outside of Asia. The team will relocate its garage to Monza and the core team will be travelling between Kuala Lumpur, its home base, and to the various cities where the races will be held. Viper Niza’s Ligier JSP3 will be piloted by Malaysian, Douglas Khoo and Briton, Nigel Moore.
“Racing in a different region certainly throws up its share of challenges and as we’ve learnt from racing in the Asian LeMans Series, weather plays a critical role. We’ve had to bear with cold temperatures without appropriate clothing!” says Douglas Khoo, Team Owner of Viper Niza.
“The other challenges would be to adjust quickly to a different time zone and acclimatize ourselves to a new work culture. We hope that the support team we have in Europe will help us make the transition smooth.”
Douglas weighed in on the new chapter in the team’s growth and the deciding factor in signing up for the V de V series.
” One of the factors we considered in deciding to race in the VdeV series was the limited option for prototype racing in Asia” says Khoo. “The series offers us the opportunity to race at some of the best circuits in Europe that are steeped in history. The level of drivers also offers a challenging and competitive field”.
“Currently there are only two options to race prototypes – Asian LeMans Series and FRD P3 series. The former has been running for a few years now and the latter, is only in its second year in China. There is certainly a gap but as the market develops, there may be other endurance series that could start and grow the interest”.
In recent years, Asian teams such as Clearwater Racing and Jackie Chan DCR move from Asian championships to compete outside of Asia, Khoo believes more teams may follow suits in other racing markets.
“Currently there are only two options to race prototypes – Asian LeMans Series and FRD P3 series” says Douglas”. “The former has been running for a few years now and the latter, is only in its second year in China. There is certainly a gap but as the market develops, there may be other endurance series that could start and grow the interest.
“With the exception of Japan, racing in Asia does not have as rich a history when compared to Europe. Motor Sports is still developing in Asia and therefore offers limited options for teams to compete at a higher level. Moving to Europe to race would certainly provide the team with deeper experience.
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