SEPANG: It wasn't the finish the OD Racing Best Leader team desired but the team wrapped up the Asian Le Mans Series 2016-2017 with some positives to bring forward from a trying debut season in the GT class on board a brand new McLaren GT650S.
At the team's home race and backed by over a hundred of their fans, an early collision saw the driving crew of Fairuz Fauzy, Jono Lester and Liam Talbot have their race plans thrown out of the window.
In all, seven pit stops were required due to damage, but the team looked forward with the vital data which would be put to good use as they develop for rest of the year.
"It wasn't the result we wanted to finish our home race, especially with all our fans that came here. But this is our first season here and we learned a lot. Moving forward, the data we gained from these four rounds would be vital to continue the development," said Fairuz.
"I would like to thank all our fans who kept cheering for us and stayed positive even when things were not going well. We will be back and there will be announcements coming for our next campaign this year."
Talbot completed the second half of the four-race season with the team and despite the disappointment, took home the positives.
"There was contact quite early, which forced us to pit twice and lost a lap and a half, so it was game over.
Jono was fastest driver in his first stint by 2 seconds a lap
and then we had braking issues so we boxed and fixed this," said Talbot. "
I climbed aboard for my stint and matched the GT leaders time when not compromised with traffic. The car felt good, we had a great race package and ultimately our pace went unrewarded."
I've really enjoyed my time with OD Racing, Fairuz and Jono. We are all disappointed to end the season without a solid result. We can take comfort in the fact knowing that next time we will be better prepared."
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