Images: BAM MOTORSPORTS.
AIDAN READ this year alone has been in LMP2 and LMP3 machinery in the Asian Le Mans Series, GT4 at the Bathurst 12 hr race this year and more recently a Porsche Cayman in the Creventic Touring Car Endurance Series.
Now the 18-year-old Perth lad is set to embark on a new challenge as he lines up with FFF Racing by ACM. He’ll compete in the new 2017 Blancpain Asia Series in a Lamborghini Huracan GT3.
Aidan joins Alberto Di Folco, an established member of the Lamborghini Squadra Corse GT3 Junior Academy and winner of the 2014 SuperTrofeo Europe championship, and will provide an excellent benchmark for his debut GT3 season.
The opportunity to compete in all six rounds and 12 events across four countries – visiting the Formula 1 venues of Suzuka and Fuji in Japan and Sepang in Malaysia amongst others – with the reigning GT Asia Champions is an experience not to be missed.
“This is a career defining opportunity to race in GT3,” Aidan said. “The move has become quite a natural progression from my past season of racing, where I have graduated from single-seaters into Prototypes and lower level GT4 categories.
“It’s exciting to join a team that shows real promise for the season, FFF Racing and Lamborghini are proven to be a winning formula here in Asia. I look forward to meeting the entire team, and racing alongside Alberto Di Folco. I’m ready for the challenge and optimistic for the season ahead in Blancpain GT Asia.”
The 2017 calendar has a mix of tracks Aidan is familiar with, tracks he’s had success at in the past, and new tracks that offer an added challenge. He firmly believes this is key for his development and he’s looking forward to race at six of Asia’s best tracks.
“I’m very keen to meet Alberto,” he said. “It’ll be very useful to share knowledge and learn from our experiences and I think we’ll make a strong pairing on the grid. I’ll be aiming to adapt to the GT3 scene, and use experience from Asian tracks and in similar cars to maximise my potential speed. If I can achieve this alongside FFF and Alberto I have no doubt we’ll share great results.”
“The new championship looks to be very competitive. This is a key opportunity to show my potential in GT racing after an introduction to sports cars recently. I am very eager to keep my career momentum going with impressive results with FFF Racing.”
The series gets underway April 8-9 at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia and concludes in October at Zhejiang Circuit China.
For more info on Aidan Read and his racing activities, please visit the official www.aidanread.com.au website, ‘like’ his Facebook page or view content on his YouTube channel.