Whilst not the best actual result achieved by the pairing, (third position in the Shanghai opening round in Shanghai) the consistency and technique displayed by Nobu and the outright pace of Aidan, combined for a mistake free performance in which the car set fastest race lap, made this race the most notable.
Once again taking the race start, the Japanese driver stuck to the task of keeping the car in touch with the leaders, and on the leading race lap, by driving to a target time of 2m08s, which he did comfortably. It was a pace which was good enough to keep him in front of most of the ‘bronze’ amateur racers who took the start and on the tail of the others. A session long battle with Neil Muston in his Ginetta LMP3 machine the most notable feature of a great opening race stint.
After briefly handing the car to Aidan, who then set fastest race lap, the Eurasia Motorsport team took advantage of the first Safety Car intervention to return Nobu to the #36 Ligier for his final run before handing back to Aidan to bring the car home.
Overall the series can be viewed as a success for Nobu who was taking his first steps into International Motorsport competition and Prototype Sportscar racing. A podium in his debut season in China, running strongly in the terrible conditions in a cold and wet Fuji Speedway in Japan and this consistent performance in Malaysia being amongst the highlights.
“I was pleased with my race,” said Nobu. “I think our performance was good and my driving was very consistent. I had a slow start to the weekend adjusting to racing and lost some of the first day’s practice running, so really didn’t get comfortable as early as I would have wanted, but in the race, I felt good and enjoyed the competition very much.
“Looking back at the season I think things went quite well and more or less as I hoped they would,” he continued. “In Fuji particularly, when I had advantage of some home knowledge and the weather conditions could possibly have been a chance for our best result, but my performances have got faster and more consistent, which was the objective in this first international championship.”
Nobu’s focus now turns to Europe and the challenge of the European Le Mans Series which starts in April at the Paul Ricard Formula 1 venue in France. It’s a new challenge, with a new team and new teammate.