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Winslow on track to secure Le Mans spot
10:42am Friday 4th October 2013 in Sport
JAMES Winslow is on course to secure a place at the legendary Le Mans 24 Hour race next year.
The Witham racing driver, who is now based in Australia, helped the KCMG team to victory in the Fuji Three Hour event in Japan.
He extended his run of form in the inaugural Asian Le Mans Series by producing a faultless drive to help guide the KCMG Morgan Nissan LMP2 to victory by more than a minute.
Winslow’s impressive victory on his debut at Japan’s famous Fuji Speedway has moved him closer to securing the coveted prize of a 2014 Le Mans start that is the reward for the Asian Le Mans Series champion. Winslow holds a 12-point lead in the standings.
He said: “This win has cemented our championship lead with just two rounds to go.
“The race wasn’t easy and we had some pressure from Oak Racing but it feels very satisfying to take the win.
“I’m very proud to have my name at the top of the championship but with two races still to go it means we must keep pushing.
“It was another great result from a great team.
“It was my first time at Fuji International and it’s a tough track to learn quickly especially against all the local experts.”
And he added: “KCMG are a world class outfit and I’m proud to be a part of the team.
“This victory puts us firmly in the championship lead, which is a good feeling.”
Joined by fellow Brit and top Super Formula driver Richard Bradley and Japanese sportscar ace Hiroshi Koizumi, Winslow had topped the final practice session leading up to qualifying, posting a time quicker than both his team-mates in the 21-car field.
However, Bradley, who was quickest in the opening practice session, was selected to run in qualifying and he missed out on pole by 0.058 seconds.
With Koizumi at the wheel, KCMG jumped OAK Racing from the start but the lead changed hands several times during the first stint.
Winslow drove an assured second stint which began with the car in fifth place.
A string of fast laps eventually saw him recapture the lead for the team, before Bradley took over to guide the car home to the chequered flag.
Winslow will head to China’s Zhuhai circuit for the penultimate round of the Asian Le Mans Series on October 13.
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