FFF Racing Team by ACM will run Silver Cup and Pro/Am driver line-ups in Blancpain GT Series Asia this season after confirming that Dennis Lind will partner Martin Kodric while factory driver Marco Mapelli joins Hiroshi Hamaguchi.
The Chinese squad announced its plans to enter two Lamborghini Huracan GT3s back in January but has waited until now before revealing its driver pairings.
As in 2017 it has entered a Silver Cup car, although both drivers are new to the team. 22-year-old Kodric contested a handful of Blancpain GT Series Asia rounds with fellow Lamborghini outfit VSR last year and now returns for a full-season attack fresh from claiming three Pro/Am victories in Europe.
He’s joined by former Danish Formula Ford champion Lind who made his name by winning the 2016 Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Final and European Super Trofeo crown.
“I’m really happy to take part in this championship with FFF Racing,” said Lind, who is also part of Lamborghini’s Young Driver Programme. “After a tricky 2017 I’m definitely ready to push hard for the championship alongside Martin and the rest of the team!”
FFF’s second Huracan features a strong Pro/Am pairing in the form of Japanese driver Hamaguchi and Mapelli, who competed in the European Blancpain GT Series last season. While the Japanese amateur previously represented FFF Racing Team in GT Asia, Le Mans Cup, GT Open and the Asian Le Mans Series, his Italian co-driver has tasted success in America’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series as well as in Europe.
“It is going to be my fourth year with FFF racing,” confirmed Hamaguchi. “I have been with the team from day one and have seen a lot of ups and downs, smiles and disappointments. It’s about time for us together to win a championship this year and I am well prepared.”
Mapelli, who also made headlines in 2017 by setting the fastest time for a production car - a Lamborghini Huracán Performante - around the Nurburgring Nordschleife, added:
“I’m really happy to join FFF Racing in Blancpain GT Series Asia. With Hiroshi San, we’re really looking forward to a great season together. Many thanks to Lamborghini Squadra Corse for the Asian commitment. It’ll be a busy and fun year!”
Meanwhile, team owner Sean Fu Songyang believes the depth of experience amongst his drivers should prove vital to their chances this season.
“This is an exciting new line-up and I can’t wait to see how we perform in this very competitive Asian series,” he said. “We’ve got some very impressive talent in the team and behind the wheel, so we’re heading into this championship in a very positive frame of mind. We have four drivers who have a lot of Lamborghini experience, so all in all, we expect it to be a very strong season in Asia.”
The 2018 season begins at Sepang in Malaysia on April 14/15.