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Triple Eight talks Le Mans prospect

A PRIZED entry into the 24 Hours of Le Mans was not necessarily behind Triple Eight entering the Asian Le Mans Series, according to managing director Jamie Whincup.

News broke earlier this month that Triple Eight will contest the 2023/24 ALMS in the GT class with one of its Mercedes-AMGs.

Details were otherwise scarce; Whincup has since confirmed to V8 Sleuth it will be a collaborative effort with Johor Motorsports Racing involving Prince Jefri Ibrahim.

The Triple Eight/JMR partnership has spanned across the Australian and Asian editions of GT World Challenge this year, plus the Bathurst 12 Hour.

The LMP2 and GT title winners in ALMS will earn an invitation to next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Asked if getting Triple Eight into the French spectacle was a key motivator, Whincup responded “no, it wasn’t” – but noted it would be an enticing bonus.

“Obviously there was some appeal from JMR and mainly Prince Jefri that he wanted to do ALMS,” he added.

“We’re really excited about the program and of course if you win, you go to 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“If that was to happen, we’d certainly make that happen.”

Prince Jefri Ibrahim’s co-driver(s) for ALMS are yet to be confirmed.

The three-round, five-race series starts at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit on December 2-3 and wraps up with back-to-back events in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in February.

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