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2016 Future for Jono Lester?

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Following the success at Suzuka as part of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia Series, Jono Lester and Yasuyuki Uchida took a win and second place. The duo now lie second on the six round Championship with a new track – the Thai Buriam track.  A track that Lester recognises as so new that there isn’t simulators to train on but he is looking forward to the challenge. But there is now more.

The future for Jono Lester?

But before that, there is something else for Lester who harbours a desire to return to the GT Asia series – where he had success in the past.

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The GT Asia Series Porsche that Jono Lester will drive

He will be flying out to Okayama for the race next weekend to race with GruppeM to take the wheel of their new Porsche 991 GT3-R with the hugely experienced Tim Sugden.

The team has previously run New Zealanders Chris van der Drift and Le Mans winner Earl Bamber.

What is more though is that he is off to a SuperGT test Immediately following Okayama. It will see Lester travel back to Suzuka where he will participate in the Super GT Official Test, held over June 8-9.

The test mileage also doubles as Lester’s rookie evaluation for potential races later in 2016 and beyond. Lester will drive for Direction Racing, the same team he competes with in the Super Trofeo Asia series, with a slight upgrade in machinery to the GT3-spec Lamborghini Huracan in the 29-strong GT300 class.

With this, as Jono says, the calendar is filling up nicely.

Not bad for a driver who was thinking he would be having a season off.

Jono Lester's ride for the SuperGT test
Jono Lester’s ride for the SuperGT test

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By Sam Tickell, June 2016

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