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Not a great weekend for Lester as attention turns to AsLMS final

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When things don’t work, disasters tend to form out of nowhere. It looked good for New Zealand’s Jono Lester, teaming up with the rapid Blancpain Champ, Liam Talbot. It didn’t go their way and when AstroTurf plays a big part in your retirement, you know luck was not with you. Still there is exciting things to come…Lester takes it from here.

It wasn’t my finest hour at Buriram and a disastrous weekend overall for OD Racing.

From running at the front in the last round at Fuji, we found ourselves at the opposite end of the field and no matter what we tried, the McLaren failed to find that competitive edge this weekend.

What we hadn’t anticipated was the soaring cabin temperatures during the races, particular in my stint where I had a bit of a meltdown – something that has never happened in a 14 year career and not the best shot of confidence for the start of the 2017 season.

Eventually, the car was retired late in the race when we ran out of brakes.

I have to put my hand up and say that I feel I let the team down this weekend. Other drivers up and down pitlane also suffered in the the heat, with one requiring medical attention but thankfully he was OK.

Rather than dwell on the past, we have to push forward to the team’s final round in Sepang in two week’s time.

For me, that will be made a little easier by the distraction of a trip to Japan for the Tokyo Autosalon – an automotive extravaganza I’ve wanted to visit since I was a kid.

I won’t be there as a fan though. Instead, we will be announcing my participation in the full 2017 Japanese Super GT Championship – a career-long ambition achieved and partnered with a talented young team who have a big future.

It’s going to be absolutely mental! I’ll share further details with all you during the week…

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