Garnet Patterson earned his spot alongside Malaysian driver Adrian D’Silva to compete in Round 1 of the ALMS Sprint Cup Series held at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia this past weekend (May 28-29). Prior to the weekend, Patterson tested Infinity Race Engineering’s recently acquired ADESS LMP3 car, producing competitive lap times proving himself valuable.
Qualifying for the 22 year old Australian was held in tricky conditions when a wet track was not declared by officials, despite overnight rain making the track extremely damp. Patterson and D’Silva qualified 5th on grid, respectively, for the two one hour races.
Patterson and D’Silva were in contention for a podium finish in Race 1, however in the final lap just fell short in position 4. Consistent lap times by D’Silva in Race 2 placed the pair in position 3 and meant Patterson was able to bring home the podium finish, producing the first podium for Infinity Race Engineering and their brand new ADESS 03 in the 2016 ALMS sprint cup series.
“I am so grateful for being given the opportunity to test the new ADESS’03 Le Mans prototype with Infinity Race Engineering. I really can’t thank Adrian and the Infinity Race Engineering team enough for allowing me the chance to compete and prove my abilities in the ALMS season opener. I am hoping this positive result with the team will help pave our way for an entry into Le Mans in 2017”
The ALMS Sprint Cup returns to Malaysia in August, where Patterson, with the help of potential partners hopes to return in preparation for the endurance season beginning October.