Kuala Lumpur – Viper Niza Racing is best known as the first home grown all-Malaysian team to take part in the Road To Le Mans race in 2019, which is a pre-cursor to the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, behind the wheel of its outgoing Nissan powered Ligier JS P3 LMP3 race car.
After an illustrious seven years of competition in the touring car and prototype classes, Viper Niza Racing today announced its partnership with Aston Martin Racing Asia. As a result, the Malaysian-owned and -based team will be outfitted with the latest generation and race-winning Vantage GT3 and GT4 cars to lead its regional and global racing campaign in the GT Sports Car class.
As a partner team of Aston Martin Racing Asia, Viper Niza Racing will also be managing and providing services for customer racing programs.
Douglas Khoo, the team’s owner, principal, and driver, alongside Dominic Ang, his longtime partner in endurance racing, will serve as team captains.
Both the Vantage GT3 and GT4 vehicles are based on the brand’s most recent generation 4-liter V8 twin turbo Vantage and will continue Aston Martin Racing’s successful sports car racing tradition. The V12 Vantage GT3, Aston Martin’s most popular customer car, is replaced by the Vantage GT3, a full-fledged race car built from the bottom up. Offering consumers the most recent advancements in race car technology, it draws on years of engineering expertise and participation in international sports car racing. More than 400 kW of power and 700 Nm of torque are generated by the vehicle.
The Vantage GT4 is a direct and aggressive race car with a competitive package, cutting-edge aerodynamics, and cutting-edge safety systems that can be maintained by amateur teams. It is designed for gentlemen drivers and is based on Aston Martin’s standard production Vantage sports car. It has a power rating of over 350 kW and a torque rating of over 550 Nm.
The Viper Niza Racing Vantage GT3 will make its debut in the Singapore F1 Grand Prix on 1-2 October 2022 with Khoo competing in the TSS (Thailand Super Series) support race. The Series, which is the biggest in Thailand, features two 25-minute sprint races around the 5.063km Marina Bay Street Circuit on Saturday and Sunday and will be held for the first time in
Despite being a short race, Singapore will provide the team with much-needed seat time to break in and get comfortable with the new car. But going forward, the team will just pay attention to endurance racing competitions.
Meanwhile, elaborating on the Vantage GT4 Customer Racing Program, Aston Martin Racing Asia Director Weiron Tan commended Viper Niza Racing for the degree of commitment, professionalism and technical competency the team has invested in and demonstrated throughout its years of endurance racing.
“There’s no question that they (Viper Niza Racing) bring immense capabilities to this partnership together with Aston Martin Racing’s unparalleled customer racing support. We look forward to this new chapter of Viper Niza Racing and are extremely proud to be part of its journey.
Customer racing is the backbone of sports car racing and there is no doubt we believe Viper Niza Racing has what it takes to do a good job and also be title contenders. We are there to provide support every step of the way,” said Tan.