Le Mans, June 2nd 2015 – Since the recovery of the organisation of the Asian Le Mans Series, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) is investing at every level in order to gradually build a more attractive platform as much as possible and thus, confirms its ambition to become the reference operator for Endurance racing in the region.
Within that context and in order to compensate for the track time situation of the second round of the season (i.e. 1h20 race in Shanghai), an alternative solution has been sought.
The Asian Le Mans Series, after consulting and in accordance with the teams, is now able to announce that the Shanghai (China) event scheduled on November 1st 2015 is going to be replaced by a round in Sepang (Malaysia) on November 8th 2015 with a 3H race.
The 2016/2017 calendar which will count five events (each with a 3H race minimum), will include a round in China which still remains a strategic and ‘must have’ destination for the ACO.
This new date will not only offer more track time but also allow additional teams to join the series and significantly reduce the competitors’ freight expenses.
- Fuji (Japan) 10/11 October 2015 – 2H race (WEC event)
- Sepang (Malaysia) – 7/8 November 2015 – 3H race
- Buriram (Thailand) – 8/10 January 2016 – 3H race
- Sepang (Malaysia) – 23/24 January 2016 – 3H race
As a result of this calendar change, it has also been decided to extend the Early Bird rate’s registration period until Monday June 22nd 2015. The deadline for the full season entries remains on August 15th 2015 and for the race-by-race entries, it stands fixed at three weeks prior to each event.
The three invitations to the 2016 Le Mans 24H will be awarded (with no minimum entries condition) to the teams that have participated in all rounds and are winners:
- Of the LMP2 class, invited in LMP2
- Of the LMP3 class, invited in LMP2 (or in GTE subject to the Le Mans 24H selecting committee
- Of the GT class, invited in GTE
Cyrille Taesch Wahlen, Asian Le Mans Series Operations Director:
« With this change made in total partnership with the teams, the Series is now gearing up to start the second phase of its revitalisation plan. Our ambition is that the Asian Le Mans Series soon becomes the synonym for Endurance Racing for Asia ».
Dato’ Razlan Razali, Chief Executive Officer, Sepang International Circuit:
« It is an honour for Sepang International Circuit to host the Asian Le Mans Series race in November. Le Mans has a faithful following amongst motorsports enthusiasts who love the rawness of the race. And Sepang Circuit being the only F1 Circuit in the region and the hub of Southeast Asian motor sports, are always looking at bringing in world-class races and events to keep all motorsports fans enthralled. We welcome the Asian Le Mans Series back to race at the Sepang Circuit ».