The Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup has released a revised calendar after consulting with interested team on its 2017 commitments.
In place of the previously planned four-race season for LMP3 and GT Cup cars the 2017 calendar will now see three race meetings, all still at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia with GT3 cars now added to the entry as the Asian Le Mans Series expands its co-operation with Michelin.
The season will now start with Round 1 on 5/7 May 2017, featuring a race format designed to give a real opportunity for teams and drivers to sample mixed class Prototype and GT racing, the true DNA of international sportscar racing.
The change to add GT3 cars to the Series now allows GT3 teams to construct a comprehensive racing programme in Asia combining the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup and the Asian Le Mans Series (which takes place over winter 2017/18). Both series’ will feature the same professional racing environment combining sprint and endurance over eight events and 11 races this season.
The winners of the GT3, LMP3 and GT Cup classes in the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup will also benefit from a free entry into the 2017/2018 Asian Le Mans Series.
Road to Le Mans
A major incentive for full-season GT3 and LMP3 Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup entrants comes with the opportunity to race on the full Le Mans 24 Hours circuit in June. In addition to the Michelin Le Mans Cup competitors (automatically entered), entrants will be given priority to enter the pair of 55-minute Road to Le Mans races which will take place on the Circuit de la Sarthe in June as the curtain raiser of the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours alongside with the other Asian LMS and ELMS selected teams. This will give teams the opportunity to have a first taste of Le Mans and its 13,6km track while strengthening the ACO GT3 and LMP3 offer for Asian teams.
Plans are in hand to expand the Sprint Series into a more International Series for 2018.
Round 1: 5/7 May 2017
Round 2: 21/23 July 2017
Round 3: 18/20 August 2017
OPTION with priority entry – Road To Le Mans: 14/17 June 2017
After a 2016/17 season which saw the Asian Le Mans Series highlights package feature as one of the most widely viewed motorsport shows in Asia, the ACO-run Series is stepping up another rung or two for 2017/18.
Record TV Exposure
The five race 2016/17 season was showcased by a package of highlights programmes reaching 145 countries with well over 340 hours of TV on 23 networks across the Asia Pacific region and beyond, far beyond the coverage previously seen of any other endurance Championship in the region.
In Asia Pacific alone, Fox International, Fox Sports (Australia), BeIn Sports, Star Sports, LeTV and Sky Sports (New Zealand) were just some of the top channels featuring Asian Le Mans Series programming for the past season with talks underway to expand that coverage for the 2017/18 season to come.
It all comes together to offer unrivalled exposure for the teams, drivers and sponsors involved in the Series.
Live Online Video Streaming for 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series
In addition, there is set to be full live online streaming for the 2017/18 season which gets underway in October in Zhejiang, China before moving on to a second Chinese event at Zhuhai then Fuji (Japan), Buriram (Thailand) and Sepang (Malaysia).
Record Number of Cars From Asian Le Mans Series at 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours
2016/17 saw a record mixed grid of Prototype and GT race teams, unique in Asian motorsport battle not only for Championship honours but with all also keen to take one of motorsport’s most valuable prizes, an invitation for the winning teams to take part in the world’s biggest endurance race, the Le Mans 24 Hours, the week long festival of motorsport culminating in a twice around the clock race in front of a quarter of a million trackside spectators, broadcast live across the globe.
A record 9 cars from teams that contested the 2016 Asian Le Mans Series were invited to take part in the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours, an opportunity that no other race series in the region can offer. Several will be in real contention for class wins, a major step for Asian motorsport.