Bumper Broadcast Schedule for the 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series

The 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series is set to be broadcast to a record TV audience, reaching all corners of the globe, with a particular emphasis on their local Asia Pacific region.
 
The preliminary list shows the coverage will be broadcast through at least 18 networks, in around 100 countries as far reaching the USA, Mexico, Europe, and Australia.
 
In Asia, the 2017/18 season will be broadcast on the Fox, beIN Sports, Le Sport and Eleven Sports networks, along with on Star Sports. These networks feature an extensive reach including China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.
 
With over a month until the first round it is expected that this list will continue to grow, delivering even great reach than the record breaking season in 2016/17.
 
This announcement comes hot on the heels of the announcement of Tencent, the leading internet service company in China, as a key media partner for the season, which will deliver a significant audience in China.
 
The extensive coverage the Series will receive clearly positions it as the premier endurance series in the region. 
 
The 2016/17 season was broadcast to a record audience with a package of highlights programmes reaching 145 countries with 524 hours of TV on 29 networks (some 663 individual broadcasts) across the Asia Pacific region and beyond.
                 
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 through the Series website and social media.
 
A full and detailed list of the planned broadcasts can be found here.

 

 

Q & A with Craft-Bamboo Racing, Director, Darryl O’Young

It is great to see Craft-Bamboo Racing competing in LMP3 machinery this season.  How was the teams first season competing with the Ligier JS P3 LMP3 Prototype in the FRD LMP3 Series?

Craft-Bamboo’s first season in the Ligier JS P3 has been great fun so far, as the team are heading into the final round this weekend in Zhuhai leading both the team and driver Championships with our #95 Lightning McQueen driven by Mathias Beche and James Winslow. The FRD LMP3 Series is incredibly competitive and with a field of 12 Ligier JS P3s and a roster of top international and Chinese drivers, every race has been a tough battle for the podium in this one-hour sprint format.

 

How did Craft-Bamboo Racing first get involved in prototype racing?

We first became involved in prototype racing back in 2014 when the team joined the Asian Le Mans Series for the first time in the CN class. It was an incredible season for us, taking the championship title and the class win in every race that year. It certainly inspired us to get involved with taking this step to compete with the LMP3 this season as we were hoping to find similar success.

 

We also expect prototype racing to continue to grow in Asia, so the opportunity to jump into the LMP3 category was an easy decision to make.  The team enjoys working on the cars, and the drivers really enjoy driving them. This is true for both the Amateur drivers and our professional drivers.  Greg Taylor and Alex Tagliani are having a great season together in our #20 Jackson Storm car as a pro-am pairing.

 

What are your goals heading into final round of the FRD LMP3 season in Zhuhai?

We are clearly focused on claiming both Championship titles in Zhuhai. We are only eight points ahead of second place though so the fight is going to go right down to the wire. I am confident that every member of the team will be giving everything they have to give us the best shot at taking the Championship titles. 

 

Thanks to the support of Ligier and the Asian Le Mans Series, the grand prize is an LMP2 car to use in the Asian Le Mans Series, as well as a free entry into the series itself, so we are really aiming to win that prize.  There is a great synergy between the Championships, and prototype racing continues to grow in the region thanks to the efforts of the Asian Le Mans Series over many years. 

 

What are Craft-Bamboo Racing’s plans going into the winter?

With the FRD LMP3 season drawing to a close, we are now looking ahead at the possibility to run our two Ligier JS P3 LMP3 cars in the 2017/2018 Asian Le Mans Series. 

 

We truly believe in the prototype formula, and are confident that the category will only continue to expand in Asia.

 

The Asian Le Mans Series runs a very succesful Championship, and I know first-hand how the ACO works.  I have many years racing with them, from the first time I joined the European Le Mans Series in 2005, until Craft-Bamboo Racing’s WEC entry in 2014.  The organisation is extremely motivated to deliver great endurance racing, so to take our LMP3’s into the Asian Le Mans Series is a natural progression. 

 

We are currently in discussion with several drivers and sponsors to enter our two LMP3’s into this years Asian Le Mans Series, so the goal is to pull that program together in the coming weeks.  If we can get the LMP2 prize through winning the championship in the FRD LMP3 Series, then that would be a big bonus! 

Tencent becomes a key media partner of the Asian Le Mans Series

Coverage of the Asian Le Mans Series in China has received a significant boost with Tencent, the leading internet service company in China, announced as a key media partner.

As the Asian Le Mans Series Official New Media partner Tencent will broadcast live and highlights packages of the ACO’s Endurance Series in Asia through Tencent Sports network on both PC and mobile services.

The Asian Le Mans Series races will be streamed live via Tencent Sports. This coverage will also be supported by edited VOD and news coverage.

Tencent ranks amongst the top ten internet companies globally. They have 85% mobile social market share and reach 90% overall social media users.

They have strategic partnerships with world renowned sports properties. As for motorsport, Tencent Sports have broadcast Indycar, the World Endurance Championship, (featuring the 24 Hours of Le Mans), Formula E, Formula 4, CFGP and WTCC events.

In the future, Tencent Sports plans to accelerate its expansion in sports industry and boost sports industry development in China.

 

Asian Le Mans Series Managing Director – Cyrille Taesch Wahlen:
“Signing Tencent, one of the biggest players in the Chinese market, as a media partner for the Asian Le Mans Series is very exciting, and a defining moment for the growth of the Series, and for endurance racing in China generally.

“We are always looking for new media channels for the Asian Le Mans Series to increase the reach, particularly into growth areas such as China. The success of Jackie Chan DC Racing this year, particularly their outstanding success at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the interest from more and more Chinese teams and drivers, is helping to drive this growth and open up endurance racing in particular to a new audience.”

Echo YANG, Director of the Media Acquisition and BD of Tencent Sports:
“As the leader in digital sports platforms in China, Tencent Sports is leveraging its expertise to reach fans throughout the world.

“We have patience to cultivate the market, among which racing and rally is one of our targets. We have broadcast the 24 Hours of Le Mans, World Endurance Championship, and many others, and we believe that our cooperation with the Asian Le Mans Series will further benefit the fans.”

The 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series kicks off in China on 27-29 October at the Zhuhai International Circuit.

 

Further information about the reach of the Tencent network:
Social Networking:
QQ – Fastest-growing mobile social platform. Weixin and WeChat combined has 889 million monthly active users.
China’s largest SNS-monthly active accounts reach 638 million.

Information:
QQ.com: China’s most-visited portal website.
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Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport confirm return to Asian Le Mans Series

Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport confirm expanded multi-class Asian Le Mans Series Entry in the 2017/18 season.
Excitement around the 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series season continues to build with the announcement that Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport will return with an expanded multi-class entry. The team will enter two Oreca 05s in the LMP2 class and a Ligier JSP3 in the LMP3 class.

There are now seven LMP2 cars confirmed for the coming Asian Le Mans Series season including ARC Bratislava, BBT, Algarve Pro Racing, Eurasia Motorsport and the winner of the FRD LMP3 Series which will run a Ligier JSP2. Not only will it be the strongest ever LMP2 grid in the series history ever, it is also proof of the growth and development of prototype racing in Asia.

The last season ended in dramatic fashion for the Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport team with the Championship leading car failing to finish the final round after contact. The incident ultimately cost them the Championship. Since then it has been a whirl wind journey for the Chinese team that has been a part of the Asian Le Mans Series since 2013.

Making the step up to the FIA World Endurance Championship, the 2017 season started in the best possible way, winning the LMP2 class in the first round held at the Silverstone Circuit. Since then they have gone from strength to strength including finishing 1st and 2nd in the LMP2 Class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, and finishing 2nd and 3rd overall. The team also currently leads the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 teams.

In a significant milestone for the Asian Le Mans Series, the team became the first LMP2 team, and the first ever Chinese team to lead the 24 Hours of Le Mans in their Oreca 07 Gibson.

Speaking in an interview earlier this year David Chang was highly complementary of the Asian Le Mans Series and the role it played in the development of his team and others in the region.
(Read the full interview here.)

Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport  – David Cheng
 “The Asian Le Mans Series really does offer (young drivers) a real platform to move forward up the racing ladder with some real opportunities to market their skills in Asia, and then beyond,” he said.
 
“That’s something that we, as a team, are trying to do, to build a ladder from an Asian base to become a significant, and we hope a successful force on the global scene.  With so many drivers looking to race at the very biggest events they really do need to arrive there having learned everything they can about the really specialist skills of endurance racing, and the Asian Le Mans Series is a really very good place to achieve that.
 
“Fuel mileage, tyre management, working with the engineers alongside your team-mates, grinding out the best pit stop routines, sharing data to the best overall effect for everyone, many of those skills simply don’t apply in other areas of the sport, but they are all there in Asian Le Mans, just as they are further down the line at Le Mans!”

Asian Le Mans Series Managing Director – Cyrille Taesch Wahlen:
“It is exciting to see Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA Sport succeeding at the highest level and we are proud of the role the Asian Le Mans Series has played in helping them reach these heights,” he said.
 
“We are looking forward to seeing them return to the Series later this year and working with them to grow and develop motorsport in Asia.
 
“It is incredibly positive to see such a competitive field of LMP2 cars, and I am glad that by entering an LMP3 car the team is also creating their own motorsport ladder that compliments ours.” 

The 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series Calendar:
October 27-29 2017 – Zhuhai (China) – 4 Hour race
December 1/3 2017 – Fuji (Japan) – 4 Hour race
January 11/13 2018 – Buriram (Thailand) – 6 Hour race
February 2/4 2018 – Sepang (Malaysia) – 4 Hour race