About the 24 Hours of Le Mans
The Le Mans Endurance Racing Pyramid
At the top of the ACO’s Le Mans endurance racing pyramid is the FIA World Endurance Championship, which, along with the 24 Hours of Le Mans represents the summit of excellence. The race is the ultimate challenge, one that all teams and drivers want to win.
The Asian Le Mans Series is the reference endurance racing series for prototypes and GT classes in Asia.
The Series offers the regions only direct pathway into World Championships for both Prototype and GT race cars, and into the world’s most significant endurance race – the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Asian Le Mans Series is an important part of the Le Mans endurance racing pyramid, sitting alongside the European Le Mans Series and the IMSA Weather Tech Sports Car Championship in North America.
At the top of this pyramid is the FIA World Endurance Championship, which, along with the 24 Hours of Le Mans represents the summit of excellence. The race is the ultimate challenge, one that all teams and drivers want to win. The Asian Le Mans Series offers LMP2, LMP3 and GT class winners a money-can’t-buy invitation to participate in the following 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Launched in 2013 by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), the Asian Le Mans Series is the embodiment of Le Mans endurance racing for the Asian continent. Initially operated by a third party company, the ACO took over management, organization and promotion of the Series at the end of 2014. Since then the series has gone from strength to strength.
The 2016/17 season saw a return to China, and the 2017/18 season featured the longest race in the Series history – the 6 Hours of Buriram.
The success of the Asian Le Mans Series as an international platform for Asian (but not exclusively) teams looking to make the step up the ladder to race on the global stage is significant. Graduates of the Series have gone on to not only race on the global stage but also claim victory in their class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and to fight for Championship glory in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Most recently, the performances of Clearwater Racing from Singapore and of course Jackie Chan DC Racing x Jota Sport from China have been outstanding.
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) founded in 1906 is the creator and organiser of major motor sporting events including the first grand prix in the history of motor racing in 1906 followed by the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1923. The ACO’s aim is to develop long-distance racing and since 2012 it has been the organiser and promoter of the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC). The club is also the creator of the continental series: the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, former American Le Mans Series (1999), the European Le Mans Series (2004), and the Asian Le Mans Series (2013). On its own circuits at Le Mans, the ACO organises the 24 Heures Motos, the 24 Heures Karting, the 24 Heures Camions and the French Motorcycle Grand Prix. But above all the ACO is a club made up of enthusiasts who defend the rights of car users on a daily basis, and it gives its members a privileged welcome to enable them to live their passion for motor sport at the events it organises.
The ACO also has a driving school, Le Mans Driver, a leisure and kart competition complex and simulators, an Enterprise department for the organisation of seminars, a team of guides providing tours of the installations of the Le Mans circuits, two official boutiques in Le Mans and Paris as well as eight regional agencies.