Home Mobile Forum News Cookbook FaceBook Us T-Shirts etc.: Europe/Worldwide. eBay Motorsport Links Advertising Live Chat  
Site Partners: SpotterGuides  
Related Sites: Your Link Here  

Go Back   TenTenths Motorsport Forum > Saloon & Sportscar Racing > Sportscar & GT Racing > ACO Regulated Series


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 26 Oct 2017, 10:50 (Ref:3776552)   #1
Akrapovic
Veteran
 
Akrapovic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Scotland
Posts: 4,870
Akrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Fame
Asian Le Mans Series 2017/2018



Asian Le Mans Series Zhuhai Resources

Official WebsiteEntry List
Timetable

» Many aren't familiar with the Asian Le Mans Series. They know it exists, but haven't devoted much time to it. Lets take a look at the series and see if this year will change your mind.

» Asian Le Mans Series is a growing series. The quality of the entries is higher than it ever has been, and with 4 automatic Le Mans invitations, it's more relevant than ever as well. The provisional entry list contains 16 cars, but some cars which were set to run are not on the list. Hopefully that changes.

» The class structure is LMP2, LMP3, GT and GT Cup. The LMP2 class consists of previous generation LMP2s, GT is GT3 regulations, and GT Cup are single make classes that are balanced together. LMP3 is the same familiar LMP3 we see in Europe and North America.

» For the 2017/2018 season, the Asian Le Mans Series has 4 automatic Le Mans invitations. The first 3 are self explanatory - LMP2 winner, LMP3 winner and GT winner. The fourth will go to a GT 'Am' class winner should the new class gain enough entries. If the class lacks entries, then the fourth invitation will go to the GT class runner-up.

» AsLMS are putting a lot of effort into trying to improve the broadcast of the races. Last season, the races were on YouTube, but coverage was patchy. For 17/18, they're advertising more live streams, and DSC's Graham Goodwin commentating. So it's worth a go.

» Zhuhai International Circuit time zone is CST. UTC/GMT +8. Not always the best for live viewing, but with YouTube storing the streams afterwards, we'd recommend tuning in Sunday morning.

LMP2

» The LMP2 class contains a slightly disappointing 6 cars for the opening round. But the low numbers don't mean low quality. Jackie Chan DC Racing X Jota are entering 2 Oreca 05s, Algarve Pro and Eurasia Motorsports have a Ligier JSP2 each, BBT Racing step up from the GT class with a Ligier, and ARC Bratislava move up from LMP3 to LMP2 with another Ligier. 2 Oreca, 4 Ligier.

» Driver names might be a surprise too. Harrison Newey is joined by Stéphane Richelmi and Tomhas Laurent in the #7 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca. The #8 sister car will be piloted by James Winslow, Ho-Pin Tung and David Cheng. JC DC Jota aren't pulling punches.

» The other interesting driver line-up is the #37 BBT Ligier.Anthony Xu Liu and Davide Rizzo move up to LMP2 with BBT, but they are joined by IMSA star Pipo Derani. That'll be interesting, to say the least.

LMP3

» The LMP3 class has a 5 car entry for Zhuhai, all Ligier JSP3s. Unfortunately, there is no sign of the Ginettas and Adess from last season. Sarrazin Motorsport (no prizes for guessing who runs that!) were tipped for an entry, but haven't appeared on the entry list.

»Le Mans class winner Richard Bradley will drive the #1 WIN Motorsport LMP3. WIN are a new stand-alone entry, splitting from the Wineurasia entry last season.

» Not happy with 2 cars in LMP2, Jackie Chan DC Racing have also entered a LMP3. At the wheel will be Americans Patrick Byrne and Guy Cosmo.

GT

» The success of the Blancpain GT Asia series may have hurt initial entries for Asian Le Mans GT3 based class. 4 entries, and unfortunately no sign of*HubAuto Racing Porsche that Earl Bamber was due to compete with.

» GT is the smallest class, just 4 cars. But in the usual GT3 fashion, it's also the most diverse. Ferrari 488, Audi R8 LMS, Mercedes AMG and a BMW M6. The numbers might be small, but at least there is diversity.

-------------------------

Firstly, sorry for formatting errors. It's designed for a totally different system, and this version of vB isn't compatible with many new features.

Secondly, I am not fully up to speed with AsLMS yet, so have done my best.

Thirdly...yeah I'm a little disappointed with the entry list too. I was hoping for 25 or so, and the lack of diversity in LMP3 (compared with last year) is a shame. Hoping that entry list is very provisional.
Akrapovic is online now  
Quote
Old 26 Oct 2017, 11:21 (Ref:3776556)   #2
Akrapovic
Veteran
 
Akrapovic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Scotland
Posts: 4,870
Akrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Fame
http://www.dailysportscar.com/2017/1...18-opener.html

More complete look at things here.
Akrapovic is online now  
Quote
Old 26 Oct 2017, 13:40 (Ref:3776594)   #3
Ospi
Racer
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 419
Ospi should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Unfortunately numbers way down on last season thanks to the majority of the GT field doing blancpain and the tight turnaround making it impossible to have cars in Zhuhai. At least p2 is stronger than ever.
Ospi is offline  
Quote
Old 26 Oct 2017, 17:41 (Ref:3776631)   #4
TF110
Veteran
 
TF110's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
United States
Posts: 12,999
TF110 has a real shot at the podium!TF110 has a real shot at the podium!TF110 has a real shot at the podium!TF110 has a real shot at the podium!
I'll admit to not caring much about this series. But if they can continue with some progress it might prove to be useful to get Asian teams interested. Jackie Chan racing being the big one could play out over there to help bolster that grid. Maybe help the image as well.
TF110 is offline  
Quote
Old 26 Oct 2017, 18:01 (Ref:3776634)   #5
bentley speed 8
Veteran
 
bentley speed 8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Sri Lanka
Posts: 1,115
bentley speed 8 should be qualifying in the top 10 on the gridbentley speed 8 should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Last year most of the grid was GT cars, so the reduced car count is to be expected (still, Blancpain Asia doesn't award an automatic LM entry for the winners).
But I admit that I expected something else in LMP3 (not even a Norma?)
bentley speed 8 is online now  
Quote
Old 26 Oct 2017, 18:02 (Ref:3776635)   #6
Akrapovic
Veteran
 
Akrapovic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Scotland
Posts: 4,870
Akrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Fame
To be fair to all the fans, it's hard to care about a series you can't watch. AsLMS has been dabbling in internet streaming and did do last season's races, but it was a bit all over the place. Some races only had static cameras, one had static camera and no commentators. When they get it right, they have Graham Goodwin and proper camera coverage and it's actually pretty good. You never knew what you were getting until the day, and sometimes it was disappointing. They seem to have ramped it up a bit for this season, so we'll see how that goes. I'm certainly going to give the races a watch, but it will be tape delay due to the times.

If I were the ACO, I'd make a decent gap after the Blancpain GT Series, to try and grab entries from that for through the winter. And I'd try and couple the WEC Shanghai and ASLMS races together, to see if it gains any more interest.
Akrapovic is online now  
Quote
Old 28 Oct 2017, 18:24 (Ref:3777038)   #7
Damian Baldi
Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Posts: 633
Damian Baldi should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
They have real cameras this year. The qualification in online at his youtube site.

Quote:
4 Hours of ZHUHAI - QUALIFYING - Round 1 - 2017/18 Asian Le Mans Series
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDDzDiIkiuM

There's a good amount of P2 cars (Oreca 05 and Ligier P2), and the classic P3s.

Pipo Derani drives one of the Ligier, fighting against the JC cars.

Last edited by Damian Baldi; 28 Oct 2017 at 18:49.
Damian Baldi is offline  
Quote
Old 28 Oct 2017, 18:54 (Ref:3777047)   #8
Akrapovic
Veteran
 
Akrapovic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Scotland
Posts: 4,870
Akrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Fame
JC DC Racing have 2 LMP2s and an LMP3. In theory, they could end up with 2 Le Mans invitations from AsLMS, plus whatever cars they run in WEC (got to assume JC DC and Jota will stay together).

4 Jota JC DC Racing cars for LM 18?
Akrapovic is online now  
Quote
Old 28 Oct 2017, 19:05 (Ref:3777051)   #9
Damian Baldi
Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Posts: 633
Damian Baldi should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Quote:
Originally Posted by Akrapovic View Post
JC DC Racing have 2 LMP2s and an LMP3. In theory, they could end up with 2 Le Mans invitations from AsLMS, plus whatever cars they run in WEC (got to assume JC DC and Jota will stay together).

4 Jota JC DC Racing cars for LM 18?
Thanks for all the information Akrapovic.


The broadcast now is a lot better, with full cameras coverage, comentator, and live interviews from the pitline in a funny english (even for me that I speak spanish)

It looks like we will have a thigh fight between JC's Orecas and the Ligier of BBT with Derani at the wheel.
Damian Baldi is offline  
Quote
Old 28 Oct 2017, 19:10 (Ref:3777053)   #10
Akrapovic
Veteran
 
Akrapovic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Scotland
Posts: 4,870
Akrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Fame
Thanks for the qualifying link. It's nice having a proper stream now.

Image quality isn't quite HD, so it's not the quality of ELMS and WEC yet, but it's good enough and much better than last year. I'm not familiar with the commentator with Graham Goodwin, but he's not bad too.

So overall, great step up. Just need a few more cars.
Akrapovic is online now  
Quote
Old 28 Oct 2017, 19:20 (Ref:3777056)   #11
Damian Baldi
Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Posts: 633
Damian Baldi should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
I followed last season as I could, with some streaming, posts at social media from the drivers, and live timing. The new coverage will be a good step ahead.

This series is very interesting to follow drivers performance, there is always some kind of drama and the races are fun.

JC with four cars at Le Mans 2018? hmm I don't know, is that possible?

My only concern about AsLMS for next year, is WEC moving the schedule and overlap both series.
Damian Baldi is offline  
Quote
Old 28 Oct 2017, 19:23 (Ref:3777057)   #12
Akrapovic
Veteran
 
Akrapovic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Scotland
Posts: 4,870
Akrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of FameAkrapovic will be entering the Motorsport Hall of Fame
It's possible in terms of invitations, but may not be possible for them to run 4 cars.

I'm making assumptions here, so this could be completely wrong. It also assumes they will win, which of course might not happen!

2x entry for full WEC season
1x entry for winning AsLMS LMP2
1x entry for winning AsLMS LMP3

The AsLMS invitations will need a new car in some form too, as the Oreca 05 isn't eligible anymore. It's possible, but a 4 car operation from a small team might be a bit much.
Akrapovic is online now  
Quote
Old 28 Oct 2017, 19:46 (Ref:3777063)   #13
Damian Baldi
Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Posts: 633
Damian Baldi should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Quote:
Originally Posted by Akrapovic View Post
It's possible in terms of invitations, but may not be possible for them to run 4 cars.

I'm making assumptions here, so this could be completely wrong. It also assumes they will win, which of course might not happen!

2x entry for full WEC season
1x entry for winning AsLMS LMP2
1x entry for winning AsLMS LMP3

The AsLMS invitations will need a new car in some form too, as the Oreca 05 isn't eligible anymore. It's possible, but a 4 car operation from a small team might be a bit much.
About the cars, it depends on which cars AsLMS will use in 2018/2019, because if they move to new cars, JC (or Jota if they are the owners of the cars), could upgrade the Oreca 05 to 07 spec.

Maybe, having four cars it's all about busines, because they could have two extra cars for drivers with money.


Here is the link for the live streaming (you could click to add it to a schedule alarm)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0rYi9Ew_8E
Damian Baldi is offline  
Quote
Old 28 Oct 2017, 19:58 (Ref:3777064)   #14
Purist
Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
United States
Wichita, Kansas, USA
Posts: 5,545
Purist has a real shot at the championship!Purist has a real shot at the championship!Purist has a real shot at the championship!Purist has a real shot at the championship!Purist has a real shot at the championship!
Well, I'd guess WEC Fuji will be close to AsLMS Zhuhai, but WEC Shanghai fits nicely in the gap between AsLMS Zhuhai and Fuji. Then, the WEC doesn't have anything until Sebring, so Buriram and Sepang are fine.

Damian, I assume you meant "tight fight" in your earlier post. (You had a bit of a "Freudian slip" there.)
Purist is online now  
__________________
The only certainty is that nothing is certain.
Quote
Old 28 Oct 2017, 20:17 (Ref:3777067)   #15
Damian Baldi
Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Posts: 633
Damian Baldi should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid
Quote:
Originally Posted by Purist View Post
Well, I'd guess WEC Fuji will be close to AsLMS Zhuhai, but WEC Shanghai fits nicely in the gap between AsLMS Zhuhai and Fuji. Then, the WEC doesn't have anything until Sebring, so Buriram and Sepang are fine.

Damian, I assume you meant "tight fight" in your earlier post. (You had a bit of a "Freudian slip" there.)
ouch! sorry about that comment my mistake

About the series, is not so Asian as I expected, there is only a japanese driver. Maybe Japan with their own GT series doesn't have interest in this LM series.
Damian Baldi is offline  
Quote
Reply

Bookmarks




Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Asian Le Mans Series Beetle ACO Regulated Series 443 10 Mar 2016 14:33
Asian Le Mans Series Parramatta_Power ACO Regulated Series 441 8 Dec 2013 15:18
Asian Le Mans series? TCR ACO Regulated Series 225 20 Oct 2009 21:30


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT. The time now is 21:06.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Original Website Copyright © 1998-2003 Craig Antil. All Rights Reserved.
Ten-Tenths Motorsport Forums Copyright © 2004-2016 Royalridge Computing. All Rights Reserved.