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Old 10 Jan 2010, 10:31 (Ref:2610933)   #1
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I've recetnly had an itch to jump on the ACO website and then later, the actually Asian Le Mans Series website and yet, there hasn't really been much updates on exactly what is to take place in 2010 other than that it will take place. No venues confirmed, no participants either(but that will most likely not be the case as the year progresses). So, basically I'm hoping that any kind member on the forum would fill us in on the ALMS for 2010.
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Old 10 Jan 2010, 10:49 (Ref:2610945)   #2
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As far as I'm aware, the aim for 2010 is to expand to two or three rounds.
Not sure what effect LMIC will have on this (one round of LMIC will be part of the AsLMS).

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Old 10 Jan 2010, 10:58 (Ref:2610950)   #3
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As far as I'm aware, the aim for 2010 is to expand to two or three rounds.
Not sure what effect LMIC will have on this (at least one round of LMIC will be part of the AsLMS).
For Sure... There's no doubt the Asian LM Series will have a race represented in the Le Mans International Cup... I was hoping to get some updates on Aston Martin's position in competing in the Asian LM Series (LMP1 Class)... without them, the series would be a bit of a dud.
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For Sure... There's no doubt the Asian LM Series will have a race represented in the Le Mans International Cup... I was hoping to get some updates on Aston Martin's position in competing in the Asian LM Series (LMP1 Class)... without them, the series would be a bit of a dud.
They've yet to announce their official plans for this season.
I doubt there'll be much of a programme (especially abroad). Most of their efforts are focused on next year.

Why would the series be a 'dud' without AMR? Having one less works outfit surely detracts from the event, but it's by no means grounds for a failure.
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Old 10 Jan 2010, 11:15 (Ref:2610958)   #5
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Its a tad early for an end of year calendar to be announced.

Provided the planned AsLMS and LMIC do have a round together, there will be Audi and Drayson. If 2009 was anything to go by, there should be enough interest to get a decent enough grid...
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... I was hoping to get some updates on Aston Martin's position in competing in the Asian LM Series (LMP1 Class)... without them, the series would be a bit of a dud.
As far as I remember Signature expressed its interest in competing in the Cup. So I would consider their Aston as a participant.
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As far as I remember Signature expressed its interest in competing in the Cup. So I would consider their Aston as a participant.
Fair Enough. Its good to see that there will be a chance for an Aston Martin in the field atleast. The more Manufacturer involvement there is, the better.

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They've yet to announce their official plans for this season.
I doubt there'll be much of a programme (especially abroad). Most of their efforts are focused on next year.

Why would the series be a 'dud' without AMR? Having one less works outfit surely detracts from the event, but it's by no means grounds for a failure.
It's always a pleasure seeing one of the Top teams in the previous season defending their champions status. Considering the lack of manufacturer support from Asian-based Manufacturers for the LMP1 category, the series will need as much American/European supoort it can get.
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Fair Enough. Its good to see that there will be a chance for an Aston Martin in the field atleast. The more Manufacturer involvement there is, the better.



It's always a pleasure seeing one of the Top teams in the previous season defending their champions status. Considering the lack of manufacturer support from Asian-based Manufacturers for the LMP1 category, the series will need as much American/European supoort it can get.
Joest will be there, and there's even a chance (albeit minuscule) an Oreca-Peugeot might make an appearance.
Providing the ACO continues to foot the bill for the freight, I'm sure there will be a decent turn out.
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Joest will be there, and there's even a chance (albeit minuscule) an Oreca-Peugeot might make an appearance.
Providing the ACO continues to foot the bill for the freight, I'm sure there will be a decent turn out.
Should be a promising new competition then. The 2009 running of the event saw a host of European Private and Manufacturer Teams including: Oreca, Aston Martin, Pescarolo, Kolles. With ACO funding major parts of the competition, it looks promising and it is early days. I just hope it doesn't fall into the wasteland the Japanese Le Mans Challenge fell into.
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They should race on at least two different countries. I read somewhere that the AsLMS organisers liked the partnership with the WTCC - I wouldn't mind them visiting both Okayama (October 31) and Suzuka.
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I've recetnly had an itch to jump on the ACO website and then later, the actually Asian Le Mans Series website and yet, there hasn't really been much updates on exactly what is to take place in 2010 other than that it will take place. No venues confirmed, no participants either(but that will most likely not be the case as the year progresses). So, basically I'm hoping that any kind member on the forum would fill us in on the ALMS for 2010.

Maybe there will be something soon, but I would not expect anything for quite some time.
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As I wrote in a different topic ACO can't organize a race in China, the biggest Asian market for car manufacturers. So they will have to go to Japan again. If they want to expand to two or three rounds, they have to do a double in Japan or go to Middle East (and call it Asia!).
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Sorry if this has been mentioned before, but why can't they organise a race in China?
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Echoing the question re China is the actual reason -
- There are regulatory issues stopping them raising in the PRC (IMO unlikely)?
- Circuits in China are overtly unwilling to hold a long distance sportscar race?
- Teams have been unwilling to go?
- Up to now they have not held a race there?

If the point is that the ACO has, thus far, not successfully run a race in China then fair enough. If it's more profound I'd be interested in more details about what might be going on here.

I don't think they need to go all the way to the Middle East (which geographically if nothing else is still undeniably Asia) to find non Japanese tracks either - Malaysia could do a perfectly decent job here.

Finally - the Asian series has one key advantage over the abortive JLMC - it has auto invites to Le Mans - this, combined with the ACO helping with freight, makes a Japan only series perfectly feasible in the short term, and by not being regionally specific in the name keeps the door open to races elsewhere.

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Old 11 Jan 2010, 10:57 (Ref:2611559)   #15
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Easy reply: there are no tracks for Le Mans Series in China.
Chengdu is too bumpy, Beijing is too rusty, Guanzhou is too small, Zhuhai is too complicated (crap management), and it's impossible for a western organisation to held a race in Shanghai F1 track (you can't afford the rent, that's it).

Sepang would be a good shot.
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