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Old 7 Dec 2013, 08:12 (Ref:3341156)   #1
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Asian Le Mans Series

In a recent press release by the Asian Le Mans Series, a five-race provisional calendar, updated class structure, and new sporting regulations have been announced for the 2014 season!

Schedule
1. Inje Speedium - July 6, 2014
2. Fuji Speedway - August 10, 2014 (w/ Autobacs Super GT)
3. Shanghai Intl. Circuit - October 12, 2014 (new venue w/ WTCC)
4. Zhuhai Intl. Circuit - October 26, 2014
5. Sepang Intl. Circuit - December 7, 2014

Class Structure
LMP2
LMPC
- Class for the new "CN" cars. Supposedly will be called "LMPC" according to page 4 in the 2014 official full season entry form.
GT
- GTE, GTC, and Super GT300 combined.
GT-Am
- GTE, GTC, and Super GT300 combined... alternative for gentleman drivers.

Basic Sporting Regs
- As was the case for the 2013 season, first place in LMP2 and top two in GTC (now GT and GT-Am) get automatic invitations to following year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.
- Only two people allowed to be involved in a tire change at one time.
- Consolidated entry fee; despite an additional race, the entry and logistics fees will remain nearly identical to the 2013 fees.

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Exciting future for Asian racing on the horizon!
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Old 8 Dec 2013, 11:58 (Ref:3341573)   #2
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John Dagys reports there could be 5 full-time LMP2's next year. And we might see 4 Craft entries in the 2014 AsLMS.

Who could those 5 LMP2 entries be?
1x - 2x KCMG
1x Tokai University (with their LMP2 hybrid)
1x - 2x Craft Racing???
1x Oak Racing Team Total???
1x Gainer International???

http://sportscar365.com/asian-lms/sepang-notebook/
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And we might see 4 Craft entries in the 2014 AsLMS.
Probably 1x LMP2, 2x GT3 and 1x CN car for young drivers
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Old 8 Dec 2013, 17:48 (Ref:3341643)   #4
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Hopefully more people in Asia learn about this series and like it
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I'm inherently an optimist, but even taking that into account, the historically high level of Asian interest in sportscars, the scale of the Asian economy, and the genuinely decent crowds we saw at Fuji and Shanghai for the WEC I think we can start to see some prospect here.

Okay the grid at the front this year wasn't jaw droppingly brilliant, but a good show was put on, and just like a so-so 2012 in the ELMS gave us a genuinely good 2013, I think we could build to something seriously worthwhile in the east.
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Old 8 Dec 2013, 22:25 (Ref:3341742)   #6
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Yep I'd say it's got a chance. Getting the ELMS and AsLMS right will really strengthen the hand of the ACO and sportscar racing.

There was noticeably more buzz around the final round this year.
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No doubt helped by the organisers assisting several international journalists to be there, but good job nonetheless. We'll see for the future; as a pessimist, I'm not sure that there's a future in the series with the likes of GT Asia doing a good job. Also, I worry that by offering a cheaper LMP category it will chase teams away from fielding P2 cars and if they insist on slowing the GTs so that the CN/P3 cars are quicker than them we'll end up in all sorts of bother.

Here's hoping, 5 P2 cars for next year will be a success, but any fewer and I'd question what's the point. Next year is key, anyway, good luck to the organisers convincing teams to come out and play.
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Nexus Racing CN entry?

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The fact this championship made it past year one is a success in my book.

With the use of the new CN regs, this means that Pescarolo is eligible right?

And I hope they change the schedule around. As of now, WEC Fuji and ALMS Shanghai are on the same day. And the huge 5 week gap is not necessary. :/
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And I hope they change the schedule around. As of now, WEC Fuji and ALMS Shanghai are on the same day. And the huge 5 week gap is not necessary. :/
I hope not. With the entry count being as small as it is, I don't think such a vulnerable series can take much more. Pushing a bigger schedule would ultimate be unwise, I think.

I don't, however, like the idea of having two Chinese races in five rounds. Perhaps the new Buriram Circuit in Thailand, Sentul in Indonesia, Buddh in India? Spread the wealth, people.
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I hope not. With the entry count being as small as it is, I don't think such a vulnerable series can take much more. Pushing a bigger schedule would ultimate be unwise, I think.

I don't, however, like the idea of having two Chinese races in five rounds. Perhaps the new Buriram Circuit in Thailand, Sentul in Indonesia, Buddh in India? Spread the wealth, people.
Shanghai is a big money event and Zhuhai is many of the big team's home turf.

But I don't think they should worry about venues at this stage. What they need desperately is entries.

Their Fuji race must be held alongside SGT because its an optional GT300 point scoring round and will attract a healthy influx of cars that this series needs.

I mean, they even resorted to creating a GTC Am category this year for Super Trofeo cars..

Buriram is interesting though, make that an optional GT300 round as well, be sure to attract lots of Super GT teams
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I hope not. With the entry count being as small as it is, I don't think such a vulnerable series can take much more. Pushing a bigger schedule would ultimate be unwise, I think.
I never mentioned making the schedule bigger. I just wish they push the final round a couple weeks forward...a 5 week gap is not necessary.
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A 5 week gap is not necessary.
It is necessary to the organizers. They cannot afford the track costs on their own. They need to run as "support" on a local race's bill. (Although they pretend they are the headline race.)
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Super GT will be running its own round at Buriram on October 5th.
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“We think WEC will be better because of the LMP2 category. That’s why we’ve entered WEC and we want to [expand] out of Asia. Basically, there’s no more things we can do in Asia!”
That must be completely discouraging for Mark Thomas and the Asian Le Mans Series. Clearly teams like KCMG don't place Asian racing at a very high priority because of the lack of interest from other teams, even if next to all of those teams are Asian! Exactly why it's hard to get a series going in a continent that currently doesn't hold much interest (even though it's probably the richest)...

Nevertheless, I'm looking forward to seeing them in the WEC and ELMS.
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