ATCC: Asian touring cars come of age

Motorsport Asia today announced that the FIA (International Automobile Federation), the world motorsport governing body, has upgraded the South East Asia Touring Car Zone Challenge (SEATCZC) to the Asian Touring Car Championship...

Motorsport Asia today announced that the FIA (International Automobile Federation), the world motorsport governing body, has upgraded the South East Asia Touring Car Zone Challenge (SEATCZC) to the Asian Touring Car Championship (ATCC).

Speaking from Kuala Lumpur David Sonenscher, Managing Director of Motorsport Asia Ltd, the championship organizers said," Touring car racing in Asia has finally come of age. I am delighted that our hard work in setting true international standards have been recognised."

The upgrade in the status of this championship, one of the most popular and prestigious series in Asia is also accompanied by a favourable modification in its format.

Formerly high expensive to operate, the Super Touring cars are to be replaced by Super Production cars. This new category has been growing in popularity worldwide as the cars are much more economical to operate with conditions allowing for lesser changes to the cars hence increasing appeals for entries.

This variation seems to bearing dividends with leading entries from five prominent manufacturers: BMW, Honda, Toyota, Alfa Romeo and Peugeot.

In addition, these measures have bought a fantastic response from competitors and grids of over 25 cars are expected at this year's events.

All conquering 1999 Championships Charles Kwan returns in his BMW in Division 1 as does Danny Stacy Chau in Division 2. However a much tougher years is in store for both as Hong Kong star Henry Lee is geared up for a thrilling challenge in his Peugeot from the outset.

The sixteen-race series will be kicking off this year's exciting calendar on April 29 in Subic Bay, Philippines and will be making its round in Malaysia, Thailand and China, culminating at the highly prestigious Macau Grand Prix.

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