Le Mans, Shanghai and Fuji all under the ACO umbrella.
This coming weekend is a very special one for the Automobile Club de l’Ouest as the Sarthe club is organising three major events at the same time, on home turf in Le Mans, in Shanghai in China and at Fuji in Japan.
On 11-12 October the Bugatti circuit will host the 30th 24 Heures Camions. It’s a very popular weekend during which three championship finals will be decided: the French Cup for Trucks, the FIA European Trucks Championship, and the NASCAR Whelen Series.
Each of the drivers in these series will take part in four heats in this event organised in partnership with FranceRoutes. Off the track there will also be a fantastic spectacle as a lot of entertainment will be put on including concerts, parades of decorated trucks, fireworks, etc. The first race on the programme will start on Saturday 11th October at 13h25 with NASCAR getting the show rolling. These races can be followed live in full on the ACO Web TV via www.24h-camions.com on your computer, your tablet or your Smartphone as well as on www.lemans-tv.com.
The fifth round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship, of which the ACO is the promoter and organiser, will take place at Fuji at the foot of the famous mountain of the same name. For the moment Audi and Toyota have shared the victories with two each, but the German team has the upper hand thanks to its win in the Le Mans 24 Hours for which double points were awarded. Porsche is waiting in ambush to try and score its first victory. OAK Racing will make its return to the LM P2 category currently led by SMP Racing. In GTE Pro the battle will rage between Ferrari in the lead, Porsche and Aston Martin, while in GTE Am Aston Martin is in first place.
Fuji 6 Hours, Asian Le Mans
The Fuji 6 Hours will start on Sunday 12th October at 11h00 local time (04h00 in France). The race can be followed on tablets or Smartphones via the WEC Application available on AppStore or Google Play. Information on www.fiawec.com.
On the same weekend the third of the five rounds of the 2014 Asian Le Mans Series Championship will be held on the Shanghai International circuit. This series is organised under licence as the ACO looks after the technical and sporting aspects. After two races OAK Racing Team Total, Craft Bamboo Racing, Team AAI and The Emperor Racing lead the LM P2, CN, GT and GTE Am categories. The start of the Chinese round of the latest Le Mans-type endurance championship will be given at 15h00 local time (09h00 in France) on Saturday 11th October. Information and updates on www.asianlemans.com.
Said Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “These numerous events organised in three countries on two continents show the full scope of the ACO’s and its branches’ know-how. Very few clubs are capable of putting on as many races in such far-flung places with such different vehicles - trucks and cars. This type of organisation has been made possible thanks to the skills of the ACO’s teams, their partners and also the many faithful volunteers for the pleasure of the tens of thousands of spectators in China, Japan and in France who will be at our side. It’s for them that the ACO multiplies its efforts.”