Asia: Series newsletter 2009-10-13

Le Mans goes to Asia The sporting spirit of the Le Mans 24 Hours continues its progress throughout the world with the creation of the Asian Le Mans Series. fter the American Le Mans Series launched in 1999 on the North American continent and...

Le Mans goes to Asia

The sporting spirit of the Le Mans 24 Hours continues its progress throughout the world with the creation of the Asian Le Mans Series.

fter the American Le Mans Series launched in 1999 on the North American continent and the creation of a European Series in 2004, the ACO is officially launching the Asian Le Mans Series in 2009 with the first two races taking place on the Okayama circuit in Japan on 30th October and 1st November.

It seems appropriate that the most natural place for the Asian le Mans Series to begin is in the Land of the Rising Sun, which has a strong motor racing tradition, major manufacturers and a burning love for the Le Mans 24 Hours. All the country's big car companies have taken up the challenge of the Le Mans 24 Hours, in which Mazda scored the first Japanese victory in 1991.

Okayama will be the first circuit to host the prototypes that race at Le Mans. Around 30 cars are expected including those that have written the legend of the greatest endurance race in the world -- Pescarolo, Aston Martin, Oreca, Porsche etc.

There is a lot at stake in the Asian races, in particular an automatic invitation for the 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours for the winners of each category.

The Asian Le Mans Series will also be another first as it is programmed with the Japanese round of the FIA-WTCC, the World Championship for Touring cars, which should ensure a sporting and popular success for this new championship.

-credit: aco

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