ATCC: An exciting 2001 Asian Festival of Speed

Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA, March 23rd, 2001 The 2001 Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS) promises an exciting season ahead with a new circuit on the calendar and more participation from up-and-coming racing talents from around Asia. The 8 events will...

Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA, March 23rd, 2001

The 2001 Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS) promises an exciting season ahead with a new circuit on the calendar and more participation from up-and-coming racing talents from around Asia. The 8 events will kick off in Philippines before moving on to Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, China and Macau.

AFOS will again witness top racing drivers competing in the FIA-sanctioned Asian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) and Asian Formula 2000 (AF2000). With confirmed participants from around the world especially from Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Macau, India, and Indonesia, AFOS look set to be a truly international race meet.

Last year's ATCC Division 2 Champion, Kenny Lo will be fielding an Alfa 156 along with 2 other teammates making the grid comprising of Alfa Romeo, Peugeots, Lexus, Honda and Ford. A total number of 25 participants are expected to campaign in the most competitive saloon car championship this season which will end at the famous Macau Grand Prix.

AF2000 has received an encouraging number of young Formula 1 prospects from India, Japan and Indonesia. "We are aiming to repeat our Championship winning feat this year with Michael Ali who has many years of competitive karting under his belt" said Malaysian team principle Firhat Mokhzani who runs Team Meritus.

This season will also see the inaugural Korean AFOS on 21st-23rd September. Having successfully organised two Formula 3 in the last two seasons, Korea is finally ready to play host to the premier Asian motorsport event.

"We are looking forward to a great 2001 AFOS season which promises plenty of young and new faces from around Asia. With 8 different circuits, this is truly an International event for Asian" said Managing Director of Motorsport Asia, David Sonenscher.

The season opener will be on 6th-8th April in Subic Bay, Philippines and has attracted many local supporting races. 2001 AFOS is supported by Michelin, Snap-On, PanGlobal and Adobe.

-Motorsport Asia Ltd

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