Introduction to the Zhuhai 1000km Endurance Race The inaugural Zhuhai 1000km Endurance Race will be held at the Zhuhai International Circuit on April 17 to 18. As an 1000km race equates to 272 laps around the Zhuhai circuit, with...
Introduction to the Zhuhai 1000km Endurance Race
The inaugural Zhuhai 1000km Endurance Race will be held at the Zhuhai International Circuit on April 17 to 18. As an 1000km race equates to 272 laps around the Zhuhai circuit, with an average lap time expected to be around 2 minutes, the race is going to last for a daunting 8 hours, this will be the longest race ever held in China and it will be an exhilarating challenge to all participating teams and drivers alike.
To win, the teams' choice on cars and strategy will be very important. In an 8 hour endurance race, a typical racing car may require to refuel for a minimum of 7 times. A high power but not fuel efficient car may spend a long time during its pitstops for refueling and tyre changes; on the other hand, a lower power but fuel and tyre friendly car may turn out to be a more ideal choice, since it will not need to stop for so long. To sum up, outright speed may not be the decisive factor in winning this race. In addition, the changeable weather in south China in spring is another influential factor, a sudden outburst of rain may cause teams to change to wet tyres at an unscheduled time, totally changing its original strategy. Also, rain will slow down the cars, meaning the cars will be consuming less fuel and as a result further influencing the teams' plans. Therefore, the most adaptable team will have the best chance of winning. Of course, the most important thing is the car's reliability, as motor sport's most famous saying goes, 'To finish first, first you must finish!'
For this race, in order to allow the most variety of cars to participate, the organizer has decided to put all cars into 4 different categories by their engine capacities, these are: Class O, Class A, Class B and Class C. Class O basically allows any production vehicles to take part; class A is for production vehicles with engine capacity above 2001cc; cars joining class B must have an engine capacity below that of 2000cc and Class C allows cars with more than 600cc but below 1600cc. All vehicles must have the necessary safety equipment installed.
To demonstrate the importance of the event, Zhuhai Circuit has specially commissioned a more than 1 metre high trophy for the overall winner. Furthermore, winners of classes O, A and B, the overall top six finishers and the top 3 teams are all entitled to a share of the prize fund.
Since the endurance race requires 2 to 4 drivers to share a car; also the level of modification is limited and the race distance is very long - each driver will get a minimum of 60 laps - therefore the cost for each driver is relatively low compared with short sprint type races. Zhuhai circuit is hoping that the low competition cost will attract more new drivers to take part, further developing and promoting the sport.
Zhuhai circuit, as the organizer, is paying a lot of attention to this event. Apart from hoping to develop the endurance racing culture locally, it is also hoping to emulate the successes of the famous Le Mans 24 hour held in France or the Suzuka 1000km Race held in Japan annually, by making the 1000km race an annual international event.
Moreover, as the event's rules and regulations are similar to the 12 hour endurance race held in Malaysia in August, also the close relationship enjoyed by Zhuhai Circuit and Malaysia, it is not inconceivable that the two events may join up to form an Asian Championship in the future, allowing drivers from both countries to compare and compete against each other.
The teams and drivers are currently working hard to prepare themselves fully for the race. They teams have to work on the cars' reliability, the drivers on their own fitnesses and the team managers on the strategy. In this race, there are countless factors that can alter the race result. It is going to be a fascinating race and shall not be missed. The race will start at 9:20am on April 18 and finish at approximately 17:20pm. We hope to see you at the Zhuhai International Circuit!