The Asian Le Mans Series in Indonesia

The 2013 Asian Le Mans Series is taking shape. A round of this championship presented on 14th June 2012 at Le Mans will take place in Indonesia.

An agreement has been signed between the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the companies S2M and TS Motorsport (promoter and organiser of the Asian Le Mans Series) and the Indonesian Authorities.

One of the six rounds on the 2013 calendar will take place on the Sentul international circuit not far from Bogor on the island of Java on 7th and 8th December 2013.

A delegation from Indonesia came to attend the last Le Mans 24 Hours. It was led by the Indonesian ambassador in France, Mr. Razlan Ishar Jenie, and included the President of the Sentul circuit Tinton Soeprapto and Max Sopacua representing the Indonesian parliament. A draft agreement was ratified with Pierre Fillon, the ACO President, and Rémy Brouard, the ACO director of international development.

In 2013, the Asian Le Mans Series should consist of six rounds: three in China (Zhuhai, Shanghai and Ordos), one in Japan (Mount Fuji) and one in Indonesia (Sentul). The name of the sixth circuit will be announced shortly. The full calendar will be revealed in September.

Photo: LE MANS, ABBAYE DE L’EPAU 15th JUNE 2012. In the presence of Rémy Brouard (left) and President Pierre Fillon (centre), an Indonesian delegation consisting of the Indonesian ambassador in France Mr. Razlan Ishar Jenie, the President of the Sentul circuit Tinton Soeprapto and Max Sopacua representing the Indonesian parliament came to Le Mans to sign a draft agreement with the ACO.

9 Comments on The Asian Le Mans Series in Indonesia

  1. Fingers crossed for a round in Australia… Malaysia wouldn’t be too bad though, but I’m not too keen on heading to Indonesia

  2. How many entries can they hope to have? The ELMS is already in disarray. Now isn’t the time to revive a new series. Do they have teams gearing up to race here?

  3. @ Bamba
    I agree. The ELMS is dying, at least partly due to loss of teams to the WEC. With the rules changes by the ACO to go will all coupe prototypes in 2014, who will want to invest in the available open top cars for one year? Lola is the top provider of coupes to privateers and thier future is in doubt as well.

  4. Hmmm,
    Yeah…definitely not the best time to do this…

    I’d love to see a round in Australia… perhaps a joint race with the Asian LMS if possible? Who knows?

    And I hate the idea of all closed top prototypes…apart from the fact they’re safer… the open top cars (minus the ugly shark fins) still look the greatest imho.
    The only cars that pull shark fins off well is the closed tops, but even then, ya know….they still don’t look AS good as the older 2000’s era cars of 2005 – 2010.

  5. Yeah, getting entries might be an issue. What can really be expected? Probably Tokai University will enter a new car, OAK may support a private team as they have in the past. Toyota may provide for a private team. I have heard rumours that the Chinese government wants chinese manufacturors in major racing series, so an entry from a state backed manufacturor isn’t impossible (for example Great Wall’s Dakar entry was state backed). I think that Audi R8 LMS cup will be a class. Can’t think of any other real possibilities.

  6. Top class is LMP2, those are homologated for another 3 years, pos. longer. Other classes will be LMPC, GTE, GT3 and GT300. The big selling point will be the requirement to have at least 1 Asian driver per car and there seems to be a link with Super GT and Asian GT3.

  7. I’m Indonesian. Even myself didn’t expect that endurance racing will come to our country. Especially Le Mans Prototype car. In GT category, We have our own series and we have our own fans in it.
    But I’m very happy with this news. I’m fans of sportscar racing especially the prototype car.

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