The project of a second Asian series, first mooted in October 2015, has become reality for the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. This Sprint series is the second step in the progressive implantation of the ACO in Asia and it is reserved for LM P3s, CNs with carbon monocoques as well as GT Cup cars. Its aim is to expand the offer of the Asian Le Mans Series, and the Sprint Cup will open up a wider range of opportunities for manufacturers/constructors, teams and drivers.
As in the Asian LMS, Michelin will be the exclusive official tyre supplier. Once again the French manufacturer underlines its involvement alongside the ACO and backs the latter’s implantation in Asia.
The Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup will be organised by Asian Le Mans Endurance Management Ltd, the Asian branch of the ACO, and it will comprise three events in 2016.
In order to limit costs for the teams, all three events will take place on the Sepang circuit in Malaysia, one of the main hubs of motor sport and also one of the most beautiful circuits in Asia.
The Le Mans Sprint Cup:
Round 1: 27/29 May 2016
Round 2: 05/07 August 2016
Round 3: 02/04 September 2016
Two 45-minute free practice sessions (to be confirmed)
Two 15-minute qualifying sessions (to be confirmed)
Two 60-minute (max) races
1 or 2 drivers
Platinum and gold drivers not allowed.
If there are 2 drivers, only one Silver is allowed.
The sporting regulations and other relevant information will be published in the coming weeks.
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “With the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup the ACO is taking another step in its implantation on the Asian continent as well as giving the LM P3 category a new playing field.”
Cyrille Taesch Wahlen, Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup Managing Director: “This complementary series was absolutely necessary for teams running LM P3s and CNs. With a single venue leading to reduced costs, and a format and track time adapted to the needs of teams racing small prototypes and GT Cup cars, the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup will be the perfect launch pad for teams wishing to move up to the Asian LMS.”
Patrick Dias: Michelin Asian Pacific Motorsport manager: “Michelin remains faithful to its involvement with the ACO and supports this new series, which will aid the development in a more structured fashion of an Asian nursery of teams and drivers. It will enable them to then move up to Le Mans-labelled endurance races such as the Asian Le Mans Series and beyond. It’s also an opportunity for the CN Proto and LM P3 teams to increase their activities in Asia with two complementary ACO championships well spread out over the year.”