With the immanent conclusion of the inaugural Asian Le Mans Series plans have now been confirmed for the 2014 season.
The provisional schedule for 2014 is:
Korea, Inje: 6th July
Japan, Fuji: 10th August
China, Shanghai: 12th October
China, Zhuhai: 26th October
Malaysia, Sepang: 7th December
The basis of the sporting regulations changes for 2014 are to make Asian LMS more inclusive, and to increase the footprint of the entries, to help stimulate growth in the grid numbers. The changes have been made with this in mind, and as the result of frequent discussions with teams taking part in the 2013 season.
Key issues include:
Prototypes: The premier prototype class will continue to be LM P2. Secondary to this will be the new CN class. Further details on the CN class can be found here.
New GT Class: All GTE, GT3, and GT300 cars will run together under a balance of performance managed by the ACO. In addition the GT Am class will continue to be used, aimed at attracting cup cars and gentlemen drivers to Asian LMS.
2015 24 Hours of Le Mans Invitations: Invitations to the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans will be awarded at the end of the season to the teams that place:
1st overall in LM P2
1st and 2nd overall in GT (To compete in GTE class)
Driver Classification change: The classification of an Asian driver now includes all Oceanic countries (e.g. Australia, New Zealand).
Tyre Changes: To help teams reduce operational costs for the season the maximum number of people allowed to be involved in tyre changes will be 2 per car.
Entry Fee: Asian LMS has consolidated operation costs and will deliver 5 races to team in 2014 for an entrance fee and logistics fee very similar to the cost for 4 races in 2013.
The full Sporting Regulations for 2014 will be distributed publically this month.
The Asian Le Mans Series is proud to have now successfully established itself as the pre-eminent endurance racing platform in Asia, complimented by a comprehensive TV and marketing programme. Organisers look forward to growing and developing the series going into 2014, with more races, more teams, and even greater reach.