|As official tyre supplier to the 2013 Asian Le Mans, Michelin is looking at extending its winning edge at the 3-hour race in Sepang this weekend.|
An 3-hour endurance racing series inspired by the annual Le Mans 24-hour, the new pan-Asian series is created by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest to pit the best endurance racing drivers and machines from the region against the tougher racing conditions at Asian circuits. Michelin happens to be the official tyre supplier for the Asian Le Mans which began on 4 August at the Inje Speedium track, South Korea; Round 2 at Fuji Speedway on 22 September; Round 3 at the Zhuhai circuit on 13 October; and the finale reserved for the Sepang International Circuit.
Inaugural four-race season Asian Le Mans series
The inaugural Asian Le Mans season is allocated into these categories: LM P2, LM PC, GTE, GTC and GTC Am. Invitations to race in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours will be awarded to the series winner and runner-up in the GTC class, along with the series winner in the LMP2 class. Michelin has claimed 16 straight victories up to this year’s Le Mans and accumulated a total of 22 victories in the most popular 24-hour endurance event. Additionally, Michelin has secured the top six positions as Audi finished first and third, while Toyota Racing finished second. For the GTE Pro and Am classes, Porsche AG Team Manthey took GTE Pro honors and IMSA Performance Matmut captured the top spot in the GTE Am.
Michelin Malaysia’s Managing Director Beltran Yturriaga commented, “Michelin’s level of success in the most challenging and demanding endurance race on the planet is legendary and for the last 16 years Michelin has been the tyre supplier and partner to the winning car. We are looking forward to help crown the first ever winner of this inaugural Asian Le Mans Series race at the Sepang International circuit.”
Asian Le Mans series, the season so far…
Back to the abbreviated Asian version of the Le Mans, Team KCMG from Hong Kong leads the LMP2 category with 68 points followed by France’s Oak Racing with 64 points. The GTC category is led by Italy’s AF Corse with 69 points followed by Craft Racing from Hong Kong and Taiwan’s AAI-RSTRADA with 42 and 40 points respectively. In the drivers’ standings, Andreas Bertoni of Italy, his countryman Michele Rugolo and Aussie Steve Wyatt are tied in a dead heat with 69 points each. Briton James Winslow leads the LMP2 Divers standings with 68 points followed by China’s David Cheng and Ho Pin Tung with 64 points and 45 points respectively.
The leadership of the GTE Drivers category is tied with among three Japanese with Naoki Yokomizo, Akira iida and Shogo Mitsuyama with 52 point each.
Be sure to hop by the track to catch the inaugural Asian Le Mans series for non-stop endurance racing action.