No Thailand visit for AsLMS

The Asian Le Mans Series 2014 season calendar will be reduced to only four of the five planned rounds, as the organizers of the championship decided to not make the trip to Thailand.

The fourth round of the season, the 3 Hours of Buriram, was expected to be held on the brand-new Buriram International Circuit on November 23rd, but conversations with all parts involved in the asian championship made the AsLMS Officials to cancel the event.

This 2014 season is being awful in terms of car numbers, as in all three rounds held, Inje, Fuji and Shanghai, the total car count on track didn’t reached ten entries. And not only that, but as well clashes with other important asian and world events, such as some GT Asia, Super GT and FIA WEC rounds, helped in this sad scenario, even with some measures that aimed to increase the grid, such as the adoption of CN prototypes and a GT class that would include balanced GTEs, GT3s and GT300s.

Here’s the announcement:

“After consultation with teams and stakeholders, organizers of the Asian Le Mans Series have made the decision to remove the Thailand race from 2014 calendar in order to focus on delivering a successful final race in Sepang as well as being well prepared for the 2015 season.”

“The provisional calendar for 2015 will be announced shortly which will show improvements in scheduling along with a number of strategic changes that will enhance the efficiency and attractiveness of the series with the clear goal of increasing car numbers of the grid.”

As described in the announcement, the next round of the Asian Le Mans Series will be held at Sepang Circuit, Malaysia, on December 6th. With the calendar reduction, most of the title battles are almost done. The LMP2 Drivers and Teams titles go to OAK Racing, David Cheng and Ho-Pin Tung as they can’t be reached, even if they retire at Malaysia. The CN class Drivers and Teams titles gone to CRAFT-Bamboo Racing and Kevin Tse. The GT Drivers and Teams titles aren’t decided, but they will go to AAI Motorsports and one or more of its drivers.
PHOTOS: Buriram United International Circuit, Asian Le Mans Series