2014 was a disappointing season for the Asian Le Mans Series. Thin grids that sometimes failed to reach at least 10 entries, several clashes with various major events in Asia, even resulting in the cancellation of a race due to lack of interest. Worried with the inability of the Mark Thomas-led S2M Group to improve the situation as the series’s promoters, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest opted to take control of the series from 2015 onwards.
One of ACO’s first measures was to make the 2015 AsLMS season with a reduced calendar, as an attempt to put things in order and call more entries to the competition.
There’s no modification on the venues used, as the series will visit currently used circuits: the green flag will be given at Fuji Speedway, Japan, on October 9th and 10th. Three weeks later, on October 30th and 31st, the AsLMS visits Shanghai, China. After that, the season ends only on December 19th and 20th, at Sepang, Malaysia.
Repeating a strategy applied on the European Le Mans Series that helped to boost grids, the Fuji and Shanghai rounds will share the weekend with the FIA World Endurance Championship, as the 6 Hours of Fuji and the 6 Hours of Shanghai will be raced on the day after the AsLMS rounds.
Other details, such as class structure, race format and other things will be announced on a later date.
Took notice only this weekend, but the only thing that remained of the Asian Le Mans Series website is the championship logo and the web address. The Youtube channel is still active, so if you want to remember the past races, go watch the video content quickly.
And, good call from ACO to try to put the AsLMS in a better situation. They already know the scenario, as the ELMS had short grids on its first season, so they already have some cars on their hands to turn the situation around.
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