Asian Le Mans Series is ready with more details for the upcoming 2017/18 season.
ACO has announced that there will be given a total of four automatic entries for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Just like in the 2016/17 season, there will be an entry for the LMP2 Champions (LMP2 entry), LMP3 Champions (LMP2 entry) and the GT Champions (GTE-AM). There will be a new sub category in the GT class for this season, with further details to be announced soon. If there won’t be enough entries in that sub category, number two in the GT category will be awarded the second entry.
The calendar sticks to the same dates, like we have previously written about, but the race in Buriram in Thailand will be upgraded to a 6-hours race. The three other rounds will continue to be 4-hours races. The aim is still to avoid date clashes with other races in the region, and hopefully there won’t be any more changes for this season, since that has unfortunately happened in previous seasons.
Furthermore it was announced that the “old” LMP2 cars will get one more year in the series. The cars, which can no longer participate in the LMP2 category in WEC and ELMS post the 2016 season, were originally though to get only two more years, up to and including the 2018/19, but they have been extended to the 2019/20 season, where they will be in a pure Bronze driver Championship for LMP2 cars – the so-called Gentlemen Trophy.
The series will start the new season in just over two months’ time on October 27th-29th on the Chinese Zhuhai track.