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Asian Le Mans Series to feature a round at The Bend in 2019/20 season
The Bend Motorsport Park have announced that they will host a round of the Asian Le Mans Series in early 2020, an international championship not seen in our country since the one-off Race of a Thousand Years on the Adelaide Street Circuit on New Years Eve, 2000.
The event will be the first to use the full 7.77km configuration of the The Bend circuit, the second longest permanent race track in the world. With tight, technical corners, fast flowing sections, and a rise and fall of 85 metres, exciting racing is guaranteed.
The Asian Le Mans Series is the Asia Pacific endurance racing series of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the founder and organiser of the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans. The cars are a mix of both prototype and GT cars, and the four-round series is a direct pathway to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The prize for each class winner in the Asian Le Mans Series is a money-can’t-buy entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
For the 2019/20 championship, regulations will allow the latest generation LMP2 cars to enter the outright class, with older generation cars eligible for LMP2 AM. The LMP3 class is one of the fastest growing motorsport classes in the region and is the first step on the prototype racing ladder for drivers wanting to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the GT class, for FIA GT3 spec cars as seen in the Australian GT Championship, is one that will be familiar to Australian audiences.
The Bend was built with major international championships in mind, and this announcement is not only a significant step in the growth of Australian motorsport, but proof of the commitment to put Adelaide firmly on the world stage.
Speaking at the announcement, The Bend Motorsport Park managing director Sam Shahin confirmed that they are only just getting started.
“The vision for The Bend Motorsport Park is to be a world-class facility which hosts international standard events of the highest calibre. Last year with 40,000+ fans attending the inaugural Supercars event, we took a big step forward in establishing our credentials. To be hosting this event in our third year of operation is a testament to the project, and an indication that our ambition has no boundaries.”
We live in exciting times.