The news that the 2019/20 Asian Le Mans Series is set to visit the fantastic new facility, The Bend, in South Australia means not only that the Series will visit Australia for the very first time, but also marks the return of international mixed class (ie prototypes and GT cars) endurance racing to Australia for the first time since the 1999/2000 ‘Race of A Thousand Years (above)!
There’s synergy too that the Bend is situated just 100 km from the city of Adelaide where, thanks to its F1 history and a continuing annual city centre ‘Motorsport Festival’ there’s a ready supply of interested fans that will surely boost raceday attendance for the Asian LMS! From all that we know at DSC via our activities online and via social media there is a real hunger for exactly this sort of event down under.
And with the 2019/20 Series marking the debut year in Asia for the newer Gibson powered LMP2 machines there will be blinding speed on offer too. Lap Records look set to be set!
We await the final date, and the shape of the 2019/20 calendar as a whole but for now hearty congratulations to Cyrille Taesch Wahlen and his tight knit Asian Le Mans Series team. Already this is one of the most exciting developments in international sportscar racing for some little while!
For now though we’l have to be content to watch from afar, and here’s a taster as Warren Luff sets the establishing Production Car lap record around the 7.77 km GT Circuit.
Pics courtesy of Audi Sport and Adelaide Motorsport Festival