Early indications are that the entry for the 2019/20 Asian Le Mans Series could well see a further year on year entry boost with LMP entry numbers and potential additional entries already coming in significant numbers.
Asian LMEM Managing Director Cyrille Taesch Wahlen told DSC at the Le Mans Test Day that actual posted entries have already passed the level received at the end of June in 2018 with much work expected to take place to finalise entries during Le Mans week in both the main Le Mans and Road to Le Mans paddocks.
At least 15 teams (many of which are pursuing multi-car entries) have already either announced their intentions to enter and/ or have expressed specific interest to DSC , the latest to do so publicly being Panis Barthez Competition, the team targeting a two car LMP2 entry for the coming season after a single car effort in the 2018/19 season.
Other teams from Europe, Asia and Oceania are known to be in contact with the Series to discuss potential programmes.
The 2019/20 Series features four races with Shanghai in November, The Bend in South Australia in January 2020 then Sepang (Malaysia) and Buriram (Thailand) in February 2020.
The Series will welcome the newer spec Gibson-powered LMP2s for the first time in the fight for the overall title, the older spec LMP2s for LMP2 Am, current spec LMP3s and GT3 spec GTs – all four major classes are set to attract auto entries for the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours.