The Asian Le Mans Series is set to return to Australian circuit The Bend Motorsport Park in the upcoming 2021/22 and 2022/23 seasons.
The series travelled to the new circuit based just outside of Adelaide during the most recent (2019/20) season for the first time, but a trip to The Bend has been omitted from the original 2020/21 schedule to reduce costs for teams in the wake of the global pandemic.
“With concerns around the resumption of racing, the easing of travel restrictions around the world, there is ongoing uncertainty for motorsport across the globe caused by Covid-19. This has impacted the Asian Le Mans Series and has even seen the postponement of the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race this year,” the Asian Le Mans Series said in a statement.
“The Asian Le Mans Series recently made the difficult decision to radically change their coming season due to the ongoing uncertainty. The result is a heavily condensed calendar for the 2020/2021 Season with all four championship rounds to be held in two neighbouring Asian countries over a 3-week period in January 2021.
“Despite this uncertainty, the Asian Le Mans Series and The Bend Motorsport Park remain committed to their partnership to bring the iconic Le Mans brand back to The Bend Motorsport Park. Exact event dates will be released closer to the start of the 2021 / 2022 Season.”
Before the Asian Le Mans Series embarks on a campaign featuring The Bend again, the aforementioned 2020/21 season will now consist of just two events (but four races) at Buriram in Thailand and Sepang in Malaysia.