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2013 Asian Le Mans Series
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2013 Asian Le Mans launch event at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club on 5 March 2013.

The 2013 Asian Le Mans Series was the second season of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest's Asian Le Mans Series endurance auto racing championship. The series was initially launched in 2009 at the 1000 km of Okayama, but did not resume the following year. The project was reinitialized by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) in 2012, with the Chinese S2M Group serving as the series promoter and TS Motorsport serving as organizer. It is the fourth 24 Hours of Le Mans-based series created by the ACO, following the American Le Mans Series, European Le Mans Series, and FIA World Endurance Championship. The four event season began in Inje, South Korea on 4 August and ended in Selangor, Malaysia on 8 December 2013.

Regulations[edit]

The Asian Le Mans Series follows much of the format utilized by the American and European Le Mans Series. Three categories of cars are eligible for the series: Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2), Le Mans Prototype Challenge (LMPC), GT Challenge (GTC), and GT Challenge Amateur (GTC Am). The GTC category is open to FIA GT3 category cars, cars from one-make series, and unique to the Asian series, JAF-GT, a road-derived variant car taking part in the GT300 category of the Japanese Super GT series. All four categories require at least one amateur driver and one professional driver in each car, although teams are allowed a maximum of three drivers per car. In order to boost Asian participation in the series, all cars must also have at least one driver of Asian nationality.[1] An LMGTE category, identical to that used at Le Mans, was considered but later dropped for the 2013 season. For the 3 Hours of Fuji, an SGT class is added into the race, which is an optional point-scoring round of the GT300 class of the 2013 Super GT season. Entrants must keep their original driver lineup in order to be eligible for the race.[2]

The team champions in the LMP2 will each automatic invitations in their category to the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans, while the top two GTC class teams will earn invitations in the LMGTE Amateur category at Le Mans.[1]

Calendar[edit]

An initial six race 2013 calendar was revealed during the 2012 6 Hours of Shanghai, although several circuits had previously announced contracts with the series. The first half of the season was exclusively in China, with the Zhuhai International Circuit, Shanghai International Circuit, and Ordos International Circuit playing host. Following an agreement between the teams and organisers to delay and compress the 2013 season, the Shanghai and Ordos rounds were cancelled,[3] and the season now begins in South Korea at the new Inje Speedium which was completed early in 2013.[4] Fuji Speedway in Japan hosts the second round a month before the 6 Hours of Fuji World Endurance Championship event. Zhuhai, the sole remaining Chinese round, is moved back to October for the third race of the year. The Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia will serve as the finale for the season, replacing the initially scheduled Sentul International Circuit of Indonesia.[5]

All events on the calendar will have practice sessions held on Friday, qualifying on Saturday, and the three-hour race on Sunday.[5] Unlike the American and European Le Mans Series, the Asian Le Mans Series will not share any race weekends with the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Rnd Race Circuit Date
1 3 Hours of Inje South Korea Inje Speedium, Inje, South Korea 4 August
2 3 Hours of Fuji Japan Fuji Speedway, Oyama, Japan 22 September
3 3 Hours of Zhuhai China Zhuhai International Circuit, Zhuhai, China 13 October
4 3 Hours of Sepang Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Selangor, Malaysia 8 December

Teams and drivers[edit]

LMP2[edit]

All entries use Michelin tyres.

Team Car Engine No. Drivers Rounds
Hong Kong KCMG[6] Morgan LMP2 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 18 United Kingdom James Winslow 1–2, 4
Malaysia Akash Nandy 1
Republic of Ireland Gary Thompson 1
United Kingdom Richard Bradley 2
Japan Hiroshi Koizumi 2
Japan Tsugio Matsuda 4
Oreca 03 Australia Jordan Oon 3
Republic of Ireland Gary Thompson 3
United Kingdom James Winslow 3
France OAK Racing[6] Morgan LMP2 Judd HK 3.6 L V8 24 China David Cheng All
Taiwan Jeffrey Lee 1–2
China Ho-Pin Tung 1, 3–4
China Congfu Cheng 2
Hong Kong Shaun Thong 3
Hong Kong Craft Racing Oreca 03 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 27 United Kingdom Richard Bradley 4
China Pu Jun Jin 4
Republic of Ireland Dan Polley 4

LMGTE[edit]

All entries use Michelin tyres.

Team Car Engine No. Drivers Rounds
Taiwan AAI-Rstrada Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 35 Taiwan Han-Chen Chen 4
Japan Ryohei Sakaguchi 4
Germany Marco Seefried 4
Japan Team Taisan Ken Endless[6] Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari F142 4.5 L V8 70 Japan Naoki Yokomizo 1, 3–4
Japan Kamui Kobayashi 1
Japan Akira Iida 2–4
Japan Shogo Mitsuyama 2–4
Japan Shinji Nakano 2

GTC[edit]

All entries use Michelin tyres.

Team Car Engine No. Drivers Rounds
Hong Kong Craft Racing[6] Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 Aston Martin 6.0 L V12 007 Hong Kong Frank Yu 1–2
Germany Stefan Mücke 1, 4
Japan Keita Sawa[7] 1, 4
United Kingdom Richard Lyons 2
Ford GT GT3 Ford 5.0 L V8 Hong Kong Darryl O'Young 3
Japan Keita Sawa 3
Hong Kong Frank Yu 3
Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 Aston Martin 6.0 L V12 009 Japan Tomonobu Fujii 4
Hong Kong Darryl O'Young 4
Hong Kong Frank Yu 4
Japan Pacific Direction Racing Porsche 911 GT3-R Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 9 Japan Akira Mizutani 2
Japan Yuya Sakamoto 2
Japan You Yokomaku 2
Japan Team Taisan Ken Endless[6] Porsche 996 GT3-RS Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6 26 Japan Kyosuke Mineo 1
Japan Yukinori Taniguchi 1
Japan Akihiro Asai 2
Japan Naoya Gamou 2
Singapore Clearwater Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 Ferrari F142 4.5 L V8 33 Singapore Weng Sun Mok 4
Finland Toni Vilander 4
China BBT Racing[8] Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 Lamborghini 5.2L V10 37 China Anthony Liu All
Italy Davide Rizzo All
Italy Max Wiser 1–3
Italy Fabio Babini 4
Italy AF Corse[6] Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 Ferrari F142 4.5 L V8 77 Italy Andrea Bertolini All
Italy Michele Rugolo All
Australia Steve Wyatt All
Taiwan AAI-Rstrada[8] McLaren MP4-12C GT3 McLaren 3.8L V8 91 Taiwan Jun-San Chen 1–3
Japan Akira Iida 1
Japan Tatsuya Tanigawa 2–3
Germany Marco Seefried 2
Japan Takeshi Tsuchiya 3
92 Taiwan Han-Chen Chen 1–3
Japan Akihiro Asai 1
Thailand Somchai Saksirivatekul 1
Japan Yasushi Kikuchi 2–3
Germany Marco Seefried 3
BMW Z4 GT3 BMW 4.4 L V8 91 Taiwan Jun-San Chen 4
Japan Tatsuya Tanigawa 4
Japan Takeshi Tsuchiya 4

GTC Am[edit]

All entries use Michelin tyres.

Team Car Engine No. Drivers Rounds
Taiwan Gama Racing Lamborghini Gallardo Lamborghini 5.2L V10 36 Taiwan Michael Huang 4
Taiwan Han Lin 4
Taiwan Hanss Lin 4
Malaysia Team Primemantle Aylezo Lamborghini Gallardo Lamborghini 5.2L V10 69 Malaysia Zen Low 4
Sri Lanka Dilantha Malagamuwa 4
Italy Giorgio Sanna 4
Malaysia Mike Racing Lamborghini Gallardo Lamborghini 5.2L V10 96 Malaysia Michael Chua Khian Keng 4
Malaysia Rick Cheang Wan Chin 4
Malaysia Joseph Chua Thian Song 4

SGT[edit]

Team Make Car No. Drivers Tyre Rounds
Japan Team Taisan Ken Endless Porsche Porsche 911 GT3 R 0 Japan Kyosuke Mineo Y 2
Japan Naoki Yokomizo 2
Japan Cars Tokai Dream28 McLaren McLaren MP4-12C GT3 2 Japan Hiroki Katoh Y 2
Japan Kazuho Takahashi 2
Japan Team Mach Nissan Nissan GT-R GT3 5 Japan Tetsuji Tamanaka Y 2
Japan Naoya Yamano 2
Japan Gainer Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 11 Japan Katsuyuki Hiranaka D 2
Sweden Björn Wirdheim 2
Japan Team Mugen Honda Honda CR-Z 16 Japan Hideki Mutoh B 2
Japan Yuhki Nakayama 2
Japan apr Nissan Nissan GT-R GT3 30 Japan Yuki Iwasaki Y 2
Japan Kenji Kobayashi 2
United States Igor Sushko 2
Japan OKINAWA-IMP RACING with SHIFT Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 52 Japan Hironori Takeuchi Y 2
Japan Takeshi Tsuchiya 2
Japan Motoyoshi Yoshida 2
Japan Autobacs Racing Team Aguri Honda Honda CR-Z 55 Japan Takashi Kobayashi B 2
Japan Tomoki Nojiri 2
Japan Shinichi Takagi 2
Japan R&D Sport Subaru Subaru BRZ 61 Japan Kota Sasaki M 2
Japan Tetsuya Yamano 2
Japan Leon Racing Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 62 Japan Haruki Kurosawa Y 2
Japan Tsubasa Kurosawa 2

Season results[edit]

Rnd. Circuit LMP2 Winning Team LMGTE Winning Team GTC Winning Team GTC Am Winning Team SGT Winning Team Results
LMP2 Winning Drivers LMGTE Winning Drivers GTC Winning Drivers GTC Am Winning Drivers SGT Winning Drivers
1 Inje Hong Kong No. 18 KCMG Japan No. 70 Team Taisan Ken Endless Italy No. 77 AF Corse No entries Did not participate Report
Malaysia Akash Nandy
Republic of Ireland Gary Thompson
United Kingdom James Winslow
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
Japan Naoki Yokomizo
Italy Andrea Bertolini
Italy Michele Rugolo
Australia Steve Wyatt
2 Fuji Hong Kong No. 18 KCMG Japan No. 70 Team Taisan Ken Endless Hong Kong No. 007 Craft Racing Japan No. 16 Team Mugen Report
United Kingdom Richard Bradley
Japan Hiroshi Koizumi
United Kingdom James Winslow
Japan Akira Iida
Japan Shogo Mitsuyama
Japan Shinji Nakano
United Kingdom Richard Lyons
Hong Kong Frank Yu
Japan Hideki Mutoh
Japan Yuhki Nakayama
3 Zhuhai France No. 24 OAK Racing Japan No. 70 Team Taisan Ken Endless Italy No. 77 AF Corse Did not participate Report
China David Cheng
Hong Kong Shaun Thong
China Ho-Pin Tung
Japan Akira Iida
Japan Shogo Mitsuyama
Japan Naoki Yokomizo
Italy Andrea Bertolini
Italy Michele Rugolo
Australia Steve Wyatt
4 Sepang France No. 24 OAK Racing Japan No. 70 Team Taisan Ken Endless Singapore No. 33 Clearwater Racing Malaysia No. 69 Team
Primemantle Aylezo
Report
China David Cheng
China Ho-Pin Tung
Japan Akira Iida
Japan Shogo Mitsuyama
Japan Naoki Yokomizo
Singapore Weng Sun Mok
Finland Toni Vilander
Malaysia Zen Low
Sri Lanka Dilantha Malagamuwa
Italy Giorgio Sanna

Championships[edit]

Scoring system
Points System
Position Pole Position
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1 1

Team championships[edit]

The winners of the LMP2 championship and the top two finishers in the GTC championship earn automatic entry to the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans.

LMP2 standings[edit]

Pos Team Chassis Engine INJ FUJ ZHU SEP Total
1 France OAK Racing Morgan LMP2 Judd HK 3.6 L V8 19 19 26 25 89
2 Hong Kong KCMG Morgan LMP2 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 25 25 19 87
Oreca 03 18
3 Hong Kong Craft Racing Oreca 03 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 15 15

GTE standings[edit]

Pos Team Chassis Engine INJ FUJ ZHU SEP Total
1 Japan Team Taisan Ken Endless Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari F142 4.5 L V8 26 26 26 26 104
2 Taiwan Team AAI Rstrada Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 18 18

GTC standings[edit]

Pos Team Chassis Engine INJ FUJ ZHU SEP Total
1 Italy AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 Ferrari F142 4.5 L V8 25 18 26 18 87
2 Hong Kong #007 Craft Racing Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 Aston Martin 6.0 L V12 1 26 15 57
Ford GT GT3 Ford 5.0 L V8 15
3 Taiwan #91 Team AAI Rstrada McLaren MP4-12C GT3 McLaren 3.8L V8 12 10 18 48
BMW Z4 GT3 BMW 4.4 L V8 8
4 China BBT Racing Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 Lamborghini 5.2L V10 15 0 12 12 39
5 Japan Team Taisan Ken Endless Porsche 996 GT3-RS Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6 18 12 30
6 Singapore Clearwater Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 Ferrari F142 4.5 L V8 26 26
7 Japan Pacific Direction Racing Porsche 911 GT3-R Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 15 15
8 Taiwan #92 Team AAI Rstrada McLaren MP4-12C GT3 McLaren 3.8L V8 0 0 10 10
9 Hong Kong #009 Craft Racing Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 Aston Martin 6.0 L V12 10 10

Driver championships[edit]

LMP2 standings[edit]

Pos Driver Team INJ FUJ ZHU SEP Total
1 China David Cheng France OAK Racing 19 19 26 25 89
2 United Kingdom James Winslow Hong Kong KCMG 25 25 18 19 87
3 China Ho-Pin Tung France OAK Racing 19 26 25 70
4 Republic of Ireland Gary Thompson Hong Kong KCMG 25 18 43
5 United Kingdom Richard Bradley Hong Kong KCMG 25 40
Hong Kong Craft Racing 15
6 Taiwan Jeffrey Lee France OAK Racing 19 19 38
7 Hong Kong Shaun Thong France OAK Racing 26 26
8 Malaysia Akash Nandy Hong Kong KCMG 25 25
Japan Hiroshi Koizumi Hong Kong KCMG 25 25
9 China Cong Fu Cheng France OAK Racing 19 19
Japan Tsugio Matsuda Hong Kong KCMG 19 19
10 Australia Jordan Oon Hong Kong KCMG 18 18
11 China Jun Jin Pu Hong Kong Craft Racing 15 15
Republic of Ireland Dan Polley Hong Kong Craft Racing 15 15

GTE standings[edit]

Pos Driver Team INJ FUJ ZHU SEP Total
1 Japan Naoki Yokomizo Japan Team Taisan Ken Endless 26 26 26 78
Japan Akira Iida Japan Team Taisan Ken Endless 26 26 26 78
Japan Shogo Mitsuyama Japan Team Taisan Ken Endless 26 26 26 78
2 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Japan Team Taisan Ken Endless 26 26
Japan Shinji Nakano Japan Team Taisan Ken Endless 26 26
3 Taiwan Morris Chen Taiwan Team AAI Rstrada 18 18
Japan Ryohei Sakaguchi Taiwan Team AAI Rstrada 18 18
Germany Marco Seefried Taiwan Team AAI Rstrada 18 18

GTC standings[edit]

Pos Driver Team INJ FUJ ZHU SEP Total
1 Italy Andrea Bertolini Italy AF Corse 25 18 26 18 87
Italy Michele Rugolo Italy AF Corse 25 18 26 18 87
Australia Steve Wyatt Italy AF Corse 25 18 26 18 87
2 Hong Kong Frank Yu Hong Kong Craft Racing 1 26 15 10 52
3 Taiwan Jun San Chen Taiwan Team AAI Rstrada 12 10 18 8 48
4 China Anthony Liu China BBT Racing 15 0 12 12 39
Italy Davide Rizzo China BBT Racing 15 0 12 12 39
5 Japan Tatsuya Tanigawa Taiwan Team AAI Rstrada 10 18 8 36
6 Japan Keita Sawa Hong Kong Craft Racing 1 15 15 31
7 Italy Massimilliano Wiser China BBT Racing 15 0 12 27
8 United Kingdom Richard Lyons Hong Kong Craft Racing 26 26
Japan Takeshi Tsuchiya Taiwan Team AAI Rstrada 18 8 26
Singapore Weng Sun Mok Singapore Clearwater Racing 26 26
Finland Toni Vilander Singapore Clearwater Racing 26 26
9 Hong Kong Darryl O'Young Hong Kong Craft Racing 15 10 25
10 Germany Marco Seefried Taiwan Team AAI Rstrada 10 10 20
11 Japan Kyosuke Mineo Japan Team Taisan Ken Endless 18 18
Japan Yukinori Taniguchi Japan Team Taisan Ken Endless 18 18
12 Germany Stefan Mücke Hong Kong Craft Racing 1 15 16
13 Japan Akira Mizutani Japan Pacific Direction Racing 15 15
Japan Yuya Sakamoto Japan Pacific Direction Racing 15 15
Japan You Yokomaku Japan Pacific Direction Racing 15 15
14 Japan Akihiro Asai Taiwan Team AAI Rstrada 0 12
Japan Team Taisan Ken Endless 12
Japan Naoya Gamou Japan Team Taisan Ken Endless 12 12
Japan Akira Iida Taiwan Team AAI Rstrada 12 12
Italy Fabio Babini China BBT Racing 12 12
15 Taiwan Morris Chen Taiwan Team AAI Rstrada 0 0 10 10
Japan Yasushi Kikuchi Taiwan Team AAI Rstrada 0 10 10
Japan Tomonobu Fujii Hong Kong Craft Racing 10 10
Thailand Somchai Saksirivatekul Taiwan Team AAI Rstrada 0 0

References[edit]

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