Asian Le Mans Series
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ABOUT THE ASIAN LE MANS SERIES
Launched in 2013 by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), the Asian Le Mans Series is the embodiment of Le Mans endurance racing for the Asian continent. Initially operated by a third party company, the ACO took over management, organisation and promotion of the Series at the end of 2014. The Series features five categories of sports cars - LMP2, LMP3, GT, GT Cup and CN.
As part of the Le Mans Endurance Racing Pyramid, it complements the European Le Mans Series and Weather Tech Sports Car Championship. The FIA World Endurance Championship caps this ensemble while the Le Mans 24 Hours, the ultimate challenge that all the teams and drivers want to win, is the summit of excellence of this pyramid. Champions of the LMP2, LMP3 and GT categories of the Asian Le Mans Series earn invitations to participate in the following year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.
ABOUT THE ACO
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) founded in 1906 is the creator and organiser of major motor sporting events including the first grand prix in the history of motor racing in 1906 followed by the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1923. The ACO’s aim is to develop long-distance racing and since 2012 it has been the organiser and promoter of the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC). The club is also the creator of the continental series: the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, former American Le Mans Series (1999), the European Le Mans Series (2004), and the Asian Le Mans Series (2013). On its own circuits at Le Mans, the ACO organises the 24 Heures Motos, the 24 Heures Karting, the 24 Heures Camions and the French Motorcycle Grand Prix. But above all the ACO is a club made up of enthusiasts who defend the rights of car users on a daily basis, and it gives its members a privileged welcome to enable them to live their passion for motor sport at the events it organises.
The ACO also has a driving school, Le Mans Driver, a leisure and kart competition complex and simulators, an Enterprise department for the organisation of seminars, a team of guides providing tours of the installations of the Le Mans circuits, two official boutiques in Le Mans and Paris as well as eight regional agencies.