ACO and ALMEM to join forces with SRO for 2023 Asian Le Mans Series
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and Asian Le Mans Endurance Management (ALMEM) have today announced that they will work alongside the SRO Motorsports Group for the 2023 Asian Le Mans Series.
This new agreement will see all parties collaborating closely together to ensure the successful continuation of the series, with each organisation bringing its expertise and knowledge to the table.
On the back of this new arrangement with the SRO Motorsports Group, there will also be two invitations to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The first will be awarded to the winner of Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe, while the second will be given to the winner of a combined Fanatec GT World Challenge Asia and Asian Le Mans Series classification.
Created by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), the Asian Le Mans Series sits alongside the ELMS and the WEC under the LMEM umbrella. Eligible cars include LMP2, LMP3 and GT3 machinery and each season is currently made up of four races.
Further details about the 2023 Asian Le Mans Series, including the calendar, will be revealed in due course.
Pierre Fillon, ACO President: “This joint collaboration is the best way to ensure the success and the development of the Asian Le Mans Series, the expertise of the three companies will be beneficial for the competitors. Alongside the ACO, Stéphane played an important role in the creation of the European Le Mans Series and we share a lot of the same values when it comes to the vision of our sport.”
Frédéric Lequien, ALMEM and LMEM CEO: “We are very excited to work with Stéphane and the SRO Motorsports Group team to ensure the continued success of the Asian Le Mans Series. We have great respect for everything that Stéphane and his team have done across GT racing, and we strongly believe that a joint collaboration between our companies can be hugely beneficial for everyone.”
Stéphane Ratel, SRO Motorsports Group founder & CEO: "It is my great pleasure to work alongside the ACO and ALMEM on the 2023 Asian Le Mans Series. This collaboration owes a great deal of thanks to Benjamin Franassovici, Paul Yao and their SRO Motorsports Asia team, who in just a few years have made Fanatec GT World Challenge Asia Powered by AWS one of the most important series in the region. Strengthened by its new association with the Asian Le Mans Series, I am certain that more success will follow. I would also like to thank the ACO and ALMEM for awarding a 24 Hours of Le Mans invitation to Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS. This illustrates the determination of our organisations to work together for the worldwide success of the GT category. I see this venture as the start of a very exciting period for our sport and SRO is delighted to be playing its part."