At least 23 cars will compete in the 2018-19 Asian Le Mans Series, with that number expected to increase ahead of the season opener next month.
In addition to the 15 initial entries confirmed in July, other teams including Inter Europol Competition, Panis Barthez Competition and Red River by TF Sport have independently announced full-season efforts.
The champions in each Asian Le Mans Series categories, including the overall and Am sub-class winners in LMP2, will receive automatic invitations to next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“We welcome the arrival of the new teams, especially those making their first trips to Asia,” said series director Cyrille Taesch Wahlen.
“Motorsport in Asia is booming and the Asian Le Mans Series which provides a direct pathway to the 24 Hours of Le Mans for both Le Mans Prototypes and GT cars is now firmly on the radar of all the top endurance racing teams globally”.
“We remain committed to delivering an exceptional product that is a combination of four Class A Circuits, exciting racing, a professionally run series and technical support, as well as a world-class broadcast package, improved social media activation, and live streaming in China.”
United Autosports and Algarve Pro Racing have pledged two-car efforts in LMP2, while single-car entries from ARC Bratislava, Eurasia Motorsport, Spirit of Race and Panis-Barthez Competition have also been received.
Meanwhile, FIA World Endurance Championship squad Jackie Chan DC Racing is expected to announce a second LMP2 entry alongside its already noted Oreca 05 Nissan.
In LMP3, each team is set to run the Ligier JSP3 Nissan package, while in GT there are three marques represented so far.
Red River by TF Sport will run an Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Spirit of Race will enter a Ferrari 488 GT3 and Tianshi Racing Team is expected to compete with two Audi R8 LMS GT3s.
The Asian Le Mans Series, featuring four races of four hours in length, gets underway at Shanghai International Circuit on November 25.