A second race in Sepang has replaced the originally announced round in Shanghai for this year’s restructured Asian Le Mans Series, officials confirmed Tuesday.
The planned two-hour race in China, supporting the FIA World Endurance Championship on Nov. 1, will now be run one week later in Malaysia as a three-hour race.
The 2015-16 season will still kick off at Fuji Speedway, during the FIA WEC weekend on Oct. 10-11, followed by trips to Buriram, Thailand and Sepang to close out the four-round winter championship.
“With this change made in total partnership with the teams, the series is now gearing up to start the second phase of its revitalization plan,” said Asian Le Mans Series Operations Director Cyrille Taesch Wahlen.
“Our ambition is that the Asian Le Mans Series soon becomes the synonym for endurance racing for Asia.”
The deadline for full-season entrants remains Aug. 15, although as a result of the calendar change, a discounted ‘early bird’ registration period has been extended through June 22.
Automatic invites to the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours will be awarded to the LMP2, LMP3 and GT class champions, with no minimum number of entries required for each category.
2015/2016 Asian Le Mans Series Schedule (Revised):
Oct. 10-11 —Fuji Speedway – 2H race (FIA WEC)
Nov. 7-8 — Sepang, Malaysia – 3H race
Jan. 8-10 — Buriram, Thailand – 3H race
Jan. 23-24 — Sepang, Malaysia – 3H race