By keeping the immensely popular United Arab Emirates races on the Asian Le Mans Series (ALMS) programme, the upcoming season will see a calendar expanded to five rounds (including one in Southeast Asia).
At least 36 cars will take the start in the 4 Hours of Sepang, opening race of the season, the largest grid ever seen in the ALMS at the Sepang International Circuit. Interest in the championship has heated up, with full season entries capped due to available paddock space and circuit layout constraints. The larger Dubai Autodrome and Yas Marina Circuit are able to accommodate more competitors, so teams may enter rounds on a race by race basis for those held in the United Arab Emirates.
The complete 2023/2024 ALMS entry list will be released shortly before the opening round in Sepang in early December.
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: "The Asian Le Mans Series keeps getting stronger. Next year's grid is the perfect illustration with no less than 10 LMP2s on the starting grid. In the GT class, the array of constructors knows no bounds, eight in all! Such a healthy field sets the scene for another spectacular season, beginning in Sepang on 2 December. We are looking forward to returning to Southeast Asia."
Frédéric Lequien, Le Mans Endurance Management CEO: “The Asian Le Mans Series continues to be a very attractive programme with another big grid of existing and new teams! The return to Southeast Asia and the expansion to five races were both important steps in the growth of the series, especially the strong number of LMP2 and GT entries shows the popularity of the series.”
Stéphane Ratel, SRO Motorsports Group Founder and CEO: “I must congratulate the ACO, Colin Ong and his team for compiling such a strong entry list for the 2023/2024 Asian Le Mans Series. The return to Southeast Asia is an important milestone in the championship's post-pandemic development, but also one that teams and drivers from the region have clearly embraced. SRO's more recent hands-on experience across the continent has and will continue to play a role within the series organisation, but we are also eager to build on the current momentum beyond the upcoming campaign."
As many as seven previous champions will compete in the 2023/2024 Asian Le Mans Series season:
- 2023 champions DKR Engineering defending its crown
- 2022 LMP2 and 2019/2020 LMP3 champion Nielsen Racing in LMP2 for the entire season
- Algarve Pro Racing returning for the full season
- 2018/2019 LMP2 Am champion ARC Bratislava in LMP2 with one car
- 2022 LMP3 champion CD Sport returning for its fourth ALMS season
- The first non-Asian team to win the GT class in the ALMS, Herberth Motorsports returning with its Porsche 911 GT3 R to support Pure Rxcing
- Optimum to support 2022 GT champion Inception Racing returning with two McLaren 720S GT3s
At Least Eight Different Marques in GT
The GT class continues to attract top competitors, with a minimum of eight different marques signed up for the 2023/2024 ALMS season. Given the significant paddock capacity in the United Arab Emirates, we may see even more on the starting grid. Here are the various GTs entered in the ALMS so far:
- Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO 2
- Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3
- BMW M4 GT3
- Ferrari 296 GT3
- Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO 2
- McLaren 720S GT3
- Mercedes AMG GT3 EVO
- Porsche 911 GT3 R
2024 24 Hours of Le Mans Invitations
A prized invitation to participate in the 92nd 24 Hours of Le Mans (15-16 June 2024) will be granted to the winners of the 2023/2024 ALMS LMP2 and GT classes.
The LMP3 winner will be given priority when entering the 2024 Road to Le Mans support race.