Asian Touring Car-Max On-Hold and Revised for 2010

Published on August 23rd, 2009

Motorsport Asia released a statement today to announce the cancellation of the remaining rounds of the 2009 ATC-Max season. The series will resume in 2010 with changes in the regulations geared more to suit the independent participants rather than the manufacturer teams that it was originally aimed at in the early parts of the series’ conception.

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This is to smooth the way for more participation from independent teams who are aiming to branch out from the national championships and to step into an Asian wide arena.

“When we first put the concept together it was very much aimed at the manufacturers. It was intended that they can come in to support and we would be able to, through this support, bring the drivers from the National Championships on to the Asian scene.”

“The support of the manufacturers would mean that the drivers would not have to bring in too much money and so we would be able to increase the level of competition,” said David Sonenscher, CEO of Motorsport Asia, in the video statement.

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“Unfortunately with what has happened to the global economy, the manufacturers have pretty much stopped their activities right now, so this year has been a false start,” he continued.

Motorsport Asia has relooked at the series, have had discussion with the privateers and have decided to re-approach the concept of the series and to skew it to suit the smaller budgets of the independent drivers and teams.

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This will therefore open a doorway for these drivers who are competing in their respective National Championships to participate in an Asian level against various drivers around Asia. With this, Motorsport Asia has decided to halt the series for 2009 and will resume in 2010 with the new regulations, which will suit the independent teams much better.

“At this level, the privateers have very limited budgets so once we start asking them to race all over Asia, it easily gets out of their league and the modifications that they have to make on their cars are too extensive. We will make the series regulations based very much on the cars that exist,” continued Sonenscher.

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“This championship has a massive potential so we are not going to give up on it by any stretch of the imagination. We are fully committed to taking this championship forward. For now, we stop, take stock and re-evaluate everything and get it right and then go forward again so that when we do come back we will have a well supported big grid and it will be a strong series.”

Issued by Motorsport Asia. For results, please visit Asian Festival of Speed.

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