Cars, equipment, crew and officials are arriving in Indonesia for the Asian Festival Of Speed, this coming weekend on 23-24 July 2011. The AFOS Indonesia will be the first event held at the Sentul International Circuit since 2009 and will host the JK Racing Asia Series (formerly known as Formula BMW Pacific) and the Asian Touring Car Series alongside three local races with the GT3 National Series and the Indonesian Classic Race-Integra-Top 1-Championship and the Bimmer Car Series.
Four rounds of the JK Racing Asia Series will be held over the weekend, where EuroInternational are heading there in the lead of the Team Championship, thanks to their young Austrian wonder-boy, Lucas Auer.
Auer showed his fantastic form, when he claimed all four wins during the last outing in Sepang International Circuit bringing his tally of wins to five out of six races to date.
Right behind him in the Championship Points Table are two Petronas Mofaz Racing drivers, Irfan Ilyas and Nabil Jeffri. Ilyas impressed everyone at home when he completed all four AFOS Malaysia race weekend races second on the podium, collecting 60 points for himself and propelling him up the points table to second from seventh.
Meanwhile, Jeffri had a tough weekend after a strong start to the Season but the Malaysian driver is only two points adrift from Ilyas and with much to prove in his second year in the Series, he will be making all efforts to better his results this weekend.
Afiq Yazid of www.Meritus.GP is fourth in the points with a total of 60 points collected so far from his four podium finishes, with two seconds and two thirds.
Although it will be the first time the JK Racing Asia Series will be in Indonesia, the teams are familiar with the circuit having been there in 2009 for the Formula BMW Asia races. Then, local hero Rio Haryanto, dominated the event winning all four rounds on his way to winning the Championship for the 2009 season.
Rounds 7-10 will be the midpoint of the season for the JK Racing Asia Series before it heads to Guangdong Circuit, China for the next four Rounds..The Season will then end with two weekends supporting Formula 1, with Rounds 11 & 12 held at the Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore and the climax of the first Season at the newly built track in India, Buddh International Circuit.
“We are excited to be heading back to beautiful Indonesia. The people there are great, the organisers and the media are always supportive and the weather is much like it is in Malaysia where the season started so the drivers will be quite used to the heat, although frequent afternoon downpours at this time of year always add a little spice” said David Sonenscher, CEO of Motorsport Asia.
The Asian Touring Car Series will also be held at the Indonesian circuit with Kenneth Lau of J.A.S. Motorsports leading the series from Japanese driver Hideharu Kuroki by three points. Kuroki, the Team IMSP driver will not be able to attend the meet leaving the path open for Taiwanese driver, Chen Jun San to move up the ranks in the points table.
Chen, who is only five points behind the current leader will have the perfect opportunity to play catch up as he has competed in Sentul before. Both drivers had good outings in Sepang, climbing onto the podium both times with Lau claiming one win.
It will also be the home race for the ‘sweetest’ man in the Series. Shugeriawan Sutanta, or as some have started to call him ‘Sugar’.. Having the home advantage should improve his chances of getting closer up the ranks of the lead drivers and maybe even finishing the race on the podium.
The Asian Festival Of Speed will also be joined by the newly launched GT3 National Series, the Indonesian Classic Race Integra Top 1 Championship and the Bimmer Car Series. There will be Live Bands and plenty of side events for the spectators to enjoy”.
The Asian Festival Of Speed will be held on Saturday 23rd July and Sunday 24th July 2011.