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Honda Day Live Night Race: The Battle Town

Honda RaceJapanese auto maker Honda scrapped its motor racing activities after suffering heavy flooding at its Ayutthaya plant in late 2011, but the company has announced new plans for its sport marketing activities.

The “Honda Day Live Night Race: The Battle Town” will be held at Muangthong Thani Lakeside on November 16, and will feature not only racing but also a live concert.

The event is organized by Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co Ltd, in collaboration with Grand Prix International Co Ltd and Fresh Air Festival Co Ltd.

This is the second time that the event is to be held, and will involve “battles” of two different musical styles and two hybrid car models. It will take place on Saturday November 16, from midday until midnight.

The event will combine three classes of road car racing including Production Car, Pro Cup 1,500-1,600cc and Pro Cup 2,000cc, along with live performances in a battle of artists from two different musical styles.

Pitak Pruittisarikorn, executive vice president, Honda Automobile (Thailand), said: “The Honda Day Live Night Race was first held in 2012 and received tremendous customer acceptance with more than 70,000 people attending and marked a new chapter in Thai motor racing history.”

He said this year’s event will go further as the Honda Brio eco-car will compete in the Production Car class for the first time. For the performance show, a Honda Civic Hybrid will battle a Honda Jazz Hybrid to demonstrate the two models’ unmatched performance while helping to protect the environment.

Anothai Eamlumnow, vice president of GPI, said: “The 2013 road car race will remain fun and exciting. The racing circuits are specially designed to be more challenging for racers while the safety of the racers and spectators continue to be our first priority. The entire racing circuit is equipped with safety equipment that meets the Royal Automobile Association of Thailand’s standards.”

Part from motor racing and live concerts, there will also be the following:

* Extreme Battlefield, a bicycle riding thrill show with Adventure Free Running acrobatics;

* BMX Park Show, an extreme sport show featuring BMX bicycles performing amazing stunts;

* A stunt show by “Ball” Suhatai Chaemsap, Thailand’s leading professional motorcyclist, doing adventurous riding on a new Honda motorcycle;

* Many other fun activities including Honda Hot Laps, Honda Pit Tour and Honda Car Club Village.

Admission is free. For more information, visit www.honda.co.th and www.facebook.com/enjoyhondaclub.

Press release courtesy of The Nation: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Honda-announces-racing-and-music-event-next-month-30217318.html

2013 Pan Delta Summer Race a Resounding Success

At 16:00 on 16 June 2013, when the last Asian Pan Delta AFR race car passes the finishing line and in front of the main grandstand, the Pan Delta Super Racing Festival draws to a close. The entire event, filled with exciting races and interesting commercial activites, combine to make Pan Delta one of the most influential and successful regional motorsport event in China.

Improved standards

Due to the changing weather, the event was packed with incidents. But overall the races were successful. Apart from the weather, all the participating teams and drivers showed improved professionalism in all aspects such as technical preparation and race craft. At the same time, these teams and drivers all demonstrated more self-promotion and awareness. For example, in the Circuit Hero races, the race cars are now much better painted and decorated with models on the grid to better attract media and public attention. They are now very aware of the 20,000 people watching them race, which is not common in other races.

Expert operations

Looking at Pan Delta from another angle and you will discover that the commercial developments have reached every corner of the track facilities. Merchandize sales, goods demonstration, auto and motorsport related products, interactive activities, performance stage… etc are all buzzing with people. In the paddock, the guest area and VIP area are also full of people and is indeed very atmospheric.

Pan Delta has been nurturing and educating fans ever since. Nowadays, the 20,000 average fans who attend Pan Delta has made the event a very good platform for promotion. Take the VIP pass for example, the 500 VIP passes available were snapped up long ago. This is a clear sign that the fans do not mind paying more for better hospitality at the race. For just RMB 500, a fan can enjoy a closer look at the cars and the race queens plus a sumptuous buffet lunch by Sheraton Zhongshan Hotel, it is a real bargain.

There is another bright spot from the race and that is the modified car exhibition and sales area. These modified parts sales compaines have teams and drivers in the Circuit Hero races working for or with them, thus they are able to utilise their performance on track to promote their products. The fans can check out and compare the products and services available. The interactivity among parts sales, race teams, drivers and fans have never been this close before.

For the Pan Delta organizers, this has been another great success story. An event packed with activities and commercial partners that fans truly enjoy meeting at  a race track.

  Published:                               2013-06-25

Courtesy of http://www.zic.com.cn/en/news_info.php?id=411&kind=01

SIngapore’s Changi Motorsports Hub Still Dead

The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) announced earlier this week that it would not be proceeding with the re-tender for the Changi Motorsports Hub site following the conclusion of an extensive international and local market sounding and Request for Information (RFI) exercise. For those who have been following the situation closely, it comes as no surprise.

Updating the media on the decision not to proceed with the re-tender, SSC CEO Lim Teck Yin said: “The SSC has decided not to proceed with the re-tender as potential investors had indicated significant combined conditions for the project to be commercially viable, which we cannot accede to. The key requirements from potential investors include requests for flexibility of lease terms and land use as well as tax concessions. For example, with regard to flexibility of lease terms, there were requests for extensions of duration and pricing below valuation.”

“Taking into consideration these requests and potential outcomes, we need to balance the costs and benefits. The land take and proposed use under this project do not justify an operating model that involves significant government subsidies or concessions. After careful consideration and in consultation with other government agencies, we have decided not to proceed with the re-tender,” said Lim.

Read the Full Press Release Here

Die hard Singaporean race fans will now have to continue to rely on Sepang or Johor and hope that Peter Lim’s previously announced Motorsports City development in Iskandar will become a reality.

Red Hot Motorsports Weekend is Imminent! – 2013 Pan Delta Super Racing Festival (Summer Race) About to Begin

Pan Delta Super Racing Festival is in its 9th year and has already established itself as the local motorsport fans’ gathering place. The 2013 Summer Race is about to be held on 15-16 June at Zhuhai International Circuit. Exciting races, interesting activites and top exhibits will help the fans enjoy an unforgetable weekend.

Easygoing and Expanding

Since the beginning of Pan Delta, it has been defined as the motorsport events for the public. The races belongs to the average men and women. During those days when few fans took part in motorsports and there were few national races, Pan Delta held up its flag to draw the crowds in and nurture their developments, by creating the Circuit Hero races.

Today, Pan Delta’s hard work has been approved. The current Circuit Hero One (Advanced class) race routinely receives more than 25 entries. The more grassroot Circuit Hero Two race can attract over 40 entries, for this race an amazing 49 cars entered the competition. With cars lined up as far back as the last corner, this is truly a sight to behold. Similar races are now happening all over the other Chinese circuits.

Circuit Hero has created miracles and Pan Delta is getting ready to create another new race and concept. The new for 2013 Red Bull Drift Challenge already ignited a lot of sparks in the March Pan Delta race. The 10 machinese drifted against each other one-on-one and showed off their race crafts in front of 20,000 people. For this race there will be 13 cars, 3 more than the last, and two highly capable Japanese drifters, Suenaga Naoto and Saito Daigo, will take part, too.

Endless innovation

Pan Delta has never changed its core qualities. For this race, Red Bull has set up a game known as the “Red Bull Kart Castle Defence Battle”. Red Bull has created a 206m long and 4m wide kart track. Just buy two cans of Red Bull on the spot and you may experience the thrill of driving a kart around this special track.

The vintage cars on display in the March Pan Delta will be here once again. This is a part of the themed event “Whole Family together for Father’s Day”. These historic machines, product of technology and wisdom from more than 100 years ago, are the best father-son activity tool. Apart from the vintage cars, there are also many other great modern cars on display, including the brand new Toyota 86, BMW, Audi and Yamaha motorcycles. Other Pan Delta favourites such as nice food, ZIC stage performances etc will of course be there again. Where better to go on Father’s Day than ZIC?

Q-Team, a large motorsport concern created by Zhang Shan-Qi, the first Chinese driver to tackled the Le Mans Series, will hold their own opening ceremony during Pan Delta. Renowned musician Hei Nan will also be present, while famous artist Roy Chiu will race for Q-Team in the Pan Delta AFR Series. Are the Roy Chiu fans ready?

Tuned car fans cannot miss this weekend’s Pan Delta. Option parts outlets will be at the back of the grandstands for the very first time! For this weekend, the Pan Delta organizers has arranged for 12 car tuning shops to show their products during the event. The participating merchants will sell their wares below market price. Buy, change and pay on the spot! The 12 merchants specializes in different goods and they are well stocked to serve you!

Pan Delta in June, with so much happening at ZIC on and off the track, how can you sit at home?

Source: http://www.zic.com.cn/en/news_info.php?kind=01&id=398

Recap of this Past Weekends Asia Racing Action

While most in the US were enjoying their Memorial Day Weekend, we were busy following all of the racing action in Asia.  As it turned out, this was probably the biggest weekend ever for the collective group of AMN members as they took home more than dozen podium finishes.

MSS R2 Winners

Starting with the Malaysian Super Series (MSS) held at Sepang International Circuit, Natasha Seatter and father Stewart finished 2nd in the GT Open class, which was enough for her to take the overall MSS lead from Angus Kirkwood who unfortunately ended his day early with a DNF.  The Seatter team was supported by Race Engineer Martin Hope of GulfSport Racing.  Singaporean Gerald Tan of LTM 9tro coming off his victory last weekend at the Time Attack qualified 4th, but he also ended his day with a DNF.  Everyone will be back in action at the end of June for the 3rd round of the MSS.

Tin Sritrai

The MSS also played host to several other series including the Thailand Super Series Rd1 (follow the link to read the full recap) and the Touring Car Series in Asia by IMSP.  2012 TCSA Champion Tin Sritrai started 2013 with double 1st place finishes and China Dragon Racing dominated the N2000 Class finishing 1, 2 in both races.  In R1 Alex Hui took home the victory followed by teammate Sunny Wong and in R2 they reversed their finishing order.  Billy Lo also ended his weekend on a high note with a 3rd and 4th place finish respectively.

TCSA R1 Winners

In the TCSA Road Sport Challenge Class, AMN members James Tang of TRC and Samuel Hsieh both scored double podium finishes going 2, 3 respectively in both races.  This made Samuel’s first trip to Sepang extremely memorable.  The TCSA will be back in action June 28-30th at the Sepang International Circuit before heading to Korea’s Inje Auto Theme Park for 2 rounds.  Several of our members were at Inje this past weekend to watch the opening round of the Super Taikyu Series, including Mark Thomas who was representing the Asian Le Mans Series which opens their 2013 season there on August 4th.  You can find additional information on the Asian Le Mans Series by visiting their Facebook Page: Asian Le Mans Series – Official.

FRD CTCC R2

There was also racing action at Shanghai International Circuit this past weekend as the China Touring Car Championship and Formula Masters China Series (follow link to see full recap) were both back in action.   FRD could not repeat the 2012 stunning performance at SIC where they completed dominated the field by going 1, 2, 3, 4, but 2012 winner Andy Yan was fast enough to claim both the pole and the race making it 3 straight years for the FRD driver to dominate the Shanghai Circuit Round.  CTCC Rd 1 winner Wang Rui of VW 333 finished 2nd to maintain his driver points lead, but the biggest surprise of the day came from long time friend Pascal’s ASR Da Marco’s team with their first ever podium finish!  First year driver Zhang Shenjun managed to qualify 2nd on Saturday and then pilot the 1.6T Chevy Cruze to a 3rd place finish on Sunday.  The CTCC heads to Tianma Circuit June 8th and 9th.

In closing we also want to mention AMN member Jason Tan of Team Driftmasters and Singapore Stunt Driving successfully completed their Stunt Driving Clinic in Singapore this past weekend.  For those interested there will be another clinic on July 7th. You can find more information on their Facebook Page: Singapore Stunt Driving.