KUALA LUMPUR: Irish racing outfit, Meritus, led by motorsport veteran Peter Thompson, has launched an all-out campaign to secure top talent to continue the team’s proven track record in Asian motorsports with an expanded 2003 programme.
Having helped launch the likes of Japanese star Takuma Sato and India’s Narain Karthikeyan to international racing careers, Meritus is looking to secure stars of the future for their aggressive assault on the expanding Asian racing scene.
“The motorsport is about to embark on its most exciting season ever in the Asia Pacific region, and series such as the Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS), which this year incorporates the brand new Formula BMW Asian Championships, is now receiving massive global TV running into hundreds of millions of potential viewers,” Thomson said in a statement here yesterday.
“Drivers who are looking to be at the front of the field and to benefit from the coverage need both a professional team and a sound development programme.
“Meritus have a winning track record in Asia and can provide everything a driver needs for maximum results.”
The multi-dimensional sports marketing company are gearing up their operation to run teams in four new Asian categories this season, and they are investing in their engineering and services, including hiring European and Asian technical and mechanical experts.
Meritus will field teams in the Formula BMW Asian Championship, the brand new Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, as well as the Asian Formula 3 series, all of which will run under the AFOS banner.
AFOS will hold races in China, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Macau and two rounds in Japan for the first time this season.
Meritus will also enter a team in the Asian Formula Renault Championship organised by www.frdsports.com – Bernama