More races for this year's Asian Festival of Speed

KUALA LUMPUR: The new season of the Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS) promises to have more races. 

The AFOS, with the season-opener at the Sepang F1 circuit on June 7-8, will incorporate the region's leading series – the Asian Touring Car, the Formula BMW Asia and the Porsche Carerra Cup. 

With the addition of the Asian Formula 3 Series, Proton National Championships and Proton Satria GTi Championships, motor-sports enthusiasts can look forward to 10 races in each round. 

The second round will be held at Pasir Gudang on June 28 and 29. The other rounds will be held in Thailand (July), South Korea (Aug), Japan (Sept), China (Oct) and ends with the Macau Grand Prix in November. 

The season's opener was to have been in Subic Bay in the Philippines but it was cancelled because of concerns over SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). 

The Formula Asia BMW made its debut in March as a support race for the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix. 

Hong Kong's Ho Pin-tung is leading the standings with a maximum 40 points, winning the two races. 

The Porsche Carerra Cup, which also made its debut in Sepang at the same time, saw Hong Kong's Charles Kwan pip Briton Nigel Albon at the last corner to take the chequered flag. 

Motorsport Asia Limited's Faizul Idris said at the launch of the new season yesterday: “We hoped that the addition of the three new Series will raise the event to new heights. 

“We have at least nine countries represented on the grid this year and we are confident the event will keep growing.” 

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