The former Editor-In-Chief of Autosport magazine Asia, Ben started Pit Talk Asia at the start of 2012 to concentrate purely on promoting and reporting on Asian motorsport. Ben is also the founder of Asia Motorsport Development Pte Ltd- a multi-service company that develops, supports, promotes and services the Asian motorsport industry through PR, media, consulting, sponsorship management and driver development. More information at www.asiamotorsportdevelopment.com
Since 1995 SRO has specialised in the promotion and organisation of motorsport series. Inextricably linked with GT racing’s revival, SRO predominantly promotes categories that adhere to its successful GT3 and GT4 regulations. Indeed, these rules – a common framework allowing manufacturers, teams and drivers to compete equally with one another – has helped establish SRO as the global leader in customer GT racing.
The Audi R8 LMS Cup is a leading sprint race series in Asia. Action-packed racing, continuous innovations and a premium hospitality program have been exciting fans all across Asia. The world’s first one-make championship from the brand with the Four Rings enters its fifth season in 2016.
Alex made history in 2016 by winning his third consecutive Audi R8 LMS Cup championship and cementing himself as the most successful Asian race driver.
Being the only Malaysian to race in Formula One, Alex has forged a successful racing career that has seen him achieve success in series such as A1GP, Aussie V8 Supercars, Indycar, GT racing to name a few.
He is also the F1 expert and co-host on Fox Sport’s Raceday F1 program.
Alex is also a gold medalist in Waterskiing, representing Malaysia in the SEA Games.
Peter Burns has over 30 years experience in the global motorsport industry, including 17 years in Formula One with McLaren as Senior Marketing Manager working with drivers including Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Gerhard Berger, Martin Brundle, Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard. Peter was involved in the pioneering days of F1 sports marketing with the market leaders. This included developing the relationships with the sponsors, creating McLaren’s Grand Prix corporate hospitality to entertain the sponsors and provide insight into the sport and the race weekend experience.
Peter has also worked with the Motorsport Industry Association and at the Dubai Autodrome as sales and marketing executive manager in the days of Speedcar and GP2 Asia. Peter is currently based in Asia working on driver safety training with FleetSafe Asia and motorsport marketing with Asia Motorsport Development.
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Bringing its signature brand of exhilarating motorsports competition to millions across the region and beyond, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has earned an impressive fan and media following since its launch in 2003.
2016 saw a formidable international field of brilliant professionals competing wheel-to-wheel with dedicated privateers. A proven testing ground for fledgling talent and a showcase for the world’s leading GT competitors, today the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is the number one choice for the region’s finest drivers.
Delivering fast, competitive racing, New Zealand’s premier single-seater category attracts drivers from around the globe. The Castrol Toyota Racing Series is New Zealand’s fastest racing category providing winter training in a southern hemisphere summer.
Formula 1 is the highest class of single-seat auto racing that is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). The FIA Formula One World Championship has been the premier form of racing since the inaugural season in 1950.
Following three successful seasons in Europe from 2009, in 2012 the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Championship headed to Asia and since then the series is growing fast. With races on famous international circuits like Shanghai, Fuji and Sepang, and teams from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Japan, the Asian series provides an exclusive platform for Gentlemen drivers, entering individually or in teams of two.
Craft-Bamboo Racing is a leading company in the global motorsport scene, running a world class engineering division and multiple world championship race programmes. Competing at the highest levels, we have achieved success in every single discipline we entered.
Supported by team founding partner, Hollywood superstar Jackie Chan, the team was established in 2015, and immediately claimed the 2015-16 Asian Le Mans LMP3 championship. For the team’s 2017 FIA WEC campaign, Jota Sport brings almost two decades of endurance racing expertise which includes class wins in both the Le Mans and Spa 24 Hours.
B-Quik Racing is a leading professional motor racing team based in Bangkok, Thailand. We enter cars in championships in Thailand and across Asia as well as providing a comprehensive platform of support for customers.
This year we put our main focus on Thailand Super Series where we are running five cars across three categories while we also have three cars entered in the Malaysia-based Asia Classic Car Challenge. We are also undertaking one-off prestigious international endurance events.
B-Quik Racing started in competition in 2009, born through the desire of staff from B-Quik Co. Ltd., Thailand’s leading aftermarket automotive service group, to really prove their skills and training in the most demanding and competitive of arenas – on the racetrack. A success story was quickly born.
Bob McMurray has had a long relationship with motor sport – especially Formula 1. He spent over thirty years with the McLaren Formula 1 team and then many years as a commentator on TVNZ ONE .
He is also regularly called upon to contribute to various TV and radio stations as the ‘expert comments’ person.
For three years he was the CEO of A1 Grand Prix Team New Zealand. Bob is also a Director of two sports marketing companies. In 2006 Bob was awarded the ‘Motorsport Personality of the Year’ award and in 2007 the ‘Motor Trades Association Award for Contribution to Industry. He has also the subject of a successful and well-received book about life in Formula 1.
Bob was the presenter of the many Indy 500 shows produced for TVNZ One, as well as co producing and presenting the ‘Kiwis and Characters’ TV series. He is currently the co-host of ‘The Driven Hour’ weekly radio show on Radio Sport, a columnist for the ‘New Zealand Herald’ and ‘Driven’ supplement, a Trustee of the MSNZ Scholarship Trust / Elite Academy and a Trustee of the ‘Kiwi Driver Fund’, a new initiative that aims to help aspiring New Zealand race drivers contest the Toyota Racing Series as well as being a regular F1 GP tour ‘host’, most recently at the 2017 Singapore and Malaysian Formula 1 Grands Prix.
Very much still connected to F1, Bob gives Pit Talk Asia and exclusive look behind the scenes of the pinnacle of motorsport.
Nick Cassidy is a New Zealand racing driver. Since 2008 Cassidy has been racing in the formula racing series.
After driving in Formula First championships, he started in Formula Ford championships in New Zealand and Australia. In 2009 he became runner-up in the New Zealand Formula First championship and 2010 he was runner-up in the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship. Both times he was Rookie of the year.
He is double Toyota Racing Series champion, V8 Supertourers Endurance champion and currently leads the Super GT championship in Japan.
China GT Championship is a nationwide championship featuring the world’s most premier automotive brands and is ratified by the Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of People’s Republic of China (CAMF), as well as authorized by the General Administration of Sports of China. The Championship is listed in the annual national sports competition plan as well as CAMF’s sporting calendar as a national level motorsport event. Based on the principles of being ‘Fair, Just and Open’ China GT is attractive to both Chinese and international drivers and teams.
The China GT Championship top class is for GT3 cars, applying the principles of Balance of Performance (BOP) and a driver categorisation system.
China GT permits three type of driving pairings: Pro/Am, Am/Am and a solo Am. In keeping with the Chinese flavour and to assist in the advancement of Chinese motorsports, each car must have at least one driver who is a holder of racing licence from the Greater China region (China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Macau).
Organized by Top Speed Shanghai Ltd., Formula Masters Series (FMS) is the region’s premier international junior single-seater series. Launched in 2011, FMS is a proven platform on which to develop future motorsport stars.
FMS sets the benchmark in the region and helps develop drivers to race in the prestigious GT championships as well as respected international open-wheel series such as the GP3 Series and the FIA Formula 3 Championship. Paving the way for young drivers in the Asian motorsport scene, FMS provides an affordable and equitable stage on which to nurture fledgling talent, ensuring skill and not financial advantage dictate success on the race track.
FMS is a one-make series using a state-of-the-art Formula car providing both performance and safety. With a Tatuus FA010 Carbon composite monocoque, FIA F3 homologated chassis and a 2.0 Formula engine providing 180 HP, the FMS race car is both competitive and cost-efficient.
KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG) is an international motorsport services group established in 2007 by Paul Ip. The group, with its headquarters located in Hong Kong, has operations reaching across the Asia Pacific region and Europe. KCMG operates closely with many partner companies and racing organizations around the world to provide unrivalled Motorsport Services, Equipment, Team Management and quality distributorship in the Automotive Industry.
FlatOut Race Series is the premier grassroots motorsports program in the Philippines. Made for racers, by racers, its mission is to develop local motorsports talent through a fun, easy, and accessible program in a proper, safe environment where true skill can thrive.