UPDATE 3 SEPTEMBER 2018 - Malaysia-based Italian Alessandro Sherpa has claimed the points lead with his second race win of the season at the Magnificent Merapoh Trail in August. For Sherpa it was already the fifth points result also, similar with Pablo Diago Gonzales and Tomohiro Mizukoshi. However, nothing has been decided as no runner sticks out this season nor wins them all. Remember: the ATM Championship is based on a five-best-count system, which means that for them for the rest of this season it is all about doing better than their worst placing to further top up their championship total.
In the women's competition, the battle is also wide open but hasn't fully heated up yet. Aggy Sabanal from Philippines and Majo Liao are in great shape, but Ruth Theresia from Indonesia has set herself up for a strong championship campaign with three race wins this season already. The Bandung Explorer ace is leading and increasingly looks like the benchmark for this season. Still, many points races to go and it's about five strong results by 9 December and Izu Trail Journey.
As in 2017, the championship will be decided at the end of the year by a five-best-count system, whereby the best five points results of each runner will be added up. New in 2018 is that one-of-five is expected to be a SuperTrail race, otherwise the runner will lose 250 points.
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