International GT Challenge set for 2016 launch


The SRO Motorsports Group led by Stephane Ratel has announced that a new-for-2016 International GT Challenge, which will include major GT3 races from around the globe.

The Total 24 Hours of Spa, the Sepang and Bathurst 12 hour races plus a three-hour event alongside the Pirelli World Challenge round at the Circuit of the Americas will be included, with Ratel hoping GT3 manufacturers will nominate their best teams in all four key markets (Australia, US, Europe and Asia) to compete in the races.

“We would like to bring together what should be the best GT long distance events where GT3 cars can win overall,” said Ratel.

“What I’ve learned from a difficult experience with the FIA GT1 World Championship is that the logistical side of things can be very expensive.

“It’s a lot better to transport drivers, engineers and our concept is to tell the manufacturers to use their best local teams.”

SRO have also announced they will provide the Balance of Performance and technical control at all the events, while common sporting regulations will be written ahead of the 2017 season.

Further details will be revealed in October, with the series set to coexist with a yet-to-be-announced Asia-Pacific GT3 Series, which if it does materialise, while consist of at least four GT3 events.