This year will see a new championship in Asia as the successful GT4 concept will make its debut as part of the Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS).
The new addition is part of partnership between SRO Motorsports Group, the company responsible for developing the GT4 European series and Motorsport Asia. It will join the already successful GT3 Asia series on the AFOS bill, as well as the European and Dutch championships as part of the expanding GT4 family.
“I am very pleased with the announcement of the introduction of an official SRO approved GT4 pan-Asian series, in the hands of my longtime friend David Sonenscher,” says Stephane Ratel, CEO of SRO. “His experience of motorsport in Asia makes him the ideal partner for this new Cup, further enhancing the global success of the GT4 category, which is rapidly becoming the perfect entry-level category for GT racing.”
“We are proud to cooperate with SRO to bring this fast expanding GT category to Asia for the first time to run alongside our already popular GT3 Asia Series.” Claims Sonenscher, Motorsport Asia CEO. “With rapidly increasing interest globally from drivers, manufacturers and spectators alike, I believe that there is a very strong future for GT racing here in Asia.”
The GT4 Asia Cup will run to the same rules as the other SRO backed series with six race weekends each consisting of two 40 minute races including a mandatory pitstop, though teams may opt whether to run cars with one or two drivers.
The season will begin at the Malaysian Sepang International Circuit on May 15-16 in a campaign that will also visit the brand new venue at Jeongnam, Korea which will host its first F1 Grand Prix this season.