SRO To Postpone GT2 European Championship

The SRO Motorsports Groups has proposed to the FIA to “postpone” the introduction of the new GT2 European Championship.

In past seasons the SRO GT2 championship has been part of the GT Championship, along with GT1. However, with GT1 elevated to a stand alone World Championship for 2010 it was planned for the GT2 cars to compete in their own ‘European Championship’, much like the GT3 and GT4 series, also promoted by Stephane Ratel and the SRO.

“The thundering development of the GT3 category, with 13 models from 12 brands homologated to date and the likely arrival of three additional ones in 2012, offering cars more affordable with performances equal to those of the GT2 category, has forced SRO to redefine its plans for the GT2 category,” reads the official press release from SRO.

The release states that the proposition to the FIA will be heard by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) on March 11.

SRO will propose to postpone the series, according to the news release, “to be relaunched once the future orientation of the GT2 class has been agreed with a minimum of four manufacturers, possibly around the introduction of Hybrid technologies in GT racing.”

Furthermore to the future of the series it adds ““SRO has a long and successful history of revitalising championships and we are working hard with everyone involved to relaunch GT2 as a full championship as soon as possible.”

The postponement would present problems for the 2010 running of the Spa 24 Hours, which was scheduled to be the blue riband event of the GT2 European Championship. However the SRO have proposed to the race’s promoters – the Royal Automobile Club of Belgium – to introduce an FIA GT2 European Cup to be awarded to the top GT2 finisher at the race, with the SRO promising “an epic competition” between the GT2 and GT3 cars.