SRO reveals Blancpain Asia Series calendar
SRO Motorsports Group has revealed the calendar for the inaugural Blancpain GT Series Asia next year.
The new series, announced by Blancpain GT boss boss Stephane Ratel in July, will feature six rounds, which will comprise two 60 minute sprint races including a mandatory pitstop at each event.
Organisers have confirmed the series, which will act as direct opposition to GT Asia, will be eligible for GT3 and GT4 machinery.
GT3 will feature separate categories for Pro/Am and all amateur driver pairings, while GT4 remains solely dedicated to amateur drivers.
The season will begin at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit from April 8-9 before moving to Thailand’s Chang International Circuit.
Two events in Japan follow beginning with a visit to Suzuka and Fuji International Speedway.
The championship will end with two rounds in China starting at the Shanghai International Circuit before the Zhejiang finale from October 21-22.
SRO will also offer a substantial $300,000 ($389,000 AUD) prize fund of which $50,000 ($64,000) all be awarded at each round to competitors contesting the full season.
Pirelli has been announced as the control tyre for the category.
Blancpain GT Series Asia 2017 Calendar
Rd1: Sepang International Circuit Malaysia, April 8-9
Rd2: Chang International Circuit Thailand, May 20-21
Rd3: Suzuka International Circuit Japan, June 24-25
Rd4: Fuji International Circuit Japan, August 19-20
Rd5: Shanghai International Circuit China, September 23-24
Rd6: Zhejiang Circuit China, October 21-22