SRO reveals details of new GT World Challenge

Daniel Herrero

Sunday 30th September, 2018 - 10:58am

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The Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup will be renamed and form part of the Blancpain GT World Challenge

The Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup, Blancpain GT Series Asia, and Pirelli World Challenge will be linked by a new manufacturer title known as the Blancpain GT World Challenge.

Under the new competition, drivers will earn points for manufacturers across the three series, culminating in an overall manufacturer winner at the end of the year.

The title does not affect championships within each of the three series, which will be renamed the Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe, Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia, and Blancpain GT World Challenge America.

However, manufacturers will now be able to nominate a driver from each series, from each level of driver ranking (Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze), to score points for the Blancpain GT World Challenge (12 drivers in total per manufacturer).

SRO has likened the Blancpain GT World Challenge to the Intercontinental GT Challenge, in which manufacturers compete through teams across a series of endurance races, starting each year with the Bathurst 12 Hour.

Stephane Ratel

“The IGTC is about manufacturer entries, but the World Challenge is a trophy for the manufacturers that’s about customer racing around the world,” said SRO boss Stephane Ratel.

“I have spoken to our manufacturers and they like the idea.

“We are not dreaming about having 10 manufacturers initially, but if we have three manufacturers signing up for the World Challenge next year we will be happy.”

SRO has also finalised the calendar for next year’s now renamed Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia, setting the finale in Shanghai down for September 21-22.

See below for IGTC, GT World Challenge calendars

UPDATE: Date changes for Kyalami 9 Hours, Asia series Shanghai round (updated below)

Intercontinental GT Challenge 2019 Calendar

Date Race
Feb 2-3 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour
Mar 30-31 California 8 Hours
Jul 27-28 Total 24 Hours of Spa
Aug 24-25 Suzuka 10 Hours
Nov 22-23 Kyalami 9 Hours

Blancpain GT Series/Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe 2019 Calendar

Date Event  
Mar 13-14 Paul Ricard Tests
Apr 13-14 Monza Endurance Cup
May 4-5 Brands Hatch GT World Challenge
May 11-12 Silverstone Endurance Cup
May 24-26 Red Bull Ring GT World Challenge
May 31-Jun 1 Circuit Paul Ricard Endurance Cup
Jun 28-30 Misano GT World Challenge
Jul 3 Spa Test Day
Jul 25-28 Total 24 Hours of Spa Endurance Cup
Aug 31-Sep 1 Nürburgring Endurance Cup
Sep 6-8 Budapest GT World Challenge
Sep 27-29 Barcelona GT World Challenge

Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia

Date Event
Apr 6-7 Sepang
May 11-12 Buriram
Jun 22-23 Suzuka
Jul 6-7 Fuji
Aug 3-4 Yeongam
Sep 27-28 Shanghai

Blancpain GT World Challenge America

Date Event
Mar 2-3 COTA
Apr 27-28 VIR
May 18-19 CTMP
Jun 8-9 Sonoma
Aug 31-Sep 1 Watkins Glen
Sep 21-22 Road America
Oct 19-20 Grand Finale (Track TBA)

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