SRO looks ahead after GT1 World championship finale in Donington
A thrilling, and occasionally dramatic race weekend marked the end of the SRO promotion of the FIA GT1 World Championship, which started in Abu Dhabi in early 2010. We offer our congratulations to All-Inkl.com Münnich Motorsport, and to Marc Basseng and Markus Winkelhock, for their titles, to be officially confirmed by the FIA later this year.
By closing the GT1 World Championship chapter, however, SRO is not closing the book it started writing twenty years ago, but intends to fill many more pages with GT racing excitement.
This week’s launch of the superb Bentley Continental GT3, at the Paris Motorshow, is the best possible illustration of the expanding success of a category SRO initiated in 2005 and successfully developed together with the FIA over the years. It is SRO’s intention to focus on its further growth by confirming the launch of a GT World Series that will bring together the outstanding success of the Blancpain Endurance Series and the promising heritage of the GT1 World Championship and its action-packed sprint format.
The Blancpain Endurance Series, that will end its extremely successful 2012 season in Navarra on October 14th, with another grid of over 50 cars, is most likely to remain at top level with a number of additional teams having expressed interest for 2013. Teams competing in both the Sprint and Endurance series will score points towards the global title, with a trophy to be awarded to the Manufacturers taking into account the four best-placed cars of each series.
The final calendar will be presented for approval by the RACB to the FIA World Motor Sport Council in December, with events as follows:
|16th February||Abu Dhabi||United Arab Emirates||Sprint|
|14th April||Monza||Italy||Blancpain Endurance|
|2nd June||Silverstone||Great Britain||Blancpain Endurance|
|30th June||Paul Ricard||France||Blancpain Endurance|
|27th July||Spa||Belgium||24 Hours of Spa, Blancpain Enduance|
|22nd Sept.||Nürburgring||Germany||1000 km, Blancpain Endurance|
A 7th sprint event will be added.