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Stephane Ratel Outlines 2019 Season Plans For SRO Motorsports Group
October 4, 2018
The sprint-format championships currently known as the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup, Blancpain GT Series Asia and Pirelli World Challenge GT will be known the Blancpain GT World Challenge in 2019 and onwards.
Stephane Ratel Outlines 2019 Season Plans For SRO Motorsports Group

In 2019 and onwards, the sprint-format championships currently known as the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup, Blancpain GT Series Asia and Pirelli World Challenge GT will be known as a new global initiative: the Blancpain GT World Challenge.

Each series will retain its present status as an individual championship and will be known as Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe, Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia and Blancpain GT World Challenge America.

Drawing inspiration from the concept successfully pioneered in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, where manufacturers compete through local teams, each of the 12 current GT3 manufacturers will be able to establish a lineup of 12 drivers who will score points for their brand in the overall Blancpain GT World Challenge.

The drivers will be split across the three continental sprint series, with four competing in the World Challenge Europe, four in the World Challenge America and four in the World Challenge Asia.

America: An Enhanced Presence At Premier Circuits

The acquisition of a controlling stake in WC Vision LLC, the producers of the Pirelli World Challenge, will establish SRO Motorsports Group as a full-time presence on the American continent in 2019. The Blancpain GT World Challenge America will consist of seven events at high-end venues, beginning at COTA (March 2-3) and concluding with a grand finale on October 19-20.

A new-for-2019 format will see two races of 90 minutes at each event, with the successful two/three-day European program adopted. This will be further strengthened by the presence of SRO’s experienced sporting staff at all Blancpain GT World Challenge America events.

On the GT4 side, the format will be restructured around two series. GT4 America Sprint (previously GTS) will contest eight nationwide rounds. The series will feature one driver per-car, with competitors up to and including Gold classification eligible.

GT4 America Sprint X will compete at eight events nationwide. This will see two drivers per-car on a Pro-Am basis, with regional GT4 America East and West titles awarded from five of the eight races. TC America will contest a seven-round calendar featuring the TCR, TC and TCA classes, allowing this growing category to fully develop its own identity.

For more information on the SRO Motorsports Group 2019 season plans, including plans for both Europe and Asia, visit here.