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SRO Calendars For 2018 Announced

British GT4 Cup will have some standalone, some combined races with GT3

Stephane Ratel has unveiled SRO’s plans for 2018 at the traditional pre-Spa 24 hours press conference. He began by paying tribute to Jean-Francois Chaumont, former manager of the Spa 24 Hours, who originated the idea of turning the race from a touring-car event to one for GTs and passed away this week.

The calendars are as follows:

Blancpain GT Series 2018
Test days – Paul Ricard – 13-14 March
Round 1 (Sprint) – Zolder – 7-8 April
Round 1 (Endurance) – Monza – 21-22 April
Round 2 (Sprint) – Brands Hatch – 5-6 May
Round 2 (Endurance) – Silverstone – 12-13 May
Round 3 (Endurance) – Paul Ricard – 2-3 June
Round 3 (Sprint) – Misano – 23-24 June
Spa 24 Hours Test Day – 3 July
Round 4 (Endurance) – Spa 24 Hours – 26-29 July
Round 4 (Sprint) – Hungary – date and venue TBC
Round 5 (Sprint) – Nurburgring – 15-16 September
Round 5 (Endurance) – Barcelona – 29-30 September

The Paul Ricard round has moved to accommodate the new-for-2018 French Grand Prix at the track, although its new date now clashes with Le Mans test day.

Blancpain GT Series Asia 2018
Round 1 – Sepang (Malaysia) – 14-15 April
Round 2 – Chang (Thailand) – 19-20 May
Round 3 – Japan – June/July, date and venue TBC
Round 4 – Suzuka (Japan) – 30 June-1 July
Round 5 – China – September, date and venue TBC
Round 6 – China – October, date and venue TBC

There will be no clashes with European Blancpain GT events in 2018.

Intercontinental GT Challenge 2018
Round 1 – Bathurst 12h – 2-4 February
Round 2 – Spa 24h – 26-29 July
Round 3 – Suzuka 10h – 25-26 August
Round 4 – California 8h (Laguna Seca) – 21 October

Suzuka 10h takes the place of Sepang 12h – the latter will now form part of an autumn/winter ‘Asia-Pacific 36’ endurance cup incorporating Sepang, Bathurst and a 12-hour race at Hampton Downs in New Zealand.

Blancpain GT Sports Club 2018
Round 1 – Monza – 21-22 April
Round 2 – Paul Ricard – 2-3 June
Round 3 – Spa – 27-28 July
Round 4 – Hungary – date and venue TBC
Round 5 – Barcelona – 29-30 September

British GT Championship 2018
Round 1 – Oulton Park – 31 March-2 April
Round 2 – Rockingham – 28-29 April
Round 3 – Snetterton – 26-27 May
Round 4 – Silverstone – 9-10 June
Round 5 – Spa – 21-22 July
Round 6 – Brands Hatch – 4-5 August
Round 7 – Donington Park – 22-23 September

The Spa round will no longer take place on the Saturday of the Fun Cup 25 Hours event, instead shifting to the weekend before the Blancpain GT Spa 24 Hours to create an ‘SRO Speed Week’, which will also feature Curbstone track events.

SRO says it remains committed to GT3 in the UK, with a target of 16-18 cars for 2018. A semi-independent class for Cup cars is being considered to boost grid numbers.

There will also be a semi-independent British GT4 Cup in 2018, combining with the main British GT grid at certain rounds, having separate races at the same meeting at others and having one completely separate meeting at Thruxton – see below for more.

GT4 in 2018
SRO will organise the aforementioned ‘semi-independent’ British GT4 Cup in 2018, as well as a French GT4 Cup, Central GT4 Cup and potentially a Southern GT4 Cup (covering Spain and Portugal) and a German GT4 Cup (breaking away from the Central Cup and possibly taking place on ADAC GT Masters race weekends).

Franchise agreements have been signed allowing full GT4 classes in Australian GT and Creventic events, alongside existing similar agreements with China GT, IMSA, Pirelli WC and VLN.

Finally, a GT4 European Final event at Portimao in November 2018 is under consideration.

GT4 European Series 2018 calendar:
– Monza 21-22 April
– Silverstone 12-13 May
– Paul Ricard 2-3 June
– Spa 21-22 July
– Hungary TBC
– Nurburgring 15-16 September

GT4 French Cup 2018 calendar:
– Nogaro 30 March-1 April
– Pau 19-20 May
– Dijon TBC July
– Magny-Cours 8-9 September
– Barcelona 29-30 September
– Paul Ricard 13-14 October

GT4 British Cup 2018 calendar:
– Rockingham 28-29 April (separate race from GT3)
– Snetterton 26-27 May (separate race from GT3)
– Silverstone 9-10 June (combined grid with GT3)
– Thruxton 30 June-1 July (standalone GT4-only event)
– Spa 21-22 July (combined grid with GT3)
– Brands Hatch 4-5 August (separate race from GT3)
– Donington Park 22-23 September (separate race from GT3)