Australian GT has confirmed plans to allow GT4 entries into the top tier of Australian GT competition from 2018, after a meeting between SRO boss Stephane Ratel and Australian GT Manager Ken Collier last week.
“We will offer guaranteed GT4 grid spots in the Australian GT championships for 2018 and beyond,” Collier confirmed.
“Our plans for 2018 will be announced soon, and will include GT4 in our Level 1 racing, which is different to this year where we have included GT4 cars in the CAMS Australian GT Trophy Series.”
“It is obvious that GT4 has a great attraction to a wide range of teams and competitors,” he continued. “My experience is that there is as much manufacturer support for GT4 as GT3 globally, and they are driving the development of their GT4 cars strongly.
“Combine this with the SRO Balance of Performance and proportional value for money, GT4 will grow in Australia.
“Stephane Ratel has worked with manufacturers, starting with Porsche, to build the concept of GT4 racing,” Collier explained.
“GT4 is not simply a smaller cousin of GT3, the cars are often based on different models of cars to GT3. GT4 cars are closer to the road versions from manufacturers, with less aerodynamics and other high-performance components.
“The cars cost less to purchase, maintain and compete with in comparison to GT3, but still possess impressive levels of performance.”
Planning is already underway for the 2018 season, further details of which will be confirmed in due course.