Stephane Ratel has provided further detail on SRO Motorsports Group’s 2020 plans ahead of this weekend’s season-ending Blancpain GT Series event at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
GT2 set for full debut in standalone GT Sports Club Europe
The GT2 rollout programme continues to make progress, but with some further changes now decided upon.
The concept made its track debut in support of this year’s Total 24 Hours of Spa, when a number of Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport tackled a pair of one-make races.
A further step forward will be taken at Barcelona when the Audi R8 LMS GT2 contests the weekend’s Blancpain GT Sports Club season finale in the hands of James Sofronas.
As announced at the Spa 24 Hours, GT Sports Club will provide the racing platform for the GT2 concept.
Following competitor feedback, it has been decided that the GT2 and GT3 categories will compete separately in 2020, with GT3 Sports Club Europe contesting a five-round championship beginning at Monza (18-19 April) and concluding at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (10-11 October).
GT2 Sports Club Europe will also play out over five events, with the season starting at an official test day in Spa (15 July) and closing at Imola (31 October-1 November).
The later launch will allow the pool of GT2 owners to expand, ensuring a healthy field for the inaugural event.
Further details revealed for 2020 GT World Challenge
2020 will represent the second season for the global GT World Challenge format, with a total of 23 non-clashing events set to play out across Europe, North America and Asia. These will include both sprint endurance racing on each continent, while a manufacturers’ title will once again awarded to the top-performer across these three series.
In an adjustment to the scoring system, points will be awarded to the best-finishing car per brand in each class. The allocation will differ depending on the event format, ranging from 25 for sprint races to 100 at the Total Spa 24 Hours. The number of points will be multiplied by the amount of cars competing in each class to give the final total.
The GT World Challenge Europe calendar remains unchanged from the version revealed at the Total 24 Hours of Spa and is split evenly between the Endurance Cup and Sprint Cup. The later series will undergo a minor format revision to create a more balanced race meeting, with qualifying one and race one staged on Saturday and the same programme repeated on Sunday. This will apply to four of the five rounds, the exception being the two-day Brands Hatch event.
GT4 European Final to bring together international racers at Imola
The calendars for the GT4 European Series, Championnat de France FFSA GT/GT4 France and British GT have also been confirmed. What’s more, a GT4 European Final will be staged on 31 October-1 November, bringing together a selection of GT4 cars from the series either directly promoted by SRO or organised through franchise agreements around the world.
The event will take place at Imola, alongside GT2 Sports Club Europe.