The Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli will visit the Middle East for the first time later this year following confirmation that the Suzuka 10 Hours cannot take place as originally scheduled on August 20-22.
Domestic and international travel restrictions have forced local organisers, Mobilityland Corporation, to cancel the 49th Summer Endurance Race for a second time in as many years.
IGTC’s revised 2021 schedule begins at the Total 24 Hours of Spa in late July before moving on to the Indianapolis 8 Hour in October and Kyalami 9 Hour in December. A date and location for the Championship’s championship’s Middle Eastern debut will be decided once discussions with promoters have concluded. A decision is promised before the Spa season opener.
Stephane Ratel, SRO Motorsports Group Founder and CEO: “It is with sadness and disappointment that I confirm the Suzuka 10 Hours will not take place this year. The race is a true highlight of the international endurance calendar and one we look forward to returning to in 2022.
“But out of this disappointment also comes an opportunity, and there are several in the Middle East that we are currently considering. I am really looking forward to seeing Intercontinental GT Challenge racing in a new region later this year.”
The decision comes after an early call to cancel the traditional IGTC season opener, the 2021 Bathurst 12 Hours, in light of travel restrictions to and from Australia