SRO’s global GT championship – the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli – celebrates its fourth season in 2019 by reviving a historic race in a fifth region.
The series’ purpose couldn’t be simpler: reward the manufacturer and drivers who achieve the best collective results in the world’s greatest endurance events.
The proliferation of GT3, built on a decade of manufacturer involvement and SRO’s Balance of Performance stability, has resulted in it becoming the de facto senior class for all of the world’s most prestigious GT races. This, as well as using the same Pirelli tyres, offers manufacturers an incentive to compete in all such events by employing regional customer teams without the expense of freighting cars around the world.
The season begins with the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour in Australia before Laguna Seca welcomes the US leg two months later. The Total 24 Hours of Spa plays host to the world’s biggest GT3 event in July followed by Asia’s round at the iconic, figure-of-eight Suzuka in Japan. Kyalami in South Africa then brings the curtain down on 2019 following the resurrection of its historic nine-hour race that was last staged in 1982.
The championship’s first season in 2016 comprised three rounds but has now expanded to include five of the world’s biggest GT3 events on as many continents. Intercontinental GT Challenge thus represents the highest echelon of long-distance GT racing globally.