A fourth continent will be added to the global GT World Challenge powered by AWS platform in 2021 when Australia joins the international manufacturers’ championship.
It follows the announcement earlier on Thursday that SRO Motorsports Group will work alongside Australian Racing Group to jointly manage the Motorsport Australia GT Championship and Motorsport Australia Endurance Championship, which will form part of GTWC Australia.
This aligns the series with SRO’s established continental categories in Europe, America and Asia, ensuring an expanded global audience and providing a clear pathway for international teams to compete in Australia and vice versa.
The series will adopt SRO’s technical and sporting regulations, while also making use of its balance of performance system.
Brands competing in Australia will be able to score points towards the global GTWC manufacturers’ championship.
ARG’s General Manager of Operations, Ken Collier, has been appointed series manager for both the GT and Endurance championships.
Collier previously served the same role for the championship from 2012-2019 under its previous ownership. He also has a long-standing connection to SRO and was the Australian representative on the FIA GT Commission.
“The alignment of our local category with the global experience of SRO will definitely see some changes to the way GT racing has been conducted in the past, however I cannot see any down side for the Australian GT teams,” said Collier.
SRO founder and CEO Stephane Ratel added: “After being given the opportunity by Motorsport Australia to jointly manage the championship alongside ARG, it was a natural decision to align it with our series in Europe, Asia and America.
“By doing so I believe that we can take GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS to a global audience and offer a pathway for teams and drivers to compete internationally.