Center Japanese IGTC occasion to interchange cancelled Suzuka 10 Hours


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The Asian spherical of the IGTC, which hyperlinks the most important GT3 enduros world wide, was schedule for 22 August and is a casualty of “home and worldwide journey restrictions”, in line with an announcement.

Collection organiser the Stephane Ratel Organisation stated that it’s planning to interchange the cancelled occasion with a brand new spherical within the Center East.

It said that it “has been actively engaged on a substitute spherical since Mobilityland [the event promoter] first highlighted their issues”.

Final yr’s Suzuka occasion, additionally set for August, was not changed, decreasing the calendar to 4 occasions.

SRO boss Stephane Ratel stated: “It’s with disappointment and disappointment that I verify the Suzuka 10 Hours won’t happen this yr.

“The race is a real spotlight of the worldwide endurance calendar and one we look ahead to returning to in 2022.

“However out of this disappointment additionally comes a possibility, and there are a number of within the Center East that we’re presently contemplating.”

Intercontinental GT Challenge Suzuka 10 Hours 2019

Intercontinental GT Problem Suzuka 10 Hours 2019

Picture by: IGTC

It will be the primary time that the Asian IGTC fixture, which was initially held at Sepang in Malaysia, has been held within the Center East, with Ratel including that he’s “wanting ahead to seeing the IGTC racing in a brand new area”.

This yr’s IGTC is scheduled to start with the Spa 24 Hours, additionally a spherical of the GT World Problem Europe, in its common late-July calendar slot.

It turned the primary spherical after the cancellation of the Bathurst 12 Hours, the normal sequence opener in February, final autumn.

It’s unclear how the brand new occasion will slot in with the remaining occasions on the calendar, the Indianapolis 8 Hours in October and the Kyalami 9 Hours in December.

The IGTC was launched in 2016 with three occasions, Bathurst, Spa and Sepang.

It expanded to 4 rounds with the addition of a North American spherical, initially held at Laguna Seca, in 2018.

Suzuka’s conventional summer season enduro, beforehand a 1000km Tremendous GT spherical and earlier than {that a} world sportscar sequence occasion, joined the schedule the identical season.

The IGTC then grew to 5 occasions with the return of worldwide sportscar racing to Kyalami in South Africa in 2019.


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