Australia is the latest country to join next year’s global GT World Challenge Powered by AWS platform.
The news comes off the back of SRO Motorsports Group and Australian Racing Group (ARG) now running the Motorsport Australia GT Championship and Motorsport Australia Endurance Championship, enabling Australia to form part of the international manufacturers championship.
This initiative will align the GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS with SRO’s already established categories in Europe, America and Asia, providing a greater audience worldwide and allowing a direct pathway for international teams to compete in Australia and vice versa.
With Seven Network to cover the series live and free, category manager Ken Collier was excited for what the partnership could provide for Australian GT racing.
“The announcement of Motorsport Australia to grant SRO and ARG the joint management of GT racing in Australia is an incredible opportunity for the category to grow substantially,” Collier said.
“The level of engagement with the stakeholders in all of the ARG race categories is at the highest level I have experienced.
“Everyone who knows me will understand how passionate I am about GT racing and my excitement for the partnership with SRO is difficult to contain.”
Collier also expressed his commitment to the series, in line with the free-to-air coverage which will be introduced in 2021.
“Our determination to have the best events, supported by the absolute best media coverage including the Seven Network broadcasts will not let our customers down,” Collier added.
SRO Motorsports Group CEO, Stephane Ratel was pleased the organisation could help put Australian GT racing on the world map.
“It is a great pleasure to present GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS and add a fourth continent to our global platform,” Ratel explained.
“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.
“This is an exciting time for SRO as we take a more active role in Australian GT racing, building upon our existing involvement with the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, and expand our global footprint.
“My thanks once again to ARG and Motorsport Australia for their close collaboration.”
The calendar for the newly branded category will be released at a later date.