GT sprints to new look calendar in 2021

The Motorsport Australia GT Championship has confirmed its 2021 calendar with five sprint rounds to make up the category’s season next year, as well as a one round encounter for the Motorsport Australia Endurance Championship.

To be run as part of the GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS, the GT Championship will compete at a combination of Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships, Repco Supercars Championship and Australian Racing Group rounds across three states.

The season gets underway in February with the inaugural Australian All Wheels Race Festival at Phillip Island, which will see a variety of circuit racing cars and the Australian Superbike Championship share the famous track.

The Motorsport Australia GT Championship will then form part of the popular Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour in April before heading to South Australia’s The Bend Motorsport Park in May as part of the Repco Supercars Championship.

While details for a fourth round are yet to be confirmed, the final round of the five-round challenge will see a return to the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships at Sandown Motor Raceway in September.

Wrapping up the calendar will be the special enduro race at Bathurst where two drivers will form part of an entry – with the competitors battling it out for the Motorsport Australia Endurance Championship.

With the Championships to be run under the management of Australian Racing Group (ARG) and SRO Motorsports Group for the first time, ARG CEO Matt Braid was excited for what the year would bring.

“It is fantastic to secure a calendar that offers a diverse, quality range of events, but most importantly, circuits that offer the best experience for the drivers and teams,” Braid said.

“The GT cars deserve and thrive on big, fast tracks and that is exactly what we strived to achieve in the 2021 calendar.

“The Phillip Island event is going to be a real winner for fans, with TCR Australia, S5000, Superbikes and now the GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS on the card.

“The two races at Bathurst, one sprint and one endurance race, speak for themselves, while Sandown will be a great setting to crown the first GTWCA champion.

“Since the announcement that ARG and SRO Motorsports Group have come together, interest from the competitor group has been outstanding. They are all a pleasure to work with and I’m very confident of a strong turnout of cars and teams for Round 1 at Phillip Island in February.”

The new look Championships will also welcome international standard GT rules and regulations brought to the domestic GT series for some of the world’s most iconic and desirable race cars.

2021 GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS calendar

Motorsport Australia GT Championship Calendar

1. 20-21 Feb, Phillip Island (Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships)
2. 3-4 Apr, B6HR (Australian Racing Group)
3. 8-9 May, Tailem Bend (Supercars)
4. TBC
5. 11-12 Sept, Sandown (Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships)

Motorsport Australia Endurance Championship Calendar

Bathurst International (Australian Racing Group) Date TBC