SRO and ARG confirm key details for new-look GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS
· Motorsport Australia GT Championship and Motorsport Australia Endurance Championship to form part of GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS for 2021 and beyond
· Competing brands able to score points in fourth continental series
· GT World Challenge Powered by AWS now active in America, Asia, Europe, and Australia
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.
This follows the announcement that SRO Motorsports Group will work alongside Australian Racing Group (ARG) to jointly manage the Motorsport Australia GT Championship and Motorsport Australia Endurance Championship, which will form part of the GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS.
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.
GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS will adopt SRO's technical and sporting regulations, while also making use of the industry-leading Balance of Performance (BOP) system that has proven highly successful in a wide variety of markets. What’s more, brands competing in Australia will be able to score points towards the global GT World Challenge Powered by AWS manufacturers’ championship.
ARG’s General Manager of Operations, Ken Collier, has been instated as the category manager for both the Motorsport Australia GT Championship and the Motorsport Australia Endurance Championship. He will need little introduction to the existing Australian GT competitor base, having 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.
GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS will join ARG’s suite of impressive racing categories and events, all of which will feature as part of the Seven Network’s live and free television coverage. The calendar for the newly branded category will be revealed soon, with five sprint events expected to make up the 2021 schedule, while a one-off race lasting three or four hours will award the 2021 Motorsport Australia Endurance Championship.
The popular GT Trophy Series for older specification GT3 cars and GT4 Series for SRO specification GT4 cars will continue as a part of GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS rounds, while the MA Manufacturers title and the Tourist Trophy for GT competitors will also be reintroduced.