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SRO Celebrates 25th Anniversary in Paris

SRO celebrates 25th anniversary at event in Paris with classic GT cars on display…

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The SRO Motorsports Group celebrated its 25th anniversary at an event in Paris on Friday while looking ahead to its plans for the 2018 season.

More than a dozen historic GT cars were on display at the event at the Palais Brongniart, documenting the SRO’s rich history of GT racing since 1992.

The display included cars representing several manufacturers including Porsche, Mercedes, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Audi, BMW, McLaren and others.

The celebrations come 25 years after Stephane Ratel organized his first race, on the Le Mans Bugatti Circuit in June 1992, as the launch of the Gentleman Drivers Trophy for Venturi.

“GT racing is like a pyramid, of which the amateur racer forms the base,” said Ratel. “They are catered for by the Curbstone Track Events, the very first step on the ladder, from which the amateur driver can graduate to the Blancpain GT Sports Club.

“Those who wish to can then make another step up to the various national and regional GT4 championships.

“The continental series, like the Blancpain GT Series in Europe and Asia, and Pirelli World Challenge in the States, provide us with a high level of competition for both Pro and Pro-Am teams.

“Equally, the FIA GT World Cup in Macau is a single weekend confrontation for both manufacturers and professional GT drivers, while the Intercontinental GT Challenge represents the only global GT3 championship.”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist focusing on European series for Sportscar365. Kilshaw was the founder of WorldSportsCar.co.uk and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Stuart

    November 24, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Are you here Jake – it would be great to meet you – you seem to get around a lot – all the ELMS and British GT races and loads more besides!

  2. Binky

    November 24, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    If future LMP1’s are going to adopt road car stylings, they should go farther than what’s seen in IMSA and follow the footsteps of the CLK-LM, F1 GTR, and 911 Evo pictured here.

    • David Chaste

      November 25, 2017 at 4:20 am

      Those are built that way. The IMSA cars are built from Oreca, Riley, Ligier, Dallara. So they can be manufacturer or non manufacturer based, giving options to everybody.

      These cars were all manufacturer cars so it was up to the manufacturer if they wanted to sell you a car or not.

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