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FIA GT World Cup Cancelled For Third Consecutive Year

FIA GT World Cup canceled for third year in a row due to quarantine, logistics reasons…

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The FIA has announced that the FIA GT World Cup held in Macau will not take place for the third year in a row.

Confirmed after Wednesday’s FIA World Motor Sport Council Meeting in Paris, the single-driver GT3 sprint event that was due to take place in late November is no longer going ahead after also being canceled in 2020 and 2021.

The WMSC bulletin stated: “Due to the ongoing COVID-19 quarantine restrictions and associated logistical challenges in Asia, the FIA GT World Cup, traditionally held at Macau’s Guia Circuit, will not take place this year.”

Additionally, the FIA Formula 3 World Cup and the FIA WTCR season finale that were due to form part of the Macau event bill have also been called off.

The Government of Macau Special Administrative Region has quarantine periods in place for all arrivals, while visitors from territories outside Macau, Hong Kong and mainland China can only gain entry for specific purposes that are “serving Macau’s public interest”.

The last FIA GT World Cup took place in 2019 when Raffaele Marciello won driving for Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing.

In 2020 and 2021 the GT races at Macau were held with grids consisting of local competitors, with Ye Hong Li and Darryl O’Young taking victory in those editions.

While the FIA GT World Cup is canceled for another year, the FIA Motorsport Games is on course to return for its second edition in October with Marseille as the host city.

That event will include a similar single-driver GT3 race for the first time, as well as two Pro-Am races and an endurance contest involving both GTs and LMP3s.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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