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FIA GT World Cup Set to Return at Macau in November

Plans for FIA GT World Cup to return to Macau in 2021 depending on travel restrictions…

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The FIA GT World Cup is set to return to the streets of Macau later this year provided that current travel restrictions are sufficiently eased in time for the November event.

After being canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the GT3-based FIA GT World Cup is due to take place at the renowned Guia Circuit on Nov. 17-21.

Plans for its return were confirmed during Thursday’s FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting,

The status of the sprint race competition, which typically attracts a strong field of brand factory drivers, will depend on the development of travel measures put in place to control the coronavirus pandemic.

Macau is currently denying entry to residents of all countries except Macau, Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China.  Quarantine rules are in place for some arrivals.

“The date, venue and sporting regulations for the 2021 FIA GT World Cup have been approved, with the event set to return to Macau’s Guia Circuit from November 17-21,” read an FIA statement following the WMSC decision.

“The event will only take place should the requirement to undergo mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Macau be removed beforehand.

“A deadline for this has been agreed between the FIA and the local National Sporting Authority, the Automobile General Association Macao-China (AAMC).”

Despite lsat year’s FIA GT World Cup being called off, GT racing still took place over the 2020 Macau Grand Prix weekend with a field of local drivers and teams.

Ye Hongli took the win behind the wheel of a TORO Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo. The last winner of the FIA GT World Cup was Raffaele Marciello in a Mercedes-AMG run by the GruppeM squad.

Other winners since the start of the event’s FIA GT World Cup designation in 2015 include Maro Engel, Laurens Vanthoor, Edoardo Mortara and Augusto Farfus.

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

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