Off the back of a record season in 2014, the FIA-sanctioned GT Asia Series has revealed an impressive 11-race program across five countries for 2015, with plans for the series’ first three-hour race set for Malaysia during September.
The series will start on the southern tip of the South Korean peninsula at the Korea International circuit in Yeongam in mid-May before heading to Japan, with a return to Okayama at the end of June, prior to a trip to Fuji Speedway in mid-July.
The fourth event will see Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia play host to the first ever 3-Hour race in the history of the series. The two driver format endurance race – worth double points – will certainly spice things up and be a significant factor in the chase for the 2015 title.
“Generally it is not within our concept to have longer distance races,” said joint series director David Sonenscher.
“We are very happy with our normal two one-hour race format held over each weekend, however, there was a strong desire amongst all the competitors for a single three-hour race to be incorporated into the calendar, so we decided that we would host it here at Sepang.
“There is no plan to expand on this during the normal course of our season and we will see how it goes to decide whether or not to make this a regular event for the future.”
From Sepang, the series will travel to Shanghai during late September, prior to the final points-scoring round of the season at the new 4.554-kilometre Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand.
The final event of the year will be once again held at the Macau Grand Prix and will be an invitational event open to the leading GT Asia Teams and drivers as in past seasons.
However, due to the fact that the series numbers are growing significantly and the format of the Macau GT race only allows for a single driver, it has been decided that this year’s Macau GT race will not be a point scoring round for GT Asia.
“On balance I think that it is a good thing that Macau will no longer count for points towards the series as this will allow our competitors to drive without worrying about the consequences of an accident affecting their title challenge,” Sonenscher said.
“I think will be a huge relief to some of our drivers and teams, who maybe couldn’t push quite as hard as they wanted to in the past. I am really looking forward to it.”
The GT Asia Series is sanctioned by the FIA as an International Series and is clearly recognised as the Region’s leading GT Championship. It is jointly managed and promoted by Motorsport Asia Ltd and the Supercar Club Hong Kong.
2015 GT Asia Series Schedule:
May 15-17 – Korea International Circuit (South Korea)
June 26-28 – Okayama International Circuit (Japan)
July 17-19 – Fuji International Speedway (Japan)
Sept. 4-6 – Sepang International Circuit (Malaysia) – 3-Hour
Sept. 25-27 – Shanghai International Circuit (China)
Oct. 23-25 – Buriram International Circuit (Thailand)
Nov. 20-22 – Guia Circuit, Macau (Non-Championship)