SRO Motorsports Group has regained control of the GT4 European Series for 2016, which will see the Stephane Ratel-led organization again organize and promote the growing championship.
Ratel’s organization had relinquished the rights to Dutch-based GT-future in 2014, which had run the championship under its organization for the past two seasons. Max Braams will remain the series manager.
“I am delighted to welcome GT4 racing back in our family as a full member,” said Stephane Ratel. “Over the past years we saw that GT4 racing can be very competitive and is getting more and more popular.
“Therefore I expect that in the years to come new GT4 cars will be developed by both the major manufacturers and private tuners. We have a challenging calendar for 2016 with both sprint and endurance races and a street race in Pau as a bonus.”
The 2015 GT4 schedule will remain largely unchanged, with the Pau Grand Prix retaining its mid-May slot. The season will now open at Monza, on the Blancpain Endurance Series weekend in April, prior to trips to Silverstone, Spa, Nurburgring and Zandvoort.
Additionally, the Silverstone and Spa events, which will support the British GT Championship, will be endurance races for the first time.
“Intensifying our cooperation enables us to race during the leading GT events next year,” Braams added. “This will put the GT4 European Series prominently on a higher level. We look forward to next season.”
2016 GT4 European Series Schedule (Provisional)
April 24 – Monza
May 15 – Pau
June 12 – Silverstone*
July 10 – Spa-Francorchamps**
TBA – Nürburging
Oct. 9 – Zandvoort
*3-hour endurance race
**2-hour endurance race