SRO Motorsports Group is the leading candidate to take over commercial rights of the Australian GT Championship, according to multiple reports.
Speedcafe reports that the Stephane Ratel-owned organization has been deemed the “preferred party” following an expressions of interest process undertaken by Motorsport Australia in its search of a new promoter.
The championship, which includes the Australian Endurance Championship, has been run by Trofeo Motorsport since mid-2018, although the country’s motorsport federation has been seeking a new organizer for next year.
Australian GT, which already has a partnership with SRO with a license for its Balance of Performance, has seen a decline in car counts in recent years since its changeover from longtime series owner Tony Quinn.
A buyout offer from Supercars was denied by Motorsport Australia in 2017, meanwhile.
Should a deal be finalized, it would bring yet another GT3 series under SRO’s umbrella, joining the GT World Challenge powered by AWS series in Europe, America and Asia, along with the Intelligent Money British GT Championship.
It would also strengthen SRO’s foothold in Australia, where it currently works with the Supercars-run Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, which will not be held in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.