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Endurance Races Confirmed for GT4 European Series

Stephane Ratel confirms endurance races for GT4 European Series, German championship…

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The GT4 European Series will see the introduction of two endurance rounds next year, as part of a revamped schedule for the booming championship.

A seven-round schedule was revealed during the SRO Motorsports Group’s press conference at Spa-Francorchamps last week, including a pair of three-hour endurance races.

They will be held at Circuit Paul Ricard and Spa, along with five weekends each with a pair of 60-minute sprint races.

All events will be held as support races to the Blancpain GT Series.

Races at Paul Ricard, Monza and Barcelona are new additions to the schedule compared with this year’s calendar, while the series will no longer visit Zolder and the Hungaroring.

German GT4 Series Launched

Stephane Ratel also confirmed plans to launch a separate GT4 series in Germany, under franchise by the ADAC.

It comes at the expense of the GT4 Central European Cup, which has seen an average of 13 cars and has visited the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Slovakia and the Netherlands.

Ratel told Sportscar365 earlier this year that he was working with the ADAC and DTM in order to create a German series, as part of his aim to “take some cars away” from the GT4 European Series, which has become the category’s de facto flagship championship.

“We’d be happy to have a German series and we’re talking to both ADAC and the DTM,” he said in May. “We’d like to have an Italian series.

“If you have more series, which was always the base of GT4, to come local, then it should take some cars away from the European one.”

No schedule has been revealed for the German championship, which is expected to mirror GT4 France in solely consisting of 60-minute sprint races.

2019 GT4 European Series Schedule:
April 12-14 — Monza
May 4-5 — Brands Hatch
June 1-2 — Circuit Paul Ricard (Endurance)
June 29-30 — Misano
July 20-21 — Spa-Francorchamps (Endurance)
Aug. 31 – Sept. 1 — Nürburgring
Sept. 28-29 — Barcelona

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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