The inaugural FIA GT Nations Cup will be held at Bahrain International Circuit later this year, the World Motorsport Council confirmed on Thursday.
The event, which will be promoted by the SRO Motorsports Group, was announced at the previous meeting of the World Council in March but was initially earmarked for the Sochi Autodrom in August.
It will be aimed at rookie and gentlemen drivers and will have a “dimension of competition between nations”.
A GT3 Cup of Nations was originally proposed by SRO Founder and CEO Stephane Ratel in November using a similar format to the Race of Champions with each car representing one country.
The event will go ahead as the Nations Cup on Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 in Bahrain and will be dedicated to customer teams and amateur drivers, while national ASNs will be involved in the selection process.
The exact format is currently unclear although Ratel’s initial proposal, which was for an event at Sochi, was for three sprint races to be held.
The GT Nations Cup will run in addition to the FIA GT World Cup at Macau two weeks earlier, which was also confirmed by the World Council.