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FIA GT Nations Cup to Be Held in Bahrain

FIA announces Am-oriented GT Nations Cup to go ahead in Bahrain later this year…

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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.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. N8

    June 7, 2018 at 8:31 am

    I mean, how many one-off “special” events does this guy need to hold? Willing to bet this brainchild is undersubscribed and never happens.

    • FlyingLobster27

      June 7, 2018 at 8:57 am

      It might not be under-subscribed, but it might be very under-attended. An Am race in the Middle East with grandstands behind acres of tarmac run-off: who’s up to visit that?

  2. Noel

    June 7, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    A nations cup sounds pretty cool, but why in the world would this be a an AM event? Who cares which country has the fastest amateurs? Kinda pointless to call this a nations cup if you don’t pit pros against each other.

  3. NaBUru38

    June 7, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    I wonder how many non-European countries will attend. My bet is not more than 3.

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