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SRO Announces GT4 Support Event at DTM Finale

SRO announces GT4 event as part of DTM finale support package…

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The SRO Motorsports Group will organize a pair of GT4 sprint races as part of the support package for the DTM finale in October, it announced on Thursday.

Two 40-minute races will be held over the DTM finale weekend at Hockenheim on Oct. 12-14, and entries will be open to all GT4 teams.

The event, named GT4 Sprint Cup Europe, will not be held as part of another championship, but as a one-off event.

The GT4 European Series season finishes four weeks earlier at the Nürburgring, while the GT4 Central European Cup will have its finale at Zandvoort the weekend before the Hockenheim event.

All three DTM manufacturers – BMW, Mercedes-AMG and Audi – have GT4 cars in addition to several other manufacturers, all of which will be eligible.

“We at the SRO Motorsports Group are very happy to be able to organize the GT4 Sprint Cup Europe during the DTM Finale at Hockenheim at the end of the season,” SRO Founder and CEO Stephane Ratel said.

“In front of thousands of race fans visiting the popular event our races will certainly show the immense potential of the GT4 category.”

Achim Kostron, managing director of DTM organizer ITR, added: “DTM attaches major importance to an attractive support program.

“GT4 represents top-class close-to-production motor racing and in addition, there are the ambitious up-and-coming FIA F3 European Championship young guns.

“And don’t forget the ‘Tourenwagen Classics’ that represent an additional highlight as you once again could witness at the Lausitzring.

“I already look forward to a thrilling, action-packed season finale at Hockenheim.”

Ratel told Sportscar365 recently that he is looking at introducing a German GT4 series in the future, and is in talks with both DTM and ADAC for a potential partnership.

This event could therefore be the start of an increased relationship between the SRO and DTM, with a possible future German GT4 series to follow. 

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

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