An unchanged lineup of seven manufacturers will compete for global Fanatec GT World Challenge Powered by AWS title this year.
The current campaign represents the fourth year of competition for the concept and sees Ferrari and Mercedes-AMG remain as ever-present participants. Audi and Lamborghini will each embark upon a third assault after debuting in 2020, while BMW, McLaren and Porsche have committed to a second season.
The global championship takes into account results from all four GTWC series worldwide, namely America, Asia, Australia and Europe.
The best-finishing GT3 car per brand in each continental series earns points ranging from 25 at sprint races up to 100 at the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa. Scores are multiplied by the number of cars competing in each class to produce the final amount.
This year’s schedule consists of ten rounds in Europe, seven in America, six for the returning Asian series and a further six in Australia.
Participating manufacturers are not required to have representation on all four continents, although doing so will improve its chances of earning the title.
“The ongoing support of such accomplished brands, each with its own racing heritage, speaks to the unique appeal of this global competition,” said SRO Motorsports Group founder and CEO Stephane Ratel.
“It also demonstrates the enduring strength of customer GT3 racing, a platform that remains extremely important to SRO. From a sporting perspective there is a great deal to look forward to on each continent and I am sure that we will see a fantastic battle for the global Fanatec GT World Challenge Powered by AWS title.”
While Mercedes-AMG heads in as three-time and defending champions, Audi Sport currently leads the standings after winning performances at Phillip Island and Imola, which opened the Australian and European seasons respectively.
This weekend’s Sonoma event kicks off a busy period, with Brands Hatch staging the second leg of the European season on April 30-May 1 followed by a trip to Magny-Cours on May 13-15 while GTWC Australia races at Mount Panorama over the same weekend.
The Asian series makes its long-awaited return with an event at Sepang on May 20-22, the same date on which GTWC America makes its debut at Ozarks International Raceway.