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Date Change for California 8H

California 8 Hours moved back one week in 2018 IGTC calendar…

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The date for next year’s California 8 Hours at Mazda Raceway Laguna has been moved back one week, SRO Motorsports Group has revealed.

The event, originally announced for Oct. 19-21, will now take place on Oct. 26-28.

News of the change came Friday evening during SRO’s 25th anniversary celebration in Paris, with expected confirmation to come from PWC and the circuit next week.

It’s understood the change was made due to both the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas and SCCA Runoffs at Sonoma Raceway taking place on the original weekend, thus providing a challenge to have a sufficient staff of trackside marshals. 

Additionally, SRO’s proposed ‘GT3 Cup of Nations’ race, to be held in Sochi, is provisionally listed for Oct. 20-21.

The 2018 IGTC calendar will see the debut of the Suzuka 10 Hours in August, which replaces the Sepang 12 Hours, which has been canceled for this year.

2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge Schedule (Revised):

Feb. 2-4 – Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour (Australia)
July 26-29 – Total 24 Hours of Spa (Belgium)
Aug. 25-26 – Suzuka 10 Hours (Japan)
Oct. 27-28 – California 8 Hours (United States)

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. Slicks in the wet

    November 25, 2017 at 8:38 am

    The larger concern is enough trackside spectators.

    • Jack

      November 25, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      Yes, the spectator attendance this year was non-existent.

  2. Rus'L

    November 29, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Smart move. Because if you are a local track worker and had the choice of working the Runoffs or this event, you will pick the Runoffs without even thinking about it.

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