All manufacturers will be eligible to score points in the Intercontinental GT Challenge this year, as part of a relaxing of the regulations for the second season of the globe-trotting championship.
SRO Motorsports Group confirmed Wednesday that manufacturers will no longer be required to submit full-season entires, as had been the case during the inaugural season in 2016.
It comes in the wake of both Bentley and Mercedes-Benz, two of the four 2016 registered GT3 manufacturers, having elected to skip last year’s season-ending Motul Sepang 12 Hours.
According to series organizers, all cars and drivers entered in the overall GT3 class, together with manufacturers in the overall GT4 class, will now be automatically eligible to score IGTC points.
The championship, meanwhile, will now also award a new GT4 manufacturers’ title, in addition to the previous GT3 manufacturers and overall title for drivers, which went to Audi and Laurens Vanthoor, respectively, last year.
Only the top two-placed cars from each manufacturer will score points.
The IGTC season kicks off with next month’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, prior to the Total 24 Hours of Spa in July, a new eight-hour enduro at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and a return to Sepang in December.