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Inaugural GT2 Race to be Porsche Single-Make Contest

Inaugural GT2 race during this year’s Spa 24H weekend to be Porsche single-make affair…

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The first race for SRO Motorsports Group’s new GT2 platform to be held during the Total 24 Hours of Spa weekend will be a single-make contest for Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsports.

It will mark the car’s maiden competitive race, while SRO expects a “full grid” for the Spa bill on July 26-27. 

The announcement comes after 2015 FIA World Endurance champion Mark Webber gave the 911 GT2 RS its first public demonstration run during the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour weekend.

Porsche intends to build 200 models of its new 700-horsepower racer, which falls into the GT2 formula designed for amateur competitors.

The Spa race has been labeled as a “prelude” to the full rollout of the GT2 category which was officially launched at the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup centerpiece event last year.

SRO expects the formula to feature in the Blancpain GT Sports Club after its inaugural race, with a view to it “reinforcing GT3 sprint grids in Europe, America and Asia”.

“The GT2 concept is very important to SRO and I am thrilled to see it gathering momentum,” said SRO founder and CEO Stephane Ratel.

“The one-make race for the GT2 Clubsport that will be staged during the Total 24 Hours of Spa weekend will represent another major milestone as we prepare to introduce the category to our series across the world.

“I look forward to more exciting news on this as the year unfolds.”

Ratel previously targeted up to six brands for GT2 within the next two years, and while other manufacturers have expressed interest in the platform, Porsche is the only one to have launched a car to date.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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