Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia calendar, entry forms, infos and more

Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia calendar, entry forms, infos and more

30.11.2018: 2019 is just around the corner and already looks exciting. You might have heard about some of the planned changes, which are now confirmed below. Firstly, Blancpain GT Series Asia will become Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia, thus aligning the c


2019 is just around the corner and already looks exciting. You might have heard about some of the planned changes, which are now confirmed below.




Firstly, Blancpain GT Series Asia will become Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia, thus aligning the championship with SRO’s other European and American GT3 sprint series.




GT4 has also been rebranded – GT4 Asia – and has separate races at most events, although there will be no standalone weekends.






•    2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia Entry Form






•    2019 GT4 Asia Entry Form





•    2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge & GT4 Asia Overview







ENTRY FORMS





We are officially kicking off the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia and GT4 Asia seasons by releasing the entry forms. Also look out for the early bird tariffs and 2019 packages. Entries open on December 1.



 
FORMAT



•    GT3 and GT4 races will be split at most events while qualifying will be separate at all meetings.



•    Once again our calendar features six rounds comprising 12x 60-minute races. Korea’s Yeongam circuit joins the schedule, meaning we have six FIA Grade 1 venues for the first time. Together, these represent the best circuits in Asia.



•    As per 2018, teams will be given opportunities to test at the start of the season at Sepang and mid-season at Suzuka (one-day test).



The Suzuka 10 Hours*, Asia’s only round of the expanding Intercontinental GT Challenge, also takes place at the end of August.




Further details and entry forms for this event will follow shortly (*the Suzuka 10 Hours is not part of Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia).





 
DRIVER PAIRINGS





We have fine-tuned the criteria to help promote and develop Asian drivers.



•    GT3 Pro-Am and Silver Cup: One of the two drivers must be an approved Asian driver.


Nationality is based on passport. Australians and New Zealanders are not considered Asian in these two classes. Pro-Am pairings must comprise a Bronze-graded driver plus Silver, Gold or Platinum, while only Silver drivers can contest the Silver Cup.



•    GT3 Am Cup: Reserved for Bronze-graded amateur drivers. Both drivers must have been born or currently reside in Asia, Australia or New Zealand.



•    GT4 Am: Reserved for Bronze-graded amateur drivers. Both drivers must have been born or currently reside in Asia, Australia or New Zealand, or hold an Asian passport.


•    Points: Count towards the Overall GT3/4 classifications as well as GT3’s Pro-Am, Silver Cup and Am Cup classes.
 



BLANCPAIN GT WORLD CHALLENGE



In addition to Asia’s classification, drivers may have the opportunity to join their manufacturer’s team competing across the ‘Global’ World Challenge, joining together 12 drivers as one team. Four of these compete in Asia, four more in Europe and the remaining four in America. Together, they all score points for the manufacturer.



 
2018 MEDIA REPORT & PRIZE MONEY/FREIGHT ALLOWANCE




Thanks to being part of the ‘global’ GT World Challenge, Asia’s events will benefit from upgraded TV production and global broadcasting. 2018’s media report can be downloaded above.

 

After the successful launch of Blancpain GT Series Asia and two exciting race seasons, we are shifting our priority investment to live TV production, including upgraded TV graphics and further distribution on social media applications, some of which was seen at the last two rounds this year. Despite our investment in visibility, we will maintain the team support program by offering a combined $500,000 between prize money distribution and freight support.

 

And here’s a reminder of our exciting 2018 season finale at Ningbo.
 
         

     

 

- Benjamin Franassovici, photo SRO

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