05/11/2008 2009 Calendar announced by FIA World Motor Sport Council

The 2009 calendar for  the FIA GT Championship was released during today’s session  of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.

The FIA GT Championship calendar will include nine rounds in total, including two rounds outside Europe.  Eight rounds were announced today, with a further overseas race, which will start the season, due to be confirmed during the December meeting of the World Motor Sport Council.  The  13th season of the FIA GT Championship will include highlights such as the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy in Silverstone, a tenth visit  to the Motorsport Arena in Oschersleben, the Total 24 Hours of Spa, the Bucharest City Challenge, with two one-hour races, another atmospheric  evening round in Adria, the ever-popular Zolder, and a first visit to the brand-new circuit in the Algarve region of Portugal.  The season finale will  be held again at Potrero de los Funes in the province of San Luis, Argentina, which will host the last round of 2008 in three weeks time, deciding  the GT1 Champions.

“Having heard the teams’ concerns on the difficult economic forecast for the 2009 season, SRO has opted to reduce the 2009 FIA GT Championship to nine rounds as an exceptional measure,” commented Stephane Ratel, Chairman of SRO, Promoter of the FIA GT and GT3 European Championships.   “Teams will benefit from our usual package of assistance for the long-distance races, as we prepare for 2010 and the planned World Championship.   We are also delighted to visit a new track,  the Algarve circuit in Portugal, which promises to be spectacular. We hope this will herald another long-term  relationship, especially in a season when we will return to Oschersleben and Silverstone for the tenth and eleventh times respectively !”

The FIA World Motor Sport Council also announced that Magneti Marelli had won the tender to be the single ECU supplier to the FIA GT Championship in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

2009 FIA GT Championship
 March   TBA **
 3rd May   Silverstone, Great Britain
 23rd  May  Adria, Italy
 28th June  Oschersleben, Germany
 26th July  Spa, Belgium
 30th August  Bucharest, Romania
 13th September  Algarve, Portugal*
 11th October  Zolder, Belgium
 22nd November  San Luis, Argentina*

* Subject to the homologation of the circuit
** To be confirmed by the FIA WMSC in December