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10/12/2010

China on the 2011 calendar

The 2011 calendars for the FIA GT1 World and FIA GT3 European Championships have been announced by the FIA World Motor Sport Council with two new events in key markets for luxury and sports car manufacturers – China and Russia.

After a highly successful first season GT1 will begin, as it did in 2010, in Abu Dhabi at the end of March. As well as the event in the United Arab Emirates, the events in Algarve, Silverstone, Navarra, Paul Ricard and San Luis are all carried over from the inaugural season.

The four new tracks on the 2011 calendar include Zolder (Belgium), Sachsenring* (Germany) and Curitiba (Brazil), with the GT1 World Championship heading into new territory in September with a race in China, at the Ordos International Circuit.

The FIA GT3 European Championship will be held over 12 races on six circuits, including three which are new to the championship. The first four events will be held with the FIA GT1 World Championship in Portugal, Great Britain, Spain and France before the final four races, where GT3 will be the headline series.

Rounds 9 and 10 will be held in Russia for the first time on the new Smolensk circuit in Western Russia, while the finale will be held in the Netherlands for the first time, with two races at Zandvoort in October.  

Stephane Ratel, CEO of the SRO Motorsports Group, said: “Today the 2011 calendars for the two leading international GT series in the world were unveiled.  This year saw the FIA GT1 World Championship become a reality and 2011 will see us build on the solid foundations we laid this season by adding a race in Asia alongside the ones in Europe, South America and the Middle East.

"China is a very important market for luxury and sportscar manufacturers and another step in our long term strategy that will eventually see GT1 World Championship race on every continent. 

“The FIA GT3 European Championship continues to provide a great platform for drivers, teams and sponsors.

"Racing on the same events as the FIA GT1 World Championship gives the GT3 teams access to a far greater audience and helps establish the FIA GT brand in new markets.

"Russia, like China, is one of the world’s fastest growing markets for the luxury and sports car manufacturers and the GT3 race at Smolensk is an extremely important event by paving the way for a GT1 presence in 2012.”

2011 FIA GT1 World Championship

26th March                  UAE                            Abu Dhabi

10th April                     Belgium                       Zolder

8th May                       Portugal                       Algarve

15th May*                   Germany*                   Sachsenring*

5th June                      Great Britain                Silverstone

3rd July                       Spain                           Navarra

17th July                     France                         Paul Ricard

4th September            China                           Ordos

23rd October               Brazil                           Curitiba

6th November             Argentina                     San Luis

*subject to ASN confirmation

2011 FIA GT3 European Championship

8th May                       Portugal                       Algarve                                   

5th June                      Great Britain                Silverstone                 

3rd July                       Spain                           Navarra

17th July                     France                         Paul Ricard

21st August                 Russia                         Smolensk

16th October               Netherlands                 Zandvoort

 

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