SRO has restructured the GT4 series throughout Europe. The GT4 European Series was restructured for 2017, splitting the series into Northern Cup and Southern Cup. The North series was the traditional GT4 style calendar, whilst South was the FFSA GT4 National Championship.
For 2018 the series and calendars are restructured again. Southern Cup goes back to being the French GT4 Championship, whilst the Northern Cup goes back to being the full GT4 European Series. The GT4 European Series will join Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup at all 5 rounds for 2018.
New for 2018 are the GT4 Nordic European Cup and the GT4 Central European Cup. The Nordic Cup will run in Sweden and Norway, whilst the Central European Cup will run in Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Slovakia and the Netherlands.
The GT4 European Series will feature a Silver Cup, aimed at young drivers. There will also be a Pro-Am and Am class. The regional GT4 series will be Pro-Am and Am entries only.
Depending on availability of English language coverage, we’ll do our best to cover these series in the form of race reports, and tRL TV videos.
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GT4 European Series
|2||Brands Hatch||5-6 May|
GT4 Nordic Cup
|3||Tierp Arena||21 July|
|4||Mantorp Park||4 August|
|5*||Gellerasen Karlskoga||29 August|
|5*||Ring Kuntstorp||6 October|
Note: Round 5 either Gellerasen Karlskoga or Ring Kuntstorp
GT4 Central European Series
|2||Red Bull Ring||19-20 May|
|3||Nurburgring||30 June – 1 July|
|4||Slovakia Ring||18-19 August|
GT4 is clearly the next big thing. GT3 has taken the world by storm, but the costs are rising and some are questioning the sustainability of the class. GT4 is being positioned as SRO’s fall back should GT3 numbers being to struggle.
It’s not a surprise to see the expansion of GT4 Series throughout Europe. The class is popular in VLN and Creventic, as well as the IMSA Continental Tire Challenge. SRO attempted to expand the British GT GT4 class, but has reverted back to multi-class events due to concerns over low GT3 numbers.
We’ve also seen new GT4 cars coming to the market. The Mercedes AMG GT4 and Audi R8 GT4 are shipping out to customers for the 2018 season.
What SRO needs to be careful of is expanding too quickly. It’s all fine and well having a good amount of GT4 cars, but there is the potential of these series failing before they get a chance due to the rapid expansion. These new series are in addition to the British, French and Belgian GT4 national series. SRO has plans for more GT4 based series in the future too. Hopefully the numbers won’t be spread too thin.
Time will tell how the series numbers will look. I personally am looking forward to the Nordic Cup. I enjoy GT4 cars, and I especially enjoy seeing these type of cars on less common circuits. Falkenberg anyone?
If there is English language coverage of the series, we’ll attempt to promote it the best we can.