Looks like Sepang will soon be bustling with racing activities as GT World Challenge Asia’s newly-released provisional schedule puts Malaysia in their calendar for two rounds. Unlike the previous calendar, the latest revision by SRO Motorsports Group had cancelled the Autopolis round and the potential late July/early August date at Fuji is out of the window.
The season will now start at Sepang International Circuit on September 12-13, followed by the Shanghai 888 endurance race which is still set for October 17-18. Another round is being planned to take place in China at the end of October on a circuit that has yet to be confirmed for the time being. The final venue of the season will take the participants back to Sepang on December 5-6.
This four-round calendar will still host the 11 races of the season, where Sepang’s season opener and the soon-to-be-announced Chinese event will both include three 60-minute races. The second outing in Malaysia will feature a double header while the Shanghai 888, for which double points are awarded, remains a three-hour contest.
The scale back to a four event calendar presents a more cost-effective approach to maintaining an 11-race calendar, easing logistical process and limiting any risks associated to travelling. The current calendar also avoids any clashes with SRO’s GT World Challenge Europe and America championships.
REVISED GT WORLD CHALLENGE ASIA CALENDAR – PROVISIONAL
Sep 12/13 – Sepang – Malaysia
Oct 17/18 – Shanghai 888 – China
Oct 31/Nov 1 – TBC – China
Dec 5/6 – Sepang – Malaysia