Bri­tish GT firm SRO an­nounces ri­val for fal­ter­ing French GT Cham­pi­onship

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Bri­tish GT or­gan­iser, the Stephane Ratel Or­gan­i­sa­tion, will set up a new cham­pi­onship in France in an ef­fort to re­ju­ve­nate sportscar rac­ing in the coun­try.

SRO, which or­gan­ises both Bri­tish GT and the Blanc­pain GT classes in Europe, has an­nounced out­line plans for a new French GT class due to start next year.

The new se­ries would run over five rounds at French tracks, with an ad­di­tional race planned for both Spain and Por­tu­gal. SRO is open to talks with the French gov­ern­ing body, the FFSA, for the new class to be­come the French cham­pi­onship from 2018.

SRO’S plan comes af­ter just nine cars turned out for the open­ing round of the Oreca-run French GT Cham­pi­onship at Nog­aro re­cently. That en­try con­sisted of four LMP3 pro­to­types and five Fer­rari 458 Italia GT3S. Many teams have al­ready grad­u­ated to the Blanc­pain classes, with oth­ers up­set by the in­clu­sion of LMP3.

SRO head Stephane Ratel said: “I’m do­ing this be­cause the se­ries was so suc­cess­ful when SRO ran it [from 1998-2010]. Ev­ery GT se­ries in Europe is boom­ing, but the French one has sunk.

“The mo­ment that [LMP3S be­ing al­lowed] was an­nounced I said French GT is dead and started work­ing on this project.”

A state­ment from Oreca said it was open to al­ter­ing the se­ries and that be­tween 12-15 cars are ex­pected for round two.

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