Motorsport Asia Limited – the promoter of the highly successful GT Asia Series – have announced that they will be introducing a new category for the 2017 season. “Next season we will be introducing a new category that is focussed entirely on amateur drivers,” Motorsport Asia Limited CEO David Sonenscher confirmed.

The new category will be for Bronze ranked drivers only (based on current FIA grading systems), which will see two classes of competition: One for the more experienced amateurs, and one for those that truly fit the ‘Gentleman’ driver tag. Both will be competing for a cash prize pool as well as their own podiums at each stop on the calendar.

Already some of the leading marques in international motorsport have cars eligible for this new class, such as the McLaren 570S, Porsche Cayman Clubsport, Aston Martin Vantage, BMW M3, Chevrolet Camaro and KTM X-Bow amongst others.

“It’s an exciting time for GT racing, and certainly this year in Asia, interest has emerged from club racers and sportscar owners who want to take their passion another step further,” Sonenscher explained. “There’s also a growing group of drivers who just want to race on a weekend and enjoy themselves without having to spend the kind of budget required for GT3. “It’s a market that is very important to the growth of the sport in Asia, and a market that we will work very hard to foster over the coming seasons.”

Alongside this new category, GT Asia will retain it’s very successful Pro-Am format for the GT3 category. “We’re just finalising the 2017 calendar now – which will include a spectacular street race – and we expect to release that in the coming weeks.”

The GT Asia Series is sanctioned by the FIA as an International Series and is clearly recognised as the Region’s leading GT Championship.

Ben Potter

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