The GT3 cars that will run in the Suzuka 10 Hours Endurance Race compete in various endurance races held all over the world. There are races that are contested only by GT3 cars, like the 24 Hours of Spa, but in many cases GT3 cars are positioned as just one of the categories in a race or series.
Among the race events listed below, the title called "Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC)" is set by the SRO Motorsports Group for races in which the GT3 cars are positioned as the top category in series that are competed internationally, including the Bathurst 12 Hour, the 24 hours of Spa, California 8 Hours and the Sepang 12 Hours. The Suzuka 10 hours that starts in 2018 is making adjustments in order to be included as one such race.
Venue: Dubai Autodrome - Dubai
The 24 Hours of Dubai is an endurance race held at Dubai Autodrome in Dubai, UAE. Being held at the beginning of the year, a number of strong European teams participate. Like the 24 h race Nürburgring, many cars such as touring cars and cars from single make series participate in this race. However, the overall victory is contested by the GT3 cars.
Venue: Daytona International Speedway - USA
This is a traditional American race that is included in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship held in North America and is regarded as one of the major endurance races in the world. The race is run on a combined road track, utilizing portions of the NASCAR oval track and an infield road track. In recent years, GT3 cars have been adopted in the GT Daytona (GTD) class, and some vehicles that have not yet appeared in Japan and Europe also run in this race.
Venue: Mount Panorama Circuit - Australia
The Bathurst 12 Hour is an endurance race held in February at the Mount Panorama Circuit located in a place of scenic beauty in Bathurst, Australia. Although there are many straights in the first half, the layout looks like a mountain pass road from the middle of the circuit.
It requires a high level of concentration from the drivers. Many European teams have entered the race in recent years, in addition to stronger Asia and Australian teams.
Venue: Sebring International Raceway - USA
This is an endurance race held at Sebring International Raceway. Like the 24 Hours of Daytona, the race is held as a part of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. The track is flat but its surface is very bumpy due to the fact that part of the circuit was the runways of an old airbase, and for this reason it is a demanding track for the cars. Many GT3 cars enter in the GTD category. It is a traditional race boasting its 65th holding this year.
Venue: Nürburgring - Germany
The 24h Race Nürburgring is a 24-hour endurance race held at Nürburgring, which is used as a test track for development of many road-going vehicles. It takes place on the Nordschleife (North Track) in combination with the Grand Prix Circuit, and the race is known for difficulty in passing because of the narrow width and high curbstones of the track. In addition to this, the weather conditions can change rapidly. The GT3 cars are the top category for contesting overall win.
Venue: Spa-Francorchamps Circuit - Belgium
This is one of the most important races in the Blancpain GT series, which may be regarded as the pinnacle series of the GT3 racing in the world. It is also counted as one of the major endurance races in the world. The race saw more than 60 GT3 cars competing for the win on the noted Spa-Francorchamps track that many drivers love. This year GOODSMILE RACING & Team UKYO participated in this race from Japan.
Venue: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca - USA
The California 8 Hours is a round of the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) held in North America, which has various categories including a class that GT3 cars are eligible for, like the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. The series is selected to be part of the IGTC from this year. It is certain that fierce battles will be seen on the Laguna Seca circuit, which has a famous “Corkscrew” section.
Venue: Sepang International Circuit - Malaysia
This race was originally held as the “Merdeka Millennium Endurance” race on the country’s independence day. It has a long history as an Asian endurance race in which GT3 cars participate. The SRO has been involved in the organization of this race event in recent years, and the Sepang 12 Hours has developed into an international race contested by European, Asian and SUPER GT teams.
Venue: Guia Circuit - Macau
This GT race that has been held as a support even in the Macau Grand Prix, a famous race event for Formula 3 racing, and became the "FIA GT World Cup" from 2015 with the concept of "the competition for the title of Best GT3 in the World”. Although it is not an endurance race because it is a sprint race driven by a single professional driver with no driver change, ,it should have an atmosphere similar to the Suzuka 10 hours due to its concept.
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