WELCOME TO GT WORLD CHALLENGE ASIA - THE CONTINENT’S BIGGEST MULTI-CLASS GT SERIES
It also comprises a quarter of SRO Motorsports Group’s worldwide GT3 sprint racing platform where the performances of manufacturers and drivers contribute towards a global championship as well as domestic titles.
However, GT World Challenge Asia is also one of a select few multi-class championships to mix GT3 and GT4 cars, with the latter’s teams and drivers fighting for their own class wins and titles.
This format has helped to quickly established GT World Challenge Asia as the continent’s most popular GT championship, which attracted an average of 30+ cars per race in 2017-19. Similar numbers are expected to compete in 2022.
Cars feature a maximum of two drivers, each of whom qualifies for and then starts one of the weekend’s two races. They must then swap places with their co-driver during the mandatory pitstop window, which lasts 10-minutes.
> GT3 CLASSES PRO/AM SILVER CUP AM CUP
> GT4 CLASSES N/A SILVER/AM AM CUP
> GT2 CLASSES PRO/AM N/A AM CUP
> GTC CLASSES PRO/AM N/A AM CUP
Two types of driver pairings compete for outright victories: the mix of a professional and amateur (Pro/Am) and two professionals graded no higher than Silver by the FIA (Silver Cup). The latter is subject to performance adjustments and approval by SRO to ensure that both Pro/Am and Silver Cup crews are capable of winning races. The Am Cup, which comprises two Bronze-graded drivers per car, completes GTWC Asia’s GT3 class structure.
The GT4 class is reserved for Am Cup and Silver/Am pairings; Am Cup and Pro/Am crews contest the GT2 and GTC classes.
At least one Asian driver per crew is mandatory in most classes, while events feature a dedicated test session for amateur drivers.
2022’s FANATEC GT WORLD CHALLENGE ASIA POWERED BY AWS CAMPAIGN WILL INCORPORATE THE JAPAN CUP, A NEW ‘CHAMPIONSHIP WITHIN A CHAMPIONSHIP’ FOR JAPANESE TEAMS AND DRIVERS.
Points counting towards the Japan Cup classification will be awarded at four of this season’s five events: Suzuka, Fuji, Sugo and Okayama.
The Japan Cup is open to Pro-Am and Am crews racing GT2, GT3, GT4 and GTC (Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo, Ferrari 488 Challenge, Porsche Carrera Cup) cars, just as the wider championship will be from next season.
All Japan Cup drivers must be JAF license holders.
All four Japan Cup dates avoid domestic clashes with Super GT and Super Taikyu.
Cars feature a maximum of two drivers, each of whom qualifies for and then starts one of the weekend’s two races. They must then swap places with their co-driver during the mandatory pitstop window, which lasts 10 minutes.
Two types of driver pairings compete for outright victories: the mix of a professional and amateur (Pro/Am) and two professionals graded no higher than Silver by the FIA (Silver Cup). The latter will be subject to performance adjustments and approval by SRO to ensure that both Pro/Am and Silver/Silver crews are capable of winning races outright.
Am/Am pairings can also fight for class honours within GT3, while only amateur drivers are eligible to compete in GT4.
SRO’s wish to develop local drivers has resulted in a regulation mandating at least one Asian driver per GT3 Pro/Am and Silver Cup pairing. Only drivers from Asia, Australia and New Zealand are eligible to contest GT3 Am and GT4.
Pitstop success penalties are applied at all races to prevent any single crew from dominating. The top-three finishers from the previous race must respectively serve an additional 15, 10 or 5 seconds on top of the mandated minimum pitstop time.
Just like all SRO championships, GT World Challenge Asia benefits from the organisation’s world-renowned Balance of Performance (BoP) regulations. These ensure that a car’s natural attributes or shortcomings are not the determining factors in overall results.
But SRO’s BoP is just the start. Its expertise extends into Race Control, stewarding, scrutineering, management and regulatory matters, all of which combine to deliver an accountable and trustworthy GT racing environment.
Points are awarded to the top-10 finishers overall and in class:
- 1. 25pts - 2. 18pts - 3. 15pts - 4. 12pts - 5. 10pts - 6. 8pts - 7. 6pts - 8. 4pts - 9. 2pts - 10. 1pt
Just like all of the championships SRO Motorsports Group promotes, GT World Challenge Asia is reserved for one of two supercar racing specifications: GT3 and GT4.
Following the demise of GT1 and GT2, GT3 regulations now govern GT racing’s premier and most popular customer motorsport platform.
Almost 20 different manufacturers currently produce and race or sell GT3 cars around the world. They are built to a common set of regulations and, under SRO’s strict Balance of Performance (BoP) governance, compete on a level playing field. This encourages greater competition, more exciting racing and diversity while also preventing a costly development war from erupting between manufacturers.
GT3 cars are based on their road-going supercar counterparts and must carry over certain features to meet homologation criteria. However, they are also very different, with large front splitters, rear spoilers and diffusers, aerodynamically enhanced bodywork, race-tuned engines developing up to 600bhp and sticky slick Pirelli tyres marking them out as genuine racing cars.
GT World Challenge Asia’s GT4 class - which is now officially known as GT4 Asia - features cars that, in terms of performance and looks, are much closer to their road-going versions than GT3.
Rules state that more components must be carried over from their production counterparts, while manufacturers are given less freedom to tune and develop them. Splitters, diffusers and wings are still commonplace but produce much lower downforce and grip levels than GT3.
Nevertheless, they have proven extremely popular in Europe and America where they compete in multi-class championships alongside GT3, just as they do in GT World Challenge Asia.
Just like GT3, all GT4 cars are governed by SRO’s Balance of Performance regulations.
THE PROMOTER: SRO MOTORSPORTS GROUP - THE GLOBAL LEADER IN GT RACING
With three decades’ experience at the forefront of a continuously evolving industry, SRO Motorsports Group is the established global leader in GT racing. A busy 2022 season will see events staged under the SRO banner on five continents, highlighted by the prestigious TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa.
The company's expanding portfolio of series includes Fanatec GT World Challenge Powered by AWS categories in America, Asia, Australia and Europe. Each retains its unique identity, while also allowing competing manufacturers to dispute a global title through their continental representatives.
Staged since 2016, the flagship Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli sees world-leading automotive brands tackle marquee events across the globe. Considerable emphasis is placed on amateur competitors thanks to a range of series combining a relaxed environment with highly professional standards, while SRO also works with the FIA to organise and promote the FIA Motorsport Games, a multi-disciplinary event in which drivers compete in the colours of their national flag.
A wide variety of international and domestic categories catering for GT2, GT3, GT4 and touring car machinery add further strength to the extensive on-track programme, while the burgeoning sim racing scene has taken on considerable importance in recent years. This includes the ground-breaking Fanatec Esports GT Pro Series, where professional drivers compete virtually to score points towards the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS teams' championship, as well as online competitions for leading sim racers.
In addition to promotion and organisation, the company operates the SRO Race Centre by MMC service facility at Circuit Paul Ricard, and provides the ultimate driving opportunities at world-renowned venues through Curbstone Track Events. Combining a passion for performance with industry-leading experience, SRO continues to play a key role in shaping the future of global GT racing.