GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS will be made up of six rounds in 2021. Five rounds being sprint races with one round being a two-driver endurance race towards the end of the year.

The rebranded Australian GT Championship will be run by a partnership between Australian Racing Group and SRO Group, the latter of which oversees GT3 racing globally.

Four out of the five sprint events have been confirmed with Round 4 listed as ‘To Be Confirmed’. It’s expected that the GT category will run as a supporting role to the Supercars Championship for the fourth round. The popular touring car series will host three events in the gap between GTWCA’s Round 3 at The Bend Motorsport Park (with Supercars), and Round 5 at Sandown (as part of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships).

The sole endurance event will be held as part of the Bathurst International, with a date yet to be confirmed. Bathurst will also be visited in April, running a number of sprint races during the touring cars-only Bathurst 6 Hour weekend.

“It is fantastic to secure a calendar that offers a diverse, quality range of events, but most importantly, circuits that offer the best experience for the drivers and teams,” said Australian Racing Group CEO Matt Braid.

“The GT cars deserve and thrive on big, fast tracks and that is exactly what we strived to achieve in the 2021 calendar.

“The Phillip Island event is going to be a real winner for fans, with TCR Australia, S5000, Superbikes and now the GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS on the card.

“The two races at Bathurst, one sprint and one endurance race, speak for themselves, while Sandown will be a great setting to crown the first GTWCA champion.

“Since the announcement that ARG and SRO Motorsports Group have come together, interest from the competitor group has been outstanding. They are all a pleasure to work with and I’m very confident of a strong turn out of cars and teams for Round 1 at Phillip Island in February.”

2021 calendar

GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS calendar

20-21 February / Phillip Island (Sprint) with Motorsport Australia
3-4 April / Bathurst 6 Hour (Sprint) with Australian Racing Group
8-9 May / OTR SuperSprint, The Bend Motorsport Park (Sprint) with Supercars
TBC / TBC (Sprint)
11-12 September / Sandown (Sprint) with Motorsport Australia
TBC / Bathurst International (Endurance) with Australian Racing Group

 
 

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