FIA GT to pitch for 'World' status

A mission to achieve 'World' status for the FIA GT Championship has been revealed by Stephane Ratel, the CEO of SRW Events, whose 'LG Super Racing Weekend' package also includes the European Touring Car series

FIA GT to pitch for 'World' status

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Ratel plans one 'flyaway' fixture (in the Middle East) in 2004 for both championships, and up to three in 2005. He said: "In 1997-98, FIA GT was viewed as a world championship because we went to the USA and Japan. I'd like to get back to that status in the medium term."

SRW title sponsor LG, a South Korean electrical goods manufacturer, is understood to want a race in its homeland, while the Eurosport TV channel, now a stake-holding partner in SRW Events [Apr 11], has made clear its desire for the ETCC also to gain 'World' status.

FIA president Max Mosley did not rule out such a possibility when he made his first visit to a SRW event at Donington Park in June. "It can happen if certain conditions are fulfilled," he told AUTOSPORT. "The main one is that the series would have to be on at least three continents. Any of the FIA series can become world championships, but we don't want to give out the title unless it is genuinely warranted."

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