FIA approves GT1's second Chinese race at Beijing

The FIA has officially sanctioned the proposed GT1 World Championship race at the Goldenport Motor Park circuit in Beijing on 9-11 September

FIA approves GT1's second Chinese race at Beijing

The race was drafted in to replace the cancelled event at Curitiba, Brazil, and will count towards the 2011 FIA GT1 world championship following the FIA's approval.

GT1 will therefore hold back-to-back races in China, with the series racing at the Ordos International Circuit in Inner Mongolia a weekend before heading to Beijing.

Stephane Ratel, CEO of series promoter SRO Motorsports, welcomed the calendar approval, saying China represented a key market for GT1.

"Both races in China will showcase the GT1 world championship brand to a completely new market," he told the official GT1 site.

"The Chinese economy is the fastest growing in the world and a very important market for the manufacturers that are represented in GT1 - this season and those who will race with us in 2012 and beyond.

"The original date for the race in Brazil presented us with a number of difficulties. We were presented with the opportunity to have a second race in Beijing and this is the option we have chosen; it will be one of the highlights of the 2011 season and everyone is looking forward to going."

The calendar reshuffle means that after Ordos and Beijing, there will be a two month gap to the season finale at San Luis, Argentina.

Michael Krumm and Lucas Luhr currently head the driver standings for Nissan JRM, while All-Inkl Lamborghini lead the team classification.

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