GT1 heads for China in 2011

A new event in China and a change of venue for the Brazilian round are the main alterations to the GT1 World Championship schedule for 2011, the FIA has confirmed today

GT1 heads for China in 2011

As predicted by this week's AUTOSPORT magazine, the series will race at the new Ordos circuit in China on 4 September next year. GT1 is also expected to visit the Beijing street track that was, like Ordos, recently used by Superleague Formula, although this might not be a full championship round as the venue has not received an FIA track licence yet.

Series boss Stephane Ratel told AUTOSPORT magazine: "We will be going to China, because it is such an important market. If we cannot have the two races, we will have one and a demonstration in Beijing."

The GT1 series' Brazilian round will switch from this year's venue Interlagos to Curitiba - swapping with the World Touring Car Championship, which replaces Curitiba with Interlagos for 2011.

The Brno and Nurburgring events have been dropped, while GT1's Belgian visit moves from its usual home on the Spa 24 Hours bill to a standalone event at Zolder in April. The German round is set to move to the Sachsenring on 15 May, subject to final approval from the governing body.

The championship will again open with races at Abu Dhabi Formula 1 venue Yas Marina, and conclude at the dramatic San Luis track in Argentina.

The affiliated GT3 series' visit to the new Smolensk Ring in Russia, potentially as a precursor to GT1 using the venue in 2012, was also ratified by the FIA.

Rnd Date Venue 1. 27 March Abu Dhabi 2. 10 April Zolder 3. 8 May Algarve 4. 5 June Silverstone 5. 3 July Navarra 6. 17 July Paul Ricard 7. 4 September Ordos 8. 23 October Curitiba 9. 6 November San Luis 
shares
comments
Hexis Aston dominates GT1 finale
Previous article

Hexis Aston dominates GT1 finale

Next article

McLaren MP4-12C to race from 2012

McLaren MP4-12C to race from 2012
Load comments
The ex-IndyCar racer in "uncharted territory" of British GT team ownership Plus

The ex-IndyCar racer in "uncharted territory" of British GT team ownership

This weekend’s British GT finale will be a tense title showdown for some but, for those not in the championship fight, it’s a chance to end a challenging year on a high. In the latter camp is Paddock Motorsport's team owner Martin Plowman, whose 2021 season has been a rollercoaster ride of non-stop learning

National
Oct 15, 2021
The unpopular BMW stalwart built for the big occasion Plus

The unpopular BMW stalwart built for the big occasion

It has won most of the big prizes in endurance racing across its six years in service, but the BMW M6 GT3's key weaknesses meant only a devoted few teams persisted with running it. As it prepares to bow out at season's end, the teams and drivers involved in its story share the secrets of an unpopular winner

GT
Oct 7, 2021
The unwanted GT car that changed sportscar racing forever Plus

The unwanted GT car that changed sportscar racing forever

Had FIA GT boss Stephane Ratel had his way, the Maserati MC12 would never have been allowed to set foot in his series. It duly proved the class of the field that most had expected, but the Balance of Performance that its superiority spawned would keep GT1 battles tight and bring long-term benefits that sportscar racing enjoys today

GT
Sep 21, 2021
Why Britain's greatest sportscar was eclipsed on the world stage Plus

Why Britain's greatest sportscar was eclipsed on the world stage

The E-Type may be the most famous of all road-going Jaguars, but that didn't always translate into success on the track. After winning on its competition debut in 1961, motorsport success seemed an inevitability, but things didn’t turn out to be quite that straightforward

GT
Aug 6, 2021
Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60 Plus

Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60

It’s 60 years since the Jaguar E-type arrived and caused a sensation. As our resident racer Ben Anderson discovered when he got behind the wheel of two special racing versions at Brands Hatch, the thrill of driving them hasn't diminished over time

GT
Jul 31, 2021
The rise of a GT squad responsible for a unique 24-hour racing feat Plus

The rise of a GT squad responsible for a unique 24-hour racing feat

It's a significant achievement to win one 24-hour race in a year, let alone two, and with different manufacturers, but that's exactly what ROWE Racing did in 2020 at the Nurburgring and Spa. This weekend's German classic offers the DTM newcomer a chance of another unique double to add to its growing collection of accolades

GT
Jun 3, 2021
The new threat facing motorsport's greatest success story Plus

The new threat facing motorsport's greatest success story

The manufacturers were unconvinced – and even hostile – when Stephane Ratel launched GT3 in 2006. Now, 15 years on from its debut, they’ve sold more than 2000 cars and counting, but its continued expansion puts the increasingly globalised category at risk of losing its roots

GT
May 25, 2021
The Lamborghini teams plotting to stop a RAM raid on British GT Plus

The Lamborghini teams plotting to stop a RAM raid on British GT

With the Silver pairings that dominated 2020 now banned, Mercedes pair Yelmer Buurman and Ian Loggie could be in the box seat after winning last year's Pro-Am crown. But a swarm of Lamborghinis, with the defending outright champion among them, will ensure they face tough opposition

GT
May 21, 2021