Bathurst 12 Hour will kick off the new-for-2016 Intercontinental GT Challenge

The new-for-2016 Intercontinental GT Challenge will kick off at next year’s Bathurst 12 Hour, it was confirmed today.

The SRO Motorsport-run series will be first global GT3 competition of its kind, with a calendar that kicks off at the Bathurst 12 Hour, and includes the Circuit of Americas 6-Hour, the Spa 24 Hours, and the Sepang 12 Hours.

“This new Challenge is aimed at manufacturers, who are encouraged to use local teams to represent them in these leading GT3 races, as it is more cost- and time-effective to fly engineers and drivers around the world rather than cars and equipment,” read a statement from SRO.

“The events will all have common technical regulations and the [Balance of Performance] will be managed by SRO.

“The Intercontinental GT Challenge will represent the highest achievement in long distance GT racing. By uniting these iconic events in one series, the level of racing at each round will certainly increase, improving the attractiveness of the event to fans, sponsors, media, drivers and teams alike.”

According to Bathurst event director John Casey, being part of a global series will add to the exposure the event gets outside of Australia.

“The Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour is one of the most prestigious motorsport events in the world and we are excited to be joining other iconic events in the International GT Challenge,” said Casey.

“The Challenge will bring significant international exposure to the race at one of the world’s most famous circuits. The race will also feature some of the leading drivers from Australia and around the world and is an event motorsport fans won’t want to miss.”

Bathurst 12 Hour will kick off the new-for-2016 Intercontinental GT Challenge

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