The entry process for this year’s Suzuka 10 Hours, Asia’s only Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli round, is now officially open.
FIA GT3, GT300 and ST-X specification GT cars are all once again eligible to compete at the 48th Summer Endurance Race, which made its Intercontinental GT Challenge debut last year.
This year’s event takes place on Aug. 23-25 following IGTC rounds at the Liqui–Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, Laguna Seca Raceway California 8 Hours and Total 24 Hours of Spa. The campaign concludes with the revived Kyalami 9 Hours in late November.
Teams and drivers from Asia, Europe, America and Australia are all expected to attend Japan’s most prestigious GT race, which last season featured 35 cars.
IGTC organizer, SRO Motorsports Group; Suzuka’s management company, Mobilityland Corporation; and Super GT organizer, GT Association, will again work closely to assemble a truly international entry list.
Balance of Performance parameters will be implemented and regulated by SRO, and all cars will run on Pirelli tires, just as they did in 2018.
Prize money totaling 100 million Yen ($915,000) is again up for grabs across all classes, while a GT3 parade into downtown Suzuka is also scheduled to take place.
Several changes to this year’s format will be announced shortly.
GruppeM Racing’s Raffaele Marciello, Maro Engel and 2018 overall drivers’ champion Tristan Vautier helped Mercedes-AMG claim a one-two finish at Suzuka last season.