Organisers of the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli, SRO Motorsports Group, will play a unique role in the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour’s coordinated response to the catastrophic bushfires burning across Australia since November last year.
On Tuesday the event announced a series of fundraising initiatives in aid of its official charity, the Australian Lions Club Foundation National Bushfire Appeal. The organisation of dedicated volunteers will distribute 100% of donations to the communities and wildlife affected by bushfires.
SRO’s total contribution to the same charity is based on the performance of each Intercontinental GT Challenge entry contesting Australia’s International Enduro – which also stages round one of the world’s only global GT3 series – next weekend (January 31 – February 2).
In line with Bathurst’s own fundraising suggestions for each team, SRO will donate $5 AUD for every racing lap completed by all entries nominated to score Intercontinental points.
While the final number of #IntGTC manufacturers and cars won’t be revealed until next week, a repeat of 2019’s Bathurst result would generate more than $22,000 AUD.
As well as raising funds for the Lions Club Foundation, the Bathurst 12 Hour will also support the tireless efforts of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service throughout the event. Each race car will sport the RFS logo, while all RFS volunteers who wish to attend will receive a double pass for free.
The event is also working with the New South Wales Government to assist in activating their regional travel promotional efforts.
> Click here to donate to the Australian Lions Club Foundation National Bushfire Appeal.
Stephane Ratel, SRO Motorsports Group Founder and CEO: “The recent devastation across Australia has had a profound effect on millions of people around the world. And, with Bathurst hosting Intercontinental GT Challenge’s opening round next weekend, I feel very strongly that SRO should play a role in helping the local community.
“Basing our response around the spirit of endurance seems entirely appropriate. To win, our teams and drivers must complete as many laps as possible, something they were particularly good at last season when six Intercontinental entries broke the distance record. I’d be delighted to see them repeat that feat next weekend and generate a substantial donation for the Australian Lions Club Foundation National Bushfire Appeal.”
Bathurst’s ‘Town to Track’ parade kicks off the event next Thursday before cars turn their first practice laps on Friday. Qualifying and the Pirelli Top-10 Shootout follow on Saturday ahead of Sunday’s race, which starts at 05:45.
Australia’s bushfires and the wider global climate emergency has focused the world’s attention on a need for lasting change. SRO Motorsports Group recognises its own responsibility to building a sustainable future and is already taking active measures to reduce its environmental impact. Details of its increasing commitment will be announced in due course.
INTERCONTINENTAL GT CHALLENGE POWERED BY PIRELLI
The world's only global GT3 series represents the highest echelon of long-distance GT racing, while its 2020 calendar once again features five iconic circuits on as many continents.
Established in 2016, the series’ purpose couldn’t be simpler: reward the manufacturer and drivers who achieve the best collective results in the world’s greatest standalone endurance events.
The proliferation of GT3, built on a decade of manufacturer involvement and SRO’s Balance of Performance stability, has resulted in it becoming the de facto senior class for all of the world’s most prestigious GT races. This, as well as using the same Pirelli tyres, offers manufacturers an incentive to compete in all such events by employing regional customer teams without the expense of freighting cars around the world.
The season begins in February with Australia's international enduro - the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour - before moving on to Europe for the world's biggest GT3 event in late July: the Total 24 Hours of Spa. It's followed one month later by the Suzuka 10 Hours, which takes place at the iconic figure-of-eight circuit in Japan. The world-famous Brickyard then hosts the inaugural Indianapolis 8 Hour in early October before the Kyalami 9 Hour closes out the campiagn in Africa.
PIRELLI - OFFICIAL TYRE SUPPLIER
Pirelli is a tyre manufacturer and world leader in the automotive industry. It has an exclusive relationship with over 50 racing series worldwide, including Formula One.
Pirelli has a long and illustrious history in endurance racing, and has also claimed a huge variety of class wins in GT racing all over the world. The design of the new Pirelli GT tyres meets the needs of GT racing while maintaining the performance characteristics that endurance drivers have appreciated in the past. The slick tyres used for GT racing are branded Zero: just like the slicks that have become a central feature of Formula One. The name P Zero is used in the highest categories of motorsport such as GT racing.
SRO MOTORSPORTS GROUP - THE GLOBAL LEADER IN GT RACING
With more than 25 years’ experience at the forefront of a continuously evolving industry, SRO Motorsports Group is the established international leader in GT racing.
Best known for the development and implementation of the GT3 and GT4 regulations, SRO promotes and organises championships that embrace professional and amateur competitors. Its portfolio of highly regarded series spans Europe, America and Asia, while its flagship Intercontinental GT Challenge features events on five different continents.
The 2019 season saw more than 100 races run under the SRO Motorsports Group banner, highlighted by the prestigious Total 24 Hours of Spa. In addition to promotion and organisation, the company operates SRO Race Centre by MMC – a high-level technical centre at Circuit Paul Ricard – and provides the ultimate driving opportunities at world-renowned facilities through Curbstone Track Events.
SRO Motorsports Group is chaired by company founder and CEO Stephane Ratel. With offices in London, Paris, Liège and Hong Kong, its work is facilitated by a dedicated global team of full-time and freelance staff.
Combining a passion for performance with industry-leading experience, SRO is ready to play a key role in shaping the future of international GT racing.
Published by: Tom Hornsby
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