With the interest and enthusiasm of GT racing growing all over the world, 2016 provided the perfect opportunity for SRO Motorsports Group to introduce the Intercontinental GT Challenge.
The Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, Total 24 Hours of Spa and Sepang 12 Hours formed the calendar for the inaugural Intercontinental GT Challenge, the first-ever global GT3 Series. This new concept was aimed at manufacturers, who are encouraged to use local teams to represent them in these leading GT3 races.
The first two seasons of the Intercontinental GT Challenge proved to be successful, with Audi conquering the Manufacturers' title both in 2016 and 2017. Laurens Vanthoor and Markus Winkelhock took the Drivers' titles in those years.
In 2017 the California 8 Hours at the fabulous Laguna Seca circuit was added to the calendar, and 2018 will see the introduction of the Suzuka 10 Hours as the Asian round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.
The Intercontinental GT Challenge represents 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, elevating the events' appeal to fans, sponsors, media, drivers and teams alike.