Greg Gill, president and CEO of WC Vision, producers of the Pirelli World Challenge road racing series has confirmed that SRO Blancpain GT Series is canceling its 6-hour endurance round scheduled for March 3-6 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas as part of the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge season-opening weekend. However, the event will go on as scheduled with 75 cars already entered in all 7 categories competing on the 3.427-mile racing circuit.
“We, as a series, are very disappointed by this development, and we are especially disappointed for the competitors and teams from the USA who had entered the event. However, we understand the reasons behind the difficult decision the SRO Blancpain organization was forced to make, he stated after it became apparent that they had great difficulty in convincing teams from Europe to race in the US in advance of a “extremely competitive” Blancpain season.
It is also believed that the multiple new GT3 designs new on the market may have added to the problem.
The Austin event was intended to be the North American debut for the series with the introduction of International GT Challenge. Instead, the debut of the American round will be postponed until October of next year after both American and European teams have completed their respective seasons and will (hopefully) “be set for a Grand GT final,” as per a statement released by Stephane Ratel, founder and CEO SRO Motorsports Group. An updated schedule is expected to be issued within the next few weeks,