A History of Racing Excellence
1995: SRO Ltd is created to organise the Lamborghini Supertrophy.
1997: SRO is the promoter of the new FIA GT Championship.
1998: SV Organisation (Later SRO Paris) is created and takes over the promotion of the FFSA French GT Championship.
2000: SRO co-ordinates the two European rounds of the European Le Mans Series, at Silverstone and the Nürburgring, as well as running the Lamborghini Supertrophy, French GT Championship and FIA GT Championship.
2001: The FIA GT Championship joins forces with the FIA European Touring Car Championship and the Formula Renault Eurocup, with the support of Eurosport, and run as the Eurosport Super Racing Weekend multi-series platform. The French GT Championship attracts grids of over 55 cars. The Supercar Rally is born: ‘automotive art in motion’.
2002: The multi-platform series becomes the LG Super Racing Weekend package. The French Supertouring Championship is added to the list of Championships organised. SRO takes over the running of the ailing FIA Sportscar Championship for 2003.
2003: The FIA GT Championship, within the LG Super Racing Weekend, enjoys its most successful year since the 1997-1998 heyday. Ratel works on the rapprochement between the FIA and the ACO, forming the Le Mans Endurance Series for 2004.
2004: SRO London takes over the promotion of the British F3 and GT Championships. SRO runs the FFSA Super Série, bringing together the major French national series.
2005: British F3 is renamed the British F3 International Series and accompanies the Le Mans Endurance Series at four rounds. SRO works on the launch of the FIA GT3 European Championship.
2006: The FIA GT Championship breaks away from Eurosport and sets up its own calendar. The new FIA GT3 European Championship is a huge success, with grids of over 40 cars and eight manufacturers represented in its inaugural season.
2007: The World Motor Sport Council announces that a FIA GT1 World Championship will be launched in 2010, with new technical regulations for GT1 and GT2 cars.
2008: SRO agrees to its first franchise with the Dutch GT4 Championship. Belcar becomes the Belgian GT Championship.
2009: An agreement is reached to launch the FIA GT1 World Championship in 2010. The first franchise for GT4, the Dutch GT Championship, gets underway and is a big success.
2010: The FIA GT1 World Championship is officially launched on March 1st. The GT4 Asia Cup expands the GT4 franchise outside Europe for the first time.
2011: The FIA GT1 World Championship adds China to the calendar. The Blancpain Endurance Series is launched with over 70 entries received for the five race series centred on the Total 24 Hours of Spa. The Mercedes Benz Grand Challenge is launched in Brazil while SRO becomes the promoter of the Formula Renault Championship and the Air Asia Renault Clio Cup in the UK.
2012: The FIA GT1 World Championship and the FIA GT3 European Championship race at the Moscow Raceway; this is the first time an FIA World Championship event is held in Russia.
2013: New-look FIA GT Series announced in January. Blancpain Endurance Series and British GT Championship grow to record levels.
2014: Encouraged by the success of the Blancpain Endurance Series, world-renowned Swiss watch manufacture Blancpain and the SRO Motorsports Group decide at the end of 2013 to extend their partnership to the Sprint series, offering teams and drivers the opportunity to compete for an overall Blancpain GT Series title, linking sprint and endurance.
2015: With the inaugural season of the Blancpain GT Series being a success, SRO continues to expand the series. New venues like Misano and Moscow are included on the calendar and important prize money is introduced in the Blancpain Endurance Series. With new programmes on the way such as the GT Sports Club for amateur drivers, the Ultracar Sports Club for the most spectacular machines, the SRO Race Centre at Paul Ricard in association with Michel Mhitarian, the acquisition of track day organiser Curbstone, and the new partnership with Sepang International Circuit on the Sepang 12 Hours, SRO continues its development.
2016: To improve the integration of both Endurance and Sprint into a single Blancpain GT Series a redefinition of the three classes was needed. The categories are harmonised over Sprint and Endurance as Pro, Pro-Am and Am. And as the interest and enthusiasm for GT Racing grows all over the world, the SRO Motorsports Group introduces the Intercontinental GT Challenge, the first-ever global GT3 Series.