GT World Challenge Powered by AWS is a new international championship organised by SRO Motorsports Group in which leading manufacturers compete through their regional customer racing programmes.
Six events comprising a total of 11 races staged at Sepang (Malaysia), Buriram (Thailand), Suzuka and Fuji (both Japan), plus twice in Shanghai (China) count towards Asia’s standalone Teams’ and Drivers’ championships, but also offer points towards the multi-continental Manufacturers’ title.
Indeed, a total of 22 non-clashing events will play out during the 2020 season, with sprint and endurance rounds staged across Europe and North America, as well as Asia. This includes the historic Total 24 Hours of Spa and Shanghai 888, both of which join the championship for the first time this year.
Brands represented in all three series are eligible to compete for the global GT World Challenge Powered by AWS title through their customer squads, with points awarded to the best-finishing car per brand in each class. The allocation differs depending on the event format: 25 are on offer at sprint races, while 100 will be awarded at the Total Spa 24 Hours. The number of points scored is multiplied by the amount of cars competing in each class to give the final total.
2019’s inaugural title was won by Mercedes-AMG, which defeated fierce rival Ferrari to be crowned champion. 2020 will represent the second season for the global GT World Challenge format and features an expanded schedule. Drawing on the wealth of experience and knowledge accumulated by SRO Motorsports Group, GT World Challenge aims to be the benchmark in global customer racing.
Unlike its European and North American counterparts, GT World Challenge Asia also features GT4 entries. As such, it is one of only two championships in SRO’s current portfolio to include multi-class competition.
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