SRO Motorsports New Challenge

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2 January 2021

SRO partners with Australian Racing Group to manage Australian GT and Endurance Championships, with exciting plans in development for 2021 and beyond.

SRO Motorsports Group is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Australian Racing Group (ARG) that will see the two organisations jointly manage the Motorsport Australia GT Championship and Motorsport Australia Endurance Championship in 2021 and beyond.

SRO and ARG will work together with the stated aim of taking both series to new heights in Australia and beyond. To facilitate this, each will benefit from the same global platform and industry-leading Balance of Performance (BOP) management that SRO provides around the world.

ARG’s range of categories includes the car sales TCR Australia Series, VHT S5000 Australian Drivers’ Championship, Touring Car Masters, Kumho V8 Touring Car Series and National Trans Am Series. The organisation also manages the Bathurst 6 Hour and Bathurst International events at the iconic Mount Panorama Circuit in New South Wales.

SRO already enjoys an important presence in Australian motorsport, with its premier Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli opening its season at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour since the championship was launched in 2015. The company’s portfolio of highly regarded series also includes GT World Challenge Powered by AWS categories in Europe, America and Asia, as well as regional and domestic series that include GT2, GT3, GT4 and touring car machinery.

Further news regarding plans for the 2021 season will be revealed shortly.

Eugene Arocca, Motorsport Australia CEO: “Both SRO Motorsports Group and the Australian Racing Group have extensive experience in managing world-class categories and we are absolutely thrilled to announce them as joint Commercial Rights Agreement holders for GT racing in Australia.

“SRO’s experience with GT racing around the world, coupled with ARG’s intimate knowledge of Australian motorsport, provides an exciting prospect for both the Motorsport Australia GT Championship and Motorsport Australia Endurance Championship events in 2021 and beyond.”

Matt Braid, Australian Racing Group CEO: “The Australian Racing Group is thrilled to welcome the Australian GT and Endurance Championships into our suite of racing categories. We are pleased to be continuing our partnership with Motorsport Australia and also excited to be working closely with Stephane and his team at SRO Motorsports Group. The success of GT racing worldwide is a testament to SRO’s amazing vision and execution, and we already have some bold plans to reinvigorate the domestic scene.

“Australia has an incredible array of eligible GT race cars in the country as well as a passionate competitor base, and we feel with SRO’s stable rule set and high-quality events, including live and free broadcasting on the Seven Network, the recipe for success is right.”

Stephane Ratel, SRO Motorsports Group founder and CEO: “We are honoured that Motorsport Australia has given us the opportunity to bring our experience of GT racing to its shores in 2021. This will strengthen the strong ties that SRO already has to the Australian GT scene through our partnership with the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, which has been part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli since its formation.

“Looking to the future, we are excited to join forces with Matt Braid and the Australian Racing Group to grow the Motorsport Australia GT Championship further, providing the same global audience and BOP management as the series directly managed by SRO. The 2021 season promises to be very exciting indeed and we will release more news concerning our plans shortly.