The 2023 version of the Spa GT3 traditional, a spherical of each the GT World Problem Europe and the Intercontinental GT Problem, had been introduced for 29/30 July on the eve of this yr’s occasion.
The scheduling of the Belgian GP on that weekend, confirmed with the publication of the 2023 Formula 1 calendar on Tuesday afternoon, has resulted in a brand new date for the 24 Hours on half of July.
Stephane Ratel, boss of the GTWCE and IGTC, revealed that his eponymous organisation had been anticipating the announcement and had already put in place contingency plans, which allowed it to publish revised calendars for its European collection inside hours of the discharge of the F1 schedule.
He defined that the necessity to reschedule the Spa 24 Hours had triggered a “domino impact” on his European schedules.
“We attempt to not conflict with the World Endurance Championship, the ADAC GT Masters and another collection, so this has created a series response,” he instructed Autosport.
“Now we have needed to change a complete of 14 dates throughout the GTWCE, the British GT Championship, the GT2 European Championship and the FFSA GT French Championship; we recognize that we’ve got been in a position to work with the circuits to vary them.”
The Endurance Cup leg of the GTWCE will now start at Monza one week later than deliberate on 23 April, whereas the Dash Cup opener at Manufacturers Hatch has been pushed again two weeks to 14 Could.
The assertion from the Stephane Ratel Organisation saying the date modifications mentioned these have been essential to keep away from clashes with the WEC calendar, which is anticipated to be printed imminently.
The Dash Cup spherical set for Zandvoort simply two weeks forward of Spa’s new date has been shifted to 14-15 October the place it would shut out the GTWCE season.
The date earmarked for the Misano Dash Cup occasion has now been taken by Spa, and the Italian fixture moved to 15-16 July.
The dates of the opposite rounds of the IGTC stay unchanged.
Ratel admitted disappointment that F1 had been given the spot on the calendar on which the 24 Hours has run yearly since its relaunch after an 11-year hiatus in 1964.
The Spa 24 Hours has taken place both on the ultimate weekend of July or one weekend both facet apart from 2020 when the COVID pandemic pressured the race to be postponed till late October.
He identified that the Spa 24 Hours “would not value the Belgian taxpayer one penny and nonetheless brings some huge cash into the area”.