The normal end-of-season fixture on the Yas Marina circuit will grow to be an IGTC spherical for the primary time as a part of a calendar reshuffle through which the following version of the nine-hour race on the former house of the South African Grand Prix has been pushed again to grow to be spherical two of subsequent yr’s schedule in February.
The four-race 2022 IGTC will climax on 11 December with the Center Jap occasion, which for the primary time shall be a standard 12-hour race quite than an enduro made up of a pair of six-hour occasions.
The Gulf 12 Hours will once more be a part of the IGTC calendar in 2023: it’s listed as the ultimate spherical on a date listed as a TBD on the five-race schedule.
The Kyalami 9 Hours was resulting from happen this yr on three December, which might have been the second working of the occasion in 2022 after the ultimate spherical of the 2021 collection was postponed from December to February because of COVID.
The transfer introduced on Friday on the Spa 24 Hours IGTC and GT World Problem Europe spherical is a part of a drive to create a extra balanced schedule for the collection, which historically kicks of in the beginning of February with the Bathurst 12 Hours.
Switching Kyalami on 25 February helps fill the five-month hole between the Australian race and Spa on the finish of July.
IGTC boss Stephane Ratel stated: “It didn’t make sense to go to Kyalami as soon as in February this yr, once more in December after which return simply two months later in the beginning of subsequent yr.
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“That’s after I went to Andrea [Ficarelli, boss of the Gulf 12 Hours], and the thought has been effectively acquired by the groups.
“We have now Bathurst in the beginning of February, then Spa in July and every little thing else on the finish of the yr, so the calendar wasn’t very effectively balanced.”
Ratel defined that the late-February date of Kyalami would permit Europeans groups collaborating to return house as a way to contest the opening spherical of the GTWCE, which subsequent yr will return to its conventional house at Monza for a spherical on 16 Could.
He additionally outlined a need to return to Suzuka for the 10-hour race that stuffed the Asian slot on the calendar in 2018 and ’19, previous to cancellation in 2020 and ’21 after which an omission from this yr’s calendar.
“We completely need to return to Suzuka,” defined Ratel.
“I hoped it could be doable subsequent yr and we mentioned it, however they most well-liked to attend.”
Ratel stated that as long as the Suzuka 1000Km didn’t return to the Tremendous GT schedule within the observe’s conventional summer season endurance slot, he’ll stay assured of a return by the IGTC in 2024.
2023 IGTC CALENDAR
5 February Bathurst 12 Hours
25 February Kyalami 9 Hours
29/30 July Spa 24 Hours
9 October Indianapolis eight Hours
TBC Gulf 12 Hours (Abu Dhabi)