GT Sport Organización today announced the launch of a new single international event, the GT Open 1000, to be held yearly at the end of the racing season.
The first edition of the GT Open 1000 will take place on two days, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December 2017 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain.
This exceptional single event aims at gathering teams and drivers from all over Europe for a final event in a top venue before the winter break. The race length will be 1000 kilometers and the event will be a free-standing prestige race, not counting towards any championship.
Valencia has been selected as the venue for the inaugural edition because of the top level of its track, excellent connections, mild weather at that time of the year and the very pleasant atmosphere offered by such a vibrant city on the Mediterranean coast.
The opportunity will be also used to hold on Saturday evening the annual awards ceremony of the two GT Sport series, the International GT Open and the Euroformula Open.
In the forthcoming days, GT Sport will announce details about the technical and sporting aspects of the GT Open 1000, as well as the eligible car types. The event will be open to driver line-ups of two, three or four drivers.
Jesús Pareja, CEO of GT Sport, commented: “We are delighted to launch this new project, which has been in our minds for some time. The idea stems from constant talks with the teams, drivers and sponsors involved in the International GT Open, which we organize since 2006, but not only. We know there is a demand for some kind of special and longer race event, different from the usual formats and disconnected from any championship, to wrap-up in style the racing season. With the slight improvement of the overall economic situation, we believe now is the good time to test the concept. Valencia was the ideal choice as a location and we are working hard with all stakeholders to make a long-term success of this new event.”