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British GT to head back overseas.

The British GT Championship is to head overseas for the first time since 2006 after Spa secured a place on the provisional 2009 schedule.

The series will head to the famous Belgian circuit in early August, a week after the FIA GT Championship heads to the Ardennes for the annual Spa 24. Depending on confirmation of the date of the British F3 event at Spa, the British GT race weekend could be a standalone meeting.

The season will start at Oulton Park in April before trips to Donington Park, Snetterton and Rockingham round out the first half of the season.

Spa will then be followed by Silverstone before the GT cars head to Knockhill for a standalone race. They then rejoin F3 for the final weekend of the season at Brands Hatch.

“We considered the preferences of the teams and where they wanted to race in 2009,” SRO chairman Stephane Ratel said. “We have added an overseas round to the British GT calendar with a visit to Spa in August, and I believe this will be a fantastic opportunity to race on one of the greatest circuits in Europe. It will be decided in the coming weeks whether British F3 travels to this event or takes up its traditional support slot at the Spa 24-Hours meeting in July.

“The trip to Scotland proved to very successful in 2008 and Knockhill is back on the British GT schedule in '09. We have a few items to conclude before this calendar can be finalised but this schedule offers our teams and drivers the opportunity to race on some of the best circuits in the world.”

2009 Avon Tyres British GT Championship calendar:

11/13 April Oulton Park
25/26 April Donington Park
30/31 May Snetterton
4/5 July Rockingham
1/2 August Spa
15/16 August Silverstone
5/6 September Knockhill
19/20 September Brands Hatch


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