The FIA has revealed the calendar for the 2009 FIA GT Championship season.
The calendar will include nine rounds in total, including two rounds outside Europe. Eight rounds have been announced so far, with a further overseas race - which will start the season - due to be confirmed during the December meeting of the World Motor Sport Council.
The 13th season of the FIA GT Championship will include highlights such as the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy in Silverstone, a tenth visit to the Motorsport Arena in Oschersleben, the Total 24 Hours of Spa, the Bucharest City Challenge, with two one-hour races, another atmospheric evening round in Adria, the ever-popular Zolder, and a first visit to the brand-new circuit in the Algarve region of Portugal.
The season finale will be held again at Potrero de los Funes in the province of San Luis, Argentina, which will host the last round of 2008 in three weeks time, deciding the GT1 Champions.
“Having heard the teams' concerns on the difficult economic forecast for the 2009 season, SRO has opted to reduce the 2009 FIA GT Championship to nine rounds as an exceptional measure,” commented Stephane Ratel, chairman of SRO, promoter of the FIA GT Championship said. “Teams will benefit from our usual package of assistance for the long-distance races, as we prepare for 2010 and the planned World Championship.
“We are also delighted to visit a new track, the Algarve circuit in Portugal, which promises to be spectacular. We hope this will herald another long-term relationship, especially in a season when we will return to Oschersleben and Silverstone for the tenth and eleventh times respectively !”
The FIA World Motor Sport Council also announced that Magneti Marelli had won the tender to be the single ECU supplier to the FIA GT Championship in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
2009 FIA GT Championship calendar:
3 May Great Britain
23 May Italy
28 June Germany
26 July Belgium
30 August Romania
13 September Portugal
11 October Belgium
22 November Argentina
San Luis *
* Subject to circuit homologation