SRO, the promoters of the FIA GT Championship, has announced a new package of support for teams in both the main series and the FIA GT3 European Championship, along with a range of other cost-cutting measures.

A financial fund totalling EUR1 million will be distributed to the teams, with EUR600,000 to be allocated for the support of the 24 cars entered for the 2009 campaign. Each car will receive EUR25,000 at the end of the season providing it has competed in every round over the course of the year.

A total of EUR250,000 will be used to provide a free catering service for driver and team personnel entered in the GT3 Championship while EUR150,000 will be used for the Michelin Trophy, which will go to the highest ranked driver in a car running on Michelin tyres in the GT3 Championship. There will also be 40 tyres given to that driver to aid in securing a drive in the FIA GT Championship for 2010.

"In the context of an unprecedented economic slowdown, it was essential to find resources in order to contribute to the budget of the teams, and to help to secure grids similar to those seen in recent seasons of the FIA GT Championships," SRO executive chairman Stephane Ratel said. "This is the first time that such a large budget will be awarded to GT teams in Europe and the proof that, despite the difficult economic environment, SRO is continuing to build up GT Racing into an increasingly professional sport.

"We would like to thank Michelin and Total for their support."

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