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FIA GT calendar amended

The FIA World Motor Sport Council has confirmed the calendar for the 2009 FIA GT Championship season, which features a number of revisions to the schedule already announced.

The opening half of the campaign will remain as previously announced, with season opening at Silverstone in early May before the Italian event at Adria. The series then heads to Oschersleben in June before the traditional Spa 24 Hours in July.

The fifth round of the season on the streets of Bucharest has been brought forward to 9 August due to clash with a Madonna concert and a brief summer break will then take place before the first FIA GT race at the new Algarve circuit in Portugal in late September.

Paul Ricard will then return to the calendar in early October with the Zolder round, which has previously been due to take place on the weekend of the Ricard event, will now take on the role of season finale two weeks later.

The San Luis event, which was due to be the final round of the 2009 season, has been delayed and will now become the opening round of the 2010 season, which will be the first year of competition with the GT1 specification in place.

“Due to the current economic climate, and to our GT1 World Championship project for 2010, we have finally decided to limit the number of rounds in 2009 to eight,” Stephane Ratel, CEO of series promoters SRO Motorsports said.

There are no changes to the FIA GT3 calendar.


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