The SRO Blancpain GT Series has cancelled its scheduled six-hour race originally set for 3-6 March at the Circuit of the Americas.

The event was scheduled to be the North American debut for the series, with the introduction of International GT Challenge. The Pirelli World Challenge kickoff event, which was to have featured the Blancpain round, remains unaffected and continues to gain momentum in all seven of its categories.

"Despite interest from a good number of American teams for our proposed event, the difficulty we had to motivate European teams to cross the Atlantic ahead of an extremely competitive Blancpain season, convinced us it was better to postpone the introduction of the American round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge to October 2017, at a time when both American and European teams will have finished their respective seasons and be ready for a Grand GT final," a statement from Blancpain series founder and SRO CEO Stephane Ratel explained.

Greg Hill, president and CEO of WC Vision, which runs the Pirelli World Challenge, admitted his frustration at the development, but said he understood SRO's reasoning.

"We, as a Series, are very disappointed by this development, and we are especially disappointed for the competitors and teams from the USA who had entered the event," Hill noted, "However, we understand the reasons behind the difficult decision the SRO Blancpain organization was forced to make.

"WC Vision and Pirelli World Challenge has over 75 cars already entered to race at COTA and we look forward to an excellent season opener in March. An updated event schedule will be released this coming week."

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