Japan’s Suzuka Circuit will host a 1000km GT3 endurance race as part of the 2024 Intercontinental GT Challenge, SRO Motorsports Group has announced.

By Steven Walton

Suzuka will be the only Asian round of the worldwide GT3 championship in 2025. The race will take place in September, with the exact date still to be confirmed.

The addition of the Suzuka 1000km to Intercontinental GT Challenge sees the series’ calendar grow to five events.

The other events are the Bathurst 12 Hour, 24 Hours of Nürburgring, 24 Hours of Spa and Indianapolis 8 Hour.

The Suzuka 1000km will not count as a round of GT World Challenge Asia, but SRO Motorsports Group said it was still encouraging teams from the series to race in the 1000km.

SRO Motorsports Group said it was planning for the newly created Japan Cup to race as a support event to the Suzuka 1000km, but this was yet to be confirmed.

SRO Motorsports Group Founder and CEO Stephane Ratel said an Asian event was essential for the long-term health of Intercontinental GT Challenge.

“Only Japan’s Summer Endurance Race [the Suzuka 1000km] has the combination of heritage, significance and circuit to fulfil the brief,” he said.

“Now, after six years away and as a former 1000km competitor myself, I am truly delighted to confirm this race will not only be revived but also feature its iconic 1000-kilometre distance once again.”

Suzuka was previously part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge in 2018 and 2019. In those years, the race was staged as a 10-hour event.

Header image credit: SRO Motorsports Group/GT World Challenge Asia

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