Monochrome GT4 Australia will run as a standalone category in 2024 with six rounds to make up next year’s calendar.
After a successful inaugural season alongside Australian Production Cars in 2023, the series will now be integrated into the SRO Motorsports Australia GT4 operation from next year onwards, resulting in a fully aligned GT4 category.
For Monochrome GT4 Australia’s official solo debut season, a mix of sprint and endurance racing formats spread over six official rounds and one invited round will make up the schedule – all of which will feature as part of the Shannons SpeedSeries bill.
The opening round of the season will take place at Phillip Island, which will coincide with the Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS.
Other circuits in the calendar include Shell-V Power Motorsport Park, Queensland Raceway, Sydney Motorsport Park and Mount Panorama, which will be the season finale at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International.
The series will also adopt the FIA driver categorisation system, with silver-licenced drivers being the highest permitted competitors to participate in the series.
Monochrome GT4 Australia Series Category Manager Troy Williams was looking forward to what would be a big year for the category’s first solo season.
“It’s exciting to see our new series coming together,” Williams said.
“Alongside SRO Motorsport and Motorsport Australia, we have come up with an exciting calendar with circuits that suit GT4 cars, the broadcasting and most importantly, the competitors.
“One of the things that we wanted was endurance events and suitable race formats. Our competitors want access to some longer races. These cars are built for endurance racing, and we feel that we have struck a great balance, with a mix of 4 Hour races, 3 Hour races and short sprints that will include compulsory pit stops.
“I am pleased that all parties have been able to come to an agreement and that in joining SRO as the GT4 Category Manager, we can now really showcase GT4 racing at its best.”
With up to 20 cars expected to line up on the 2024 grid, SRO Motorsports Australia CEO Ben McMellan echoed William’s sentiments and believed the series going solo was an important step in the right direction.
“Being able to deliver a fully aligned GT4 offer in Australia is important for the sport and sponsors,” McMellan added.
“The support from Karl Begg and Troy Williams from APC has underpinned being able to achieve this outcome. As part of maintaining the current momentum, it is great that Troy will now join SRO as the Category Manager for the SRO Monochrome GT4 Australia Series.”
The Monochrome GT4 Australia Series will run a non-series round at Sandown Raceway on 9-11 February, before the official season kicks off at Phillip Island on 12-14 April.
2024 Monochrome GT4 Australia Calendar
Non-series: Sandown – 9-11 February – 3hr Enduro
R1: Phillip Island – 12-14 April – 2 x 60mins Sprints
R2: The Bend – 31 May – 2 June – 2 x 60 mins Sprints
R3: Queensland Raceway – 2-4 August – 4 hour Enduro
R4: TBC – 30 August – 1 September– 4 hour Enduro
R5: Sydney Motorsport Park – 18-20 October – 2 x 60 mins Sprints
R6: Bathurst – 8-10 November – 2 x 60 mins Sprints
* Sprint rounds to have 2 practice session & 2 qualifying sessions
* Sprint rounds to have mandatory pit stop
* Enduro rounds to have 2 practice sessions & 1 qualifying session