Taking on the world

Australia’s best amateur drivers are being encouraged to apply to take part in the inaugural FIA GT Nations Cup.

The most talented amateur drivers from around the globe will converge on Bahrain on 30 November and 1 December.

Those taking part in the CAMS Australian GT Championship, CAMS Australian Endurance Championship and the CAMS Australian GT Trophy Series will be eligible to apply to represent Australia at the event.

CAMS will select the team to represent Australia in Bahrain, with two drivers required for each competing team.

CAMS General Manager Motor Sport and Shannons Nationals Director Michael Smith said he expected a competitive event where Australians would have every chance to compete for top honours.

“We are lucky enough to have strong, competitive and exciting GT Championships and Series here in Australia and I’ve got no doubt those who we select to represent Australia would do us proud,” Smith said.

“This is a terrific opportunity for Australians to show that they can match it and go toe-to-toe with the best GT drivers in the world.”

FIA President Jean Todt said it promised to be an exciting event.

“The GT3 category is popular around the world, with strong competitions organised nationally in addition to the hugely successful FIA GT World Cup,” Todt said.

“The format for this exciting new FIA GT Nations Cup, with ASNs selecting two drivers to compete for their country, is very unusual in motor sport and it will provide an engaging spectacle for the fans.

Competing cars will meet FIA GT3 regulations and each feature a line-up of two drivers racing over two practice sessions, two qualifying sessions, two qualifying races of sixty minutes each, and a third and final race of sixty minutes to determine the overall winners. A combination of sea freight and air freight will be provided by the promoter.

The event is open for drivers classified as either Silver or Bronze and holding a minimum of a Race International C licence. Each driver must hold a passport of the country that they are representing, and a maximum of one Silver driver is permitted per team.

To find out more or to register your interest in competing, please contact GT Championship Manager, Ken Collier – [email protected].