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Global GT powerhouse creates Aussie outpost

STEPHANE Ratel’s SRO Motorsport Group has established a dedicated operation in Australia as it prepares to take full control of the nation’s GT championships.
 
The firm that presides over the Intercontinental GT Challenge and a host of regional series across the globe is no stranger to Australia.
 
GT World Challenge Australia has operated as a joint-venture between the Australian Racing Group and the SRO since 2021, while the Bathurst 12 Hour is a round of the IGTC.
 
Next year, both the GTWCA for GT3-specification cars and a new standalone GT4 Australia series will be managed by Ratel’s organisation.
 
The newly-established SRO Motorsports Australia will be led by Ben McMellan, who recently left his role as Head of Category Operations at ARG that included work on the GTWCA.

“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ben to lead our dedicated Australian business,” said Ratel. 
 
“Ben is well known to both our SRO global team and Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia customers. 
 
“He has been instrumental in assisting with the establishment of our Australian business. He has demonstrated his commitment and capability and built strong relationships with the broader team.
 
“We look forward to seeing GT racing continuing to grow in Australia under his leadership.”
 
IGTC series manager Abi Hay will be redeployed from SRO Europe to Australia to take up the role of Head of Sporting & Business Development.
 
Existing GTWCA Championship Manager Charise Bristow will continue in her position amid the SRO takeover, while Grant Rowley’s Network R remains as communications partner.

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