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Treaty reached as GT4 war called off

THERE will be no Australian GT4 war next year, with the two prospective category managers agreeing to join forces for a single unified series.

A GT4 subclass has run in the Australian Production Cars category this year.

For a time, it appeared that promoter Production Car Racing Pty Ltd might look to launch its own standalone GT4 category in opposition to the Motorsport Australia-endorsed 2024 series being run by SRO Motorsports Group.

That will not eventuate, with part of the unification seeing Production Car Racing Pty Ltd’s Troy Williams join the newly launched SRO Australian arm as Monochrome GT4 Australia category manager.

“Being able to deliver a fully aligned GT4 offer in Australia is important for the sport and sponsors,” said SRO Motorsports Australia CEO Ben McMellan.

“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.”

Williams added: “It’s exciting to see our new series coming together.

“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 four-hour races, three-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.”

A non-points Sandown three-hour enduro in February has been added ahead of the already released six-round calendar which will follow the Shannons SpeedSeries around.

An FIA Silver licence has been set as the highest level of qualification for drivers eligible to compete.

2024 Monochrome GT4 Australia calendar

Non-points: Sandown, February 9-11 (three-hour enduro)
Round 1: Phillip Island, April 12-14 (2x 60min sprints)
Round 2: The Bend Motorsport Park, May 31-June 2 (2x 60min sprints)
Round 3: Queensland Raceway, August 2-4 (four-hour enduro)
Round 4: TBC, August 30-September 1 (four-hour enduro)
Round 5: Sydney Motorsport Park, October 18-20 (2x 60min sprints)
Round 6: Bathurst, November 8-10 (2x 60min sprints)

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