Yeongam to host a race in 2019
South Korea will host a round of the Blancpain GT Series Asia for the first time next season, as SRO Motorsports Group unveiled the championship’s 2019 calendar.
The schedule once again features six events, with the now familiar destinations of Sepang (Malaysia), Buriram (Thailand), Suzuka (Japan), Fuji (Japan) and Shanghai (China) joined on the list by Yeongam’s ex-Formula 1 venue, officially known as Korea International Circuit.
Yeongam is located near the port city of Mokpo, on the south-western tip of the Korean peninsula. The 18-turn, 5.615km circuit was completed in 2010 and staged the first of its four Formula 1 Grands Prix that same year.
Changes to both class formats have also been confirmed. In GT3, the presence of one Asian national or resident per Pro/Am and Silver Cup entry will become mandatory from 2019, while GT4’s all-amateur category has now been reserved for Asian and Oceanic nationals and residents. The classes have also been split, meaning separate GT3 and GT4 races will take place over the same weekend.
SRO’s work in Asia also extends to the continent’s only Intercontinental GT Challenge round, the Suzuka 10 Hours, which takes place on August 24/25. It’s hoped several Blancpain GT Series Asia teams will take the opportunity to compete at this significant event, which features the same Pirelli tyres and SRO BoP as used throughout the regular season.