Regional Sports Car GT Racing Series Announced

| April 12, 2016

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Chip Harp, Valdosta Today Sports Feature Writer

CLEARWATER –  Fans of sports car racing in the southeast will be treated to a new 5-race series based on late-model GT cars.

Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) announced a five-race championship, called the HSR Global GT series, showcasing modern GT race cars. It will debut on Memorial Day Weekend at the Virginia International Raceway (VIR).  Future race venues will include Road Atlanta, Savannah, Daytona, and Sebring.  The winner of the series earns a spot at the historic race at the famous Spa circuit in Belgium.

unnamedGlobal GT is home to modern GT specification race cars from the last 10 to 15 years. Among the popular and eligible models for competition are Porsche 996, 997 and 991 GT3 Cup cars, Porsche Boxsters and Cayman S, R and GT4 models, Ferrari F430 and F458 challenge cars, the Audi R8 LMS and similarly classified models from Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, BMW, Maserati, Lamborghini and many more.

“With the increasing popularity of production-based GT racing in the first 15 years of this century, a good supply of modern sports cars becomes available in the motorsports marketplace each year,” said HSR President David Hinton. “Usually only a year or two past their competitive prime, theseGT race cars are accessible, current and safe and offer teams and drivers the perfect vehicle for modern historic competition in HSR Global GT.”

After the debut race in Virginia, the remainder of the 2016 HSR Global GT series will be based in Georgia and Florida, including the Atlanta Fall Historics, September 15 – 18 at Road Atlanta, the Savannah Speed Classic October 27 – 30, the Daytona Historics November 10 – 13, and the Sebring Historics, December 1 – 4.

“To me, Spa was and is the ultimate challenge, said sports car racing legend and HSR member Brian Redman. “I was fortunate to win there four times. It’s a high-speed circuit that is literally a living legend for motorsports enthusiasts, now, thanks to HSR and Global GT, one lucky driver will have the chance to add Eau Rouge and Spa’s other legendary sections to their champion’s resume.”

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