24 entries and 10 brands represented for the opener of a great 2017 season

25.04.2017

New season and new life! The International GT Open is ready to embark on its 12th edition and presents itself completely re-energized. No less than 24 cars are entered in Estoril representing ten different car brands. Many new entries, a greater diversity in machines and nationalities and realm of ‘heavy’ names among drivers characterize the 2017 grid, which includes 23 full-season entries. As customary, more cars will join on a selected events basis, bringing back big and diversified grids. In Estoril, it will be the case of local hero António Nogueira and his Porsche 911 R, who are joining in Estoril the 23 full-season entrants, which have been already announced extensively in our website as they were confirmed. The 2017 grid will again comprise 3 classes: Pro, Pro-Am and Am.

All this, together with the high qualitative level of entries and the exciting show on track that the series has enjoyed in recent years, promises to bring to the fans a very enjoyable product, whose fundamentals of the International GT Open have not changed: a balanced race format and calendar, including top tracks across Europe, stable rules, controlled costs, premium TV coverage and a relaxed atmosphere.

This year too, the International GT Open will kick-off from Estoril, the beautiful track in outskirts of Lisbon, where everything is ready for the season-opener. The GT Open will be accompanied, as usual, by the Euroformula Open, the F.3-based sister series that has become an important ladder in the single-seater pyramid.  The third GT Sport-promoted series, the TC Open for touring cars, will be launched as from the next event in Spa. In Estoril, Portuguese fans will also enjoy a rich programme of national series, which includes the CNV Turismos/TCR Ibérico, the Single Seaters Series, the Classic Super Stock, and the CN de Clássicos+CN Legends.

Jesús Pareja: “Nice to be back on a high!”

Ahead of the start of the 2017 season, Jesús Pareja, CEO of GT Sport, comments: “We are really looking forward to this new season, which marks a sort of new beginning. The market of GT3 racing remains extremely competitive, but is benefitting from the continuous improvement of the economic environment. It is a fact that in recent years we have suffered from the slowdown in some of our key markets in Southern Europe, but the trend is changing. This said, what makes us particularly happy is that the GT Open has been able to attract this year many new entrants from all over Europe and beyond, with a great diversification of brands and nationalities represented. It proves that our offer is valid and that we were right in sticking to our philosophy. This year will also be very important for GT Sport as we launch the TC Open, which underlines the come-back of touring car racing and completes nicely the exciting package we are providing to racing fans.”