International GT Open

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International GT Open
Category Grand tourer sportscars
Country International
Inaugural season 2006
Drivers 63 (2013)
Teams 20 (2013)
Tyre suppliers Dunlop
Drivers' champion Italy Andrea Montermini
Teams' champion Netherlands V8 Racing(Super GT)
Italy Bhai Tech Racing(GTS)
Official website www.gtopen.net/
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The International GT Open is a grand tourer-style sports car racing founded in 2006 by the Spanish GT Sport Organización. It is a spin-off of the Spanish GT Championship, and uses a similar format, except its races are held internationally.

Format[edit]

The series consists of events in various European countries which feature two races over a weekend. In its first year, the races had an identical format to the Spanish GT Championship, with two 200 km races, the first held on Saturday and the second the following Sunday. Three of the six rounds were joint events for the Open and the Spanish GT Championship.

In 2007, the first race, known as Pro-Am, covers approximately 200 km distance, while the second race is 150 km and known as GT Open. The only exception is the Open GT Barcelona, which is a single 300 km race. Since its inception, a few races have been a part of the World Touring Car Championship support package.

Regulations[edit]

Each race consists of a field of grand touring-style cars broken into different classes based on power and weight. For 2006, two classes were used, known as GTA and GTB. GTA is equivalent to the GT2 class used in the FIA GT Championship, but it also allows non-homologated cars provide they obey the FIA GT2 technical regulations. Most of the field is made up of Ferrari F430 GTs and Porsche 911 GT3-RSRs. Non-homologated cars like the Mosler MT900R and the SEAT Cupra GT are also competitive.

The GTB class consists of cars usually from a manufacturer's one-make cup series, like the Ferrari F430 Challenge, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, and the Marcos Mantis. A GTS class was created to house the FIA GT3 class, consisting mainly of Dodge Viper Competition Coupes and Lamborghini Gallardo GT3s.

Champions[edit]

Drivers[edit]

Year Overall GTA GTS GTB
2006 Italy Michele Bartyan Italy Michele Bartyan Italy Stefano Zonca
Italy Andrea Belicchi
Italy Fabrizio Gini
2007 Austria Richard Lietz
Switzerland Joël Camathias
Italy Andrea Montermini
Italy Michele Maceratesi
Italy Riccardo Romagnoli Italy Gianni Giudici
2008 Italy Andrea Montermini
Italy Michele Maceratesi
Italy Andrea Montermini
Italy Michele Maceratesi
Italy Marco Cioci
Italy Andrea Pellizzato
not held
Overall Super GT GTS
2009 Switzerland Joël Camathias
Switzerland Marcel Fässler
Switzerland Joël Camathias
Switzerland Marcel Fässler
Austria Philipp Peter
Poland Michal Broniszewski
2010 Spain Álvaro Barba
Germany Pierre Kaffer
Spain Álvaro Barba
Germany Pierre Kaffer
Italy Marco Frezza
2011 France Soheil Ayari France Soheil Ayari Italy Lorenzo Bontempelli
Italy Stefano Gattuso
2012 Italy Federico Leo
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Italy Federico Leo
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Italy Daniel Zampieri
Italy Michael Dalle Stelle
2013 Italy Andrea Montermini Italy Andrea Montermini Italy Giorgio Pantano

Teams[edit]

Year Teams' Cup
2007 Italy Scuderia Playteam SaraFree
2008 Italy Scuderia Playteam SaraFree
Super GT GTS
2009 Italy Autorlando Sport Italy Villois Racing
2010 Italy AF Corse Switzerland Kessel Racing
2011 Monaco JMB Racing Switzerland Kessel Racing
2012 Italy AF Corse Switzerland Kessel Racing
2013 Netherlands V8 Racing Italy Bhai Tech Racing

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