GT4 European Series

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GT4 European Series
Category Grand Tourer (GT4)
Country Europe
Inaugural season 2007
Tyre suppliers Hankook
Drivers' champion Netherlands Bernhard van Oranje
Netherlands Ricardo van der Ende
Makes' champion Netherlands Racing Team Holland by Ekris Motorsport
Official website GT4 European Series
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The GT4 European Series, formerly known as both GT4 European Cup is a sports car championship created by the Stéphane Ratel Organisation (SRO) and organised by GT-Future GmbH. It is an amateur championship which followed a formula similar to the FIA GT3 European Championship, which was itself derived from the FIA GT Championship which utilized the GT1 and GT2 classes. The GT4 class cars are the least powerful of the four classes, yet are equalised in order to allow driving skill to become key.


Following the successful introduction of the FIA GT3 European Championship in 2006, the formula was expanded to include usage by other nationally based professional championships such as the British GT Championship, Belcar, Australian GT Championship and German ADAC GT Masters. While the FIA GT3 European Championship continues, the SRO felt that a true amateur championship was needed in order to complement GT3 which allowed a certain level of professional driver to compete. Many national series also adopted the GT4 regulations as a lower class, and the European Cup eventually lacked the competitors needed to continue. During the 2016 24 Hours of Spa, the Stéphane Ratel Organisation (SRO) announced that the European Cup will be divided in 2 different series starting from 2017..[1] They are called the GT4 European Series Northern Cup and the GT4 European Series Southern Cup. The Northern Cup will be the same as the European Cup, while the Southern Cup will collect forces with the FFSA GT Championship. Since Stéphane Ratel spoke out about his firm belief in this class, many championships and constructors have followed.


GT4 class cars are mostly what can be referred to as track day cars, which are factory-built race cars available to the public. However, custom-built cars based on production models can also be built by teams. All cars are test driven by the FIA and then modified so that they all have near identical performance levels. Once a car has been approved by the FIA, it cannot be modified by the teams, eliminating continual development costs for constructors. All cars run on regulated Pirelli tires and Continental tires to further equalize performance.

The following cars are currently homologated for GT4:

Nr. Manufacturer Model Since Expiration Developer
RACB GT4-012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 01-04-2009 31-12-2018 Aston Martin
RACB GT4-015 Lotus Evora 25-07-2011 31-12-2018 Lotus
RACB GT4-019 Ginetta G55 01-04-2014 31-12-2021 Ginetta
RACB GT4-021 KTM X-Bow 02-12-2016 31-12-2023
RACB GT4-027 Ford Mustang GT4 01-08-2017 31-12-2024
RACB GT4-028 SIN R1 01-01-2015 31-12-2022 Matech Concepts
RACB GT4-MC Maserati Gran Turismo MC GT4 01-04-2016 31-12-2020
RACB GT4-030 McLaren 570S 01-01-2017 31-12-2024
RACB GT4-031 Chevrolet Camaro 01-03-2017 31-12-2024 Pratt & Miller[2]
Aston Martin Vantage N24
Audi TT
Audi R8 Audi Sport
BMW BMW M3 GT4 BMW Motorsport[3]
BMW Z4 G&A Racing
Chevrolet Corvette C6 Callaway Cars[4]
Ginetta G50 Ginetta
Maserati Maserati Trofeo
Porsche 997 Equipe Verschuur[5]
Chevrolet Camaro Riley Technologies[6]
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport
Porsche Cayman PRO4 GT4 Prosport Performance


Like GT3, GT4 drivers have a set of criteria which would automatically eliminate them from competition based on their level of experience. Since GT4 class drivers are meant to be true amateurs, these criteria are tighter than that seen in GT3.

Drivers under the age of 30 are not allowed to have had a top-ten finish in any national or international single-seater championship, nor to have had a distinguishable career in a national or international GT championship. These drivers are known as Silver drivers. Drivers over the age of 30 who did not receive their racing licenses until after turning 30 and having no single-seater experience at all are also allowed in the series, under the term Bronze drivers.


Just as in GT3, each event would consist of two races of equal distance, usually held on different days. Teams were not required to have two drivers and could use the same driver for each race.


The championship used the standard FIA point scheme for the top ten finishers: 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1. If a team used different drivers for each race in a single event, both drivers would receive points. A driver and team championship were both held.

If at least five cars of the same make participate in a race, then a manufacturer cup would also be awarded, similar to the style used in GT3.


Season Class Drivers Champion(s) Teams Champion
2007 GT4 Belgium Eric De Doncker not awarded
2008 GT4 Belgium Eric De Doncker
Mustang FR500C
Belgium Motorsport98
Light Germany Christopher Haase
2009 GT4 United Kingdom Joe Osborne
Ginetta G50
United Kingdom RJN Motorsport
Nissan 350Z
Supersport Austria Augustin Eder
KTM Xbow
2010 GT4 Netherlands Paul Meijer
Aston Martin GT4
Netherlands Rhesus Racing
Aston Martin GT4
Supersport Italy Gianni Giudici
Lotus 2-Eleven
2011 GT4 Netherlands Ricardo van der Ende Netherlands Racing Team Holland by Ekris Motorsport
Supersport Italy Gianni Giudici
Lotus 2-Eleven
2012 Not held
2013 PRO Netherlands Ricardo van der Ende Netherlands Ekris Motorsport
AM Germany Jörg Viebahn
Porsche CUP GT4
2014 PRO Netherlands Bernhard van Oranje
Netherlands Ricardo van der Ende
Netherlands Racing Team Holland by Ekris Motorsport
AM France André Grammatico
2015 PRO Netherlands Jelle Beelen
Netherlands Marcel Nooren
Chevrolet Camaro GT4
Netherlands V8 Racing
Chevrolet Camaro GT4
AM Austria Daniel Uckermann
Lotus Evora GT4 & KTM X-Bow GTR
2016 PRO Germany Peter Terting
Germany Jörg Viebahn
Porsche Cayman PRO4 GT4
Germany PROsport Performance
Porsche Cayman PRO4 GT4
AM France Jérôme Demay
Aston Martin Vantage GT4
2017 PRO Netherlands Duncan Huisman
Netherlands Luc Braams
McLaren 570S GT4
Netherlands Ekris Motorsport
AM Italy Giuseppe Ghezzi
Porsche 997 GT4

Similar series[edit]

Since the introduction of the GT4 European Cup, the GT4 class of cars have been expanded to various national series. The British GT Championship and Belgian GT Championship allow GT4 and Super Sport class cars to compete alongside the GT3 class, while the stand-alone Dutch GT4 Championship ran its first season of competition 2009.[7] A GT4 championship plans to be run in Brazil in 2010.[8] Norway introduced a national championship called GTF in 2014 featuring GT4 regulated cars.


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