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 Michelin[1]
Drivers' champion Italy Thomas Biagi
Italy Fabrizio Crestani
Teams' champion Spain BMW Team Teo Martín
Official website www.gtopen.net/
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The International GT Open is a grand tourer-style sports car racing series 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. In early seasons, 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. Ferrari 458 still remain the unbeatable car of the last four years: 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Champions[edit]

Drivers[edit]

Current categories[edit]

Overall[edit]

Season Drivers Team Tyre Poles Wins Podiums Points Clinched Margin
2006 Italy Michele Bartyan Italy Playteam SaraFree D 3 3 5 86 Race 11 of 11 4
2007 Switzerland Joël Camathias
Austria Richard Lietz
Italy Autorlando D 3 3 6 158 Race 15 of 15 4
2008 Italy Michele Maceratesi
Italy Andrea Montermini
Italy Scuderia Playteam SaraFree D 7 5 8 177 Race 16 of 16 8
2009 Switzerland Joël Camathias
Switzerland Marcel Fässler
Switzerland Trottet Racing D 3 6 9 233 Race 16 of 16 13
2010 Spain Álvaro Barba
Germany Pierre Kaffer
Italy AF Corse D 9 4 9 198 Race 16 of 16 5
2011 France Soheil Ayari Monaco JMB Racing D 0 4 8 199 Race 16 of 16 22
2012 Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Italy Federico Leo
Italy AF Corse D 3 3 7 233 Race 16 of 16 3
2013 Italy Andrea Montermini Italy Scuderia Villorba Corse D 5 6 14 231 Race 14 of 16 54
2014 Russia Roman Mavlanov
Italy Daniel Zampieri
Russia SMP Racing Russian Bears D 4 3 10 212 Race 16 of 16 10
2015 Portugal Álvaro Parente
Portugal Miguel Ramos
Spain Teo Martín Motorsport M 6 3 11 212 Race 13 of 14 33
2016 Italy Thomas Biagi
Italy Fabrizio Crestani
Italy Orange 1 Team Lazarus M 3 3 9 183 Race 12 of 14 51

GT3 PROAM[edit]

Season Drivers Team Tyre Poles Wins Podiums Points Clinched Margin
2015 Portugal Álvaro Parente
Portugal Miguel Ramos
Spain Teo Martín Motorsport M 6 3 11 94 Race 12 of 14 20
2016 Italy Thomas Biagi
Italy Fabrizio Crestani
Italy Orange 1 Team Lazarus M 3 1 8 78 Race 12 of 14 26

GT3 AM[edit]

Season Drivers Team Tyre Poles Wins Podiums Points Clinched Margin
2015 Germany Claudio Sdanewitsch Italy AF Corse M 2 5 12 55 Race 10 of 14 7
2016 Portugal António Coimbra
Portugal Luís Silva
Portugal Sports & You M 3 8 12 55 Race 12 of 14 19

Defunct categories[edit]

GTA[edit]

Season Drivers Team Tyre Poles Wins Podiums Points Clinched Margin
2006 Italy Michele Bartyan Italy Playteam SaraFree D 3 3 5 86 Race 11 of 11 4
2007 Italy Michele Maceratesi
Italy Andrea Montermini
Italy Scuderia Playteam SaraFree D 2 3 5 65 Race 15 of 15 3
2008 Italy Michele Maceratesi
Italy Andrea Montermini
Italy Scuderia Playteam SaraFree D 6 5 8 77 Race 16 of 16 9

GTB[edit]

Season Drivers Team Tyre Poles Wins Podiums Points Clinched Margin
2006 Italy Fabrizio Gini Italy Scuderia Giudici D 0 1 2 no data
2007 Italy Gianni Giudici Italy Scuderia Giudici D 1 1 9 no data

GTS[edit]

Season Drivers Team Tyre Poles Wins Podiums Points Clinched Margin
2006 Italy Andrea Belicchi
Italy Stefano Zonca
Italy Racing Box D 5 4 8 no data
2007 Italy Riccardo Romagnoli Italy La Torre D 3 3 5 no data
2008 Italy Marco Cioci
Italy Andrea Pellizzato
Italy Twentytwo D 7 6 6 71 Race 14 of 16 20
2009 Poland Michał Broniszewski
Austria Philipp Peter
Switzerland Kessel Racing D 8 6 12 107 Race 14 of 16 27
2010 Italy Marco Frezza Switzerland Kessel Racing D 1 5 8 86 Race 16 of 16 2
2011 Italy Lorenzo Bontempelli
Italy Stefano Gattuso
Switzerland Kessel Racing D 6 7 12 116 Race 15 of 16 13
2012 Italy Michael Dalle Stelle
Italy Daniel Zampieri
Switzerland Kessel Racing D 5 3 10 88 Race 16 of 16 3
2013 Italy Giorgio Pantano Italy Bhai Tech Racing D 0 3 5 56 Race 16 of 16 0
2014 Italy Giorgio Roda Italy AF Corse D 0 2 7 86 Race 15 of 16 9

Super GT[edit]

Season Drivers Team Tyre Poles Wins Podiums Points Clinched Margin
2009 Switzerland Joël Camathias
Switzerland Marcel Fässler
Switzerland Trottet Racing D 3 6 9 99 Race 16 of 16 5
2010 Spain Álvaro Barba
Germany Pierre Kaffer
Italy AF Corse D 9 4 9 90 Race 16 of 16 9
2011 France Soheil Ayari Monaco JMB Racing D 0 4 9 88 Race 16 of 16 9
2012 Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Italy Federico Leo
Italy AF Corse D 3 3 7 85 Race 16 of 16 1
2013 Italy Andrea Montermini Italy Scuderia Villorba Corse D 5 6 14 116 Race 14 of 16 22
2014 Russia Roman Mavlanov
Italy Daniel Zampieri
Russia SMP Racing Russian Bears D 4 3 10 104 Race 16 of 16 5

Gentleman’s Cup[edit]

Season Drivers Team Tyre Poles Wins Podiums Points Clinched Margin
2013 Belarus Alexander Talkanitsa, Sr. Austria AT Racing D 0 6 13 114 Race 14 of 16 22
2014 Germany Claudio Sdanewitsch Italy AF Corse D 0 5 15 128 Race 15 of 16 10

GT Open Cup[edit]

Season Drivers Team Tyre Poles Wins Podiums Points Clinched Margin
2015 United Kingdom James Abbott United Kingdom Radical Works M 0 0 0 10 Race 6 of 14 0

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
2014 Netherlands V8 Racing Italy AF Corse
Teams' Championship
2015 Italy AF Corse
2016 Spain BMW Team Teo Martín

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michelin becomes the new tire supplier of the Euroformula Open". automobilsport.com. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 

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