The Stephane Ratel Organization has confirmed the slate of races for next year’s Intercontinental GT Challenge. A key change for U.S. fans is that the date for the Laguna Seca California 8 Hours will now take place during the first half of the season. The first two editions of the American round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge have taken place at the end of the year — with the upcoming finale on October 26-28 set to decide both drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships and the Bronze Drivers title fight.
The date for the third edition of the Laguna Seca California 8 Hours is now set for March 30-31, 2019. One of the advantages of this springtime date is that teams competing in the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour (February 2-3) will now have an easier time to transport their equipment to the United States.
After the traditional Australian season opener and the third edition of the longest race on the WeatherTech Laguna Seca circuit, the series moves on to its centerpiece event, the 71st 24 Hours of Spa on July 27-28.
Additional rounds will include the Suzuka 10 Hours on August 24-25, and a new season finale, a nine-hour race on South Africa’s Kyalami circuit, reviving the traditional length for the former South African GP venue’s prestigious sports car race of the 1960s through the 1980s. The Kyalami race is set for the weekend of November 2-3.