- A Suzuka replacement race in the Middle East was considered but rejected due to budget constraints
- IGTC 2021 calendar will feature races in Belgium, the US, South Africa
The Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC) will compromise of just three races this season, series organiser SRO Motorsports Group has confirmed.
In March 2021, SRO revealed that the series' Suzuka Ten Hours race, originally scheduled for August, had been scrapped from the calendar for the second year running due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
At the time, it was reported that a replacement race in the Middle East was being considered. However, SRO has now confirmed that a race in the region is not being planned due to calendar and budget restraints.
Therefore, the 2021 IGTC calendar will be made up of only three races: the Spa 24 Hours, the Indianapolis Eight Hour and the Kyalami Nine Hour.
"We invested much time and energy into finding a replacement event that would uphold Intercontinental’s purpose of uniting the world’s great GT endurance races," said SRO founder, Stephane Ratel, to Autosport.
"Although several options would have achieved this aim, each also presented a new set of challenges to overcome. Given the current global situation, I believe it is better to focus our energies on IGTC’s three existing rounds.
"I would like to thank each of the parties and promoters for their positive collaboration and hope to work with them again in the future.
"Indeed, although Intercontinental won’t be visiting the Middle East this year I remain confident that these discussions will subsequently allow us to explore fresh opportunities."
Looking to the future, it is currently unclear if global Covid-19 restrictions will allow the 2022 season opener in Australia to take place.