The 2014 GT Asia Organisers have received the highest number of full season entries ever recorded in the history of the Championship, with a number of further additional applicants, who are just working on their last minute sponsorship deals, possibly still to come. As of March, 27 full-season entries have been received and with a high number of expected race-by-race competitors, it is expected that GT Asia will be able to present a grid of between 30 and 35 cars at each event.
Not only will the 2014 season see an increase in the quantity of the competitor’s but there will definitely be a further increase in quality as well, both from the calibre of the drivers as well as from the Teams.
The GT3 grid should include five Ferrari 458 GT3 cars, four Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3’s, at least three Audi R8 LMS Ultra’, two Lamborghini L2’s, the arrival of Nissan with the GTR, representation for McLaren with a minimum of one MP4-12C and AMG with two SLS GT3’s. Discussions are underway for between two and four Ford GT’s as well as some other marques.
In the GTM category, season entries have been received from five Porsche 997 Cup cars, two Audi LMS Cup cars, one Lamborghini and Lotus with at least one Evora GTC, Five Ferrari Challenge cars have also signed up for at least three of the events, with a very strong possibility that two of those will contest the entire season.
David Sonenscher, CEO of Motorsport Asia, Joint Promoter of the GT Asia Series commented:
“The GT Asia Series is about to take a massive leap forward on every level this season. The number of entries is very impressive and as the driver and Team line-ups are announced, over the coming few weeks, you will see the increase in professionalism and the seriousness with which people are now approaching the Championship. I personally can’t wait to get things underway. If the racing is anywhere near as exciting as last year then we are in for a real treat.”
A few changes to the Regulations have been introduced for 2014, the most significant of which is a lengthened race duration of between 50 to 60 minutes per race, to give more driving time to competitors at each event.
“2014 marks the start of the sixth year that the GT Asia Series will run as a collaborative effort between Motorsport Asia and the Supercar Club Hong Kong. Together, we have made the Series grow to become the leading GT Series in Asia” stated CEO of SCCHK Paul Yao.
The 2014 GT Asia Series will start the season for the first time in Korea at the newly built Inje Autopia Circuit, close to Seoul. From there the Series heads to Japan competing at the Autopolis and Fuji Circuits before heading to Malaysia and the home circuit for many of the the Teams in Sepang. Following that, the Series will head once more to China before finishing once more at the famous Macau Grand Prix.