1997 FIA GT Championship
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|1997 FIA GT Championship|
The 1997 FIA GT Championship was the inaugural season of FIA GT Championship, an auto racing series endorsed by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and organized by the Stéphane Ratel Organisation (SRO). The FIA GT Championship replaced the BPR Global GT Series which had been held races and championships from 1994 to 1996 after the series was promoted by the FIA, while Stéphane Ratel took over as promoter and organizer of the new championship, replaced the former BPR Organisation after the departure of partners Jürgen Barth and Patrick Peter. The races featured grand touring cars conforming to two categories of regulations, GT1 and GT2, and awarded driver and team championships in each category. The season began on 13 April 1997 and ended on 26 October 1997 after 11 rounds, visiting Europe, Japan, and the United States.
For the new international championship, much of the calendar was new. The Nürburgring, Spa, Silverstone, and Suzuka's endurance event were all retained, but much of the European calendar was new to the series. Donington Park replaced Brands Hatch as the second British round, while Hockenheimring was added as a second German event. Mugello took over from Monza in Italy, and A1-Ring also brought the series to Austria for the first time. A street circuit in Helsinki was unique to the calendar, and served as the first race of a shorter three-hour duration. Two American events of a three-hour duration replaced the former season-ending fly-away race in China, visiting Sebring and Laguna Seca.
|1||Hockenheim 4 Hours||Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany||13 April|
|2||British Empire Trophy||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, United Kingdom||11 May|
|3||Helsinki 3 Hours||Helsinki, Finland||25 May|
|4||Nürburgring 4 Hours||Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany||29 June|
|5||Spa 4 Hours||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium||20 July|
|6||Zeltweg 4 Hours||A1-Ring, Spielberg, Austria||3 August|
|7||POKKA Suzuka 1000 km||Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan||24 August|
|8||Donington 4 Hours||Donington Park, Leicestershire, United Kingdom||14 September|
|9||Mugello 4 Hours||Mugello Circuit, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy||28 September|
|10||Sebring 3 Hours||Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, United States||18 October|
|11||Laguna Seca 3 Hours||Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, United States||26 October|
- Lotus No. 15 was entered by GT1 Lotus Racing Franck Muller for the first event of the season before switching to First Racing Project for the rest of the season.
- Martin Veyhle Racing entered the first two rounds of the season with a McLaren before switching to a Lotus from round five onwards.
- Agusta Racing Team entered a Callaway for the first four rounds of the championship, before switching to a Porsche for the rest of the season.
- The No. 77, 78, and 79 Mustangs were entered by Saleen-Allen Speedlab for the start of the season before switching to Cirtek from round 8 onward. Saleen-Allen Speedlab later reentered the series with No. 95 for round 11.
Results and standingsEdit
Points were awarded to the top six finishers in each category. Entries were required to complete 75% of the race distance in order to be classified.
Teams score points for all cars that finish each round of the championship. Cars must complete at least 75% of the race distance to be classified.
|1||Viper Team Oreca||1||1||2||1||2||1||1||1||1||2||126|
|4||Marcos Racing International||Ret||13||2||Ret||3||8||10||11||Ret||4||12||13|
|12||Agusta Racing Team||Ret||18||14||5||Ret||6||3|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to 1997 in FIA GT Championship.|
- Official FIA GT homepage
- 1997 FIA GT Championship race results
- 1997 FIA GT Championship images Retrieved from www.racingsportscars.com on 24 August 2009
- 1997 FIA GT Championship Classifications Retrieved from web.archive.org on 24 August 2009
- 1997 FIA GT Championship points tables Retrieved from web.archive.org on 24 August 2009
- Grand Touring Car Technical Regulations Retrieved from web.archive.org on 25 August 2009