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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.

International GT Open
CategoryGrand tourer sportscars
CountryInternational
Inaugural season2006
Drivers63 (2013)
Teams20 (2013)
Tyre suppliersMichelin[1]
Drivers' championDenmark Mikkel Mac
Teams' championItaly Imperiale Racing
Official websitewww.gtopen.net/
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

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FormatEdit

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.

Support series have included the Euroformula Open Championship (former Spanish F3 Open), SEAT León Supercopa (2014-2016), and Formula V8 3.5 Series (2016).

RegulationsEdit

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.

ChampionsEdit

DriversEdit

Current categoriesEdit

OverallEdit

Season Drivers Team Tyre Poles Wins Podiums Points Clinched Margin
2006   Michele Bartyan   Playteam SaraFree D 3 3 5 86 Race 11 of 11 4
2007   Joël Camathias
  Richard Lietz
  Autorlando D 3 3 6 158 Race 15 of 15 4
2008   Michele Maceratesi
  Andrea Montermini
  Scuderia Playteam SaraFree D 7 5 8 177 Race 16 of 16 8
2009   Joël Camathias
  Marcel Fässler
  Trottet Racing D 3 6 9 233 Race 16 of 16 13
2010   Álvaro Barba
  Pierre Kaffer
  AF Corse D 9 4 9 198 Race 16 of 16 5
2011   Soheil Ayari   JMB Racing D 0 4 8 199 Race 16 of 16 22
2012   Gianmaria Bruni
  Federico Leo
  AF Corse D 3 3 7 233 Race 16 of 16 3
2013   Andrea Montermini   Scuderia Villorba Corse D 5 6 14 231 Race 14 of 16 54
2014   Roman Mavlanov
  Daniel Zampieri
  SMP Racing Russian Bears D 4 3 10 212 Race 16 of 16 10
2015   Álvaro Parente
  Miguel Ramos
  Teo Martín Motorsport M 6 3 11 212 Race 13 of 14 33
2016   Thomas Biagi
  Fabrizio Crestani
  Orange 1 Team Lazarus M 0 2 9 183 Race 12 of 14 51
2017   Giovanni Venturini   Imperiale Racing M 3 3 6 114 Race 14 of 14 8
2018   Mikkel Mac   Luzich Racing M 1 4 6 122 Race 14 of 14 11

GT3 PROAMEdit

Season Drivers Team Tyre Poles Wins Podiums Points Clinched Margin
2015   Álvaro Parente
  Miguel Ramos
  Teo Martín Motorsport M 6 3 11 94 Race 12 of 14 20
2016   Thomas Biagi
  Fabrizio Crestani
  Orange 1 Team Lazarus M 3 1 8 78 Race 12 of 14 26
2017   Shaun Balfe
  Rob Bell
  Balfe Motorsport M 3 1 8 82 Race 12 of 14 17
2018   Tom Onslow-Cole
  Valentin Pierburg
  SPS Automotive Performance M 6 6 8 78 Race 14 of 14 0†

Title won on number of wins count back.

GT3 AMEdit

Season Drivers Team Tyre Poles Wins Podiums Points Clinched Margin
2015   Claudio Sdanewitsch   AF Corse M 2 5 12 55 Race 10 of 14 7
2016   António Coimbra
  Luís Silva
  Sports & You M 3 8 12 55 Race 12 of 14 19
2017   António Coimbra
  Luís Silva
  Sports & You M 0 4 10 49 Race 12 of 14 9
2018   Giulio Borlenghi
  Andrzej Lewandowski
  Vincenzo Sospiri Racing M 1 2 5 83 Race 12 of 14 22

Defunct categoriesEdit

GTAEdit

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

GTBEdit

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

GTSEdit

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

Super GTEdit

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

Gentleman’s CupEdit

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

GT Open CupEdit

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

TeamsEdit

Year Teams' Cup
2007   Scuderia Playteam SaraFree
2008   Scuderia Playteam SaraFree
Super GT GTS
2009   Autorlando Sport   Villois Racing
2010   AF Corse   Kessel Racing
2011   JMB Racing   Kessel Racing
2012   AF Corse   Kessel Racing
2013   V8 Racing   Bhai Tech Racing
2014   V8 Racing   AF Corse
Teams' Championship
2015   AF Corse
2016   BMW Team Teo Martín
2017   Imperiale Racing
2018   Imperiale Racing

ReferencesEdit

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

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