Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS will continue to race at Brands Hatch until at least 2025 following confirmation of a new agreement between circuit owner MotorSport Vision (MSV) and SRO Motorsports Group.
The Kent track has become a mainstay of the Fanatec GT Sprint Cup schedule since making its first appearance on the calendar in 2014 and has hosted a race each year since, with the exception of the Covid-effected 2020 season. It will open the 2023 Sprint campaign on 13-14 May, marking the short-format championship's ninth visit to the track.
The event has proven immensely popular with race fans, drawing a succession of big attendances that ensure a festival-like atmosphere. Drivers are equally enthusiastic about the challenges posed by the 3.9km circuit, with some of the world's leading GT racers naming Brands Hatch among their favourite venues.
"I'm delighted that we will continue to host Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS until at least 2025," commented David Willey, MSV Group Motorsport Events Manager. "The Fanatec GT Sprint Cup meeting has been a consistent fixture on our calendar for coming up to a decade now, and it's fantastic that the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit will retain its place on the international sports car and GT racing scene.
"It's always a pleasure to work with the SRO Motorsports Group, both on its international and domestic events, and we're looking forward to continuing that successful relationship," he added.
Indeed, the affiliation between Brands Hatch and SRO stretches back almost three decades to the 1996 BPR Global Series, which included a four-hour endurance race at the track. The event was won by racing legends Hans-Joachim Stuck and Thierry Boutsen at the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT1.
"SRO has significant history at this track and it has become one of the cornerstones of the Fanatec GT Sprint Cup since staging its first race meeting in 2014," said Stéphane Ratel. "Almost a decade on it remains immensely popular with both fans and drivers, so I expect a very positive reaction to the news that we will continue to visit through at least 2025.
"We must extend our thanks to MotorSport Vision and the dedicated team at the circuit for their work, which is rewarded with a first-class racing venue. We look forward to opening the upcoming Fanatec GT Sprint Cup season at Brands Hatch in May."
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