ABOUT THE SASOL GTC CHAMPIONSHIP
Global Touring Cars (GTC) is the premier motorsport championship in South Africa. Including both the main Sasol GTC Championship and second-tier class GTC2, the GTC program will contest nine events in 2018 at six of the best race tracks in South Africa.
For the first time since the super touring car series held in South Africa during the 1990’s, the country was introduced to this globally relevant racing series in 2016 on debut, comprising a field of 2.0-litre turbo-powered racing cars. Featuring a common chassis, running gear, a single ECU to control performance, control tyres, suspension and other components, the Sasol GTC Championship exists to create a revival in South African circuit racing.
A professionally managed championship, with key management team having decades of motorsport experience globally, GTC is based on the principles of some of the world’s most successful motorsport series; the likes of which have not been seen on the African continent for many years. Four manufacturers are currently supporting the championship, in Volkswagen South Africa, MINI South Africa, BMW South Africa and Audi South Africa.
In 2018, the Sasol GTC Championship calendar will see Red Star Raceway become the sixth circuit that the category will travel to this coming season in a revamped nine-round motorsport season. Starting in March at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand, the championship will again visit Aldo Scribante in Port Elizabeth, East London Grand Prix Circuit on the Eastern Cape, Killarney Raceway in Cape Town, Zwartkops Raceway in Gauteng and finish the year in late October at Red Star Raceway which has been added to the calendar for the first time since the category’s inception two years ago.
While eight of the nine rounds will be part of the Extreme Festival, another addition to the 2018 season will be running Round 7 of the championship at the Festival of Motoring at Kyalami, where up to 80,000 people are expected to attend from around South Africa, to celebrate all things motorsport and automotive.