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 eight events in 2019 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 2019, the Sasol GTC Championship calendar will see a revamped eight-round motorsport season. Starting in early March with the Extreme Festival, GTC will head to Port Shepstone to race for the first time at Dezzi Raceway, a circuit quickly becoming a feature on the national racing calendar. The championship will then head to a mix circuits including Zwartkops Raceway, Killarney Raceway and Aldo Scribante before breaking away with the tour in August to be part of the SA Festival of Motoring at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit once again. The calendar will then finish the year with an additional visit to Cape Town followed by the finale in late October at Red Star Raceway.
While seven of the eight rounds will be part of the Extreme Festival, the standalone event at the Johannesburg International Motor Show returns after the huge success of racing in front of tens of thousands of people from around South Africa in 2018.