Three of the six titles up for grabs in this season’s GT World Challenge season are already decided, with the other three all coming to their conclusion this month.
The first of those will be the Sprint title in Europe, which will see a final showdown race at Circuit Spa-Francorchamps. This tenth race of the season will decide whether it’s McLaren’s James Baldwin or Ferrari’s David Tonizza who’ll take the crown, with the two separated by just two points.
It’s been quite the season of two halves, with Tonizza winning three of the first four races, and Baldwin winning three of the last five. Last time out at Barcelona it was almost impossible to separate them all race long, with Baldwin just running out the winner, making this week’s race quite difficult to call. We’ll find out which of the two will join Dayne Warren (Asia) and Michael Kundakcioglu (Americas) as regional Sprint champion on 12th November.
Europe’s Endurance champion has already been decided, with the Ferrari Driver Academy team of Tonizza and Giovanni de Salvo taking the title, but both the Asia and Americas trophies are yet to find a home.
With two of the three rounds in the Americas series having taken place, it’s the SideMax x Black Hawk Racing McLaren of Chris Severt and Tinko van der Velde leading the championship by six points courtesy of two strong podium finishes. However should any of the next three cars – the #93 HPD JAS Pro America NSX, the Kings of Asphalt Aston Martin, or the PPR Esports Purple Mercedes – take the win on 20th November at Laguna Seca, they’ll also take the championship. Both the HPD and Kings of Asphalt teams have won already this season, and the PPR Purple squad has been in the mix but suffered in a bizarre incident at Bathurst, so it’s likely to be a close contest.
Meanwhile the Asia Endurance series still has two rounds to go, with the Bathurst race this coming week and the delayed Suzuka event two weeks after that. With only one race completed, it’s Full Pace Racing that leads the way, from JMX Phantom in second, and Legion of Racers in third.
It was a close race between the three, with the next car nearly a minute further back, and it seems likely the title will eventually go to one of these squads – the Legion of Racers car being a pre-season favourite, thanks to a driver pairing of Dillan Tan and sprint runner-up Andika Rama Maulana – but it’s still too early to tell.