2011 FIA GT3 Championship is heading to Russia

FIA GT3 Championship will set another milestone this year as it becomes the first series to hold an international car race in Russia which is scheduled on August 20 and 21. Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2011 FIA GT3 European Championship are to be held at the Smolensk Ring situated near the border Belarus which is 300km west of Moscow. The Smolensk Ring is 15 meter wide, 13-corner race track and was designed by Formula 1 circuit architect Hermann Tilke. It was used for the first time for the European Truck Racing Championship last August 7, 2010.

According to Stephane Ratel, Chairman of the SRO Motorsports Group, “We are extremely pleased that the FIA GT3 European Championship will be the first international series for cars to compete in Russia and this represents another important step for the Championship and for SRO. Smolensk ring is brand new; having only opened last August and the circuit certainly looks like it will present some excellent opportunities for good, close racing. The opportunity to race in Russia, one of the most important markets in the world for luxury and sports brands, was very welcome indeed. The GT3 races in August are just the first step in relationship we have with the Russian promoters, with plans to take the GT1 World Championship to Russia in 2012.”


The CEO of Smolensk Ring, Oleg Petrikov was also very pleased and here’s what he said: “We are very pleased that the Smolensk Ring will host the FIA GT3 European Championship in 2011 and for the first time Russian spectators can watch an international race of such high level live. We hope that teams and drivers will like our circuit and layout of the track and all guests and spectators receive unforgettable emotions. It’ll be a good prize for all people involved in the building of the circuit. It’s not always easy to be the first and we have huge volume of organization work ahead, but we and our partners from SRO are sure that everything will be done and together we will create a good platform for the GT1 World Championship in 2012.”


Here’s the schedule of the 2011 FIA GT3 European Championship:


May 7-8 Portugal Algarve
June 4-5 Great Britain Silverstone
July 2-3 Spain Navarra
July 16-17 France Paul Ricard
August 20-21 Russia Smolensk Ring
October 16-16 Netherlands Zandvoort