04/12/2005 Successful launch of FIA European GT3 Championship
The official launch of the new FIA European GT3 Championship took place in Monaco on Friday December 2nd. Despite torrential rain, which closed Nice airport, a full crowd listed to SRO Chairman Stephane Ratel present the innovative new Championship, which take to the tracks, alongside the FIA GT, in 2006. The President of the FIA, Mr Max Mosley, was the guest of honour, who spoke encouragingly of the new Championship : "I think the FIA GT3 European Championship is an excellent idea, and we at the FIA are very pleased about it. It fills a gap in the market and it provides the possibility of very good and very entertaining racing for competitors and drivers who might otherwise be left out in the ever more professional top end of GT racing." Representatives of most of the manufacturers who are building GT3 cars also spoke. Cars on display in front of the Hotel de Paris, Monaco, included the Ascari KZ1R, Aston Martin DBRS9, the Corvette Z06 GT3, the Dodge Viper, the Lamborghini Gallardo, Lotus Exige, Maserati Gran Sport Light, Porsche 997 and the Venturi Heritage.
The press kit is available for download on this site.