Legends Racing are pleased to announce our qualification for the inaugural Sports Car Open Grand Touring Series in the GT3 Amateur class.
SCO has proved to be one of of the top tier hosted racing series on the iRacing platform, and having raced in the two Sports Car Open Seasons run thus far, the team were very keen to be involved in the GT focused series.
Clearly the success of past SCO seasons has been such that many other teams also targeted qualification for and participation in the series, with many big name teams signing up to the series.
Organised and run by CoRe SimRacing, the series will utilise a selection of grand touring and single make cup cars in a team-based, multi-class endurance racing series, with events being held at internationally renowned racing circuits all around the world. As with the Sports Car Open, all the races will be broadcast live via RaceSpot TV.
The GT3 Professional and GT3 Amateur classes have a choice of a quartet of cars from Audi, BMW, Ferrari and Mercedes-AMG. The GT Challenge class is solely for the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
The opening rounds take place at Road America and Imola, before heading to the less prototype-friendly (and hence less regularly frequented) tracks of Philip Island, Donington Park and the Virginia International Raceway.
With the series oversubscribed, pre-qualification was required for the GT3 Professional and Amateur classes. Rather than basing qualification on out and out pace, to pre-qualify teams had to demonstrate pace, consistency, and good racecraft. In a busy session at Laguna Seca, the sum of the 2 fastest drivers’ fastest run of 10 consecutive timed and incident-free laps set the team’s pre-qualifying time.
In the GT3 field, there will be an overall championship title, with separate title for the Professional and Amateur GT3 classes.
With the familiar pairing of Darren Seal and Adam Parle both qualifying for “amateur” status, the decision was made to join the GT3 Amateur Class, providing an increased chance firstly of qualification, and secondly in the championship standings!
With some big names struggling to – and missing – the Pro cut, joining the GT3-Am class proved to the right decision for the team. Even so, both Darren and Adam needed repeated 10-lap runs to cement qualification.
Following successful qualification for the series, attention can now turn to the season opener at Road America … and finalizing the car choice for the series.
RaceSpot TV will be broadcasting the season opener, with the race starting at 1600 UTC on 27th April.