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Planned Intercontinental GT Challenge race at COTA cancelled

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AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 20: Cras race past an observation tower during the Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of The Americas on September 20, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images)

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The Intercontinental GT Challenge raced scheduled to take place at the Circuit of The Americas in March has been cancelled due to a lack of interest from European entrants.

The Intercontinental GT Challenge was formed for 2016 in a bid to unite the leading GT3 teams and racers and bring some of the biggest events under one umbrella.

A four-race calendar was announced last September featuring 12-hour races at Bathurst and Sepang as well as the 24 Hours of Spa in July.

The second race of the year was planned to take place at COTA in Austin, Texas, in support of the Pirelli World Challenge event on March 4-6, but has now been cancelled.

“The difficulty we had to motivate European teams to cross the Atlantic ahead of an extremely competitive Blancpain season, convinced us it was better to postpone the introduction of the American round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge to October 2017, at a time when both American and European teams will have finished their respective seasons and be ready for a Grand ‘GT final’,” said Stephane Ratel, founder of SRO Motorsports Group, the company behind the series.

As a result, the calendar for the inaugural Intercontinental GT Challenge season has been whittled down to just three races, starting with Bathurst next weekend.

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