Understanding the International GT Open

Understanding the International GT Open

May 18, 2022
International GT Open

In 2022, Theeba Motorsport makes its motor racing debut in the International GT Open.

Get the inside line on the series and discover how to follow our maiden season of competition in one of GT racing’s most celebrated series.

What is the International GT Open?

The International GT Open is one of motorsport’s highest tiers of GT racing and brings multi-class competition to some of Europe’s most prestigious circuits.

Since its inaugural season in 2006, the series has experienced continual growth and success to become a respected and fiercely competitive GT3 racing platform.

In 2022, Theeba Motorsport becomes the series’ newest team and, with bold ambitions and a talented driver line-up, is driven by its desire to succeed and its passion to spark change.

Which class will Theeba Motorsport compete in?

With team founder Reema Juffali partnering GT ace Adam Christodoulou, Theeba Motorsport will compete in the International GT Open’s Pro-Am class.

Consisting of seven teams, nine cars and a total of 18 drivers, Pro-Am is the series’ most competitive category and promises close-fought wheel-to-wheel action on race day.

What is the format?

An International GT Open race weekend takes place over three days and consists of two practice sessions, a pair of qualifying sessions and two races.

Practice takes place on a Friday and provides drivers and teams with an invaluable two-hour window to refine car set-up and, crucially, collect data for the rest of the weekend.

The first race, held on a Saturday, runs over a 70-minute period while Sunday’s race lasts for 60 minutes. Both races are preceded by a qualifying session which determines the starting grid.

Pitstops are compulsory and must be completed within a specified time period to ensure that both drivers compete in each race.

In the Pro-Am class, points are awarded to the top six finishers. The winner receives 10 points and the sixth-placed runner takes home two points.

Points are also awarded to the top 10 finishers in the overall classification, with the winner receiving 15 points on a scale down to one point for taking 10th place.

Where does the series race?

The International GT Open visits some of Europe’s most prestigious, iconic and challenging circuits and contests a total of 14 races over seven weekends each season.

Commencing at the Circuit do Estoril in April, the series swaps Portugal’s rolling hills for France’s demanding Circuit Paul Ricard in May.

The series then heads to the fearsome Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in June before visiting the Hungaroring in early July.

Austria’s Red Bull Ring will host rounds nine and 10 while motorsport’s Temple of Speed, Monza, marks the penultimate weekend of the season in September.

The season will conclude at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain on 15-16 October where a champion will be crowned.

Where can I watch?

Every International GT Open qualifying session and race is broadcast live on the championship’s YouTube channel.

To follow our journey and stay up to date with our latest news, follow Theeba Motorsport on our Twitter and Instagram channels.

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