SRO Motorsports Group, the series organiser of Fanatec GT World Challenge Asia Powered by AWS, has cancelled the planned final round of the 2022 championship which had been scheduled to take place at Mandalika International Circuit, Indonesia, on October 21 – 23.
The series will now conclude at the Okayama, Japan round on September 23 – 25.
Mandalika opened in 2021 and has already hosted MotoGP and Superbike World Championship rounds. However modifications required to homologate the track for car racing will not be completed in time for GT World Challenge Asia’s visit in October.
Championship Director, Benjamin Franassovici, expressed his disappointment at the cancellation but said the organisers had no option.
“This is a very unfortunate decision and certainly one we had not envisaged when the calendar was announced last December,” he said. “We have been aware of the homologation issue for some time and have tried to find solutions that would allow us to either visit Mandalika as planned or delay our Indonesian debut by a month. However, and having exhausted all possible avenues for 2022, we have no choice but to cancel this year’s event.
“I know this will come as a disappointment to our teams and drivers, but also the Indonesian fans who were eagerly anticipating Fanatec GT World Challenge Asia’s event at Mandalika. We hope the issue can be resolved and the necessary assurances made so we that we can explore the option of racing there next year.”