Austin, Tex. – SRO Blancpain GT Series announced today it must cancel its Six-Hour Endurance round set for March 3-6 at the Circuit of the Americas as part of the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge season opening weekend.

The six-hour race was scheduled to be the North American debut for the series.

The Pirelli World Challenge kickoff event continues to gain momentum with all seven categories competing on the state-of-the-art, world-class 3.427-mile racing circuit located just west of Austin, the state capital of Texas.

“The SRO has confirmed the cancellation of their 2016 North American Blancpain GT debut race at COTA,” said Greg Gill, President and CEO of WC Vision, producers of the Pirelli World Challenge road racing series. “We, as a Series, are very disappointed by this development, and we are especially disappointed for the competitors and teams from the USA who had entered the event. However, we understand the reasons behind the difficult decision the SRO Blancpain organization was forced to make.”

“WC Vision and Pirelli World Challenge has over 75 cars already entered to race at COTA and we look forward to an excellent season opener in March. An updated event schedule will be released this coming week.”

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About the Pirelli World Challenge:
Coming off the most exciting racing campaign in its 26-year history, Pirelli World Challenge announced a variety of new elements to its 2016 series including an impressive 11-weekend schedule. In 2015, the sensational Pirelli World Challenge competition saw nine different auto manufacturers finishing the final eleven point positions in the GT category. The 2016 Pirelli World Challenge will be contested at the Circuit of the Americas, March 3-6; St. Petersburg, Fla., March 11-13; Long Beach, Calif., April 15-17; Barber Motorsports Park, April 22-24; Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, May 19-22; Lime Rock Park, May 27-28; Road America, June 24-26; Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, July 29-31; Utah Motorsport Campus, August 12-14; Sonoma Raceway, Sept. 16-18; and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Oct. 7-9. Pirelli World Challenge has also confirmed the television package with CBS Sports Network that will include several live race broadcasts for the 2016 season as well as the expanded relationship with Motor Trend on Demand TV. For additional information on PWC, please go to