The FIA has ratified the Potrero de los Funes circuit in Argentina's return to the GT1 World Championship calendar. The dramatic semi-permanent circuit, near the city of San Luis, had been due to kick off the new championship in March before being axed for financial reasons. But now FIA GT boss Stephane Ratel has brokered a last minute deal to get the event back.
"I went to the governor [of San Luis province] and said I wasn't prepared to leave it," said Ratel. "We have finalized a deal with Interlagos, so it made sense to have a Brazilian/Argentinian doubleheader."
San Luis was first used by the FIA GT Championship in 2008, when its highly challenging layout around a volcanic lake proved a huge hit with drivers. It was dropped this year as Ratel felt the additional cost of the long-haul trip would be tough for teams to afford in the last year of the existing rules package.
The definitive World GT1 calendar approved by the World Motor Sport Council on Friday features 10 rounds rather than the 12 originally planned. The mooted Canadian meeting is no longer on the schedule, which means GT1 will not visit North America in 2010, and the Chinese and Hungarian events have also been shelved for next year. However, the race in Durban in South Africa is still on the calendar, although it has moved from its original April date to November.
2010 FIA GT1 World Championship
4/4 ARE Yas Marina
2/5 GBR Silverstone
23/5 CZE Brno
4/7 FRA* Paul Ricard
1/8 BEL Spa-Francorchamps
29/8 DEU Nurburgring
19/9 PRT Portimao
7/11 ZAF* Durban
28/11 BRA Interlagos
5/12 ARG San Luis
*Subject to the ASN confirmation