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A new international championship for GT cars founded in 2006 and organised by GT Sport Organisation of former Group C racer Jesus Pareja, which had already had a lot of experience with organising GT events at national level after promoting relatively successful Spanish GT Champioship for several years.
The class structure was kept same as in the Spanish Championship itself. That means GTA class for GT2 cars, either official FIA-homologated cars like Porsche 997 GT3 RSR or Ferrari F430 GTC, or for cars approved by some national authority with similar performance as FIA GT2 cars (called also National GT2) where for example Mosler MT900R or Seat GT found their home. Second class GTB is destined for Cup and Challenge cars. And finally with an introduction of a new GT3 throughout Europe, both Spanish and GT Open series adopted a new class in their structures called GTS. Later in 2007 some of the former GTB cars were moved into GTS as well (Marcos Mantis, Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge).
In the early seasons a lot of races were held as joined Spanish GT and GT Open events. The races were often held as support races for the World Touring Car Championship. As for the format, unfortunately two races during the weekend became the preferred option apart from the season finalle, which was run over 2 hours and usually brought largest field of the year. Generally the series proved to be rather successful.
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