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Inaugural California 8 Hours Closing Fast
October 2, 2017
The California 8 Hours, taking place Oct. 12–15, is the third endurance event of the worldwide SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge series. The eight-hour race will be the longest professional race ever contested at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Inaugural California 8 Hours Closing Fast

The California 8 Hours will feature many of the world’s top GT3 and GT4 sports cars and drivers in competition at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The California 8 Hours, taking place Oct. 12–15, is the third endurance event of the worldwide SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge series which is contested on four separate continents. The eight-hour race (9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 15) will be the longest professional race ever contested at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The Intercontinental GT Challenge series, which debuted in 2016, began this year in Australia in February with the famed Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hours followed by the 24 Hours of Spa in Belgium in July and will conclude with the Motul Sepang 12 Hours in Malaysia in December.

This new GT concept is aimed at manufacturers, who are encouraged to use local teams to represent them in the international events for cost and time-effectiveness. They fly engineers and drivers around the world rather than cars and equipment. Many of the teams and cars from the North American-based Pirelli World Challenge are in action this weekend with familiar teams, cars and drivers seen throughout this year.

Expected to battle for the California 8 Hours title this weekend are Porsche, McLaren, Audi, Acura, Mazda and Aston Martin as well as newcomer to the GT4 scene, British-made Ginetta. Drivers participating in the event hail from North America, Europe, Australia, and South Africa with accolades earned throughout the top levels of GT racing around the world.

“The California 8 Hours will be a high-speed chess game for the participants involved. The strategies of the teams and test of wills among the drivers make for compelling racing action. It is a great way to cap off our major event schedule during our 60th anniversary celebration at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca," said Gill Campbell, general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.