So there you go, three excellent reasons to learn a bit more about this often overlooked branch of motorsports. I'll start with the lesser known IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) GT3 Cup Challenge consistent solely of 996 and 997 Porsche GT3's. It's a one make race which features pure racing down to only driver skill and minor tweak and modification advantages. The grid is split up in to Platinum and Gold, dependent on which generation of GT3 you race, and for the rest it's basically two groups of equals competing to see who's got the better strategy, skill, and courage. The driver's team with the greatest tire compound strategy and biggest bullocks usually wins. A refreshing change from "the team with the largest R&D budget wins".
You'll be lucky to catch a race of either on SpeedChannel or EuroSports, so I've collected some awesome clips of racing action in GT3 Rallye and GT3 Championship. Sit back and enjoy a trip in to the lesser known world of amateur GT3 racing. (2nd Video Skip to 3:40, this must be what heaven sounds like).
Lastly, let's now confuse the GT3 class of racing cars, to the Porsche 911 GT3 model. Unless someone talks about the Porsche only GT3 Cup Challenge, the term GT3 is used to describe a class of cars derived from road going vehicles. The next FIA GT3 Challenge race is held in the Algarve, South of Portugal on the weekend of May 8th. If you're ready for a holiday, why not make it the South of Europe next weekend?