The California 8 Hours is a sports car endurance race for GT3 and GT4 specification cars held at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, as part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.[1] The first annual race was run in 2017.

For the first two years, the California 8 Hours served as the season finale of the Intercontinental GT Challenge. In 2019, the date was brought forward to fill the second race of the season. The event is due to be replaced by the newly created event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the 2020 Intercontinental GT Challenge.[2]


Year Drivers Vehicle Entrant Laps
2017 Germany Pierre Kaffer
South Africa Kelvin van der Linde
Germany Markus Winkelhock
Audi R8 LMS United States Audi Sport Team Magnus 314
2018 Germany Christopher Haase
South Africa Kelvin van der Linde
Germany Christopher Mies
Audi R8 LMS Germany Audi Sport Team Land 306
2019 Australia Nick Foster
Spain Miguel Molina
Australia Tim Slade
Ferrari 488 GT3 Taiwan HubAuto Corsa 327

Multiple winners

By driver

Wins Driver Years
2 South Africa Kelvin van der Linde 2017, 2018

By manufacturer

Wins Manufacturer Years
2 Germany Audi 2017, 2018

See also


  1. ^ Karis, Tony. "Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca preps for California 8 Hours, the longest race in track history". Monterey Herald. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ Coch, Mat (26 July 2019). "Indianapolis joins Bathurst on IGTC calendar". Speedcafe. Retrieved 26 August 2019.