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GT Convergence Gets Green Light

GT+, GT categories set to replace ACO GTE, FIA GT3 for 2016…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

The future of GT racing became a bit clearer this week, as the FIA announced that an agreement has been reached for the creation of a new set of technical regulations, poised to begin in 2016.

Revealed during Friday’s World Motor Sport Council meeting, the principle agreement, which has received approval from all GT manufacturers, would see the current ACO GTE  and FIA GT3 categories be replaced by GT+ and GT.

GT Convergence talks began nearly one year ago, with the first meeting between manufacturers and the governing bodies having taken place last November in Geneva. A number of additional meetings have occurred since.

While the initial proposal centered on the creation of a single GT class, recent talks suggested the concept of each manufacturer having a base car, which could be modified to fit two different classes, in order to separate factory and privateer teams.

No official details of the proposed regulations have been released. Instead, the FIA and ACO aim to make a formal presentation to the WSMC next June for approval.

It’s expected that all major sports car championships would likely adopt this new set of GT regulations, including the FIA World Endurance Championship, FIA GT Series and new Tudor United SportsCar Championship, among others.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. Kyle Constable

    September 28, 2013 at 12:26 am

    In theory, It sounds like a good idea, Allowing the one car to race in all championships with modifications. In practice, However, This could be a horrible mess. I hope it’s the former but we shall see

  2. Bakkster

    September 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Unexpected, but great news!

  3. bryan reilly

    September 29, 2013 at 2:25 am

    Like the coverage and cant wait to see the new class

  4. Joe

    October 22, 2013 at 9:44 am

    this will most likely be a very good thing, especially for the Tudor Championship, thats really the last piece of the puzzle, To have all euro series (BES, FIA GT, Brit GT, GT Tour, etc) the Tudor and LM all on the same page will make for an excellent formula, I can’t foresee a GT grid having the issue of being below capacity for some time. If the cars are easily converted to and from plus, teams and cars could really take advantage of that flexibility. I hope they do away with the convoluted pro-am rules and just make it about the cars. If all the major teams are in plus rankings pro-am teams should be fine in the 2nd category

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