GT World Championship Titles Proposed

Photo: Drew Gibson/Ford

Photo: Drew Gibson/Ford

The FIA World Endurance Championship has continued its push for the addition of GT World Championship titles, with a proposal set to go in front of the next World Motor Sport Council meeting in December.

FIA Endurance Committee President Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones revealed he will meet with FIA President Jean Todt at this week’s FIA Senate in Geneva to discuss the subject.

It’s understood a proposal for both GTE drivers and manufacturer world championship titles is under consideration, for what could join the existing world titles awarded to the overall drivers’ champion and top LMP1 manufacturer in the championship.

“Obviously it will be one of the subjects that will be on the table,” Owen-Jones said. “It’s a normal aspiration of our GT competitors. I feel that it has a lot of merit.

“The FIA is extremely parsimonious with the concept of world titles, which I respect because it’s a brand and they have the right to make it very exclusive and very difficult.

“I do think that our GT manufacturers today have a very strong case to put that the championship deserves better recognition. I will be supporting them.

“The decision is ultimately in the hands of the World Motor Sport Council and the FIA.”

The WEC is pushing for GT world titles amid Todt’s recent proposal for a the launch of a standalone GT World Championship utilizing upgraded GT3-spec cars, which was shot down by manufacturers earlier this year.

Four manufacturers are currently represented in GTE-Pro, with BMW set to enter in 2018 and both Lamborghini and McLaren rumored by as early as 2019.

Chevrolet is currently represented at the 24 Hours of Le Mans only, but efforts continue for a factory-supported GTE-Pro entry for next year

“It makes sense for the current manufacturers to ask for this title,” Neveu added.

“How they’re performing on the track is absolutely on the level of a world championship. There’s no question about that.”

9 Comments

  1. el_gordo

    November 7, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Somewhere in China an order for a GT Champion of the Universe trophy just came in

  2. JamieR

    November 7, 2016 at 9:58 am

    If so, surely, SURELY this will mean a GTE-Pro Corvette in the WEC. They can even re-sign Marcel Fassler full-time now to lead the line…

  3. Gaba

    November 7, 2016 at 11:04 am

    I was wishing for a GT championship with GT2s, GT3s and GT4s.

  4. morningview66

    November 7, 2016 at 11:06 am

    After SRO’s FIA GT1 World Championship went down the drain this seems like the obvious place to award the GT world championship.

    The rival’s would obviously be SRO’s Intercontinental GT Challenge, but that is not contested by single team/driver combination over a season.
    Then there is also the World Cup in Macau, but that is only one race on a unrepresentative street circuit. It all depends what the FIA’s plans are for that.

    For me it fits the bill, a championship with manufacturer teams in the fastest GT cars racing. The only downside being it is an undercard event to LMP1. But in that respect the WEC could do with some help, the GT side of it is one of the best bits and it would only help attract those on the sidelines (Lambo, McLaren) by having a world championship on offer.

    • Bakkster

      November 7, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      I believe SRO was proposing relaunching a GT-only world championship, now that GT3 is healthy again. The ACO and SRO will continue to fight over the title until one of them doesn’t exist anymore.

  5. juneracer

    November 7, 2016 at 11:08 am

    not sure WEC GTE is exactly a ‘world’ championship. the BoP there also seems a bit out of balance. i guess the Fords need to be faster in the speed trap then the Ferrari’s to make up for there lower weight, smaller frontal area, lower center of gravity and purpose build suspension….makes total sense…

    • NorthSask

      November 7, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      Any GT championship is going to utilize some degree of BoP. With such a wide range of equipment it is impossible to avoid without quickly losing all but one or two manufacturers. The only question is which manufacturers happen to build the street car that most aptly converts to a race car given the rules package.

  6. NaBUru38

    November 7, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Endurance is a team sport. No drivers titles, please!

    • GTurner38

      November 7, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      Every form of racing is a team sport. If we aren’t going to give WEC drivers a championship, then there shouldn’t be a GP2 champion or Indycar driver champion.

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