FIA Planning Seperate Pro-Am World Cup Event

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

The FIA has revealed plans to launch a seperate FIA GT World Cup for Pro-Am drivers, with the existing event dedicated to manufacturers. 

The plan, revealed during Thursday’s FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting in Geneva, would see the creation of a second standalone event, in a different venue and date to the current FIA GT World Cup.

“The Commission aims to launch an invitation to tender for a promoter to propose the full concept of an FIA GT3 PRO/AM customer event,” a statement from the FIA read.

Further details on the proposal have not yet been made public, although it’s understood a GT World Cup event Paul Ricard has been under consideration.

It’s unclear if the possible Paul Ricard race would replace Macau as the manufacturer event or potentially be the Pro-Am meeting for GT3 machinery, as the FIA has yet to confirm a return to the Guia circuit.

The Macau event came under fire last year, following Laurens Vanthoor’s win, despite finishing the race upside down in an incident-marred race. 

Manufacturers were set to meet with the FIA in January to discuss the event’s future.

11 Comments

  1. P

    March 9, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Wonder which track they are going to chose.

    Tracks:
    Circuit de la Sarthe – Supporting: Le Mans 24 Hours
    Baku City Circuit – Supporting: Azerbaijan Grand Prix
    Marina Bay Street Circuit – Supporting: Singapore Grand Prix

    My choice is Le Mans. What’s yours?

    • Avery

      March 9, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      Belle Isle or Lime Rock.

    • Noel

      March 9, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      I would love to see Circuit Gilles Villeneuve used for more than one weekend a year. GT3 cars would be a great fit there in my opinion!

      • Sham_Poser

        March 10, 2017 at 5:43 am

        I thought the general idea was to have it at the end of the year, sometime in November or December, so I doubt places like Montreal, Detroit, and Lime Rock would be realistic suggestions.

  2. guest

    March 9, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Yes! Pro-Am racing is the best! Maybe on the NYC Formula-E circuit?

    • Thomas

      March 9, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Please no. That thing is a joke

      • guest

        March 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm

        Irwindale Speedway then. Running out of options.

  3. Mike S.

    March 9, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Everyone’s picks here are logical outside of E circuit one. So it’s probably going to be decided its Macau. Paul Ricard would be a step up and hope that logic holds. Needs to rotate to different regions.

  4. N8

    March 9, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Spare us all yet another crap event with a meaningless title. No one cares about this supposed ‘World Cup’. I hope the whole concept dies a death as painful as a watching a GT3 race on a one-lane street circuit…..if that’s possible.

    • Upchuck

      March 9, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Ain’t gonna be no racing in Macau. Going safety car the whole way with Ams trying to drive.

  5. Kenneth Christensen

    March 10, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Le Mans would be great due to historic legacy of GT racing attached to that race, but the layout of the track would favor a specific type of car. Paul Ricard is where SRO sets the BOP of all the cars, so at least in theory that should be the track where all cars are most equal?

    Would be great to see it held over an entire weekend, with hundreds of GT3 cars invited to drive qualifying races, semi finals and one big final of the 20 best cars over the duration of the weekend. It could be combined with a similar run for GT4, to give the upcoming GT drivers more “spotlight”, GT4 is also really a growing class with much potential.

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