24H Series organizer Creventic has opened up the possibility for teams to run cars piloted exclusively by FIA Silver-rated drivers including in the championship’s top GT3-PRO class.
The new measure allowing all-Silver crews will come into force from next month’s 12 Hours of Mugello, which represents the second points-paying round of the 2021 season.
Previously, teams needed to complement their Silver and other pro-ranked drivers with at least one Bronze-rated competitor, or two if the entry was racing in the GT3-AM class.
Now teams can run lineups involving only Silver-rated drivers, which Creventic labels as ‘SEMI-PROs’. These entries will compete in GT3-PRO against Pro-Am lineups.
SEMI-PRO crews are eligible in all 24H Series classes, including the 991 category where those entries will be given a “professional grade” Balance of Performance to ensure equal competition.
The SEMI-PRO crews in the other classes will receive a 30 kg weight increase and a 5-liter fuel capacity reduction on their car’s stated BoP for each event.
“The decision to allow all Semi-Pro driver line-ups to compete in the 24H Series is one Creventic has been considering for some time, and following feedback from our competitors and supporters, is one we’re confident will bear fruit quickly,” said Creventic sporting coordinator Ole Doerlemann.
“We believe this regulation change gives many of our teams the opportunity to give young drivers a berth at one or more of our endurance events, opening up doors to the next generation of racers in the process.
“In the spirit of the Knaf Nationale Autosport Federatie, with whom we have a very strong working relationship, we believe this regulation really will ‘put talent first'”.
After Mugello on Mar. 26-27, the 24H Series is due to stage endurance races at Spa-Francorchamps, Hockenheim, Portimao, Barcelona, Enna-Pergusa and Sebring.
The season started last month at the Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai which was won by a GPX Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R. A non-championship race was also held at Yas Marina.