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FIA Considering GT World Cup

FIA considering end-of-season event for teams from GT3 championships…

Photo: Vincent Wouters

Photo: Vincent Wouters

The FIA is considering the possibility of staging an FIA World Cup open to GT3 cars from various championships, the World Motor Sport Council announced on Wednesday.

After 17 years of running at least one championship under the FIA banner, Stéphane Ratel Organization (SRO) decided not to renew its contract with the governing body at the end of the year, transforming the FIA GT Series into the Blancpain Sprint Series in 2014.

This left the International Automobile Federation to look at other options to keep its presence in GT racing.

The WMSC agreed to the principle of creating an FIA label, which may be adopted by various international GT3 series and is no longer exclusively reserved to a single championship.

Series that are willing to race under this new label must pay a standard license fee and have to comply with the FIA’s Balance of Performance, its drivers’ categorization system and other criteria.

Instead of opting to award a title via a specific championship, a standalone FIA World Cup has been proposed.

This end-of-season finale would be run over a single event and will bring together the top teams and drivers of each FIA labeled series in a culminating shootout.

More detailed proposals will be presented at the next WMSC meeting.

Vincent Wouters (@VinceWouters) is a Belgium-based sports car racing reporter, providing coverage primarily of the Blancpain GT Series.


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