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SRO to Create Specialized GT3 BoP for Super GT

SRO to create specialized GT3 BoP for Super GT…

Photo: SRO

Photo: SRO

SRO Motorsports Group and GTA Co. Ltd. have reached an agreement that will see the creation of a specific Balance of Performance regulations for FIA GT3 cars competing in the GT300 class of Super GT.

Starting next year, all GT3-spec cars will adopt a modified version of the Blancpain GT Series BoP, which will take into consideration the features of the Super GT circuits.

The announcement was made between SRO CEO and founder, Stephane Ratel, and GTA Chairman Masaki Bandoh during the Super GT season finale at Motegi last weekend.

Super GT had used the FIA’s GT3 BoP tables up until the end of last year, when it switched to the SRO’s system.

“I expect that this agreement will realize finer BoP adjustments in the GT300 class and ensure higher fairness for all teams,” Bandoh said.

“I am also looking forward that this collaboration will expand further cooperation with SRO who is one of the world renowned promoters.”

Ratel added: “I want to assure GTA and all Super GT teams and drivers of our commitment to contribute, with a fair and accurate BoP, to the growing success of the GT3 category in Super GT and hope it will encourage more Japanese Manufacturers to produce GT3 Competition cars.”

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 FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Christian

    November 17, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I don’t understand why can’t GT3 cars follow JAF GT300 specs? Go back 10 years ago and those GT300 cars were unique and special, now they’re all GT3 cars, which are not boring at all, but Super GT has lost some of its uniqueness, heck, that’s why I stopped watching the races.

    • Lyra

      November 17, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      They’re not all GT3 cars, you have the Subaru, Toyota Prius & GT86 and Honda CR-Z GT300.

      But yes, I wish they’d get rid of the generic FIA GT3 and just enforce all JAF-GT300 for the class. The new mother chassis rule should hopefully help

      • Tarek R.

        November 17, 2014 at 3:24 pm

        Aren’t JAF GT300 cars more expensive than FIA GT3s?

        • StueyB83

          November 18, 2014 at 3:39 am

          The GT3 cars now cost half a million US each brand new. the BoP prevents the brands from going all out in in development costs for the sake of a faster lap time, so they are always developing intangible stuff like more reliable engine parts for longer maintenance cycles, better grip/tyre wear factors and new parts offering more settings. I think were GT3 can be losing is the cost of needing specialized staff from the factory to over see the cars in the case of some brands.

          I can imagine that buying the new mother chassis GT300 and building up the frame, bodywork and a decent race engine would run near half a million too. Especially when you consider all the tooling you need to buy and some testing you would have to do.

          It’s a strange message. Ratel thinks that fixing the BoP for GT3 will increase manufacturer involvement from Japan, Bandoh stated earlier his new GT300 Chassis will reduce costs from running a GT3, but yet signs off a rule change that simplifies the running of them.. Kind of tells me that the mother chassis method won’t be as cheap as they thought?

          Anyway the one thing I can draw from this is that GT300 teams with GT3 cars can now enter a whole raft of events without altering the car: Macau GT, Asian GT, Bathurst 12 Hour etc. This helps grow GT in the Asian region! Super Taikyu unfortunately does not have the profile to sustain Japans GT3 market (eg: PETRONAS Merc Team was liquidated)so SGT taking it up is a positive thing.

    • Matt

      November 17, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      That’s the reason I’m not for everybody using the GT3 regs. They’re cool cars but it won’t be so cool when everything is the same. The thing I love about sports car racing is the variety.

      • StueyB83

        November 18, 2014 at 3:29 am

        Well, with 15-16 makes due to be active in 2015, GT3 is hardly lacking in variety either.

  2. Edgar

    November 17, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Aww man I somewhat misread the title and thought this meant we would see GT300 cars in other GT3 series around the world. That would be awesome.

    • Ernie2492

      November 18, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      It only happens in GTR2 if you alter the CAR file..:D

  3. Chris Lesperance

    November 17, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I read this as Subaru to build GT3 🙂 I could only wish

    • Bobby_997

      November 17, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      They have an amazing JAF BRZ GT300 though.

  4. Cf

    January 18, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Super GT and DTM is a merge I was expecting, Good choice!
    The DTM and Super GT will be GT500 and to join them will be the GT300, a bigger class that will evolve with the Super GT.

    Cars
    GT500:
    Audi RS5 DTM: 5 Cars
    Lexus RC F: 4 Cars
    Mercedes C-Coupé AMG DTM: 4 Cars
    Honda NSX-GT: 4 Cars
    Ford Falcon FG X V8: 4 Cars
    BMW M4 DTM: 5 Cars
    Nissan GT-R: 4 Cars
    Holden VF Commodore V8: 6 Cars
    Volvo S60 V8: 4 Cars
    Chevrolet Cruze V8: 4 Cars
    Ford Taurus V8: 6 Cars
    Dodge Charger V8: 4 Cars

    GT300: Aston Martin, Subaru, Toyota, McLaren, Porsche, Nissan, BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Honda, Ferrari, SRT, Ford US/AUS, Acura, Bentley, Cadillac, Lamborghini

    And instead of just 1 race that they planned for 2015, have a new Championship for 2016 and beyond for this brawl between the GT500 and GT300 cars to continue. This is a championship that will take them to the best tracks in the world. Merging or even supporting other championships and big races.

    Key: { }:support [ ]: Merges

    New Championship Race List, 16 Races (not in order).
    1a.(GT500) Nurburgring Nordschleife GER [WTCC, BTCC, ETCC, TCR, SEAT Leon Eurocup]
    1b. (GT300) Hockenheimring GER
    2. Silverstone GB (GT500 and GT300 2 races Separate) {British GP}
    3. Red Bull Ring AUT (GT500 and GT300 2 races Separate)
    4. Daytona International Speedway 24H Layout USA
    5. Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe FRA {Le Mans 24 Hours}
    6. Mount Panorama Circuit AUS {Bathurst 1000}
    7. Dubai Autodrome UAE
    8. ‘Suzuka 1000′ Suzuka Circuit JPN
    9. Potrero de los Funes Circuit ARG [WTCC]
    10. Circuit Mont-Tremblant CAN
    11. Moscow Raceway RUS
    12. Sportsland SUGO JPN
    13. Indianapolis Motor Speedway GP Layout USA {Indianapolis 500}
    14. Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps BEL
    15. Surfers Paradise International Raceway AUS (GT500 and GT300 2 races Separate) {V8 Supercars}
    16. Yas Marina Circuit UAE

    • Raphael

      March 16, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      sorry to burst your bubble, but no, the 2 series are not merging together, they are just sharing the same platform between DTM and GT500 class. FYI, ALL cars in class are going to be 2.0 straight 4’s. no more V8’s in DTM/GT500.

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