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GT Convergence Gets Green Light

GT+, GT categories set to replace ACO GTE, FIA GT3 for 2016…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

The future of GT racing became a bit clearer this week, as the FIA announced that an agreement has been reached for the creation of a new set of technical regulations, poised to begin in 2016.

Revealed during Friday’s World Motor Sport Council meeting, the principle agreement, which has received approval from all GT manufacturers, would see the current ACO GTE  and FIA GT3 categories be replaced by GT+ and GT.

GT Convergence talks began nearly one year ago, with the first meeting between manufacturers and the governing bodies having taken place last November in Geneva. A number of additional meetings have occurred since.

While the initial proposal centered on the creation of a single GT class, recent talks suggested the concept of each manufacturer having a base car, which could be modified to fit two different classes, in order to separate factory and privateer teams.

No official details of the proposed regulations have been released. Instead, the FIA and ACO aim to make a formal presentation to the WSMC next June for approval.

It’s expected that all major sports car championships would likely adopt this new set of GT regulations, including the FIA World Endurance Championship, FIA GT Series and new Tudor United SportsCar Championship, among others.

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

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