GTx: GT Racing’s Imminent Unification

After multiple years of global GT racing being governed by two independent sets of regulations, the FIA and ACO have declared plans to unify the sport under a single technical-regulatory banner, potentially from 2015 onwards.

As a collaborative effort between the FIA and ACO, the new category will seek to amalgamate the ACO’s GTE class with the FIA’s GT3 class, under a single set of technical regulations, with the aim of improving accessibility between series and events previously divided by regulatory circumstance.

If successful, the unified category will form the basis for a new, global GT racing standard, with potentially more support than any other before it.

Despite wavering health under global economic pressures, GTE remains the predominant domain for factory GT competition. | Image: Aston Martin Racing.

With economic factors cited as a primary motivation behind the decision, the technical working group formed to facilitate the change now faces imminent challenges in creating a scenario of regulatory circumstance which best serves the new category, and its diverse stakeholder interests.

While GTE and GT3 share more in common than at any other time during their period of coexistence, stakeholders from each camp reasoned their involvement under one rule set over another – by however minimal a margin – due to considered benefit or advantage, on the basis of certain ideology, practices, economic realities, or outcomes enabled by one class over its alternative.

It can be reasonably stated that, via the same rationale, should a unified class not sufficiently satisfy the requirements of these stakeholders (to a similar or greater standard than its preceding counterparts), there’s lesser likelihood of said stakeholders seeking involvement in the new enterprise – in similar or greater capacity – regardless of lacking immediate alternatives.

For this reason, there’s a justifiable element of uncertainty in whether unification of the two categories can, or should be enacted.

Image: ADAC GT Masters.

GT3’s regulatory approach, in balancing relative economic conservatism and technical extravagance, has proven popular amongst privateers and manufacturers, at national and regional levels of competition. | Image: ADAC GT Masters.

The primary differences between GTE (nee GT2) and GT3 had originally concerned the nature of efforts attracted by each category; the most fundamental difference being an independence in regulatory and administrative perspective, concerning the economic, technological and sporting factors which determine the nature, technical extravagance, and costs (associated with set-term employment) of equipment required for competition.

Changes in the global automotive environment brought about by both regional growth and worsening economic conditions have influenced a blurring of lines between the two classes (with regard to the above factors) which has, at times, seen their respective rule sets vying against one another for competitors of all traditional forms, and sustained vitality.

While the current scenario sees both classes exist – to a certain extent – in a state of similarity, with regard to the nature of competitors involved, and regulatory approach (as it concerns balancing competition) employed, the solution to issues facing either class isn’t necessarily that which works for its alternative.

The ALMS GTE field continues to yield the highest volume of consistent factory participation of any GT class, globally. | Image: Extreme Speed Motorsports.

Despite this blurring of lines having occurred, distinct (albeit, at times disregarded) elements to each category remain. GT2’s existence as an avenue of greater certainty (in technical-regulatory terms) formed the explicitly-defined foundations for the environment of the current GTE class, regardless of however far detached from original form it may be.

GT3 was, is, and cemented its existence in being, in broad terms, an answer to a similar, albeit less detailed or demanding question. As an alternative route of competition, GT3 offered what GT2 didn’t (or wouldn’t) – the class was, and still is (to an extent) serving specific interests.

Whether unifying GTE and GT3 is best serving in the interests of sportscar racing as a whole, or serving in the interests of select parties is, as with certain other imminent mergers, entirely dependent on implementation.

The more important question is perhaps whether a single category – for which GTE and GT3 serve as a foundational basis – can adequately address needs served by the existing two class system. Should the unified class not sufficiently satisfy the needs of its stakeholders; alternatives will emerge to fulfill those needs – at least, if precedent’s any indicator.

ILMC, ALMS: Petit Le Mans entry list, event information.

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LMP1

  • 1 Audi Sport Team Joest – Audi R18 TDi – Bernhard/Fässler/Dumas – Michelin.
  • 2 Audi Sport Team Joest – Audi R18 TDi – McNish/Kristensen/Capello – Michelin.
  • 6 MuscleMilk AMR –  AMR/Lola Coupe B08 62 – Luhr/Graf/Pickett – Michelin.
  • 7 Peugeot Sport Total – Peugeot 908 – Davidson/Bourdais/Pagenaud – Michelin.
  • 8 Peugeot Sport Total – Peugeot 908 – Montagny/Sarrazin/Wurz – Michelin.
  • 10 Oreca Matmut – Peugeot 908 HDI-FAP – Lapierre/Minassian/Gené – Michelin.
  • 12 Rebellion Racing –  Lola B10/60 Coupé-Toyota – Prost/Jani/Belicchi – Michelin.
  • 15 OAK Racing – OAK Pescarolo-Judd – Lahaye/Moreau/Ragues – Dunlop.
  • 16 Dyson Racing –  Lola B09/86-Mazda – Dyson/Smith/Cochran – Dunlop.
  • 20 Oryx Dyson Racing –  Lola B09/86-Mazda – Al Masaood/Kane/Leitzinger – Dunlop.
  • 24 OAK Racing – OAK Pescarolo-Judd – Yvon/Pla/Premat – Dunlop.
  • 007 Aston Martin Racing –  AMR/Lola Coupe B09 60 – Fernandez/Mücke/Primat – Michelin.
  • 012 AutoCon Racing –  Lola B06/10-AER – Burgess/McMurry/Willman – Dunlop.

LMP2

  • 22 United AutoSports – OAK Pescarolo-Judd – Brown/Johansson/Patterson – Dunlop.
  • 26 SignaTech Nissan – Oreca03-Nissan – Mailleux/Ordoňez/Vernay – Michelin.
  • 33 Level5 Motorsports – HPD ARX-01G – Tucker/Bouchut/Barbosa – Michelin.
  • 35 OAK Racing – OAK Pescarolo-Judd – Da Rocha/Lafargue/Nicolet – Dunlop.
  • 35 Level5 Motorsports – HPD ARX-01G – Tucker/Diaz/Franchitti – Michelin.

GT

  • 3 Corvette Racing – Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 – Beretta/Milner/Garcia – Michelin.
  • 4 Corvette Racing – Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 – Gavin/Magnussen/Westbrook – Michelin.
  • 17 Falken Tire – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Henzler/Sellers/Ragginger – Falken.
  • 40 Robertson Racing – Doran Ford GT – Robertson/Snow/Murry – Michelin.
  • 48 Paul Miller Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Miller/Maassen/Collard – Yokohama.
  • 51 AF Corse – Ferrari F58 Italia – Fisichella/Bruni/Kaffer – Michelin.
  • 55 BMW Motorsport – BMW E92 M3 – Auberlen/Werner/Farfus – Dunlop.
  • 56 BMW Motorsport – BMW E92 M3 – Müller/Hand/Priaulx – Dunlop.
  • 58 Luxury Racing – Ferrari 458 Italia – Firman/Jakubowski/Halliday – Michelin.
  • 59  Luxury Racing – Ferrari 458 Italia – Ortelli/Makowiecki/Beltoise – Michelin.
  • 64 JetAlliance Lotus – Lotus Evora – Slingerland/Rich/Kasper – Michelin.
  • 65 JetAlliance Lotus – Lotus Evora – Rossiter/Mowlem/Heinemier.
  • 98 JaguarRSR – Jaguar XKR – Jones/Moran/Lewis – Dunlop.
  • 99 JaguarRSR – Jaguar XKR – Junqueira/Wilden/James – Dunlop.
  • 01 Extreme Speed Motorsports – Ferrari 458 Italia – Sharp/van Overbeek/Farnbacher – Michelin.
  • 02 Extreme Speed Motorsports – Ferrari 458 Italia – Brown/Cosmo/Bell – Michelin.
  • 044 Flying Lizard Motorsports – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Law/Neiman/Holzer – Michelin.
  • 045 Flying Lizard Motorsports – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Bergmeister/Long/Lieb – Michelin.
  • 062 Risi Competizione – Ferrari 458 Italia – Melo/Vilander/Matos – Michelin.

GTE-AM

  • 50 Larbre Corvette – Chevrolet Corvette C6-ZR1 – Bornhauser/Canal/Gardel – Michelin.
  • 57 Krohn Racing – Ferrar F430 – Krohn/Jönsson/Rugolo – Michelin.
  • 60 Gulf AMR Middle East – Aston Martin Vantage – Giroix/Goethe/Wainwright – Dunlop.
  • 61 AF Corse – Ferrari F430 – Kauffman/Aguas/Bell – Michelin.
  • 62 CRS Racing – Ferrari F430 Ehret/Mullen/Wills – Michelin.
  • 63 Proton Competition – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Lietz/Ried/Bullitt – Michelin.

LMPC

  • 18 PerformanceTech Motorsports – Oreca FLM-09 – Nicolosi/Boon/Lueders.
  • 36 Genoa Racing – Oreca FLM-09 – Grogor/Mitchell/Kronfli.
  • 37 Intersport Racing – Oreca FLM-09 – Field/Field.
  • 52 Mathiasen Motorsports – Oreca FLM-09 – Dobson/Richard/Lewis.
  • 89 Intersport Racing – Oreca FLM-09 – Marcelli/Drissi/Ducote/Ducote.
  • 05 Core AutoSport – Oreca FLM-09 – Bennett/Montecalvo/Dalziel.
  • 06 Core AutoSport – Oreca FLM-09 – Jeanette/Gonzalez/Junco.
  • 063 Genoa Racing – Oreca FLM-09 – Lux/Julian/Zugel.

GTC

  • 11 JDX Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Ham/Thompson/Blackett
  • 23 Alex Job Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Rast/Keen/Wong.
  • 34 Green Hornet Black Swan Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – LeSaffre/TBA/TBA
  • 54 Black Swan Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Pappas/Bleekemolen/Bleekemolen.
  • 66 TRG – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Ende/Ludwig/Pumpelly.
  • 68 TRG – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Keating/Norman/von Moltke.
  • 77 Magnus Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Potter/Craig Stanton.

LMP1: 13   LMP2: 5   GT: 19   GTE-AM: 6   LMPC: 8   GTC: 7   Total: 58

Coverage information:

– Video

– Live audio (RadioLemans – commentary also available via official live stream).

– Live timing.

– Spotter’s guide (Andyblackmoredesign).

– Event schedule.

ALMS: Road America highlights, results.

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Round six of the American Le Mans series at Road America concluded late yesterday afternoon in superb style. With closely contested finishes in all categories rounding out another brutally competitive showing for the championship and its competitors.

MuscleMilk AMR squad of Graf/Luhr again reigned supreme in LMP1. Despite late-race heroics from Dyson’s Guy Smith, Graf would secure the MuscleMilk team’s third victory of the season, narrowly besting Dyson’s #16 crew to round out the series closest ever finish, with a margin of 0.112sec.

Dyson’s crew of Smith/Dyson maintain their championship lead over MuscleMilk AMR by an 18 point margin.

Risi Competizione triumphed in GT. Marking the squad’s maiden victory for the 2011 season. BMW RLL would secure the remaining podium positions to extend the outfit’s (already sizeable) margin in the drivers, teams, and manufacturers championships.

‘Move of the race’ in the GT category is received by Wolf Henzler, for the overtaking maneuver seen below.

Road America 2011 final laps – Henzler passes RLL BMW:

Klaus Graf is also deserving of mention for the late race heroism displayed below.

Road America 2011 final lap – Klaus Graf (Lola-AMR) vs Guy Smith (Lola-Mazda):

Results:

– Finalised race results.

– Overall championship standings.

ALMS: Road America entry list, event information.

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LMP1

  • 6 Muscle Milk AMR – AMR/Lola Coupe B08/62 (Michelin) – Pickett/Graf.
  • 12 Autocon – Lola B06/10 – Burgess/McMurry.
  • 16 Dyson Racing Team Inc. – Lola B09/86 (Dunlop) – Dyson/Smith.
  • 20 Oryx Racing – Lola B09/86 (Dunlop) – Al Masaood/Kane.

LMP2

  • 055 Level 5 Motorsports Lola-HPD (Michelin) – Tucker/Bouchut/Diaz

GT

  •  3 Corvette Racing – Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 (Michelin) – Beretta/Milner
  • 4 Corvette Racing – Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 (Michelin) – Gavin/Magnussen.
  • 17 Team Falken Tire – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Falken) – Henzler/Sellers.
  • 40 Robertson Racing – Doran Ford GT (Michelin) – (D) Robertson/(A) Robertson.
  • 44 Flying Lizard Motorsports – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Michelin) – Holzer/Neiman.
  • 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Michelin) – Bergmeister/Long.
  • 48 Paul Miller Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Michelin) – Miller/Maassen.
  • 55 BMW Team RLL – BMW M3 E92 (Dunlop) – Auberlen/Werner.
  • 56 BMW Team RLL – BMW M3 E92 (Dunlop) – Müller/Hand.
  • 62 Risi Competizione – Ferrari F458 Italia (Michelin) – Melo/Vilander.
  • 98 JaguarRSR – Jaguar XKR (Michelin) – PJ Jones/TBA.
  • 99 JaguarRSR – Jaguar XKR (Michelin) – Junqueira/Da Matta.
  • 01 Extreme Speed Motorsports – Ferrari F458 Italia (Michelin) – Sharp/Van Overbeek.
  • 02 Extreme Speed Motorsports – Ferrari F458 Italia (Michelin) – Brown/Cosmo.
  • 04 Robertson Racing – Doran Ford GT (Michelin) – Murry/Lazzaro.

LMPC

  •  18 Performance Tech Motorsports – Oreca FLM-09 – Nicolosi/Boon.
  • 37 Intersport Racing – Oreca FLM-09 – (C) Field/Vera.
  • 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports – Oreca FLM-09 Junco/Leitzinger.
  • 63 Genoa – Oreca FLM-09 – Lux/Zugel.
  • 89 Intersport Racing – Oreca FLM-09 – Marcelli/Ducote.
  • 05 Core AutoSport – Oreca FLM-09 – Bennett/Montecalvo.
  • 06 Core AutoSport – Oreca FLM-09 – Jeanette/Gonzalez.

GTC

  • 11 JDX Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Ham/Cumming.
  • 23 Alex Job Racing – Sweedler/Wong.
  • 30 NGT Motorsport – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Edwards/Kauffman/Cisneros.
  • 32 GMG Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Sofronas/Welch.
  • 34 Black Swan Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – LeSaffre/van Lagen.
  • 54 Black Swan Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Pappas/Faulkner.
  • 66 TRG – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Ende/Pumpelly.
  • 68 TRG – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – von Moltke/Bunting.
  • 97 Porsche Napleton Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Heinemeier/Farnbacher

LMP1: 4 LMP2: 1 GT: 15 LMPC: 7 GTC: 9 Total: 36

Coverage information:

– Live video (Americanlemans.com – stream not available to users within the US).

– Live audio (RadioLemans – commentary also available via official live stream).

– Live timing.

– Spotter’s guide (Andyblackmoredesign).

– Event schedule.

ALMS: Mosport entry list, event information.

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LMP1

  • 6 Muscle Milk AMR – AMR/Lola Coupe B08/62 (Michelin) – Pickett/Graf.
  • 12 Autocon – Lola B06/10 – Burgess/McMurry.
  • 16 Dyson Racing Team Inc. – Lola B09/86 (Dunlop) – Dyson/Smith.
  • 20 Oryx Racing –  Lola B09/86 (Dunlop) – Al Masaood/Kane.

GT

  • 3 Corvette Racing – Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 (Michelin) – Beretta/Milner.
  • 4 Corvette Racing – Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 (Michelin) – Gavin/Magnussen.
  • 17 Team Falken Tire – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Falken) – Henzler/Sellers.
  • 40 Robertson Racing – Doran Ford GT (Michelin) – (D) Robertson/(A) Robertson.
  • 44 Flying Lizard Motorsports –  Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Michelin) – Holzer/Neiman.
  • 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports –  Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Michelin) –  Bergmeister/Long.
  • 48 Paul Miller Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Michelin) – Miller/Maassen.
  • 50 Panoz Racing – Panoz Abruzzi (Michelin) – James/Sandström.
  • 55 BMW Team RLL – BMW M3 E92 (Dunlop) – Auberlen/Werner.
  • 56 BMW Team RLL – BMW M3 E92 (Dunlop) – Müller/Hand.
  • 62 Risi Competizione – Ferrari F458 Italia (Michelin) – Melo/Vilander.
  • 98 JaguarRSR – Jaguar XKR (Michelin) – PJ Jones/TBA.
  • 99 JaguarRSR – Jaguar XKR (Michelin) – Junqueira/Da Matta.
  • 01 Extreme Speed Motorsports – Ferrari F458 Italia (Michelin) – Sharp/Van Overbeek.
  • 02 Extreme Speed Motorsports – Ferrari F458 Italia (Michelin) – Brown/Cosmo.
  • 04 Robertson Racing – Doran Ford GT (Michelin) – Murry/Lazzaro.

LMPC

  • 18 Performance Tech Motorsports – Oreca FLM-09 – Nicolosi/Boon.
  • 37 Intersport Racing – Oreca FLM-09 – (C) Field/Vera.
  • 63 Genoa – Oreca FLM-09 – Lux/Zugel.
  • 89 Intersport Racing – Oreca FLM-09 – Marcelli/Ducote.
  • 05 Core AutoSport – Oreca FLM-09 – Bennett/Montecalvo.
  • 06 Core AutoSport – Oreca FLM-09 – Jeanette/Gonzalez.

GTC

  • 11 JDX Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Ham/Cumming.
  • 23 Alex Job Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Sweedler/Wong.
  • 54 Black Swan Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Pappas/Faulkner.
  • 66 TRG – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Ende/Pumpelly.
  • 68 TRG – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – von Moltke/Bunting.

LMP1: 4   LMP2: 0   GT: 16   LMPC: 6   GTC: 5   Total: 31

Coverage information:

 – Live video (Americanlemans.com – stream not available to users within the US).

 – Live audio (RadioLemans – commentary also available via official live stream). 

 – Live timing. 

 – Spotter’s guide (Andyblackmoredesign).

 – Event schedule.

ALMS: Lotus announces factory GTE, LMP2 programmes.

The Lotus JetAlliance-entered Evora GTE at the 2011 Le Mans 24 hour. - Image courtesy Michael Schaefer / Race-Press.com

The Lotus JetAlliance-entered Evora GTE at the 2011 Le Mans 24 hour. - Image courtesy Michael Schaefer / Race-Press.com

Group Lotus Motorsport today announced intentions to further extend its motorsport activities, with the formation of a new motorsport venture, Lotus Sport USA, and the addition of two new programmes to the manufacturer’s competitive portfolio.

The marque’s new US-based venture will be led by team principals, Ian Dawson (of former ECO/Taurus Racing fame), and John Pritzlaff.

Having returned to ACO-regs GT competition this year with Austrian squad, JetAlliance, Lotus Group has announced further plans to enter the American Le Mans Series with the Lotus GTE chassis via the newly formed US operation, as of 2012.

The marque also outlined plans to enter, and develop its already announced LMP2 chassis (covered here) in the North American series. A specific date/timeline for the chassis’ debut has not yet been revealed; further technical details regarding the package have not yet been provided.

Participation in the recently announced FIA World Endurance Series is reportedly being considered.

The team will commence testing in late 2011.

ALMS: Lime Rock entry list, event information.

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LMP1

  • 6 Muscle Milk AMR – AMR/Lola Coupe B08/62 (Michelin) – Pickett/Graf.
  • 16 Dyson Racing Team Inc. – Lola B09/86 (Dunlop) – Dyson/Smith.
  • 20 Oryx Racing –  Lola B09/86 (Dunlop) – Al Masaood/Kane.

GT

  • 3 Corvette Racing – Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 (Michelin) – Beretta/Milner.
  • 4 Corvette Racing – Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 (Michelin) – Gavin/Magnussen.
  • 17 Team Falken Tire – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Falken) – Henzler/Sellers.
  • 40 Robertson Racing – Doran Ford GT (Michelin) – (D) Robertson/(A) Robertson.
  • 44 Flying Lizard Motorsports –  Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Michelin) – Holzer/Neiman.
  • 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports –  Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Michelin) –  Bergmeister/Long.
  • 48 Paul Miller Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Michelin) – Miller/Maassen.
  • 55 BMW Team RLL – BMW M3 E92 (Dunlop) – Auberlen/Werner.
  • 56 BMW Team RLL – BMW M3 E92 (Dunlop) – Müller/Hand.
  • 62 Risi Competizione – Ferrari F458 Italia (Michelin) – Melo/Vilander.
  • 98 JaguarRSR – Jaguar XKR (Michelin) – PJ Jones/TBA.
  • 99 JaguarRSR – Jaguar XKR (Michelin) – Junqueira/Da Matta.
  • 01 Extreme Speed Motorsports – Ferrari F458 Italia (Michelin) – Sharp/Van Overbeek.
  • 02 Extreme Speed Motorsports – Ferrari F458 Italia (Michelin) – Brown/Cosmo.
  • 04 Robertson Racing – Doran Ford GT (Michelin) – Murry/Lazzaro.

LMPC

  • 18 Performance Tech Motorsports – Oreca FLM-09 – Nicolosi/Boon.
  • 37 Intersport Racing – Oreca FLM-09 – (C) Field/ (J) Field.
  • 63 Genoa – Oreca FLM-09 – Lux/Julian.
  • 89 Intersport Racing – Oreca FLM-09 – Marcelli/Drissi.
  • 05 Core AutoSport – Oreca FLM-09 – Bennett/Montecalvo.
  • 06 Core AutoSport – Oreca FLM-09 – Jeanette/Gonzalez.

GTC

  • 11 JDX Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Ham/Thompson.
  • 23 Alex Job Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Sweedler/Leitzinger.
  • 32 GMG – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Sofronas/Welch.
  • 34 Green Hornet – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Le Saffre/TBD.
  • 54 Black Swan Racing – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Pappas/Faulkner.
  • 66 TRG – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Ende/Pumpelly.
  • 68 TRG – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – von Moltke/TBD.

LMP1: 3   LMP2: 0   GT: 15   LMPC: 6   GTC: 7   Total: 31

Coverage information:

 – Live video (Americanlemans.com – stream not available to users within the US).

 – Live audio (RadioLemans – commentary also available via official live stream). 

 – Live timing. 

Spotter’s guide (Andyblackmoredesign).

 – Event schedule.