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Amidst all the hubbub surrounding this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, race organizers ACO have announced that the current GT1 class would be integrated into a new GT2 category for next year.

After having effectively scrapped its own GT1 class last year, the ACO welcomed in the new generation of sports-racers built for the FIA GT1 World Championship into the iconic 24-hour race. As it turns out, however, 2010 will be the only time these entries will have been allowed into the race, as the ACO moves to eliminate the category once and for all, replacing it with a two-tier category based on the current GT2 regulations.

The move reportedly enjoys the support of winning drivers in both categories, including the Chevrolet Corvette team's four-time class winner Oliver Gavin and Aston Martin's Tomas Enge, who see the excitement shifting to GT2 in recent years.

[Source: Autosport | Image: Darrell Ingham/Getty]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      The need 2 classes at the most. I say have a LPM and GT. That is it. There were only 55 cars in the field. Why do they need 4 classes?

      Although ideally I would like to see 1 class. And have the cars based on production supercars with a stock engine block and chassis.

        • 4 Years Ago
        There's a big problem with stock chassis.

        If it is a spaceframe, then the car isn't cost effective to run since repairs are very expensive.
        If it is a tube frame, then on the street the car isn't cost effective to sell since you can't really make a practical road car from a tube frame.

        So yeah, you could run factory tube-frame racers out there, but then they really cease to be much of rolling ads for the makers' cars because the average person isn't in the market for a tube-frame car.

        I think the most we could hope for are silhouette racers like DTM or JGTC/FIA GT1.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if the Ford GT's will make the switch also? Or will there still be a GT1 championship that they will just stay in with the Maserati MC-12's and such?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why don't they just make one GT class? Will that be a good thing?
      • 4 Years Ago
      So next year there will be only three classes? LMP1, LMP2, and GT2?

        • 4 Years Ago
        Does it seem like game-playing to go from two classes, to a single class with two teirs?

        Why not re-arrange GT1 and GT2 to operate the same way as they now declare the two tiers of GT2 to operate?
        • 4 Years Ago

        Thanks to the FIA's GT1 rule about direct manufacture run teams you currently have the privateer teams in the faster cars. Also the performance balancing in the current FIA GT1 rules aren't really within the spirit of Le Mans plus in reality they're now set up to be sprint race cars not endurance machines.

        On the political side of the coin with the ACO growing the Le Mans Intercontinental Cup into a full fledged World Sports Car Series for 2011 it's now a full on competitor to the FIA's GT1 World Series and leaves the GT1 teams the tough decision between the two.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There's two GT2s, one for werks teams and one for privateers. IMSA (American Le Mans) said they only learned of this idea a day before ACO announced the plans and haven't yet decided whether to change GT2 in ALMS to match. Right now they are leaning toward not doing so, as they already have a thriving GT2 and GTC also as a lower-cost subclass.
      • 4 Years Ago
      could someone explain the difference between GT1 and GT2?
        • 4 Years Ago

        my mistake on the Rolex/Grand Am GT. Was actually thinking about the continental tire series and their rules for classes(GS, SS, SS2 (i think))

        My feeling was have all GT cars much closer to what one might buy in a showroom.
        • 4 Years Ago
        GT1 & GT2 are separated by a bit more than weight and tires. GT1's are allowed a lot more freedom in the set up of the chassis and body design, they can run carbon brakes, they can change drive train and engine to suit the class (GT1 GTR), they're allowed much larger front splitters and they have much more freedom with the rear diffuser designed. A GT1 car's rear diffuser can start from the centerline of the rear axle and can have end plates and longitudinal fences to direct the air flow where a GT2 rear diffuser has to start at the end of the rear wheel and cant have fences or end plate (basically just an extension of the flat under body of the car.)

        I'm with you on the ALMS and Grand Am making nice but Grand Am's GT structure is not something that is going to work on the international stage. Allowing Riley and Pratt & Miller to produce tubeframe cars that are homologated to run as fast as a GT3 Cup car works well in a national series (the same way IMSA GTO/GTU did) but it's not the kind of rules that will attract manufactures the same way that the current GT2 rules have.