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The inaugural season of the FIA GT1 World Championship is in the history books. But after just one season, reports are already cropping up of teams looking to withdraw.

Twelve teams participated in the opening series campaigning six different cars between them: GT1-spec versions of the Maserati MC12, Ford GT, Aston Martin DBR9, Nissan GT-R, Chevrolet Corvette and Lamborghini Murciélago LP670. And while all the cars look set to carry on for next season, not all of them will necessarily have two teams representing.

Reports indicate that Matech – one of the teams racing the Ford GT, having carried out much of the development work itself – and Hegersport – the second team fielding the Maserati MC12 behind series champions Vitaphone – may be gone from the grid next season, dropping the field from twelve teams to ten.

The report cites sponsorship difficulties as the reason for their potential withdrawal, but with rumors potentially placing a BMW Alpina B6, Veritas RS III and the Lexus LFA on the GT1 grid for next season, it may be just as likely that the organizers will be able to line up two or more new teams before the series returns in the new year.

[Source: Autosport]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Inaugural season? Huh? I could be wrong, but FIA GT1 has been around for ages. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

      I remember when McLaren dominated with the F1. Lamborghini got their 1st motorsports victory in FIA GT1 2 years ago.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You aren't wrong, the FIA GT series has existed since 1997 when it "replaced" the BPR GT series. However, this past year was the first year that the GT1 cars ran as an independent series to new rules rather than the older format of GT1/GT2 cars running to ACO Le Mans rules on the same track at the same time. AFAIK the GT1 rules slow the cars down a bit relative to the traditional ACO GT1 cars, and the new rules attempt to create a level playing field in the same way that the FIA GT3 series does, with performance adjustments and "success ballast".

        I think that the organizers of this series hoped that more manufacturers would build cars specifically to the new rules like the Matech Ford and the Nissan GTR, but that didn't happen so they had to grandfather in the older GT1 cars like the MC12 and Corvette. I like the series and I wish more manufacturers would build cars to the rule set, but with the economic climate that automakers are in, that's a slim chance. GT racing peaked with that first FIA GT season in 1997 (factory teams from Panoz, Porsche, Mclaren, Mercedes, Lotus, Dodge, Marcos, and even Morgan, with plenty of competitive privateers as well) and it's all been gradually downhill since then.
      • 4 Years Ago

      This was one of the few teams I followed primarily due to just the car, my all time favorite.

      If Chrysler can revive the Viper, Blue Oval fans can hold out hope....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, the new Viper (2012) is already in the works, but they probably couldn't get it race ready for next year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The series is a vapid commercial on par with Grand Am racing in the United States. The front running teams have a tendency to drop out of performance indexed series and fans have a tendency not to watch them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's no GT1 in Le Mans anymore. Without the possibility of being able to compete in both, why bother spending so much on a series watched by so few?