The FIA GT1 World Championship is among our favorites simply because it fields some of the most lust-worthy machinery in all of racingdom. Having been dominated in its inaugural seasons by the Maserati MC12 (for all intents and purposes the racing version of the Ferrari Enzo), the GT1 series has featured competition models of the McLaren MP4-12C, Nissan GT-R, Ford GT and Lamborghini Murcielago, to name just a few. But metal alone hasn't been enough to make the series a success.

The sustainability of the GT1 World Championship has been in question pretty much ever since its start just a couple of years ago, and the FIA has now given its organizers an ultimatum: get ten teams together representing ten different automakers by the end of August or face extinction. The last race in Slovakia had eight (including McLaren, Ferrari, Porsche, Ford, BMW, Lamborghini, Audi and Mercedes-Benz), represented by privateer teams (each fielding two cars), with Aston Martin expected to make it nine in time for the July 8 race in Portugal before the series heads eastwards in China, Russia and India for the remainder of the season.

With the target so close, we hope the SRO Group that runs the series manages to attract (and retain) that vital tenth team. But we can't help but wonder why the FIA's World Motor Sport Council would want to shut it down. When it was launched, the GT1 championship was the FIA's primary sportscar racing series. Now that it has the World Endurance Championship and Le Mans under its umbrella, could the FIA be losing interest – or money – in the shorter-format racing series? See below for the full decision of the WMSC (relevant section in bold).
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Press Release
World Motor Sport Council

15/06/2012

A meeting of the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) took place today, 15 June, in Paris and the following decisions were taken.

The WMSC also reiterated its intention to make motor sport more affordable in all categories.

FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

At their request, the FIA is having active discussions with teams regarding cost control and any amendments to the technical regulations resulting from a further limit on expenditure on the chassis will be submitted to the WMSC via a fax vote before 30 June. The intention is to help all teams participate in the Championship in a fair and equal manner.

Constructive Concorde Agreement discussions are on-going between the FIA and the Commercial Rights Holder, with the intention of finalising an agreement in the coming weeks. It was also decided that the deadline for the closing of entries be deferred to 30 September.

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP AND RALLYING

Following discussions with the FIA World Rally Championship stakeholders regarding the 2013 calendar, the WMSC adopted the calendar proposed by the WRC Commission. Events will be hosted in the following countries:

Argentina
Australia
Finland
France
Germany
Great Britain
Greece
Italy
Mexico
Monte Carlo
Portugal
Spain
Sweden

The dates will be submitted at a later time, taking logistics and the calendars of the other FIA Championships into account and to avoid, where possible, date clashes.

Candidate rallies will be considered for the 2014 calendar, to ensure their events meet the requirements of a WRC event. These rallies will be run and observed before the end of April 2013. Brazil and South Africa have already expressed their interest in participating.

Following the call for Expression of Interest launched earlier this year to promote the WRC, and the assessment of the numerous bids received, a shortlist of candidates has been established. Final discussions with those candidates are currently being conducted with a view to establishing the best possible platform for the promotion of the FIA World Rally Championship. A final recommendation will be presented to the World Motor Sport Council in September at the latest.

With immediate effect, Priority 1, 2 and 3 drivers are authorised to re-use tyres during an event run on asphalt. However, their re-use will only be permitted if the depth of the profile of the tread pattern is at least 1.6 mm.

In order to further assist in cost reduction, from January 2013 the number of new tyres priority drivers are permitted during a service is reduced to four.

The FIA will seek greater involvement in world and regional rallies and is going to work on establishing more flexibility in the technical regulations in order to be able to attract more entries.

The date of the Rally of Tanzania has been changed to 31 August-2 September, and the KCB Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Rally has moved to 21-23 September.


FIA WORLD CUP FOR CROSS COUNTRY RALLIES

For reasons of safety, and therefore with immediate effect, priority and non-priority drivers may be re-seeded at the start of each leg in accordance with their performance.

The date for Baja Poland has been changed to 6-9 September.


FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP

The 2014 LMP1 Technical Regulations were ratified by members of the World Motor Sport Council via a fax vote in early June and were officially announced at a press conference on 14 June at Le Mans. As approved in March, the principles of these regulations are to steer endurance towards energy efficiency and 'green' technologies, in particular hybrids, while at the same time maintaining a high level of attention to costs, to enable smaller private teams to take part alongside major manufacturers.

Former Formula One and sports car driver Derek Warwick has been appointed a member of the Endurance Commission. The Briton is also an FIA Formula One Steward.


FIA GT1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

In order to set in place the necessary marketing and commercial plans and create stability for the series, the 2013 FIA GT1 World Championship will only be confirmed if 10 teams representing 10 brands enter before 30 August 2012.

For the FIA GT3 European Championship, the project of the promoter is to adopt the same philosophy as the FIA GT1 World Championship, with one two-car team per brand. It is also intended to market this Championship as a genuine junior series for both teams and drivers.



FIA WOMEN IN MOTOR SPORT COMMISSION

The FIA Women in Motor Sport Commission hosted its first National Coordinators Seminar on 13/14 June in Paris. This brought together 40 of the 47 National Coordinators currently representing their ASNs around the world, together with key people in motor sport, and provided the opportunity to discuss issues that affect women in motor sport – both at national and international level – with a view to putting in place strategies and recommendations for the future that will promote and encourage more women in motor sport.

The Commission also announced its first Ambassadors who represent excellence in different segments of the motor sport world, announcing Michèle Mouton (Honorary), Monisha Kaltenborn, Katherine Legge, Maria de Villota and Susie Wolff as its first global Ambassadors.

PROMOTERS

The WMSC approved proposals from both the Truck Racing Commission and the Rallycross Commission to source a promoter for those Championships.


IOC RECOGNITION - FIA DRIVERS' COMMISSION

Following the granting of provisional recognition by the International Olympic Committee, the WMSC agreed the composition, objectives and structure of a Drivers' Commission. In addition to a President and Vice President, drivers and co-drivers from across all disciplines of motor sport will be represented in this 10-member Commission to be proposed by the ASNs. Draft modifications to the FIA Statutes will be submitted to the WMSC in September with a view to being ratified at the next General Assembly.


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      Nathan Loiselle
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully SRT, Chevrolet or Lexus can field a car in time. All of them produce cars that can be competitive.
        metalmatrix7
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nathan Loiselle
        I would love to see more c6.Rs out there,but this would be an excellent chance to see the new Viper get out there and rule a competition again
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe Honda can put a Civic in GT1 just for ***** and giggles.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RodRAEG
        In order to bring a stock Civic up to competition GT1 spec, it would need exactly 1,378 Type R badges, 60 square feet of decals, seven 6" tailpipes, three glow in the dark air filters, six NOS branded fire extinguishers, 30 degrees of negative camber, a tacked on body kit, and most importantly, a 6 foot tall aesthetic rear spoiler. Oh, and pink fuzzy dice.
      themanwithsauce
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cadillac and Dodge/SRT need to compete to keep interest in their products. Cadillac has stated before they want more european buyers and the GT1 series would be a decent way to at least get the name out there while racing against their rivals. Corvette would be an easy entry but kind of bland against this field. The viper should definitely have a place on the grid. Big V10 power and 'Murican attitude could bring some excitement if an American team can pick it up. What about Lotus? How difficult would it be to make an Evora GT1 car? Or Honda and the new NSX? Toyota and the IS-F? Actually, bringing the IS-F to a racing series could finally help it establish some brand image it needs to compete against BMW and Mercedes. There are some untapped brands out there for sure. Hope to see it keep going. Maybe if it could make a stop in America as a support race for Indy it might help gain viewers? Or even Formula 1. Hey there's a good ticket - F1 and GT1 at the new circuit of the Americas? I'd be there in a heartbeat.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great cars, great tech, but it's hard to make people care. If the stands were swamped, the manufacturers would make the time & spend the money. If it doesn't promote the brand, they won't come. Privateers can make it break it in GT3, but GT1 should really be a builders showcase.
      Bassracerx
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just add a Corvette or a viper or both
      bonehead
      • 2 Years Ago
      That paint scheme on the Aston Martin is terrible!! It looks like a red-lipped bat fish http://cache2.artprintimages.com/lrg/38/3814/7RRIF00Z.jpg
      RGT881
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know GP2 is a support series for F1, but I wonder if they could somehow accommodate GT1 into the GP weekend. Probably not actually, between the capacity to host all the racing teams, parking for trucks, timing conflicts for practice, racing and qualifying. Not to mention the ticket revenue would be chasing too many racing series and in turn no one makes money. My belief is that there are too many racing series in the world; maybe GT1 needs to morph into WEC and a class inside this series. It's much more difficult to sustain GT1 as a standalone series. And I'm typing as I'm thinking this through. There is WTCC, BTCC, GT1, ALMS, and all sorts of other sportscar related series. Market is overly saturated.
      ROLO
      • 2 Years Ago
      i fill the same way if you want to see REAL GT racing next year look no further than the US ALMS next year will be the most competitive GT class in 10 years.
        Vettro
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ROLO
        Yeah but the FIA GT1 series features the best cars the world has to offer. If they were merged into one series that would be absolutely amazing. That way you could see Viper, Corvette, Aston, Mclaren, Ferrari, Maserati, Audi, Benz, Ford and maybe not 100 thousand Porsches. Every time different cars join a class that is filled with nothing but Porsche the Porsche teams eventually all leave and race in a different class by themselves. Porsche has decades of 24HLMS wins...even though a lot of them were racing classes that featured nothing but Porsches (bicycle always win bicycle races)... Anyways sorry for my rambling about Porsches (I actually like them btw)...my main point was in the first 2 sentences. :)
        Mchicha
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ROLO
        ABSOLUTELY, NO NEED TO GO TO EUROPE
      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Viper or Vette.
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