Nurburgring cuts GT3 power by 10 percent to make cars slower
Saying, "Suddenly, we saw that we had reached a certain limit," ex-driver Hans-Joachim Stück headed an investigation by the German motorsport association into the crash and track safety. There are usually around 18 classes in the race, the four top ones - SP9/GT3, SP7, SP-Pro, and SP-X - will face power reductions of 10 percent come next May. This year, organizers permitted teams more downforce to address the speed restrictions, but next year there will be increased aero restrictions and a mandated higher ride height, resulting in less downforce. Stück said, "Manufacturers and most suppliers now understand that they have to do their part in order for the cars to not go faster by several seconds each year."
Tire companies get reined in, too, organizers banning the super-sticky "extreme" and experimental compounds. The companies will also be required to register with the German motorsport association prior to the events they enter. Drivers will have to be happy about not having to monitor their speeds during a race. But we'll have to wait and see what effect ten-percent less power and less aero, plus track roadwork changes, have on the racing.
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