FIA Sets 2013 GT1 World Championship Parameters

Jet Alliance Lotus Evora GT1 at Le Mans in 2011 - Anne Proffit photo

Jet Alliance Lotus Evora GT1 at Le Mans in 2011 - Anne Proffit photo

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A meeting called by the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) last Friday, June 15 resulted in changes to the FIA GT1 World Championship going forward in 2013.

The FIA's WMSC is attempting to create stability for this series and enhance added marketing and commercial plans by keeping a set 10 teams from 10 distinct brands of vehicle - if confirmed for 2013 entry by the end of August 2013.

This change would be for the FIA GT1 World Championship - but the WMSC decreed that, for the FIA GT3 European Championship, the objective of promoters is to adopt the same philosophy as the FIA's GT1 arena, thereby having one two-car team per brand. This ideology would promote consistency throughout the FIA's GT1 World and GT3 European titles.

The FIA intends to market this GT3 Championship as a genuine junior feeder series for both teams and drivers, hoping to quell the removal of these same teams and drivers from GT1, which pretty much merged with the GT2 classification, at least at Le Mans.

This year during the 24 Heures du Mans there were no "grandfathered" GT1 entries as there were in 2011, where the race saw participation from many GT1 teams for the final time. Many of the former GT1 stalwarts have since joined the World Endurance Championship's LM GTE Pro and LM GTE Am contingent to get the world press behind their activities.

It remains to be seen if the FIA can garner the appropriate participation in this series for the 2013 FIA GT1 World Championship. Many entries have since gone to other series; for instance, the Jet Alliance Lotus Evora used in the GT1 classification at Le Mans and Petit Le Mans in 2011 has since been sold to Alex Job Racing for American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GT2 racing.

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