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Old 11 Oct 2017, 14:53 (Ref:3773695)   #1
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This series is in line for some changes next year. There will be 3 classes: GT4, TCR, and ST. There is expected to be some new teams popping up and we are already starting to get some announcements.

HTP will be running a couple of the AMG GT4 cars for Winward Racing:
http://sportscar365.com/imsa/ctscc/w...mg-gt4-effort/
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I'm just hoping all the interviews and reports have a poor word choice, everything I've seen and the interview with the MB rep at Road Atlanta seemed to indicate factory assistance to the teams coming in. His interview was of course prior to the announcement so naming a team specifically wasn't in his program. But any factory involvement beyond a driver seems to be too much for a GT4 program, but then we've seen that seep year after year and class after class.
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You need to understand what "support" means. It's not throwing in factory drivers and a factory team, it's trackside services. Porsche set the standard for this 40 years ago and if you want to get others to purchase your produce, you better provide a truck full of spares and a 20 something year old guy who is a computer wiz with the car. Audi stepped up to the plate to do this and others will have to follow as it's become the norm. Even Ford brought a boatload of spares to the track for the Mustangs. If you want to sell a spec car, you better be there to support it.

I suspect you will see lots of Audis because they will be represented in 3 classes in IMSA (TCR, GS and GTD). They already bring good support but right now they are doing arrive and drives to get those rich guys hooked and thus purchase a car.

When you are looking to run a car, you run the one with the best trackside support because you've learned that the first go around of doing it because you are a fan and to be different, didn't work out so well.
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