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Old 3 Jun 2011, 15:14 (Ref:2890574)   #16
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So you could potentially create a 'GT1' car with the carbon brakes, improved aero, big engine etc and be able to go racing in this new series?
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Old 3 Jun 2011, 15:16 (Ref:2890579)   #17
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Technically, GT1s were allowed to enter this year in the GTE-Am class.

It looks like there will be drivers championships next year in addition to the constructor championships. No team championships though?
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Old 3 Jun 2011, 15:16 (Ref:2890580)   #18
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It isn't really a new series... merely ILMC with GT opened up for GT1 and GT3 cars. And I am not sure if they'd homologate any new GT1-cars or rather try to force everybody down to GT2/3 while still allowing teams to race their GT1s for a few years.
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Old 3 Jun 2011, 15:21 (Ref:2890582)   #19
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Perhaps the "GT World Class" with the 2011 GT1s/GT3s and 2009 GT2s are for the FIA GT series and the "FIA GT Endurance World Cup" is simple GTE as it is now but renamed. The two may have nothing to do with one another. Right?
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Old 3 Jun 2011, 15:28 (Ref:2890586)   #20
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Perhaps the "GT World Class" with the 2011 GT1s/GT3s and 2009 GT2s are for the FIA GT series and the "FIA GT Endurance World Cup" is simple GTE as it is now but renamed. The two may have nothing to do with one another. Right?
GT1 World Championship becomes GT World Championship, which has nothing to do with the World Endurance Championship as far as I can tell in terms of organization.
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Old 3 Jun 2011, 15:31 (Ref:2890588)   #21
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Perhaps the "GT World Class" with the 2011 GT1s/GT3s and 2009 GT2s are for the FIA GT series and the "FIA GT Endurance World Cup" is simple GTE as it is now but renamed. The two may have nothing to do with one another. Right?
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GT1 World Championship becomes GT World Championship, which has nothing to do with the World Endurance Championship as far as I can tell in terms of organization.
That seems to be what Dagys is saying:
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GT1 World Championship will become FIA GT World Championship, while there will be a FIA GT Endurance Cup inside thew WEC..
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Old 3 Jun 2011, 15:36 (Ref:2890591)   #22
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With the new merged GT class, what does this mean for the Blancpain endurance series? Merged into the new championship? They haven't announced the race format for that championship yet...
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Yep, looking at the press release, the sections on 'World Endurance Championship' and 'GT' seem to be two separate items on the document.

So, if we've got the ILMC getting formal FIA World Championship status, and then the GT1/2/3 classes being rolled into a single class for the FIA GT World Championship (ie Ratel's series), will the ILMC/WEC adopt this new GT class structure to replace GTE Pro/Am, and will they keep the Pro/Am split?

Another thought- where does this leave the existing FIA GT3 series? Continuing as a support race for the GT World Championship races , or will GT3 just fall back to national series, with the more ambitious teams graduating to WEC or GT World Championship?

...and now we've got the FIA involved, how long before they manage to foul it all up?
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Old 3 Jun 2011, 15:39 (Ref:2890593)   #24
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So perhaps this means GT3 cars are going to be welcome in the ALMS, despite management's perceived ineptitude? Or have we decided that the GT World Cup will be for Le Mans GTE(2) cars only and the mushing together of three classes is for the separate GT World Championship?

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The FIA GT Endurance World Cup is only a constructor's title. Maybe there will be separate WEC titles for prototypes and GT in addition to the FIA GT Endurance World Cup. Also, will the FIA GT Endurance World Cup include races that are not part of the WEC? Perhaps "stand alone" LMS races or even ALMS races?

EDIT: Dagys is in the process of clearing this up for us. I know I am confused!
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WEC is basically rebranded ILMC. No changes to the regulations from the FIA, I don't think. The class champions in GTE will be awarded the GT World Cup?

The merged GT classes are purely for what was the GT1 World Championship, but will now be the GT World Championship. The series champions will be awarded the GT World Championship?

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I am confused...

Maybe I'll try again after lunch or once the dust has settled.

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Germany! Seriously, it's unacceptable that the ILMC is not racing in Germany despite three manufacturers are German and there's a rich history (Nürburgring 1000km) here..
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Just hope Bernie doesn't go anywhere near it...
Worth repeating...stay away Bern!
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Old 3 Jun 2011, 15:44 (Ref:2890598)   #28
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WEC is basically rebranded ILMC. No changes to the regulations from the FIA, I don't think. The class champions in GTE will be awarded the GT World Cup?

The merged GT classes are purely for what was the GT1 World Championship, but will now be the GT World Championship. The series champions will be awarded the GT World Championship?

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They sure did choose wonderfully confusing terminology, didn't they?
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Old 3 Jun 2011, 15:51 (Ref:2890601)   #29
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i focus on the word "constructors", the note talks about a constructor champ title and not a team one.... maybe will be allowed in this competition only work teams, so no more distinction between lmp1 and lmp2 but only audi,peugeot,astonmartin,other constructur will be allowed to run with GT cars that will complete the roster.
Other "little" teams like pescarolo, oak, quiefel, dyson etc.... will run in LMS/ALMS. So if today ILMC champ shares some races with LMS/ALMS calendar, next year there will be a split.
The strangest thing is that none before today talked about this... not even "constructors"
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Old 3 Jun 2011, 15:52 (Ref:2890603)   #30
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WEC = ILMC

FIA has also approved the FIA GT1 WC to allow GTE and GT3's, all balanced to the same performance level.

ACO runs WEC, Ratel runs GT WC.
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