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Old 4 Sep 2020, 16:30 (Ref:4000084)   #1
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The future of factory GT teams

Porsche is leaving the IMSA GT Le Mans class for 2021, leaving Chevrolet and BMW as the only full-time factory teams in the class.



IMSA could split GT Daytona into a Pro class (no bronze drivers allowed) and a Pro-Am class (one bronze driver required).


IMSA could copy DTM's GT Plus regulations.


IMSA needs to do something. But will it?
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Porsche is leaving the IMSA GT Le Mans class for 2021, leaving Chevrolet and BMW as the only full-time factory teams in the class.



IMSA could split GT Daytona into a Pro class (no bronze drivers allowed) and a Pro-Am class (one bronze driver required).


IMSA could copy DTM's GT Plus regulations.


IMSA needs to do something. But will it?

I think the easiest and best solution is GTD Pro, and GTD Pro/AM. Keep the regulations the same (just GT3 cars). If an AM can punch above his class then it is what it is IMO. GTWC runs races like Spa, and Endurance rounds with cars all running in the same spec but with different classes and it works fine. No reason to think it wouldn't work in IMSA as well.

I do think GTD Pro would be an upgrade over GTLM because there are so many manufacturers that support GT3 racing. Would be great to see factory squads from Mercedes, Audi, Lambo, Ferrari, Mclaren, Aston, etc. in addition to BMW, Porsche, and Chevrolet.
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Is there a demand from the factories for that support though? Just because it's an option doesn't mean teams will do it, see the US WC series. Plus you have to deal with the GM team in the corner whispering in the ear of IMSA.
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Old 9 Sep 2020, 19:52 (Ref:4001236)   #4
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agree... the best choice would be changing class structure in GTD pro and GTD am.
GTD am will be GTD as we know: mandatory pro-am line-up and michelin customers compound. GTD pro, basically factory backed teams with all pro line-up with a more performant bop and confidential michelin
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I just wish the ACO & SRO would get together, suck it up and just announce GT3 as the universal GT class.

Then you can do one of two things.

GT3+ - Open Tyres, small increase in power, small downforce increase, pro driver lineups, factory teams, no ABS/TC

GT3 AM - Spec Tyres, standard GT3 specs (See SRO series)

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GT3 Pro - Open Tyres, no ABS/TC

GT3 AM - Spec Tyres, Standard GT3 Specs (See SRO series)

Just imagine the potential grids you could have across all series.
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Both of those options sound sensible to me. So I guess that means it won't happen!
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I agree with no ABS, but GTE has ASR traction control, and I don't see that genie going away, since it's been legal in GT2 (now GTE) since 2004, as well as the old GT1 class, and legal in LMP1 and LMP2 since 2006.
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Is there a demand from the factories for that support though? Just because it's an option doesn't mean teams will do it, see the US WC series. Plus you have to deal with the GM team in the corner whispering in the ear of IMSA.
I would be very surprised if some of the current non participating manufacturers wouldn't jump at the opportunity to compete for wins at Daytona, Sebring, and Petit Le Mans, etc. If the cars are the same as the ones that compete in SRO championships (for the most part). These factories already have several of factory drivers, most of whom don't have a whole lot to do during the time of year when Daytona and Sebring take place.
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gtlm cars have tcs and braking distribution already, presence of ABS is not an issue since pro drivers could just set it to 0.
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gtlm cars have tcs and braking distribution already, presence of ABS is not an issue since pro drivers could just set it to 0.
I think the reason this came up was a GTLM pro driver raced in gt3 for the first time recently and made a comment that they didn't like the ABS, and they'd be faster without it.
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I think the reason this came up was a GTLM pro driver raced in gt3 for the first time recently and made a comment that they didn't like the ABS, and they'd be faster without it.
Yeah, the GTD driver was complaining about it compared to his other rides. Sounded like they couldn't turn it off or change it enough to matter for him.
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