In order to meet the numerous requests of GT teams and drivers from all over Europe, the organisers of the European Le Mans Series in agreement with the ACO has decided to open up the new GTC category (made up of cars from single?make cups like the Porsche Cup or the Ferrari Challenge) and accept FIA GT3 homologated vehicles to reach the number of twenty?five cars for the next round at Donington on 13?14?15 July.
Their level of performance will be adjusted by the ACO through technical solutions that are currently being studied, whose aim is to maintain a level playing field in the categories already entered, in particular the LM GTE Ams (the GTCs are slower than the GTE Ams).
The cars in the GT3 category have shown the necessary reliability to take part in endurance events and to be competitive in the ELMS 6?Hour races.
The following models are eligible for GT3:
? Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3
? Audi R8 LMS
? BMW Z4 GT3
? Ferrari 458 Italia GT3
? Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+GT3
? McLaren MP4?12C GT3
? Mercedes?Benz SLS AMG GT3
? Porsche GT3?R
All these makes and models will beef up the GTC category in the next three rounds of the 2012 European Le Mans Series Championship.
The acceptance of GT3 cars does not concern the FIA World Endurance Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours, which are reserved for LM P1s, LM P2s, GTE Pros and GTE Ams.