ELMS: The GTC accepts GT3s!

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.

13 Comments on ELMS: The GTC accepts GT3s!

  1. Give it some time, and GTE will disappear. GT3 has proved to be a good formula, and with so much support around the world, its hard to imagine it going away.

  2. q. why didnt they suggest this earlier? gt3’s totally kick!
    leave the one make cups on their own.

  3. Great news and just what the series needs to keep it alive. I think it’s about time the powers that be renamed GT3 to GTC (or just GT) and do away with the numbering system for this generation.

  4. Can someone explain to me the differences between :
    GT1
    GT2
    GT3
    GT4
    GTC
    GTE

    THANKS
    BOB BALDWIN

  5. @Bob Baldwin:
    For a detailed technical explanation go to the homepages of GT1world.com or alms.com, but here it is in short terms:
    The GT cars are all based on low-production-number series sportscars like Porsche, Ferrari, and so on. Originally, the GT1 regulations were designed to have highly advanced racing cars with a lap performance close to the LMP prototypes, GT3 and GT4 close to the series production vehicles (with GT4 being cars with less horsepower already in the series car), and GT2 inbetween. During several years of development within different international and national series, meanwhile there is no series with GT1 cars any more, and the former GT2 class has been transformed to “GTE” which is the GT class of the world endurance championship (WEC). The American and European endurance championships ELMS and ALMS also allow “GTC” cars in their field, which are cars from one-make cup series like the Porsche Supercup. Understandable?

  6. We will likely lose some manufacturer support and GT3 will fade in a few years like GTE. Corvette is already opposing it, and maybe others will follow. Maybe GT racing has no future at this point…

  7. @SchellZ that may well be the case, but if the day arrives factories need to be kept out of GT3 otherwise the free nature of the regs will see an explosion in tech and costs.

    With Dodge’s arrival I can’t honestly see GTE going anywhere soon, it is going to be a GT1 like situation with a handful of hi-tech factory machines, with privateers switching to GT3.

    I think that is the best case scenario, retain factories and whats good about GTE, while GT3 is protected by remaining privateer focused.

  8. @Bob ignore the names, the top class of the day always evolves into something more exotic than the rule makers envisaged, when costs become excessive rules are reset with a lower class becoming the top class, and the cycle continues.

    There are relatively minor differences between the regs of all the classes, these being power to weight ratio, aero, brakes and tyres, as seen by the fact different versions of the 911 have competed in all the classes you list.

  9. Message to ACO. This proves you’ve made the wrong choices the last couple of years. From 2010 on there was a perfect plan with GT1’s, GT2’s, GT3’s and GT4’s racing over a lot of different competitions. The GT3’s were ( and still are ) the basis. A little bit of “extending” certain parts and we should have had GT2’s, a “little” bit more and we should have had GT1’s, with GT4’s close to the series production cars? Cost effectively and simple with, as i said, a lot of possibilities in different championships!!!!
    No, ACO, you knew better. NO GT1’s anymore, certainely NO GT3’s ( and be quiet about GT4 ). GT2 should become GTE.
    2012, result, you’ve lost. At the moment, you’ve got only Porsche, Ferrari, BMW ( with a not by the FIA homologated car ) and Corvette ( which is a rebuilded “old” GT1 ). Still an AM and a Lotus somewhere and now an SRT ( not Dodge or Chrysler ) Viper.
    SRO ( and co. ( national series, VLN, Asia, Brasil ): about 15 ( or more ) different homologated cars ( and still growing ).
    Result : Now, you want a piece of the cake. Thnx, but, no thnx. For those who still believe, i don’t believe in the future of the WEC ( another mistake by ACO ). WEC killed ELMS and will propably kill itself too. ALMS, that’s another story, it will survive.
    After the successtories of Blancpain Endurance Series, VLN, ADAC GT, aso… , ACO, keep off of GT3 and start licking your wounds…

  10. GTE, and specifically ALMS GTE, is undoubtedly the premier GT class in the world, the discussion today is how to maintain that.

    There are plenty of homologated GT3’s (far fewer makes compete regularly), and many series, but I wouldn’t say SRO is in a particularly strong position. For starters FIA GT1, FIA GT3 and Blancpain are competing with themselves, it seems likely at least one series won’t last into 2013, possibly two.

    The other issue is the GT3 regs themselves, they are produced by the FIA and as such can be used by any series, WEC, ALMS, ELMS, VLN, ADAC GT, GA etc. can all adopt these regs, they don’t need to be alligned with SRO.

    The premier ACO GT class requires regs written in black & white, a manufacturer like Corvette wouldn’t be willing to turn up at Le Mans, only to have the competitiveness of their car determined entirely by BoP.

    However ACO series need a secondary class for privateers, GT3 makes sense as the cars are out there, with privateers more willing to accept organisers use of BoP.

  11. I would much rather have the GTE factory teams move up to (or in the case of Aston Martin and BMW, back to) LMP1, then replace GTE with GT3. This would help the small team, and sportscar racing in general. After all, GT is just millionaire’s Touring cars.

  12. For Many of the above stated reasons ,at least here in the USA
    we will NEVER see a big GROWTH in Sportscar Racing .We have 3 series to contend with ALMS , Grand -Am , SCCA World Challenge All basicly GT cars ,but each series has its own rules . Unless you are very INFORMED take any Brand BMW, Corvette , Ford etc; You don’t really know what you are looking at from a competition standpoint .Go to an event ,ask some questions of fans and 90% could not tell you the difference in classes.Take a Ferrari 458 Legal for ALMS and Grand-Am but the rules are NOT compliant for each series .Should be NO REASON why teams have to spend $25,000.00 more to race the same car 1 week-end then spend the bucks on the same car to run it the next week-end for a different series. Even the AFLUENT Privateers are Complaining . Even with the new Mclarens wanting to make their presence known here that is WHY we have NOT seen them take to the track yet .

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