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GT racing: ACO versus FIA: dispute over GT2 escalates

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At the same time, the ACO made a statement that the GT2 category enjoys his full support: 'The GT2 class, which is currently very popular, will have a wonderful future in the next few years.' ACO Sports Director Beaumesnil adds: 'We wanted to send a strong signal that we stand by the GT2 category wholeheartedly. That was important for those manufacturers who are planning to enter GT racing.' Originally, the ACO and FIA had agreed on a clear division of tasks: the FIA ​​is responsible for the GT regulations, the ACO for the prototype class, and both regulators take over each other's provisions on their territory. 'This agreement was supposed to be introduced in 2010, was then postponed to 2011 and suspended until 2013 at the request of a manufacturer,' explains GT promoter Ratel. In the meantime, the ACO has registered two cars, the BMW M3 and the Corvette Z06, that do not comply with the joint regulations. Porsche and Ferrari opposed homologation of these cars according to FIA rules.

More flexible regulations in the GT2 class

George-Howard, head of technology at Prodrive - Chappell, who represents Aston Martin on the FIA ​​stage, says: 'To date we have not seen any homologation documents for the BMW or the Corvette. Of course, these cars could be approved for the FIA ​​area, but only if the manufacturers respond to their requests to the GT Commission and the Technical Working Group. ' The dispute becomes understandable if you put it in the larger context: Ratel pushes for his concept of the GT1 World Championship and the GT3 class he invented, apparently with the tolerance of the FIA. For its part, the ACO is calling for more flexible regulations in the GT2 class to loosen the dominance of Porsche and Ferrari. When promoter Stéphane Ratel received the world championship title for GT1 vehicles from the FIA, the ACO countered at the 24h race in Le Mans in 2009 with the announcement that these GT1 cars might not be allowed.

A few months later, they were allowed - apparently under pressure from the FIA. The dispute over the newly defined GT1 class now jumps over to the GT2 issue. The ACO favors the GT2 class as the future unit class in GT racing. In its endeavor for more flexibility in the regulations, the ACO left the Le Mans 24h race for its territorySeries in Europe as well as the ALMS - vehicles that do not comply with the GT2 regulations developed jointly by ACO and FIA.

W while nobody is interested in the special regulations for exotic products like the Panoz Esperante As long as these cars are not in the lead, Porsche, Ferrari and Aston Martin got the scabies at the sight of the vehicles homologated by the ACO in 2009: BMW is said to have been granted 27 waivers - that is, technical relief - to get the M3 in the GT2 class to accommodate. The GT2 Corvette reportedly has 39 waivers. The list could be extended indefinitely: The ACO recently homologated the Jaguar XKR - with a 5.5-liter supercharged engine that doesn't fit into any regulations. While up to seven manufacturers compete in the GT2 class under the banner of the ACO, only three cars from Porsche, Ferrari and Aston Martin are homologated according to the strict FIA regulations. The confused situation could now lead to the agreed global validity of the GT technology regulations finally falling apart.


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