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    ACO to GT1....See ya later.

    Nice to know ya. I guess with Corvette leaving it was the kiss of death.
    The ALMS was ahead of the game on this one.
    CREATION OF THE GT ENDURANCE CATEGORY

    In 2011, there will be no LM GT1 category for the following three major reasons:

    * Numerous date clashes on the event calendars.
    * Very small fields outside the Le Mans 24 Hours.
    * The current category is entirely sprint based.

    This is why in agreement with the GT manufacturers the ACO has decided to create a GT Endurance category with a single set of regulations valid between 2011 and 2013. These regulations are based on the current GT2 cars complying with the 2009 ACO rules with the following modifications:

    * Steering wheel mounted paddle gearshifts allowed.
    * Only 1 evolution per year allowed.
    * 2 evolutions per year will be allowed for new cars.
    * Measures will be taken to reduce top speeds without reducing overall power.

    The GT Endurance category will be for one type of car but divided into two classes from 2011:

    * GT Endurance PRO: a professional category, cars and drivers free.
    * GT Endurance AM: cars over one year old and with a minimum of two drivers classified in the bronze or silver categories (defined under LM P2 LMS 2010 regulations).
    * The Michelin Green X Challenge will continue in the PROTOTYPES and GT classes.
    * Reduction in tyre consumption (as defined in 2009 and 2010 ACO Regulations)
    * Reduction in noise level decibels (From 112DB in 2010 to 110DB in 2011)
    ACO Rules for 2011
    http://www.motorsport.com/news/artic...FS=ALMS-LEMANS

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    Re: ACO to GT1....See ya later.

    A year too late.

    They should have put it down for this year.

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    Re: ACO to GT1....See ya later.

    Probably two years too late actually.

    I like the GT class, but don't see a need for the separate amateur class. Having basically the same models of cars split into two classes is going to confusing for viewers.
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    Re: ACO to GT1....See ya later.

    Too years late but better late than never. Next move is to open Le Mans 24 to the GT3 cars. No doubt Audi will push for it! the pro/am categories are just plain gimmicky IMO!
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    Re: ACO to GT1....See ya later.

    I'd much prefer to have the GT3 class, and get rid of the pro/am nonsense. With the LMP1 class going to smaller engines, I wonder how the speed differential would compare: 2010 LMP1 to GT2 compared to 2011 LMP1 to GT3.
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    Re: ACO to GT1....See ya later.

    Wait, i'm lost (and was when the entry list came out), wasn't GT1 killed off last year after Corvette won the "last GT1 Le Mans race"?
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    Re: ACO to GT1....See ya later.

    Aren't they just using FIA GT1 cars for the GT1 class at Lemans this year?

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    Re: ACO to GT1....See ya later.

    Quote Originally Posted by ccwsflagger View Post
    Wait, i'm lost (and was when the entry list came out), wasn't GT1 killed off last year after Corvette won the "last GT1 Le Mans race"?
    ALMS killed off GT1 last year. Corvette stuck it through Le Mans then mothballed the cars and switched to GT2

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    Re: ACO to GT1....See ya later.

    Quote Originally Posted by CHAMPCAR1 View Post
    Aren't they just using FIA GT1 cars for the GT1 class at Lemans this year?
    The FIA GT1 cars are combined with previous ACO GT1 machinery that has been 'downgraded'. No surprise the only remaining GT1 cars are the older cars.

    They should have ditched GT-1 as soon as they announced they were going with a sprint format, which was last year I believe.
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