LMP1 discussion here
While I 'might' bitch and moan about the current state and waivers and performance balancing of LMGTE all the freaking time (just loo at my signature), the fact is that the class is still THE ACO GT class of the current day and I just have to live with it. Plus of course Corvette is still there, so... you know. The brand new C7.R does look mouth watering in any case.
Unlike with LMP1 that has (foolishly) been restricted to run only in one series, GTE can still play on a bit wider platform
- Le Mans 24h & WEC: LMGTE-PRO and LMGTE-AM categories
- USCC: GTLM category
- ELMS: LMGTE category (running GTE-AM rules)
- AsLMS: Unnamed? GT category performance balanced with FIA GT3 and GT300 cars as of 2014
- International GT Open: Super GT category performance balanced with FIA GT3 cars as of 2014
- Nurburgring 24 Hours: possible entrans will be performance balanced with (mainly) FIA GT3 cars
GTE will be, according to the FIA, sort of merged with it's nemesis GT3 in a couple of years time to form a format initially called GT and GT+ (IMO doesn't look that great either), but until then GTE and GT3 will co-exist. The classes are rather similar in style today, thanks to ever growing use of BoP and the misuse of "rulebook" in GTE, and both are becoming increasingly expensive.
Now, if we talk about entrants, the only (supposedly) 100% confirmed entry list comes from USCC - I refuse to call the series by it's sponsor name - as Daytona is only a few weeks away:
For WEC, you are looking at factory entrants from Aston Martin and Manthey Porsche again, and the usual semi assisted Ferraris from AF Corse. RAM Racing from ELMS will also be switching to PRO. In the unneccessary separation that is the AM class, the usual mix of privateer teams and Aston Martin. I don't get why they allow to have factory cars in the amateur category either, it makes no sense. Anyway, there will be no other manufacturers in WEC than those three, plus probably privateer Corvettes from Labre, thanks to factory American cars preférring to stay out. Corvette and Viper will be there for Le Mans of course but that's it. Waiverwagon BMW Z4 probably still stays in US only (those of you saying that the only reason they're not at Le Mans is because it's only IMSA homologated, not ACO - well then why ACO bothered to add the car to ther BoP tables??).
Le Mans will get wider array of entrants in terms of entries, with hopefully the likes of Dempsey returning with Proton-assisted Porsches & few AsLMS & ELMS teams receiving entries and such (+ would love the return of Risi and maybe debut of Falken from US), but no brand new manufacturers are expected. In fact the only totally brand new model should be the Corvette C7.R.
As noted above, AsLMS and IGTO are integrating their GTE classes with GT3 thanks to low number of entries, with ELMS staying with it's AM-format. Which is no surprise considering that it is an AM series from top to bottom.
As for BoP, expect the usual nonsense adjustments from one race to another. Waivers, who the hell knows.
Edited by SonnyViceR, 14 December 2013 - 13:20.