For 2012, the governing body behind Le Mans racing, the ACO, is introducing a new competition category, which means the costs of starting a team just got a little bit more reasonable, which also means that if you’ve always wanted to test your driving skills by endurance racing in Europe, now’s your chance!
The GTC class will consist of near-production less expensive cars approved by the ACO for competition. For 2012, the three cars that make that list: the 2010 and 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, the Ferrari F430 Challenge and the Lotus Evora GT4/GTC.
The obly notable exception that makes the difference between the GTC category and the idea behind the GT Challenge class in American Le Mans Series racing is the fact that in ALMS competition, only the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is eligible for competition, as AutoSport points out. Just as in Le Mans GTE-Am competition, teams in the GTC class will be allowed one professional driver, with up to two additional amateur drivers rounding out the roster.
We sure do hope that the fact that the additional slow cars brought to a field that’s already packed with much faster prototype and GTE cars won’t create problems, due to traffic. 2011 wasn’t the best year for Motorsports, and we sure keep our fingers crssed for the next year.