Auto Shows GTD PRO 2022: IMSA expects six brands

21:05  25 may  2021
21:05  25 may  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Die GTLM-Fahrzeuge haben in der IMSA ausgedient © Motorsport Images The GTLM vehicles have been in the IMSA

US-American IMSA-Sportscar Championship says goodbye to the GTLM class after this season, in which Manufacturers on the factory GTE-Bolides use. Instead, here is now set to the GT3 category by creating a GTD Pro class.

in this new category should, according to the series chiefs around IMSA President John Doonan, only factory-supported teams and professional drivers come to a greed. According to Doonan, half a dozen manufacturers should be a realistic goal.

problems makes the longtime IMSA partner Corvette. At the GM daughter you have no GT3 vehicle in Petto, which is why one discusses with the IMSA boss via a waiver.

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After the will of Corvette, their GTLM car should be adjusted so that it is also entitled to start in the new GTD Pro class. Nevertheless, Doonan does not want to know anything about a preference Corvettes.

IMSA President: is the best for the sport

"Corvette Racing has behaved great as we try to integrate them into the GTD Pro class. They are a long-term player and investor for the IMSA, and we want them obviously holding in the game. But the decisions are not made for a single manufacturer. It's just the best for the sport, "says IMSA President to 'Sportscar365'.

is Corvette with a modified GTLM car in the season 2022 at the start? Doonan can not report here: "This is our hope. But that's your decision. We have done everything in our power, and you just as well."

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remains Corvette on board, so that the newly created Profi-GT class could properly impose buoyancy next year. Six manufacturers could be there then. "That's pretty realistic, based on the feedback we receive," shows Doonan optimistic in this regard.

Tires as key between GTD-PRO and GTD

One thing, however, must still be clarified: What then looks like 2022 the distinction between GTD-Pro and GTD class? Currently there are about two to three seconds between the GTLM and GTD category. This interval will only be achieved through two set screws: BOP and tires.

DOONAN focuses primarily on the latter and is in close exchange with series-partner Michelin. "You also want to do the right thing for the sport. Hopefully there are a few announcements in the near future, which we will make short and long term with the tires." Whether the Corvette will convince, you will see in the coming weeks.

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