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FIA GT CHAMPIONSHIP
Full grids for the 2008 FIA GT Championship
By Marcel ten Caat ⋅ March 3, 2008 ⋅ E-mail this post ⋅ Print this post ⋅ Post a comment
With full-season entries now having closed for the 2008 season of its international series, SRO Motorsports Group, promoter of the FIA GT Championship, the FIA GT3 European Championship and the GT4 European Cup, is delighted with this year’s entry.
Twenty-five full-season entries for the FIA GT Championship have been received by the FIA, comparing favourably with 22 last season. A further seven cars have been registered on a regular race-by-race basis, competing in eight or nine of the ten rounds, with another five racing in at least half the rounds. This should guarantee grids of well over 30 cars for the 2008 season – a level which has not been reached since 2003 – with numbers even between the GT1 and GT2 categories.
GT1 should see an extremely well-balanced and diverse grid this year, with three Maserati MC 12 cars up against three Saleen S7R, three Aston Martin DBR9, three Corvette C6R and a Lamborghini Murciélago. With an additional three to four cars competing in the Citation Cup, there should be an average of 15 or 16 cars on the GT1 grid at each event.
The GT2 category has also seen a significant increase over last year, with ten Ferrari 430 GT2 cars up against four regular Porsche 997 GT3 RSR entrants and one Aston Martin Vantage GT2 – the first Aston Martin to enter the FIA GT Championship in the GT2 category.
The G2 class has also seen a boost, and the Gillet Vertigo will surely welcome the additional challenge from two Mosler MT900R cars.
Now entering its third season, the FIA GT3 European Championship is stable, with fifty cars representing 21 teams, ten different brands and eleven models. The number of cars present at each event, and the general level of competition should be greatly increased over 2007, with the Ford GT and Mustang, Jaguar XKR, Morgan Aero and the new Porsche 997 GT3 S likely to reach the level of performance and reliability of the other brands represented. The Championship should therefore be even more closely disputed than in previous seasons.
As for the GT4 European Cup, the series goes into its second year with great expectations. The GT4 category and the new Sports Light class offer both diversity and a solid grid, which should start with 25 at Silverstone, rising to 30 by the end of the season. Cars including the Aston Martin N24, BMW Z4, Ford Mustang FR500, Lotus Exige, Nissan 350Z and Porsche Cayman will race in GT4, while the Ginetta G50 and KTM X-Bow will compete in Sports Light, with more models such as the Lotus 2-Eleven and the Donkervoort joining during the season.
Stephane Ratel, chairman of SRO Motorsports Group, commented : “Our two years of effort and investment in building a strong independent platform are starting to pay off, with a stable calendar, growing international TV distribution as well as expanding grids and committed teams. The complementary nature of the various categories is also bearing fruit, with GT3 teams such as Kessel Racing moving up to GT2, while GT1 teams such as Reiter and Jetalliance are also expanding into GT4. As for our flagship event, the FIA GT Championship is getting ready for 2010, when it will expand into the GT1 World and GT2 European Championships.”