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Old 3 Jun 2011, 14:20   #1
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FIA World Endurance Championship

I have no idea if that's a hoax or not but several Twitter sources are reporting that there will be a FIA World Endurance Championship in 2012 and Le Mans will be part of it!

Doe anybody have any further info on this? Is this going to replace the ILMC? Sounds rather exciting...
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I have no idea if that's a hoax or not but several Twitter sources are reporting that there will be a FIA World Endurance Championship in 2012 and Le Mans will be part of it!

Doe anybody have any further info on this? Is this going to replace the ILMC? Sounds rather exciting...
It's on the official press release:

http://www.fia.com/en-GB/mediacentre...sc-030611.aspx

Looks like confirmation to me.
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Just hope Bernie doesn't go anywhere near it...
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This is perhaps this most interesting part:

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From 2012 a new ‘GT World class’ will be created, balancing the performance of 2011 GT1 cars, 2009 GT2 cars and 2011 GT3 cars to enable them to compete in a single FIA GT World Championship. A review of the performance of these three categories of cars will be conducted in order to open up the Championship to a greater number of makes.
Not sure how great an idea that is. Considering the political **** storm (re: performance balancing) that's already an issue in each individual category.
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Partnership with the ACO, at least six events including Le Mans... sounds like it will replace the ILMC indeed.
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Partnership with the ACO, at least six events including Le Mans... sounds like it will replace the ILMC indeed.
Since the ACO is involved, I wouldn't call it "replacing" the ILMC, I'd rather say that the ILMC is going to be "evolved" into this championship next year.
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Any ideas at what the rounds will be? Spa, Le Mans, Sebring, Silverstone, Petit Le Mans and.... ? I hope it's not going to be some chinese track no ones heard off.
And where will the GTE (GT2) class go in these races will they be moved to the GT1 championship with GT3?
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Isn't this the much talked about replacement for the current GT1 World Championship? Note that the statement only talks about GT cars, and not prototypes.
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Any ideas at what the rounds will be? Spa, Le Mans, Sebring, Silverstone, Petit Le Mans and.... ? I hope it's not going to be some chinese track no ones heard off.
Germany! Seriously, it's unacceptable that the ILMC is not racing in Germany despite three manufacturers are German and there's a rich history (Nürburgring 1000km) here..

I know that not all of these issues are in the hands of the ACO but they need to make it happen...
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Isn't this the much talked about replacement for the current GT1 World Championship? Note that the statement only talks about GT cars, and not prototypes.
That's probably since the prototype classes are not supposed to go under any kind of reshuffling as the GT classes are.
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Because the last time Le Mans was part of an FIA championship everything worked out just fine didn't it?
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I think this series more or less confirms that there will be prototypes and GTs in this series:

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FIA World Endurance Championship titles will be awarded to Constructors and Drivers, and an FIA GT Endurance World Cup will be created for Constructors.
World Championship for the overall winners, world cup for the GTs.
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So GT1 might end up back at Le Mans?

Could we end up with then 5 classes in the ILMC/ FIA GTWEC, LMP1, LMP2, GT1, GTE and GT3?
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is there will be a recycle of fia GT1 cars maybe there will finally be a maserati mc12 running at le mans
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So GT1 might end up back at Le Mans?

Could we end up with then 5 classes in the ILMC/ FIA GTWEC, LMP1, LMP2, GT1, GTE and GT3?
No, GT1/2/3 will be merged into one class/two if the ACO insists on keeping the Pro-Am-class.
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