The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has defined the regulations for the GTD Pro Class which will replace the current GTLM from 2022.
The US championship had already announced for some time that it wanted to renounce the category reserved for the GTEs, given the few subscriptions it had in recent years, so from next season instead of these machines we will see GT3 in action managed by teams that enjoy the official support of the Manufacturers ( with related drivers), while the current GTD will remain exclusively for the customer teams of the manufacturers, taking the name of Pro-Am.
All of these GT3 cars will be powered by VP Racing Fuels and equipped with Michelin single spec S9M tires in 2022, but discussions are already underway about the future.
The Balance of Performance will be defined equally (data analysis) for both GTD Classes, taking into account that the Pro will already enjoy a considerable advantage as teams and drivers will be linked to the officers, while on the Pro-Am cars they will climb competitors Bronze and Silver. Each category will then manage it in its own way, based on the performance of their respective drivers.
From a sporting point of view, the same current rules relating to qualifying and races will remain in force (who makes the fastest lap in practice, who will start in the race and how to make driver changes), as well as for scores.
Finally, the test days are limited to 8 for GTD Pro with a ban on the use of the wind tunnel, while for Bronze drivers there are no restrictions.
“It was important that we work in harmony with our tire manufacturers and partners to develop the GTD PRO rules – said IMSA President John Doonan – Our technical team has carried out in-depth analyzes and the final result allows us to draw a a successful path for the future of GT racing supported by the manufacturers with the CLasse GTD PRO, while the option of the GTD class remains valid for the customer teams “.
“Ultimately, the market will speak as manufacturers confirm participation plans, but we are very optimistic that we will have competitive grids in both GTD PRO and GTD starting next year.”