A GT3-based formula is set to replace GTE in the FIA WEC, ELMS and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 2024.
With some significant details still to be confirmed, what can be confirmed is that the current GTE-based class structure will continue unchanged on 2022 with the GTE Pro class removed for 2023 leaving only GTE Am.
2024 will see the switch to a GT3 based structure, already featured in the Asian Le Mans Series and Le Mans Cup though there is clearly work still to do to finalise the details.
Areas of continuing discussion are believed to include both the initially planned structure which would have seen a Pro-Am class only, with no all-Pro GT class in ACO-rules racing, and the potential for some form of ‘GT3 Plus’ specification. There has been significant politicking amongst manufacturers in the Le Mans paddock throughout race week on both subjects – the removal of a Pro category would, for instance, be most unwelcome for Corvette Racing.
And move away from either or both a standard GT3 spec and a Pro category would see the ACO Championships with a different GT class structures from their Prototype convergence partners at IMSA.
FIA Endurance Commission President Richard Mille said in the virtual conference:
“It’s important for us that many amateurs can race.
“From 2024 on, we will have a new GT category which will be based on the current GT3 platform. Our goal is to work on this topic during the second half of the year. We want all this to be finalized at the FIA World Motor Sport Council by the end of the year.”