FIA GT Update
The entry deadline for the 2006 season (FIA GT and GT3 Championships)
has been put back to March 31, “in order for the final 2006
calendar and sporting regulations to be approved by the FIA Motorsport
World Council of 22nd March, prior to the closing date of entries”
(says an SRO statement).
In the UK, all races will be broadcast LIVE and in full on FLEXTECH-owned
channels BRAVO and PLAYER and
a terrestrial partner will be announced soon. In Italy, SKY
ITALIA will be the exclusive partner on the LIVE broadcast,
while the one hour highlights will be broadcast on NUVOLARI,
Italy’s specialist motorsports channel. DSF,
Germany’s leading sports channel will broadcast the highlights
programme to its 33m homes in peak time on Wednesdays evenings.
Other LIVE European
broadcast partners so far include AB MOTEURS in
France, UPC owned SPORT1 in the Netherlands and
CZECH terrestrial TV and TELESPORT Romania,
with whom agreements are currently being finalised.
TV, Europe’s leading motorsports channel, will ensure
that FIA GT reaches the maximum number of fans across Europe by
broadcasting the highlights to 30 European countries.
all races will be shown live on AL JAZEERA across
the Middle East with highlights on FUTURE TV across
the region, and agreements are also in place with THE SPEED
CHANNEL (70 million homes in North America), as well as
TV GLOBO and SPORT TV in Brazil.
The 2006 FIA
GT championship will also receive exposure on ESPN Star
Sports with all rounds being carried in the long running
International Motorsports programme. The channel currently broadcasts
to over 57 million homes throughout Asia.
secured most of the live coverage, SRO is now concentrating on the
distribution of short edited programmes to terrestrial networks.
Performance Adjustment In GT2
Following the agreement of the GT Commission, a drivers’ performance
adjustment will be introduced in GT2 for the 2006 season, in order
to reduce the impact of two professional drivers in the same car.
This remains subject to final approval from the FIA World Motor
If two drivers
corresponding to the following definition are entered in the same
car, the car will carry weight ballast calculated by the FIA to
represent a penalty of 0,5 second per lap.
- Held a super
licence – F1
in the top 10 of F3000, CART/Champcar, IRL, GP2, A1GP and any
major single seater series.
in the top 6 of an international F3 championship (British-EuroF3)
or major national single
seater championship (FR200-Italian national F3000…) or secondary
international single seater series
(Renault V6, FR2000 international and World Series…)
- Won Le Mans
- Been a Factory
A driver whose
performances and achievements, despite not covered by one on the
may be considered as professional by the bureau.
Any driver (especially if over 45 years old) has the right to ask
the permanent Bureau of the GT commission for a dispensation of
their status as a professional driver
Likely GT Grid
SRO has released some interesting information regarding likey entries
for the GT Championship.
Scuderia Italia and the Austrian Race Alliance
team have each confirmed two Aston Martins this year, while Phoenix
Racing “is confident of entering one and possibly
two cars”. Cirtek Motorsport may enter its
seven Ferraris are expected to take to the grid this season, split
between GT1 & GT2: Cirtek will enter its Russian
Age 550 at selected events”, with GPC a possibility
with a Ferrari 550 Maranello.
three and four Maserati MC12s will race this season: Vitaphone
Racing will continue with its two MC12s, JMB Racing
should race one MC12 … while Racing Box of
Italy will run one car for most of the Championship”.
two Corvettes should join us in 2006”. GLPK Carsport
will race its new Corvette C6.R, with the likelihood of PSI
Experience “joining the Championship at selected
Motorsport is confirmed with one Saleen, Zakspeed
will run one car (possibly two), while Oreca “should
be racing on a Race by Race basis”.
Murcielago is confirmed for all the European rounds this season,
entered by B-Racing RS Team, with the support of
Reiter Engineering, while ”Reiter could also be linked with
another team following encouraging winter testing”.
is looking at running the Pagani Zonda for half the season while
another team is looking at joining the grid with a Lister Storm.”
In GT2 “at
least seven Porsches” are expected. Teams include Proton
Competition, Ebimotors, Vonka Racing and ARC.
“GruppeM is considering defending its title
with one car”. Race Alliance will also run
a Porsche this year, while Renauer Motorsport has
also confirmed two Porsches. “Other Race by Race teams will
join the Championship during the season”.
Racing has confirmed two Ferrari 430s in GT2, while Scuderia
Ecosse “is soon to confirm two entries”, and
AF Corse “should also race the 430”.
is expected to race in slected events towards the end of the season,
“Belgian Racing will race the Vertigo for
the full season (in G2) and the Panoz Esperante should race at selected
number 30 cars at each event.