German GT (& ‘Ring 24 Hour) News
The project of a 2005 German GT Championship is moving along at a reassuring pace. Now officially named "Procar", the series will definitely go ahead as a part of the "Top 10" motorsports package next year, and a calendar and first details of the regulations have been released.

With two drivers per car, the 45 minute free practice session will be followed by two 30 minute qualifying sessions for each half of the driver pairings; their combined time will make up the grid. The races will be 75 minute timed events, with a maximum of 45 per driver.

The list of cars eligible to run in this series reads like this:
division 1: FIA GT1
division 2: FIA GT2
division 3: Nürburgring 24h Specials over 2000cc
division 4: Nürburgring Gp. E1
division 5: Porsche Carrera Cup, 2005 spec.
division 6: Ferrari Challenge, 2004 & 2005 spec.
division 7: guest starters as sanctioned by the German motorsport authority DMSB.

To ensure parity between these seven divisions in one field, the organisers have come up with a points system unlike anything the FIA system, or the Can-Am system, or any other system, has used before. The first 40 cars home are awarded points, with 50 for the win, 48 for second place, and so on down to 26th, from where they get 5 points each right down to 40th place. Add to this the points awarded for the finish within the class, which are determined by the difference between the number of starters in the class and the individual class result, multiplied by 5. Understood?

And speaking of numbers, a fee of 8.000 euros buys you an entry for the whole season, which will commence on April 15 at Oschersleben.

April 15-17 Oschersleben
May 20-22 Hockenheim
June 3-5 Sachsenring
July 15-17 Assen (NL)
August 12-14 Eurospeedway Lausitzring
September 23-25 Nürburgring
October 7-9 Oschersleben.

Franz Konrad has earmarked his two ‘new’ Saleens for this series.

dailysportscar.comMeanwhile over in NürburgWorld, Audi's Dr. Ullrich has made it clear the marque will not have a factory team in the ‘Ring 24 Hours next year. At a press conference at the Essen Motorshow, Herr Dr. Ullrich responded to a question to this effect with a clear statement: "The Nürburgring 24 Hours is not a part of Audi Sport's plans for next year.” As another major works side of the recent races, Opel, is currently in economic trouble and has announced its departure from DTM racing, they are also not expected to field works cars at the Nurburgring. This would leave BMW as the only factory team: they are expected to enter the M3 GTR again, but nothing has been announced yet. In contrast to all this slightly discouraging news, the ex-JGTC Honda NSX that showed potential last year (while it lasted) was recently seen testing at Zolder.
Johannes Gauglica


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