*Formerly the FIA GT1 World Championship & FIA GT3 European Championship thread.* Continuing the FIA GT1 World Championship thread into 2012 I'm making some changes to this thread. This will now be a place to talk about the GT racing in general rather than two specific championships. A list of relevant series is below: FIA GT1 World Championshp FIA GT3 European Championship Blancpain Endurance Series British GT ADAC GT Masters Australian GT GT3 Brasil Championship GT4 European Cup MSA BritCar Endurance Series Dutch Supercar Challenge Any other GT racing series that you can find! The three main series that this first post will be updated with is FIA GT1 World Championship, FIA GT3 European Championship and Blancpain Endurance Series. FIA GT1 World Championship - Many changes have been made to this series and some are very sceptical to if the series will survive the entire year. Grid's have previously dwindled due to the expensive GT1 regulations - this years GT3 regulations should mean that more cars are on the grid, but so far haven't lived up to the expectations! SRO have managed to create enough cars for the championship to take place but it remains to be seen how successful the championship will be with it's new regulations. FIA GT3 European Championship - Due to the numerous issues with GT1, there has been very little news on the status of this championship. Again, with the SRO plucking as many teams as possible from GT3 and putting them into GT1 we could see a vastly reduced grid in comparison to 2011 - also many teams have gone to national series or the Blancpain Endurance Series (BES) due to increased running time. Blancpain Endurance Series - At the moment the Blancpain Endurance Series (BES) is certainly standing out as the crown in the SRO's jewels. A strong grid of over 50 cars for the first round in Monza should surely be a sign of things to come - especially with the increasing interest in top line teams such as Marc VDS joining the series for 2012. The series is built around the main Total 24 Hours of Spa race which finds itself as part of the BES' calendar. The series is open to GT3 & GT4 cars providing a similar format to that of old FIA GT - each race is 3 hours long. Proper endurance racing at it's finest - this seems to be the place to be for GT racing! 2012 Calendars FIA GT1 World Championship 6th - 9th April: Nogaro, France 20th - 22nd April: Zolder, Belgium 26th - 27th May: Navarra, Spain 8th - 10th June: Slovakia Ring, Slovakia 6th - 8th July: Algarve, Portugal 24th - 25th August: Beijing Goldenport, China 30th August - 2nd September: Ordos, China 14th - 16th September: Korean International Circuit, Korea (*) 29th - 30th September: Moscow, Russia (*) 30th November - 2nd December: Delhi, India *Yet to be confirmed FIA GT3 European Championship 6th - 9th April: Nogaro, France 20th - 22nd April: Zolder, Belgium 26th - 27th May: Navarra, Spain 6th - 8th July: Algarve, Portugal 29th - 30th September: Moscow, Russia (*) 5th - 7th October: Zandvoort, Netherlands *Yet to be confirmed Blancpain Endurance Series 15th April: Monza, Italy 3rd June: Silverstone, United Kingdom 1st July: Paul Ricard HTTT, France 29th July: Spa Franchorchamps, Belgium - 24 Hour 23rd September: Nurburgring, Germany 14th October: Navarra, Spain Frequently Asked Questions Why are there no GT1 cars in 'GT1 World Championship' this year? Can GT1 cars still enter the series? There are no GT1 cars in the series this year due to rule changes by the SRO to fit with the current economic climate. This means that the 2010/2011 machinery are now illegal to race in the GT1 Championship. The GT1 cars have been replaced by GT3 cars. More information on the new regulations. Isn't that the same as the FIA GT3 European Championship then? Essentially yes, but GT1 will still go abroad to more continents. It has, however, been stated that 20 cars for GT1 may not be achieved so merger rounds with GT3 Euro may take place. Why is the FIA GT1 World Championship still called 'GT1' when they are now GT3 cars? Good question, it's something to do with the cost of rebranding the championship would be far too much. If this changes I'll make an update but for now FIA GT1 WC is still FIA GT1 WC. So what cars are homologated for GT3? - Aston Martin DBRS9 - Aston Martin V12 Vantage - Audi R8 LMS Ultra - BMW Z4 - BMW Alpina B6 - Ford GT (Matech) - Chevrolet Camaro (either Reiter Engineering or Yaco Motorsport) - Chevrolet Corvette - Ferrari F458 - Ferrari F430 - Lamborghini Gallardo LP600 - McLaren MP4-12C GT3 - Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG - Nissan NISMO GT-R - Porsche 911 GT3R There's probably a few more I've missed as well! What's the difference between FIA GT1 World Championship and the GT3 European Championship? Again, a good question - although one at the moment I can't answer particularly well. As mentioned previously, there's been a lack of information coming from the GT3 Euro championship. I would assume the differences between the championships are going to be minimal, I expect to see GT3 Euro running the same format as last year - two one hour races. GT1 will run two one hour races as well, with the first of the two providing the grid positions for the second race. Expect to see a larger grid in GT1 World then GT3 Europe. Okay then, what's the difference between FIA GT1 World Championship and Blancpain Endurance Series? GT1 World Championship is for professional drivers and Blancpain accepts a range of drivers creating Pro-Am combinations providing a range of skill sets. This also allows the gentlemen drivers that often own the cars/teams to actually drive in the races. The format of Blancpain differs greatly to that of GT1, there is a singular race and it is 3 hours long with a mix of GT3 & GT4 cars battling it out. This format is more akin to that of the original FIA GT rather than GT1. The Blancpain series also includes the Total 24 Hours of Spa providing the drivers with more time on track. What national series are worth watching? Obviously, as a Brit myself, I have to recommend British GT - the grid looks to be a stunner this year. If you can catch any coverage do so! ADAC GT Masters also looks to be good with a very wide range of machinery on display including some ex-GT1 teams like Young Driver AMR taking part. Where can I watch some of these championships? GT1 this should be available to view on http://gt1world.com/ but coverage details have not been announced. One would also assume that you'll be able to watch GT1 on Bloomberg TV again this year. GT3 Europe, Motors TV have previously provided coverage for this but again nothing has been confirmed. Also it could be broadcast via their website - http://gt3europe.com/. Blancpain Endurance Series last year Motors TV provided coverage of the rounds combined with full live streams available on http://www.blancpain-endurance-series.com/. National Series British GT - Channel 4 and Motors TV are providing coverage this year, not live. ADAC GT Masters - Not officially being streamed, but can be found. Broadcast on German channel Sport1. A section for interesting links related to the championships. http://gt1world.com/ - Home of the FIA GT1 World Championship http://gt1world.com/gt1tv - Here you can view FIA GT1 World Championship Practice/Qualifying/Qualifying Race/Championship Races all live. http://gt3europe.com/ - GT3 European Championship Page. http://gt3europe.com/liveGT3.php - GT3 European Championship Live Stream http://lendurance.tumblr.com/ - l'endurance Magazine frequently features FIA GT1/GT3 as part of their brilliant magazine. http://speedhunters.com/ - Speedhunters often run features on both the FIA GT1 and FIA GT3. Some excellent articles to be found here. http://www.planetlemans.com/ - Planet LeMans often has news articles on the series. http://www.spotterguides.com/fia-gt1-2011-guide - Andy Blackmore creates spotters guides for various series, including the FIA GT1 World Championship http://www.rpmvision.nl/ RPMVision.nl often feature reports on the FIA GT1 and various other GT racing events. ________________ I will keep this updated as often and frequently as possible, also if you find a news article please feel free to post it and I'll link it in to the first post.