11th February 2011
Eighteen Entries Submitted for 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship
Eighteen entries, from nine teams, have been received by the FIA for the 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship. Four brands – Aston Martin, Ford, Lamborghini and Nissan - will each be represented by two 2-car teams.
The FIA GT Commission has also given extra time to allow a tenth team time to finalise plans to fill up a fifth brand. The regulations state that single team entries for a brand are not permitted and each manufacturer must be represented by at least four cars.
Stephane Ratel said: “We have been working extremely hard to ensure we have a good quality grid for the 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship and I’d like to thank the teams who have submitted their entries to the FIA. GT1 remains firm on the two car team entries and two teams per brand that have made the Championship unique in the world of sports car racing. It should also be noted that of the entries received, all of the cars that were built specifically for the 2010 GT1 regulations, namely Nissan, Ford and Lamborghini, will be on the grid in Abu Dhabi, alongside the Aston Martin DB9. I am confident that we will find a solution in the next few weeks that will add a fifth brand to the grid and bring the number of cars up to 20.”
The applications will now be examined by the FIA, before an official entry list is released in the next few weeks.
About the 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship
After a highly successful first season the 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship will begin, as it did in 2010, in Abu Dhabi at the end of March. As well as the event in the United Arab Emirates, the events in Algarve, Silverstone, Navarra, Paul Ricard and San Luis are all carried over from the inaugural season. The four new tracks on the 2011 calendar include Zolder (Belgium), Sachsenring (Germany) and Curitiba (Brazil), with the GT1 World Championship heading into new territory in September with a race in China, at the Ordos International Circuit.
2011 FIA GT1 World Championship Calendar
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