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April 16th, 2013
The successful format of the Blancpain Endurance Series will not change, championship boss Stephane Ratel has vowed. Ratel has insisted that he will not tinker with the series, which kicked off at Monza last weekend with a grid of 60 cars. “I always try to do new things, but this time I am not going to do anything,” said Ratel, who has 62 full-season entries for the BES.
April 8th, 2013
A total of 22 all-pro entries will be on the grid for the oversubscribed Blancpain Endurance Series opener at Monza this weekend. The Pro Cup makes up more than one third of the 62-car entry for the three-hour race at the home of the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday
March 28th, 2013
The Vita4One BMW squad has withdrawn from the opening round of the FIA GT Series at Nogaro this weekend. The withdrawal of the team that finished third in last year’s FIA GT1 World Championship was confirmed by series boss Stephane Ratel after its solo entry failed to show up at the circuit today ahead of first free practice on Friday
January 28th, 2013
The British Formula 3 International Series has slashed its calendar from 10 rounds to four triple-headers for 2013. With very few drivers committing to British F3, the decision was made to focus on a mini-series in order to ensure the survival of the championship.
November 3rd, 2012
FIA GT World Series titles are set to be awarded on the basis of points scored in Stephane Ratel’s new-for-2013 GT Sprint Series and his Blancpain Endurance Series next season. Ratel proposed such a plan in July , and has now revealed that he has reached an agreement in principle with FIA President Jean Todt for competitors in the two series to compete for manufacturers’ and teams’ titles. He formulated the plan following his decision not to continue running the FIA GT1 World Championship after the end of this season.
October 13th, 2012
A new GT class will replace GTE and GT3, possibly as early as 2015.
July 28th, 2012
British Formula 3 International Series promoter Stephane Ratel has told the FIA that he wants his championship to effectively merge with the FIA European F3 Championship. Ratel announced at Spa-Francorchamps, which is hosting a combined British F3/FIA European F3 round as support to the Spa 24 Hours this weekend, that “we have proposed to the FIA to bring British Formula 3 and the planned FIA European F3 Championship into a unified series.” The move, he plans, would safeguard the historic British F3 title, which dates back to 1979, and be the best way forward for the European championship, which was revived this year after initially running from 1975 to 1984. Ratel says he has committed 16 cars from British F3 to the FIA and has confirmed the new FIA engine regulations for 2013
July 27th, 2012
The FIA GT1 World Championship will visit the Slovakia Ring for a second time this season. A revised second half of the world championship calendar was announced by series boss Stephane Ratel at his traditional press conference ahead of the Spa 24 Hours round of the Blancpain Endurance Series on Friday. The revisions follow the cancellation of the the South Korea round of the series and the two Chinese events scheduled for Beijing Goldenport and Ordos.
July 27th, 2012
GT teams’ and manufacturers’ world titles could be awarded according to points scored in the Blancpain Endurance Series and a successor to the FIA GT1 World Championship planned for next season. Stephane Ratel, the boss of the two series, has outlined his vision for a new Sprint Series to succeed the world championship in 2013.
March 12th, 2012
The future of the FIA GT1 World Championship has been secured with the entry of three teams put together by series boss Stephane Ratel. Ratel was instrumental in bringing together the deals that will put Aston Martin, Porsche and Ford on the grid for the coming season
February 13th, 2012
The 2012 FIA GT1 World Championship will climax with a round in India. The series finale will take place at the new Buddh International Circuit, near New Delhi, which hosted the first Indian Grand Prix last year. The World GT1 race, scheduled for December 2, takes the vacant spot on the 10-race calendar published late last year.
December 16th, 2011
The FIA GT1 World Championship has announced a 2012 calendar that features the series’ debut in Russia, but no British round at present. Abu Dhabi, the Sachsenring, Silverstone and Paul Ricard have lost their places on the schedule, with the French round moving to Nogaro and becoming the season opener. Zandvoort gets a date for the first time, while the series keeps its Chinese double-header, and hopes that the Beijing round can become a street race next year.
September 1st, 2011
The FIA has officially sanctioned the proposed GT1 World Championship race at the Goldenport Motor Park circuit in Beijing on 9-11 September. The race was drafted in to replace the cancelled event at Curitiba, Brazil, and will count towards the 2011 FIA GT1 world championship following the FIA’s approval. GT1 will therefore hold back-to-back races in China, with the series racing at the Ordos International Circuit in Inner Mongolia a weekend before heading to Beijing
April 10th, 2011
Martin Bartek, head of the Matech organisation that developed the current Ford GT racing car, died earlier this week at the age of 44. Bartek’s Matech Competition initially developed the Ford GT for the FIA GT3 series, in which it triumphed in 2008
January 27th, 2011
The GT1 World Championship will visit the Sachsenring in May this year, for the German round of the series. The 14-turn, 2.2-mile track near Chemnitz in south east Germany replaces the Nurburgring, which hosted an event in the inaugural GT1 season last year
July 31st, 2010
FIA GT boss Stephane Ratel is hoping to launch a revamped European GT2 championship next season. He plans for the Spa 24 Hours to become the central event around which a mini endurance championship is based, with other races at popular European circuits. “We will propose to the FIA a series going to the main prestige circuits like Monza and Nurburgring, to do a limited series of events around the 24 Hours of Spa,” said Ratel
July 31st, 2010
The GT1 World Championship’s Durban round has been called off for 2010 due to issues with the circuit, and will be replaced by an event at Navarra in Spain. The new sportscar series had been set to use the former A1GP Durban street track on the first weekend of November, but series chief Stephane Ratel said the project had been delayed. “Durban has been more complicated than forecast,” he admitted.
March 11th, 2010
The FIA World Motor Sport Council has approved GT promoter Stephane Ratel’s request for the 2010 FIA GT2 European Championship to be called off.
March 4th, 2010
Phoenix Carsport team manager Dirk Theimann expects GP2 convert Andreas Zuber to settle in quickly on his switch to sportscars in the new GT1 World Championship this year. After four seasons in GP2, the 26-year-old Austrian has moved away from single-seaters to join long-time FIA GT frontrunner Mike Hezemans in the new Phoenix Carsport alliance’s lead Corvette
March 2nd, 2010
The new FIA GT1 World Championship represents a direct link to the rich heritage of GT racing, series boss Stephane Ratel has insisted. Speaking at the launch of the new series in Paris this week, Ratel said that he would “respect the heritage of the past” at the same time as trying to bring the championship to “a larger and, maybe, younger fan base”