The GTE dilemma that IMSA has created for the WEC
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s decision to scrap its GT Le Mans class for 2022 raises the question of whether the FIA World Endurance Championship should phase out GTE cars. But it’s a much harder decision than it appears on the surface.
Announced on Friday, IMSA’s decision to replace the ailing GTLM category with a new ‘GTD Pro’ class for GT3 cars came as no surprise, given that what was once a thriving arena for manufacturer competition is down to a single full-time works entrant in the form of Corvette following the exits of Ford, Porsche and BMW (except for the Michelin Endurance Cup).
Yes, a third full-time car in the form of WeatherTech Racing’s customer Porsche 911 RSR-19 was scrambled to at least prevent Corvette from merely having to race itself outside of the long-distance races, but the situation was clearly untenable. And IMSA deserves credit for taking a proactive approach instead of allowing GTLM to wither completely.
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