GTE-PRO winners to be crowned World Champions from 2017

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232_editedDespite the FIA World Endurance Cham­pi­onship being five years old, the GTE-PRO class has nev­er crowned an off­i­cal World Cham­pi­on. Up until this point GTE dri­vers and Man­u­fac­tures have been com­pet­ing for the World Endurance Cup of GT Dri­vers. How­ev­er that is set to change in 2017.

Fol­low­ing the World Motor­sport Coun­cil meet­ing in Vien­na today, it has been announced that Dri­vers and Man­u­fac­tures win­ners of the GTE-PRO class will be crowned as FIA World Cham­pi­ons for the first time.

GTE now joins LMP1 as a class that car­ries an FIA World title label. Pres­i­dent of the ACO, Pierre Fil­lion thanked the teams that com­pete in the class, as well as the FIA for help­ing earn the World Title for the class. “I would like to warm­ly thank Jean Todt, pres­i­dent of the FIA and Sir Lind­say Owen-Jones, pres­i­dent of the FIA Endurance Com­mis­sion for their total involve­ment in obtain­ing this title.”, said Fil­lion.

I would also like to acknowl­edge the efforts made by the man­u­fac­tures and their sport­ing per­for­mances that ful­ly jus­ti­fy this world title”, con­tin­ued the pres­i­dent of the ACO.

Ger­ard Neveu, the CEO of the FIA WEC went on to add that he hopes the new world title for the GTE class will help bring new man­u­fac­tures to join the likes of Porsche, Fer­rari, Aston Mar­tin, Ford and BMW in the future.

Source — FIA WEC Insta­gram
Image — James Clarke (WEC-Mag­a­zin)