IMSA’s GTD Pro Class Is Coming Out Swinging

The new racing class to replace GTLM is going to be jam-packed

IMSA’s GTLM course had actually been slowly needing at the very least a few seasons, and has actually finally been shuffled off the track for the 2022 season. As you must most likely understand by now, the course has actually been replaced with a new factory-backed pros-only class called GTD Pro, which is precisely what it sounds like. These are basically the exact same GT3 devices that have been racing in GTD given that the merger of ALMS and Grand Remain In 2014.

To distinguish the GTD Pro class from the common GTD class, teams will be enabled to run a slightly various balance of performance, potentially various tires, and full factory-backed pro vehicle driver schedules. Of course, following an examination last week, the course will make its competitors debut at the 24 hr of Daytona in January. There are still a few manufacturers as well as groups that aren’t all set to introduce their strategies rather yet, but it’s starting to resemble GTD Pro will be a rather stacked class.

As of now there are just 5 full-season vehicles verified for the course. That’s one Lexus, two BMW M4 GT3s, and a pair of de-rated Corvette C8.Rs. Obviously 5 automobiles is still two greater than were devoted for the 2021 period, to make sure that’s already an improvement, yet according to a report from Racer.com’s Marshall Pruett, a number a lot more are waiting in the wings.

Pruett says the racing neighborhood need to expect an Aston Martin Vantage, a Ferrari 488, 2 or even more Lamborghini Huracans, two Mercedes AMG GT3s, as well as two Porsche 911 GT3s. I have actually individually supported a minimum of among those Porsches will be run by the 2021 GTD championship-winning Pfaff Motul group from Canada. So that mores than a loads GTD Pro vehicles on the grid for the Rolex following month, as well as a minimum of 8 or 9 cars for the full period, and I could not be more here for it.

While the Acura NSX, Audi R8, and McLaren 720S are homologated to compete in the class, it doesn’t appear any groups will certainly be taking those programs right into the Pro classification.

I’m not usually in favor of different Pro and also Am classifications driving what totals up to the same basic autos, as it commonly makes the racing dramatically much more confusing for casual followers. That stated, in this instance it appears like the reduction in expenditure for enormous global manufacturers as well as the privateer teams running them will certainly cause swelling grids, which’s virtually never a poor thing. Extra vehicles, even more racing, better on-track activity, and also with any luck an enhanced experience for the collection, the groups, the OEMs, and the followers alike. What could fail?