Drivers welcome single GT class

Works Chevrolet and Aston Martin drivers Oliver Gavin and Tomas Enge have welcomed the move by Le Mans organisers to abandon the new-era GT1 cars from next year

Drivers welcome single GT class

The ACO announced on Thursday that the 2010-style GT1 cars, which run in the FIA GT1 World Championship, will be replaced by a two-tier GT2-based class from 2011.

Gavin, who now races a GT2 Corvette after years of success in the previous GT1 era, said: "That's great. I think it's a bit diluted for the fans at the moment. It'll streamline it a little.

"GT2 is where the manufacturers want to be. GT1 in the ACO and Le Mans Series is a dying category.

"In most forms of motorsport there are too many classes, too many categories. It would be great if they could come together."

GT1 pole-sitter Tomas Enge added: "I'm really looking forward to one GT class. I love the DBR9, but I said years ago there should be one class.

"This year we have 18 GT2 cars and next time we will have over 20 so it will be great, a really hard fight."

Gavin's #64 Corvette will start the 24 Hours from GT2 pole on Saturday after the #82 Risi Competizione Ferrari was sent to the back of the grid. The #63 Corvette will join the sister car on the class front row.

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