GT1 cars dropped from Le Mans

The GT1 class at Le Mans will run for the final time this year under new regulations announced by the race organisers today.

The class, which has witnessed stunning battles in recent years between Corvette (above) and Aston Martin, both of which are racing this year along with three Ford GTs, a Lamborghini Murcielago and Saleen S7R, will disappear as the ACO creates a new category called GT Endurance.

The new category will be based on the existing GT2 category but with some modifications and split between two classes - GT endurance PRO for professionals and GT endurance AM for 'gentlemen drivers' competing in cars at least one year old.

Vincent Beaumensil, Director of Sport at the ACO, said: "The GT1 cars are essentially sprint race cars which do not fit in the with philosophy of endurance racing."

Ford and other manufacturers who have entered the new-style GT1 class this year and compete in the FIA GT1 World Championship will have to adapt their cars if they wish to compete at Le Mans in 2011.

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