2010 FIA GT1 World Championship season
The FIA GT1 World Championship in 2010 was the debut season of the FIA GT1 World Championship, which took over from the FIA GT Championship. It was the first sports car racing series, which was announced by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile since Setting the World Sportscar Championship in 1992 as a World Cup.
Launched by the SRO Motorsports Group FIA GT1 World Championship in 2010 was nine races on four continents. Six auto companies were eligible to participate, including Aston Martin, Corvette, Ford, Lamborghini, Maserati and Nissan.
- 3.1 Points system
- 3.2 Drivers' Championship
- 3.3 Evaluation team
The SRO originally expected at least five vehicle manufacturers as participants in the inaugural season of 2010. Maximum six manufacturers were allowed, and they may not however use the race cars themselves, but merely to provide network support for client teams. Each manufacturer support two teams, each with two race cars, so a total of four vehicles will be attended by any manufacturer. To ensure a balanced competition, each vehicle was tested by the FIA and adapted in terms of performance on the other.
In June 2009, announced the first three producers to participate in the 2010 season. Nismo, the motorsport division of Nissan, developed a racing version of the Nissan GT -R. This was used by Gigawave Motorsport already has a few races in the FIA GT Championship in 2009. In the same year Ford made by Matech Concepts a racing version of the Ford GT develop. Developed for Lamborghini as a third manufacturer Reiter Engineering a race car based on the Lamborghini Murciélago LP670 -4 SV.
After the first three manufacturers were announced, Aston Martin Racing and Prodrive submitted to the FIA shall make an application to adapt to the new regulations to allow customer teams, the participation of the Aston Martin DBR9. The FIA granted that application, so that the vehicle received eligibility. Corvette also asked to speak to after a special permit for the Corvette C6.R. Most recently, Maserati and Saleen applied for a permit. However, their cars, the Maserati MC12 GT1 and the Saleen S7R need an additional exemption from the regulations, because of them not requiring 300 cars were produced. In November, the SRO finally confirmed the six eligible producers for the 2010 season, including Nissan, Ford and Lamborghini as well as technical adaptation to the regulations also Corvette, Aston Martin and Maserati. The manufacturer Saleen, who had recently applied for the other starting places, could not have been admitted as the seventh manufacturer.
Each manufacturer chose from two private teams, which are to compete in the FIA GT1 World Championship with the vehicles of the respective manufacturer. Matech Concepts and VDS Racing team announced their continuation of the Ford GT project. Hexis Racing announced its intention to participate with the Aston Martin. Second, Aston Martin Racing Team Fischer joined that will participate under the name Young Driver AMR. With the Nissan GT -R Swiss Racing Team and Sumo Power GT will go to the start.
Maserati is on the Vitaphone Racing Team, the five-time FIA GT champion, hold. The second selected team is the Triple H Team Hegersport. Corvette is also maintained some former FIA GT teams. DKR Engineering and Selleslagh Racing Team came together to Mad- Croc Racing, which will use the first two Corvette C6.R. The other two go to Phoenix Racing / Cars Port, which was created from the merger between Phoenix Racing and Cars Port Netherlands. Lamborghini is represented by Reiter Engineering, which was also responsible for the development of his race car. Munnich Motorsport will also use two Lamborghini.
On 17 January 2010, the SRO affirmed the twelve teams that received the starting places for the World Cup.
Each race is open for up to 48 drivers, a lot of it over the entire season. Among them are experienced sports car racers and newcomers. Seven former FIA GT champion are inscribed in the series, including three-time champion Michael Bartels and Andrea Bertolini, who continue to share a Vitaphone Maserati. The three-time champion Christophe Bouchut drives a Lamborghini Munnich, while Ricardo Zonta, the champion of 1998 takes off with a riding Lamborghini. Karl Wendlinger, the champion of 1999 and record holder at FIA GT wins, takes part in a Nissan the Swiss Racing Team, while Jamie Campbell -Walter, the champion of 2000, a Nissan Sumo Power drives. Matteo Bobbi, the Champion of 2003, drives a Maserati Hegersport. Some other successful sports car drivers are the Swiss Racing driver Seiji Ara, winner of the 24 - hour race at Le Mans in 2004, the Hexis pilot Henri Moser, FIA GT3 champion of 2007, the Young Driver drivers Tomáš Enge and Stefan Mücke, the 2008 Le Mans Series for choosing, the Mad- Croc- drivers Mika Salo and Oliver Gavin, former champions of the American Le Mans Series and the two-time Super GT champion Michael Krumm in the Sumo Power Nissan.
Some drivers already have World Cup experience from other motorsport disciplines, including Formula 1 and the World Touring Car Championship. Romain Grosjean moved after the 2009 season of Formula 1 to Matech Competition in the FIA GT1 World Championship. The former Formula 1 driver Enrique Bernoldi won in 2009 in his debut season in the FIA GT Championship and joined a race for the 2010 season for the Vitaphone Racing Team. Even Jean -Denis Delétraz, Karl Wendlinger and Mika Salo already participated in Formula 1 racing. From the touring cars come Altfrid Heger Marc Hennerici and, the Independents' champion of the World Touring Car Championship in 2005.
List of participants
On 27 January 2010, the FIA published the final list of participants with teams and vehicles of the 2010 season.
The official race calendar was announced on December 11, 2009. The 24-hour race in Spa -Francorchamps, which was formerly held in the FIA GT Championship, was no longer part of the FIA GT1 World Championship. Two races were held per race weekend, the first served as a qualification race for the second. All races stretched over a race time of one hour.
- Q: qualifying race; M: Championship race
The first three in the qualifying race and the top ten of the championship race were awarded points. The participants had at least 75 % of the traveled distance of the winner complete in order to be included in the summary of each race and receive points. Each driver had at least 25 minutes per race itself be driven to get points.