FIA WEC GTE category to gain world championship

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At the recent meeting of the FIA World Motorsport Council in Vienna, Austria, it was ruled that the creation of a FIA-approved World Championship for GTE Drivers and Manufacturers title will commence from 2017.

At present, there are four major OEMs, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Ford and Porsche, are already entered in the WEC, with the news likely to bolster competition further.

“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 Pierre Fillon, president of the ACO. “I would like also to acknowledge the efforts made by the manufacturers and their sporting performances that fully justify this world title label.”

“The announcement of this world title is excellent news for the WEC and rewards a grid of the highest quality,” added Gérard Neveu, CEO of the FIA WEC. “This decision should speed up the arrival of other manufacturers to this category.”

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John joined UKi Media & Events in 2012 and has worked across a range of B2B titles within the company's automotive portfolio. Prior to joining the company, John worked for leading automotive design website, Car Design News. Currently editor of Engine Technology International, Professional MotorSport World, Professional MotorSport Circuit, and Transmission Technology International, John co-ordinates the day-the-day operations of each magazine, from commissioning and writing to editing and signing-off, as well managing web and social media content. Aside from the magazines, John also serves as chairman of the annual Professional MotorSport World Awards.

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