World Championship titles for GTE drivers and manufacturers will be added to the FIA World Endurance Championship beginning next year, following Wednesday’s FIA World Motor Sport Council Meeting in Vienna.
Four manufacturers are entered in GTE-Pro for next year: Ferrari, Aston Martin, Ford and Porsche, while BMW is set to enter in 2018. Lamborghini and McLaren, meanwhile, are also rumored to be evaluating future efforts.
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“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 ACO President Pierre Fillon.
“I would like also to acknowledge the efforts made by the manufacturers and their sporting performances that fully justify this world title label.”
WEC series boss Gerard Neveu added: “The announcement of this world title is excellent news for the WEC and rewards a grid of excellent quality.
“This decision should speed up the arrival of other manufacturers in this category.”