IMSA amends GTD class rules for 2023

Last month, IMSA President John Doonan revealed that starting next year there will be a Bob Akin Bronze Cup Award, honoring the top GTD Bronze rated drivers in each race, alongside recognition of the season finale at the championship ceremony and entry into the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Doonan also confirmed that the first 15 minutes of Practice 2 of each WeatherTech Championship race will continue to be reserved for the GTD, LMP2 and LMP3 classes.

Today, it was confirmed that a driver from any category (Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum, as shown on the FIA ​​Driver Categorization List) will be able to qualify the car to earn their starting position and qualifying points, while currently he must be the Bronze Driver in the line-up that marks the position on the grid.

However, non-Bronze drivers will need to start the race using the set of tires with which they completed their qualifying run, whereas if a Bronze driver qualifies the car, he or she may start the race on any set of tires from which they completed their qualifying run. that entry. assignment of the car and without penalty.

In addition to the overall Bob Akin Bronze Cup championship, IMSA will recognize the top three Bronze-ranked finishers in the season standings during WeatherTech Night of Champions.

“Bronze rated drivers literally make it possible for their teams to compete, not only in the WeatherTech Championship GTD class, but in many other IMSA classes and series,” said Doonan. “These drivers provide vital funding for their teams and have been the backbone of sports car racing throughout its history. These enhancements will provide more benefits for Bronze-rated drivers in the GTD class and focus more deserved attention on their success in the WeatherTech Championship.”

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In addition to the Bob Akin Bronze Cup enhancements, IMSA also announced the return of the WeatherTech Sprint Cup for the GTD class in 2023. This comprises the seven races on the 2023 schedule that are 2 hours and 40 minutes or less. As has been the case in previous years, the WeatherTech Sprint Cup Driver, Team and Manufacturer Champions will be honored at the end of the season.

However, there will be no exclusive Sprint Cup races in 2023. The full WeatherTech Championship GTD schedule includes all 11 races from next year. Within the overall championship, all seven sprint races count towards the Sprint Cup and all four endurance races count towards the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup.

Interestingly, IMSA also revealed today that during this off-season it will review its Sporting Regulations and Series Supplemental Regulations, including Timing and Driving Time Scoring, which defines how much time is spent in the cockpit under green flag conditions by the fan. and how much for the pro.

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