The game’s governing physique has acknowledged that will probably be reviewing the way it classifies drivers into the 4 gradings — platinum, gold, silver and bronzes — for worldwide sportscar racing earlier than the publication of subsequent 12 months’s checklist of categorisations on 15 November.
Affirmation that the system is underneath overview follows GT promoter Stephane Ratel’s announcement final weekend that he has proposed a raft of adjustments to the FIA.
The FIA’s Frederic Bertrand, underneath whose remit driver categorisation falls, advised Autosport: “For positive we have to deal with the total hierarchy to ensure everybody finds their proper place.
“Ought to we add a stage? I do not know. Ought to we redistribute the present ranges we now have? Most likely.”
Bertrand, who’s director of the Method E and modern sport actions division on the FIA, defined that he agreed with the dual issues outlined by Ratel throughout a press convention on the Barcelona finale of his GT World Problem Europe sequence final weekend.
Ratel steered that the present distinction between platinum and gold drivers will not be required.
He identified that there are manufacturing unit drivers with each gradings, so it might be make extra sense to have just one rating for fully-professional drivers.
His Stephane Ratel Organisation needs all younger silver drivers with a background in single-seater racing to be reclassified as gold to go away the silver class to top-level amateurs and drivers underneath 30 simply beginning out of their racing careers.
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This, he argues, will depart the bronze class to the true beginner or gentleman racers.
“The factors Stephane mentions are all true,” stated Bertrand.
“One level that could be very tough is the silver driver who has come up the single-seater ladder however would not have the outcomes to be categorised as gold, however she or he is racing towards drivers who’re silver as a result of they’re underneath 30 however do not have the identical stage of expertise.
“That is linked to the pure beginner system: we now have bronze drivers, who’re crucial to the promoters as a result of they’re financing the vehicles.
“These drivers are slowly disappearing as a result of they’re doubtlessly competing with quick younger drivers: it’s tough for them if the youthful drivers get into the bronze class.
Bertrand defined that the issues of Ratel and different sequence promoters might be addressed when the motive force categorisation committee meets this week.
“It’s a international group: we now have individuals from SRO, the Car Membership de l’Ouest [promoter of the WEC], IMSA and folks, roughly, from all the most important sequence,” he stated.
“I really feel snug and assured that we’ll discover a good possibility with the contribution of every promoter to determine the best options for 2022.”
Ratel defined final weekend that he needs adjustments applied for 2023, however that he’ll take what he described as an “intermediate step” for subsequent season by unilaterally upgrading some drivers from their FIA categorisation.
Bertrand insisted that Ratel remained dedicated to the FIA system.
“I’ve had a chat with Stephane and he clearly needs to remain within the FIA international system,” he stated.
“He simply needs to enhance it; we are going to work collectively to try this.”