American Le Mans Series

GT-Am Class Planned For ALMS In 2013

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Flying Lizard Motorsports are likely to be one team entering the new class (Photo Credit: Porsche AG)

Speedtv.com report that series organisers are in the final stages of adding a GT-Am class to the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) for next season.

The move would bring the ALMS into line with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) which introduced a GTE-Am class for the start of the 2011 season, following the retirement of GT1 machinery from the championship. The ALMS retired the GT1 class during the 2009 season.

Much like the WEC category teams in the new class would be limited to a single professional driver, with amateur drivers completing the team. Speedtv.com, however, state that it is unknown whether regulations would force teams to run year old cars, as at Le Mans and in the WEC.

Any move in the ALMS could potentially benefit drivers and teams like Flying Lizard Motorsports, where team principal Seth Neiman is a regular driver in the team's two car line-up in the ALMS, he has also competed at Le Mans in the GTE AM class since its introduction.

The new class – initially at least – would not replace the GT Challenge class introduced to the ALMS just as GT1 was removed – though the all-Porsche class would likely have its car count cut to accommodate any new entries.

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