In Motorsport Series News this week I look at developments in GT2 and DTM, share some news on new upcoming GT3 and Touring Car race cars and provide updates on young driver scholarships in the Americas and UK.
- After its first year under GT3 regulations, the DTM has confirmed a number of rule changes for 2022, including the banning of team orders after the controversial 2021 finale. The grid should feature up to 25 cars but organizers have stated that 30 cars is the upper limit for 2022 season.
- I mentioned last week that the Fanatec GT2 European Series is ready to go for 2022 but interestingly, they have added a GT Cup class for one-make racers. The GT Cup class will allow machinery from championships such as the Porsche Carrera Cup, Lamborghini Super Trofeo or Ferrari Challenge to join the field without any need for modification.
- From Porsche to Lamborghini, here’s your first look at the 2023 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Race Car, a car that the manufacturer has stated will be “very different.”
- Speaking of GT cars, watch the first part of Green Racing’s Porsche GT3 Cup Car rebuild below.
- A camouflaged Lada Vesta TCR has been spied during testing at Sochi Autodrom in Russia. The road version of the updated model, named the Vesta FL, is set for introduction later this year and marks the first refresh since its introduction in 2015.
- In touring car administration news, Alan Gow has been reappointed as the FIA Touring Car Commission president. The extension for 2022 and 2023 means that Gow will start his 13th year in this position, having taken over from Jonathan Ashman in 2010.
- Finally, Supercars has confirmed that the Gen 3 car will use a manual sequential gear shift system, much to the delight of drivers and fans.
- Formula Regional Americas will be keeping their Super Formula scholarship for the next two years. This year’s scholarship will be valued at up to $600,000 and incorporate an engine supply agreement for two SF seasons. As Honda is involved in choosing the line-ups of the teams it powers in the series, it will choose which one the scholar races for.
- MSV has announced a £20,000 GB4 shoot-out prize for National Formula Ford contenders. The prize will go to one of the top-three teenage Avon Tyres National Formula Ford drivers in the championship’s final standings. The successful trio will be invited to take part in a three-way GB4 shoot-out, with the winner scooping £20,000 towards a 2023 campaign in the new single-seater series. Any Avon Tyres National Formula Ford driver who will remain 19 years of age or under by the end of 2022 is eligible to compete for the package.
- After weeks of uncertainty, the Mexican NACAM Formula 4 championship will continue for a sixth season with the announcement that it will join the Notiauto Cup bill. NACAM F4 will continue to run the first-generation Mygale chassis this year, while many F4 series switch to Gen2 cars, and that means budgets are expected to be at $85,000 for the full season.
That’s it for this week’s Motorsport Series News. See you tomorrow for my regular Sim Racing News round-up.