Ratel believes strikes introduced earlier this month by WEC promoter and Le Mans 24 Hours organiser the Car Membership de l’Ouest to create a premium category based on GT3 to replace the current GTE class are optimistic.
“I’m supportive of it, as a result of it will create one thing new and novelty is rarely a foul factor,” Ratel instructed Motorsport.com.
“It may create some cool-looking automobiles: that is within the custom of Le Mans, the place we’ve all the time had different-looking automobiles, long-tail automobiles just like the ‘Moby Dick’ Porsche 935.
“I believe that is within the ACO’s DNA and was all the time a part of the discussions as soon as we began speaking about having GT3 within the WEC.
“We don’t know the way completely different the automobiles will probably be as a result of we don’t know the main points of the rules, nevertheless it may create one thing particular.”
Ratel believes the thought of rebodied GT3 automobiles in a class provisionally generally known as LMGT will show enticing to automobile homeowners competing in what will probably be a pro-am class solely.
“One of many strengths of GT racing is that the automobiles are good investments,” he defined.
“The homeowners will find yourself with particular automobiles: an LMGT will most likely be price greater than different GT3s racing all over the world on the finish of its profession.
“There should not going to be a whole lot of those automobiles; it is going to be an elite.”
Ratel dismissed the concept that the prices of upgrading GT3 equipment to the brand new guidelines might be a barrier to entry into the WEC and its affiliate collection, together with the European Le Mans Sequence.
“The groups are going to make an enormous saving by way of working a GT3 automobile moderately than a GTE: the associated fee per kilometre is considerably decrease,” he defined.
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The ACO introduced an intention for a WEC bodykit to value not more than €50,000 and for the automobiles to be simply convertible again to common GT3 specification.
Ratel confused the significance of groups having the ability to race the identical chassis in a number of collection.
“It could be good if workforce may go to Le Mans with the identical automobile that they race on the Spa 24 Hours [a round of his GT World Challenge Europe],” he stated.
The one question-mark for Ratel is whether or not the principles will probably be adopted by the ACO’s Asian Le Mans Sequence, which his organisation will assist organise from subsequent 12 months.
The Asian championship’s GT class already runs to pure GT3 guidelines and Ratel instructed it will be “a bit sophisticated to combine these new automobiles with regular GT3s”.
Ratel’s help of the brand new class comes towards a backdrop of criticism by various producers concerned in GT3.
Aston Martin Racing boss John Gaw instructed Motorsport.com: “It’s not required – why not persist with what we’ve?
“If it’s a actual bodykit, then it’s going to be much more than €50,000.”
The ACO outlined its plans for the brand new GT class along with FIA endurance fee president Richard Mille at its conventional press convention throughout Le Mans week.
The revised bodywork is aimed a distinguishing the automobiles from common GT3 equipment moderately than having a serious have an effect on on efficiency.
The ACO and the FIA confirmed on the press convention that there will probably be no GTE Professional class subsequent 12 months because the WEC transitions to the brand new guidelines in 2024.