During the Bahrain season-end gala for the FIA World Endurance Championship, Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones, President of the FIA Endurance Commission re-stated his intention to ensure that the World Endurance Cup for GT Drivers & Teams became a full FIA World Series. 

Today (30th Nov 2016) the FIA World Motorsport Council met in Vienna, Austria and confirmed the creation of a formal FIA World Championship for the GTE class in 2017, the FIA World Endurance Championship for GTE Drivers and Manufacturers.

“The announcement of this world title is excellent news for the WEC and rewards a grid of the highest quality.” said Gérard Neveu, CEO of the FIA WEC 

With four manufacturers; Aston Martin, Ferrari, Ford and Porsche already competing in GTE Pro it is anticipated that this title will encourage others to join. 

Pierre Fillon, President of the ACO, sent his thanks to Jean Todt, President of the FIA and Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones and added “I would like also to acknowledge the efforts made by the manufacturers and their sporting performances that fully justify this world title label.” 

Today’s announcement means that Aston Martin will enter the history books as the last team to win the Teams World Endurance Cup for GT with Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorrenson taking the last ever Driver’s title. All that remains is to speculate who will be the first to raise the FIA title in 2017 …..