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EU3: GT3: 2007 pre-season notes 2006-12-17

FIA GT3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP - 2007 UPDATE For 2007, a new driver classification system will be put in place. Drivers are classified according to four different classes: A (or Platinum): professional driver generally recognised as...

FIA GT3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP - 2007 UPDATE

For 2007, a new driver classification system will be put in place. Drivers are classified according to four different classes:

A (or Platinum): professional driver generally recognised as a well-known driver on the international scene, under the age of 55 years, and satisfying at least one of the following criteria:

- has held a Super Licence (for Formula One),

- has finished in the top 10 of an F3000, CART/Champcar, IRL, GP2, A1GP or any major single-seater series (Renault V6, FR2000 international and World Series),

- has won the Le Mans 24 Hours outright,

- has been a Works driver

- is a driver whose performances and achievements, despite not being covered by one of the definitions above, may be considered as professional by the bureau.

B (or Gold): semi-professional driver in international series or who has distinguished him or herself in national Championships. Any driver who has been classified in the first 6 places of a "Saloon" car make Championship or Cup, or in the first 10 places of a single-seater Championship. Driver satisfying the criteria of the platinium category but aged 55 or over.

C (or Silver): driver aged under 30 and not satisfying the criteria of categories A and B. High level amateur driver who has finished in 1st place in national Championships or international series in association with a professional driver. Any driver who has been classified in the first 10 places of a "Saloon" car make Championship or Cup, or has single-seater experience.

D (or Bronze): amateur driver. Any driver who was over 30 years old when his first licence was issued, and who has little or no-single seater experience. Category A drivers are not accepted in the FIA GT3 European Championship. Category B drivers are accepted only on condition that they are entered in the same car as a Category D driver.

Category A drivers are not accepted in the FIA GT3 European Championship. Category B drivers are accepted only on condition that they are entered in the same car as a Category D driver.

FREDDIE KREMER TO CONTEST 2007 FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP WITH GT3 FERRARI 430

Ferrari Challenge champion Freddie Kremer intends to compete in the FIA GT3 European Championship in 2007, as he announced in Dubai.

"I spent six years in the Ferrari Challenge, and I was the European Champion last year," the Austrian driver explained. "I need a new goal, and the next one will be the FIA GT3 European Championship with Loris Kessel Racing. We are already preparing the car in Lugano, and together with JMB Racing , we will have the mandatory six Ferrari 430 GT3 cars for the new season. We would really like to win the races!

I already had a lot of learning to do in the Ferrari Challenge, and maybe next year there will be more to learn in GT3. Then step by step, I can improve up to GT2 and GT1 ... we have long-term plans. There are a lot of things to learn, you can't go straight from Ferrari Challenge to GT1, it just doesn't work.

I watched the GT3 races this year, and gained a lot of information. I am used to a big starting grid, which should be useful for the new season, and I have been racing with the 'professionals' in the Challenge, so we are well prepared.

My co-driver should be an Italo-Swiss, Rene De Luigi. I drove with him in 2002 and 2003 -- he's quick, and good fun! I am very calm, while he drives with the heart! There have been a lot of enquiries for the other seats, so it is all looking good."

-credit: fia-gt

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