Officials at SCCA Pro Racing have announced the creation of the new Global GT (GGT) class in the Trans-Am Series. It’s designed for racecars such as the Porsche GT3 Cup, Ferrari 430 Challenge and similar vehicles. The new category is effective immediately.
Three Porsche racers - Tim Gray, Scott Tucker and Gary Stewart - have competed in the 2011 Trans-Am championship as part of the Trans-Am 2 (TA2) class. However, series officials determined the new class would more accurately represent those cars. So the former TA2 Porsche drivers have now been separated into the GGT category, putting Gray into the GGT points lead with 220 points ahead of Tucker with 137 points, and Stewart with 121 heading to the Road Atlanta finale on September 30. Additional GGT Porsche entries, including at least one Ferrari, are anticipated to compete at Road Atlanta.
"The expansion of the Trans-Am Series to multiple classes toward the end of last season opened the door for a number of exciting racecars to participate," said SCCA Pro Racing President Tom Campbell. "We've discovered over the course of this year that we could further broaden our base by creating a Global GT class for cars like Porsche and Ferrari, as well as other potential entries. We look forward to the enormous potential this new category has to help us continue to grow the series."
The TA2 category will continue to cater for racecars such as the Chevrolet Camaro and others eligible to compete in SCCA Club Racing in the GT2 and GTA classes.
It is anticipated that the Trans-Am 3 (TA3) class, which ran as an exhibition in the 2010 Trans-Am finale at Road Atlanta and was eligible to compete for points in 2011, will see its first entries of the season in the 2011 finale.
TA3 cars are generally tube-frame racecars from a variety of domestic and foreign manufacturers using four-cylinder engines less than 2.5 liters. Any racecar currently eligible in the SCCA Club Racing GT3 class will also be eligible to compete in the TA3 class.