Well, this series has become a joke. After very nearly not starting at all, the original ten-round calendar has been cut back to seven races with the removal of the Korean, Beijing and Ordos rounds. The organisers are apparently planning to replace the two races in China with events in Europe, but they tried the same thing when Korea was removed from the schedule and failed. Meanwhile, five rounds in and Sunred have not yet entered their second car (which was supposed to be ready for the first race at Nogaro), and they only seem to be able to get fourteen cars – when they are supposed to have eighteen (and were originally aiming for at least twenty) – to race at any one time; in addition to one Sunred Ford GT not racing at Algarve this weekend, Valmon Russia and one of the Exim 911s have not entered. And none of these cars are actually pure GT1 cars, but GT3 cars re-tuned to GT1 performance levels after the whole “GT World” concept failed (which arguably set this entire farce in motion). And to cap it all off, I’ve heard talk that the FIA is on the verge of revoking the series “World Championship” status – if they haven’t done so already.
What, exactly, is Stéphane Ratel doing?