FIA GT Geschichte

1997...
... the FIA GT Championship is born ... Mercedes, BMW McLaren, Porsche, Panoz,
Lotus in Gt1 ... Porsche, Marcos and Chrysler Viper in Gt2 ... Europe, Japan and USA ... Bernd Schneider (GER) and AMG Mercedes - Mercedes CLK win in Gt1, Justin Bell (GBR) and Viper Team Oreca - Chrysler Viper GTS-R in Gt2.

1998...
... Mercedes vs Porsche in Gt1, Porsche vs Chrysler Viper in Gt2 ... Europe, Japan and the USA ... Ricardo Zonta (BRA) and Klaus Ludwig (GER) win the Gt1 crown for AMG Mercedes - Mercedes LM ... Olivier Beretta (MON) and Pedro Lamy (POR) win in Gt2 with Chrysler Viper Team Oreca and the Chrysler Viper GTS-R.

1999...
... Gt2 renamed GT ... First race in Zhuhai, rounds at Homestead and Watkins Glen ... Chrysler Viper vs Porsche vs Lister vs Marcos ... Olivier Beretta (MON) wins his second title, this time alongside Karl Wendlinger (AUT), driving for Chrysler Viper Team Oreca in a Chrysler Viper GTS-R.

2000...
... N-GT joins GT ... The Ferrari 550 Maranello makes ist debut appearance ... Lister vs Chrysler Viper is the big fight in GT, with Porsche dominating N-GT ... Julian Bailey (GBR) and Jamie Campbell-Walter (GBR) win the title for Lister Storm Racing in a Lister Storm ... Christophe Bouchut (FRA) and Patrice Goueslard (FRA) win the inaugural N-GT title for Larbre Compétition Chéreau in a Porsche 996 GT3-R.

2001...
... The Eurosport Super Racing Weekend series is born, with the FIA GT Championship racing alongside the FIA European Touring Car Championship ... The Proximus 24 Hours of Spa is run as a GT race ... Christophe Bouchut (FRA) and Jean- Philippe Belloc (FRA) win the GT title for Larbre Competition
Chéreau in a Chrysler Viper GTS-R ... The team also wins at Spa ... David Terrien (FRA) and Christian Pescatori (ITA) win the N-GT title for JMB Racing, in a Ferrari 360 Modena, after a year-long battle with RWS Motorsport.

2002...
... Renamed the LG Super Racing Weekend series ... The GT category sees strong competition between the Ferrari 550 Maranello, the Lister Storm and the Chrysler Viper. But Christophe Bouchut (FRA) wins through to take his third title,
with Larbre Competition Chéreau Chrysler Viper GTS-R. Stéphane Ortelli (FRA) is victorious in N-GT, in a Freisinger Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3-RS. Freisinger and Larbre win their classes in the Proximus 24 Hours of Spa.

2003...
... The season starts with a record-breaking run of five consecutive wins for rookies Matteo Bobbi (ITA) and Thomas Biagi (ITA), in a BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 550 Maranello. They go on to take the title, with BMS winning the Teams crown. In N-GT, Stéphane Ortelli (FRA) and Marc Lieb (GER) win the title, partly thanks to a historic overall win in the Proximus 24 Hours of Spa ... Freisinger Motorsport wins ist second consecutive N-GT title, with the Porsche 966 GT3-RS ... The Saleen S7 joins the Championship ... The Ferrari 575 M Maranello makesist
debut, winning ist first race in Estoril for JMB Racing.

2004...
... The Lamborghini Murciélago and the Maserati MC 12 join the Championship, while the Nissan 350Z makes ist first appearances in N-GT, bringing the total number of makes represented up to seven ... BMS Scuderia Italia continues to shine, with Fabrizio Gollin (ITA) and Luca Cappellari (ITA) taking the title in the Ferrari 550 Maranello ... Vitaphone Racing gives the Saleen S7 ist first win ... And two more ... JMB Racing wins with the Ferrari 575 M ... The Championship heads back overseas, with successful races in Zhuhai and Dubai ... Sascha Maassen (GER) and Lucas Luhr (GER) take the N-GT title in the final round, while Freisinger Yukos Motorsport wins the Teams title ... Lilian Bryner (SUI) becomes the first woman to win a major international 24-hour race in the Proximus 24 Hours of Spa.

2005...
... The Corvette C5 and Aston Martin DBR9 are the latest beauties to join the ranks, while the Spyker Mosler make their Gt2 and G2 debuts. With four wins for the Maserati MC 12, three for the Ferrari 550 Maranello and two each for the Corvette and the Aston Martin, the Championship enjoys ist closest season to date, with seven drivers fighting for the title at the final round in Bahrain. Larbre’s Gabriele Gardel (SUI) is victorious, while Vitaphone racing Team take the Teams title. In Gt3, British team GroupM dominate proceedings, winning all eleven races, while their all-German duo Marc Lieb and Mike Rockenfeller claim the Driver’s title. Vitaphone’s trio of Bartels (GER), Schneider (GER) and Van de Poele (BEL) give Maserati the win at Spa, as well as the inaugural Manufacturers’ Cup, win in Gt2 by Porsche.

10 Years!
Ten years already. How time flies! 2006 will be the tenth season of the FIA GT Championship, and the sixth round, in Dijon, will mark the one-hundredth race. Plenty of reasons to celebrate! The Championship has seen a lot of changes, from the heady days of old Gt1 class through to the frantic on-track battles between Maserati, Aston Martin, Corvette, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Saleen which characterise the current season. One thing has remained constant: the support of the teams and the drivers. Many of those who were present for that first-ever race in Hockenheim. 1997, are likely to be competing in Dijon later this year. Christophe Bouchut, Emmanuel Collard, Mike Hezemans, Pedro Lamy, Philipp Peter, Christian Pescatori and Gerold Ried, to name just a few.