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Long Term Plan and Vision for the Series

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The primary goal of the GTS series is to grow participation in a premium race group with a simple ruleset that encourages creativity while providing a reasonable path to success for the majority of entrants.

Each year when looking at potential rule adjustments, the series directors evaluate each change against the following criteria which are considered essential to the success of GTS:

·       Does this rule change help grow participation in the series?

·       Is the classification simple to understand?

·       Does this rule change provide balance between stability of the ruleset while reflecting the evolving composition of the cars entering and/or participating?

With these goals and criteria in mind, for 2019 we are relaxing the limitations in classing by making adjustments to the power/weight ratio boundaries to require less adaptation in the most popular cars to maximize their performance in their primary class.

These changes follow two key principles:

1.     Reduce forced de-tuning of cars to fit into their natural class to lower the barrier of entry for participants and the specialized knowledge (and cost) to do so

 

2.     Provide power/weight targets that support #1 for both our current drivers and common “cross-over” classes and vehicles from other series such as ST, PCA, etc…

Below is a brief explanation for each class and the intended outcome.

GTS 1

·       GTS 1 participation is near zero across the country.  With the proposed adjustment here SE30 and Spec 944 participants can cross over with a minimum amount of change. 

·       Should this not have the desired impact, further adjustments to target additional misplaced or currently uncompetitive cars in 2020 will be considered

·       Recommended – Ratio change from 18 to 17

GTS 2

·       The vast majority of the GTS 2 field consists of detuned E36 M3 with S50/52 engines. Currently nearly all require detuning and/or ballast to fit.  A relatively small adjustment here will mean less work and expense to fit into this class, lowering the overall cost of entry

·       Should this not have the desired impact, further adjustments to target additional misplaced or currently uncompetitive cars in 2020 will be considered

·       Recommended – Ratio change from 14.5 to 14.0

 GTS 3

·       Currently, most of the fields composed of S54 powered BMWs of which all require specialized modifications to the ECU to be in compliance.  By eliminating the need for dramatic change here – we lower overall cost and effort to enter the most common platform into GTS 3

·       Recommended – No change of Ratio for 2019 but evaluating and considering Ratio of 10 in 2020.

GTS 4

·       Overall most of the cars in this class either fall naturally near the limit or have more easily adjustable systems to fit them into the class.  This ratio is adjusted slightly to allow for reasonable segmentation and bands of power from GTS 3

·       Recommended – No change of Ratio for 2019 but consider Ratio of 8 in 2020.

GTS 5

·       Overall most of the cars in this class either fall naturally near the limit or have more easily adjustable systems to fit them into the class.  This ratio is adjusted slightly to allow for reasonable segmentation and bands of power from GTS 4

·       Recommended – keep current at 6.5.

All GTS Classes

·       For all GTS classes, the proposal to simplify rules by eliminating the current CC limitation was reviewed

·       Recommended – CC Limitations be removed

In summary, the series directors believe that the rule changes for 2019 have moved the series closer to its goal of a simplified ruleset by eliminating cc limits as well as taken steps to insure that cars can be classed into their natural class without excessive barriers to entry.     We thank and appreciate all of the competitors who have contacted us over the year with comments and suggestions on how to better the NASA GTS series.  

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