Announced on Friday, IMSA's decision to replace the ailing GT Le Mans category with a new 'GTD Pro' class for GT3 cars came as no surprise. What was once a thriving arena for manufacturer competition is now down to a single full-time works entrant in the form of Corvette following the exits of Ford, Porsche and BMW (except for the Michelin Endurance Cup).
Yes, a third full-time car in the form of WeatherTech Racing's customer Porsche 911 RSR-19 was scrambled to at least prevent Corvette from merely having to race itself outside of the long-distance races, but the situation was clearly untenable. And IMSA deserves credit for taking a proactive approach instead of allowing GTLM to wither completely.
But, in an age of increasing collaboration between IMSA and the World Endurance Championship, a partnership that has already presented sportscar racing with the gift of LMDh, what happens on one side of the Atlantic increasingly has an influence on the other. And IMSA axing GTLM for 2022 in favour of an increasing reliance on cheaper, more accessible GT3 cars to fill its grids raises the inevitable question of what the WEC should do about its equivalent GTE Pro class, which is not exactly in rude health either.