The latest meeting of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council has approved minor changes to the GT racing's sporting regulations for 2004, principally governing the allocation of penalty ballast for successful cars.

With application from 1 January 2004, the Council has confirmed that the maximum handicap that can normally be attributed is 100kg for GT class cars and 50kg for those in N-GT, but noted that more could still be added if necessary.

However, for GT cars, an additional 50kg will be added to reach a total weight of 150kg if a car or its driver already ballasted with the maximum handicap of 100kg wins an event. For N-GT cars, an additional 25kg will be added, to reach a total weight of 75kg, if a car or its driver already ballasted with the maximum handicap of 50kg wins an event.

This year's FIA GT champions Matteo Bobbi and Thomas Biagi proved adept at winning races with near maximum ballast aboard their BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 550 Maranello.

 

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