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Group R-GT (or sometimes Group RGT), is a FIA specification for GT cars in rallying. The R-GT regulations were introduced in 2011, and since 2014 technical passports for individual vehicles can be obtained. Thus a homologation for specific car models is no longer required.
Internationally, R-GT cars compete in the FIA R-GT Cup, which is contested on tarmac rounds of the ERC and WRC.
The technical regulations are described in Appendix J, article 256 of the FIA sporting regulations. The category is for series production GT cars, that must be two-wheel driven. A car with four-wheel drive cars can be used as basis, but must be transformed into a 2WD version. All cars must be fitted with a restrictor whose diameter is determined by the FIA in order to achieve a weight/power ratio of 3.4 kg/hp (4.6 kg/kw, 294bhp/tonne).
Lotus Exige R-GT homologation
Lotus presented an R-GT version of the Exige S at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2011, but it wasn't until July 2012 before they finally got the FIA homologation for this first car to compete in the R-GT category. The competition debut took place at the end of July at Rally Vinho da Madeira, with Portuguese driver Bernardo Sousa. After posting stage times in the top ten for the first two special stages, they had to retire in the third stage because of an accident caused by an electronics glitch. After that, there were no further appearances of the Exige R-GT in international rallies.
Technical passports for individual cars
Since 2014, the FIA issues technical passports for individual cars that are prepared to comply with the R-GT regulations. The first such appearance was Marc Duez who entered a Porsche 996 GT3 for the 2014 Monte Carlo Rally. He achieved some respectable stage times, but was forced to retire on the last day. At the 2014 Rallye Deutschland, Richard Tuthill entered with a modified Porsche 997 and finished as 27th (of 63 classified), thus realising the first finish of a Porsche at a WRC event since 1986.
FIA R-GT Cup
In 2015, the first international cup for R-GT cars, organised by the FIA, took place. The first season was competed on five tarmac events of the WRC and ERC: Rallye Monte-Carlo, Ypres Rally, Rallye Deutschland, Rallye International du Valais and Tour de Corse. The championship was won by François Delecour in a Tuthill-prepared Porsche 997. In 2016 the R-GT cup was not contested due to a lack of participants. In 2017, with the introduction of the Abarth 124 R-GT, the interest has risen again, and the first event of the 2017 FIA R-GT Cup, the 2017 Monte Carlo Rally, saw 4 participants in the R-GT category.
Abarth 124 R-GT
At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show the Abarth 124 Spider R-GT car was presented, and later made its debut at the 2017 Monte Carlo Rally. The entrants were François Delecour, Fabio Andolfi and Gabriele Noberasco. Two of the Abarths had to retire, but Noberasco classified second in the R-GT class.
FIA R-GT Cup
|Season||Events||Participants||Winning driver||Winning manufacturer||Winning car|
|2015||5||4||François Delecour||Porsche||Porsche 997 GT3|
|2016||5||1||Marc Valliccioni||Porsche||Porsche 997 GT3|
|2017||5||7||Romain Dumas||Porsche||Porsche 997 GT3|
|2018||5||11||Raphaël Astier||Abarth||Abarth 124 R-GT|
|2019||8||6||Enrico Brazzoli||Abarth||Abarth 124 R-GT|
|2020||5||5||Abarth||Abarth 124 R-GT|
Other starts in international rallies
Starts in R-GT Cup events are covered by the corresponding R-GT Cup season article and not listed below.
|2012||Rally Vinho da Madeira||ERC||Lotus Exige R-GT||Bernardo Sousa||retired (accident)|
|2014||Monte Carlo Rally||WRC||Porsche 996 GT3||Marc Duez||retired (mechanical)|
|2014||Rally Finland||WRC||Porsche 997 GT3||Jani Ylipahkala||retired (mechanical)|
|2014||Rallye Deutschland||WRC||Porsche 997 GT3||Richard Tuthill||27th|
|2014||Rallye de France—Alsace||WRC||Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0||Romain Dumas||19th|
|Porsche 997 GT3||François Delecour||37th|
|2014||Tour de Corse||ERC||Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0||Romain Dumas||5th|
|2015||Circuit of Ireland||ERC||Porsche 997 GT3||Robert Woodside||retired|
|2016||Rallye International du Valais||TER||Porsche 997 GT3||Marc Valliccioni||9th|
|2017||Rally Islas Canarias||ERC||Abarth 124 R-GT||Álvaro Muñiz||retired|
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