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Why do they do GT Racing and Prototype racing at the same time?

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Jonny 
Asked at 2011.04.28 03:01:11
Why do they do to completely different races, with to completely different types of cars at the same time, just because its more interesting?
answer Paul S  Answered at 2011.04.28 03:01:11
The main reason you have multiple classes race at the same time in any sports car racing is logistics. Additionally in some cases, you also have history (although this started off for logistics as well).

Where classes are combined into one race, it's mainly due to one of two logistical reasons: number of competitors or the length of the race. For the later, any endurance race obviously takes time. Even a 3 hour enduro is a good amount of track time. Looking over the history of sports car racing you find 4 or more classes regularly represented... the 12 hour commitment needed to cover these races is possible, but may run into all kinds of problems for the venues (and marketing) where they take place. When you consider 4, 6, 12, and 24 hour races, you get an ever increasing problem! Combining all the classes onto track at the same time solves this issue.

On the sprint race side, you often have situations where specific classes only have a few competitors, and for a race organizer, it doesn't make sense running a race for just 3 or 4 cars (and doing this 4 or 5 times in a weekend). Combining classes onto track at the same time simply allows for better used of the resources (the track, corner workers, etc).

And since those reasons have become defining elements of certain events, that history unto itself is a further driving factor for at least those particular events.
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