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01 Dec 2016 11:58 - 07 Mar 2017 11:49 #2655 by Mechanic Z
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Starting a thread for discussion of the 2017 PWC season.

Entry List so far:
GT/GTA (GT3)
(3) K-PAX Racing (w/ Flying Lizard) McLaren 650s GT3s Alvaro Parente, Bryan Sellers & Mike Hedlund (Sprint-X co-drivers TBA) (Sprint & Sprint-X)
(2) Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3-Rs Patrick Long/Jorg Bergmeister & Michael Schein/Jan Heylen (Sprint & Sprint X)
(2) Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS-V.Rs Johnny O'Connell & Michael Cooper {Jordan & Ricky Taylor join for Sprint-X} (Sprint & Sprint-X)
(1) CRP Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 Ryan Dalziel
(2) Realtime Racing Acura NSX GT3s Peter Kox & Ryan Eversley {Tom Dyer & Mark Wilkins join for Sprint-X} (Sprint & Sprint-X)
(2) Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3s Adderly Fong & Yufeng Luo
(1) Gainsco Bob Stallings Racing Porsche 911 GT3-R Jon Fogarty
(1) Always Evolving/ AIM Autosport Nissan GT-R GT3 TBA
(1) Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 Martin Fuentes
(2) DXDT Racing Mercedes AMG GT3s David Askew/Aaron Povoledo, Jeff Burton (Full Season, minus street races)
(2) Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3s Pierre Kaffer/Spencer Pumpelly & John Potter/TBA (Sprint-X co-drivers TBA) (Sprint & Sprint-X)
(1) RFerri Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 Alex Riberas
(2) GMG Racing/Calvert Dynamics Porsche 911 GT3-R James Sofronas/Laurens Vanthoor & Alec Udell/Preston Calvert
(1) Black Swan Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 Tim Pappas
(1) TR3 Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 Daniel Mancinelli
(1) Champ1 Mercedes AMG GT3 Pablo Perez Companc
(1) The Racer's Group Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 James Davison (St. Petersburg)
(1) De La Torre Racing Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 Jorge De La Torre

Status of other GT Sprint and Sprint-X teams remains to be seen.
GTS (GT4)
(2) Flying Lizard Porsche Cayman GT4s Nate Stacy & Rodrigo Baptista.
(2) Case-It Racing Porsche Cayman GT4s Adam Merzon & Cameron Cassels
(2) Mantella Autosport KTM XBow GT4s Anthony Mantella & Martin Barkey
(3) ANSA Motorsports KTM XBow GT4s Bill Ziegler, TBA & TBA
(2) Performance Motorsports Group Ginetta G55 GT4s Parker Chase & Harry Gottsacker
(1) Klenin Performance McLaren 570s GT4 Mark Klenin
(1) GMG Racing McLaren 570s GT4 George Kurtz
(2) Racer's Edge Sin R1 GT4 Jason Bell & Chris Beaufait
(2) Panoz Panoz Avezzano GT4s Ian James & TBA
(2?) Blackdog Speedshop Chevrolet Camaro GT4.Rs Tony Gaples & Lawson Aschenbach
(?) KohR Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4 TBA
(1) Phoenix Performance Ford Mustang Boss 302 Andrew Aquilante

C360R's website lists a McLaren 570s GT4 Sprint-X entry.
PMG has advertised customer openings alongside their two factory backed Ginettas.
Open wheel team Juncos Racing has acquired GT4 cars and hopes to run some PWC GTS races.

Status of other PWC GTS teams remains to be seen.

Schedule:

March 10-12 Streets of St. Petersburg GT/GTA/GT Cup Sprint, GTS Sprint
April 7-9 Streets of Long Beach GT Sprint
April 28-30 Virginia International Raceway GT/GTA/GT Cup/GTS SprintX, GTS, TC, TCA, TCB Sprint
May 19-21 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park GT/GTA/GT Cup/GTS SprintX, GTS, TC, TCA, TCB Sprint
May 26-27 Lime Rock Park GT/GTA/GT Cup/GTS SprintX, GTS, TC, TCA, TCB Sprint
June 23-25 Road America GT/GTA/GT Cup Sprint, GTS Sprint
July 28-30 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course GT/GTA/GT Cup Sprint, GTS Sprint
August 11-13 Utah Motorsports Campus GT/GTA/GT Cup/GTS SprintX, GTS, TC, TCA, TCB Sprint
September 1-3 Circuit of the Americas (COTA) GT/GTA/GT Cup/GTS SprintX, GTS, TC, TCA, TCB Sprint
September 15-17 Sonoma Raceway GT/GTA/GT Cup Sprint, GTS Sprint
October 13-15 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca SRO 8-Hour GT Endurance Race, TC, TCA, TCB Sprint
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01 Dec 2016 13:23 #2657 by StueyB83
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Is it safe to assume the ATS-V.R's will be back?

And as the last bastion for the Viper GT3-R's - will any of those teams (Lonestar/McCann) be back?

For your global GT3 photo fix: www.flickr.com/groups/gt3/
For deciding what to spray on your podium celebrations: champagnetipplers.wordpress.com/

For my guessed Entry List: docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZaPzpOWO...K1Y/edit?usp=sharing

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01 Dec 2016 14:49 - 01 Dec 2016 14:53 #2658 by Mechanic Z
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There hasn't been any real indication of what Cadillac plans for the ATS-V.R. As of Laguna Seca, no decision had been made . On the other hand, Johnny O's social media seems to hint at a continuation of the program: https://www.instagram.com/p/BNF17N1DQ7A/?taken-by=johnny_oconnell3

They've tested the car at VIR (added to the PWC calendar next year), with Antonio Garcia doing some seat time .

On the Viper side, Sportscar365 reported that PWC could have as many as three of them for the full season.
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04 Dec 2016 17:41 - 04 Dec 2016 17:42 #2714 by Mechanic Z
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05 Dec 2016 08:43 #2715 by maverick
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Shakedown, the forum where 1 or 2 people won't be allowed to ruin the enjoyment of others.

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06 Dec 2016 16:35 - 06 Dec 2016 16:38 #2737 by Mechanic Z
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GTS news from Racer's Edge on Twitter:

RacersEdgeMotorsport ‏@RacersEdgeMS 15m15 minutes ago

Matte black! Sinful. Jason Bell purchased a new SIN R1 GT4 and will join our team for the 2017 @WCRacing season.

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08 Dec 2016 05:21 #2777 by Mechanic Z
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Scuderia Corsa's Martin Fuentes will be returning to defend his GTA Championship, with a new 488 GT3 replacing his old 458:
http://world-challenge.com/latest/series-news/martin-fuentes-pwc-gta-champion/
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11 Dec 2016 03:46 #2842 by Mechanic Z
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It seems PWC is set to be sanctioned by USAC in 2017, instead of SCCA Pro Racing.
They are also adding the LED position displays seen in IndyCar & Blancpain.
http://www.racer.com/more/viewpoints/item/137087-insight-the-state-of-pirelli-world-challenge

Not sure what to make of this.

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18 Dec 2016 13:42 #2997 by Mechanic Z
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Flying Lizard Program Manager Darren Law has confirmed that K-PAX Racing will return with multiple McLarens, although the exact number of cars and the drivers are TBA. He also confirmed that the K-PAX McLarens will run both the normal Sprint races and the Sprint-X rounds.
http://sportscar365.com/gt/world-challenge/k-pax-flying-lizard-set-for-separate-gt3-gt4-programs/

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21 Dec 2016 05:32 - 21 Dec 2016 05:36 #3080 by Mechanic Z
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Always Evolving/AIM are planning to return with two new GTR GT3s (Their old cars were sold to Brett Hobson/Wall Racing). It's apparently unclear at the moment whether they will again be receiving support from Nissan USA, but the team's PWC program will continue either way, according to AIM's Ian Willis.
http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/always-evolving-planning-pwc-return-despite-nissan-uncertainty/
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24 Dec 2016 21:42 #3147 by bcarr6
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Entries confirmed so far:

Looking good this early!

PWC 2017

GT3

Realtime Racing - Acura NSX GT3 - Peter Kox

Realtime Racing - Acura NSX GT3 - Ryan Eversley

CRP Racing - Mercedes AMG GT3 - Ryan Daziel

GAINSCO/Bob Stallings - Porsche 911 GT3 R - Jon Fogarty

Wright Motorsports - Porsche 911 GT3 R - Pat Long

Scuderia Corsa - Ferrari 488 GT3 - Martin Fuentes

GT Cup


GT4

Flying Lizards Motorsport - Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR - Nate Stacy

Flying Lizards Motorsport - Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR

Klenin Performance Racing - McLaren 570s GT4

The Racers Edge - Sin R1 GT4 - Jason Bell

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29 Dec 2016 11:10 - 29 Dec 2016 11:15 #3198 by Mechanic Z
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Sportscar365 is reporting that DXDT Racing is set to announce a 2 car PWC GT effort next week.
http://sportscar365.com/imsa/lamborghini-st/versteeg-set-for-switch-to-super-trofeo-with-dxdt/

Hikes said the Utah-based DXDT squad will field a minimum of four Super Trofeo entries next year, alongside a two-car Pirelli World Challenge GT program, which will be formally announced next week.

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07 Jan 2017 06:15 #3359 by Mechanic Z
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bcarr6 wrote: Entries confirmed so far:

Looking good this early!

PWC 2017

GT3

Realtime Racing - Acura NSX GT3 - Peter Kox

Realtime Racing - Acura NSX GT3 - Ryan Eversley

CRP Racing - Mercedes AMG GT3 - Ryan Daziel

GAINSCO/Bob Stallings - Porsche 911 GT3 R - Jon Fogarty

Wright Motorsports - Porsche 911 GT3 R - Pat Long

Scuderia Corsa - Ferrari 488 GT3 - Martin Fuentes

GT Cup


GT4

Flying Lizards Motorsport - Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR - Nate Stacy

Flying Lizards Motorsport - Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR

Klenin Performance Racing - McLaren 570s GT4

The Racers Edge - Sin R1 GT4 - Jason Bell


The Mantella Autosport KTM XBows are also set to return. I'm not sure if there's been an official press release, but there's an article advertising that their third car is available to pay drivers. I'm guessing Mantella & Barkey are probably still driving the other two. https://mantellaautosport.com/2016/11/10/2017-pwc-seat-open-in-third-ktm-xbow-gt4-with-mantella-autosport/

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07 Jan 2017 12:45 - 07 Jan 2017 12:46 #3370 by Mechanic Z
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DXDT will be running a Mercedes (Sounds like just one car?) for all 5 Sprint-X rounds and 3 of the Sprint events.
http://www.dxdtracing.com/pirelliWorldChallenge2017
No drivers announced yet.
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10 Jan 2017 05:27 - 10 Jan 2017 05:37 #3435 by Mechanic Z
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Mechanic Z wrote: DXDT will be running a Mercedes (Sounds like just one car?) for all 5 Sprint-X rounds and 3 of the Sprint events.
http://www.dxdtracing.com/pirelliWorldChallenge2017
No drivers announced yet.

According to Sportscar365, there will indeed be two cars, with one of them likely Pro.
http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/dxdt-confirms-two-car-mercedes-amg-gt3-pwc-effort/
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11 Jan 2017 11:37 #3488 by Mechanic Z
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Keeping with the Mercedes theme, CRP Racing's car has arrived at their shop:

Ryan Dalziel ‏@ryan_dalziel 2h2 hours ago

Our new @MercedesAMG GT3 has arrived at @goCRPracing and already getting wrapped. Such a good looking car. #GoingOrange


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12 Jan 2017 10:57 #3537 by Nardulas
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I was a huge fan of the PWC in previous years, but now I can't even find a way to watch it. How do you guys get into it in Australia?

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14 Jan 2017 01:15 - 14 Jan 2017 05:44 #3619 by Mechanic Z
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Sounds like the Panoz GT4 will be headed to PWC this year! Ian James apparently told RLM during the Dubai 24h that he'd be driving the car in World Challenge.

Midweek Motorsport ‏@specutainment 35m35 minutes ago

WORLD EXCLUSIVE from @24HSERIES @panozllc to enter World Challenge with Gt4 Avezzano with Ian James - well done @Bradders3078

http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/panoz-confirms-two-car-pwc-gt4-effort/

http://www.dailysportscar.com/2017/01/13/panoz-returns-to-racing-with-gt4-pwc-programe.html
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14 Jan 2017 05:47 - 14 Jan 2017 05:47 #3621 by Mechanic Z
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Magnus Racing to PWC with a two car GT/GTA Audi effort.

http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/magnus-confirms-two-car-audi-pwc-program/
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17 Jan 2017 05:38 #3692 by Mechanic Z
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Flying Lizard has announced that Rodrigo Baptista will pilot their second GTS Porsche Cayman GT4 MR:
http://lizardms.com/news/releases/2017/jan-16.html

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