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24 Jan 2017 07:51 - 24 Jan 2017 07:52 #3994 by Mechanic Z
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Big news from KPAX Racing! Alvaro Parente will return to defend his title in the #9, Bryan Sellers joins the team in the #6 and Mike Hedlund will pilot the #98 in GTA!

http://www.kpaxracing.ca/news.php
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04 Feb 2017 05:56 - 04 Feb 2017 05:56 #4570 by Mechanic Z
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StueyB83 wrote: Is it safe to assume the ATS-V.R's will be back?

I think we can call Cadillac confirmed now, on the strength of these Press releases:
http://www.gpstpete.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=467:cadillac-and-chevrolet-renew-support-of-firestone-grand-prix-of-st-petersburg

“Cadillac returning to the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, not only as competitors but also as partners, is gratifying,” said Matt Russell, Cadillac Racing Marketing Manager. “The overwhelming response of the fans inspires confidence in our teams and drivers, while seeing customer-owned V-Performance products on the streets and in the parking areas bolsters the strength of our brand and dealers.”

http://world-challenge.com/latest/series-news/record-entries-set-2017-pwc-new-usac-online-registration-system/

From the Championship-deciding last -lap finish last October in the 2016 season wrap-up at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the largest GT Production-based campaign in North America brings over 25 manufacturers to a record pre-season entry list that includes machines for last year’s top GT finishers and past PWC champions Alvaro Parente, Patrick Long and Johnny O’Connell.


I've also moved R Ferri to 'confirmed' on the first post entry list, because they've basically confirmed their entry on their website & Facebook page.
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06 Feb 2017 15:43 - 06 Feb 2017 15:44 #4601 by Mechanic Z
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Bentley's website seems to confirm a return to PWC:
http://www.bentleymotors.com/en/world-of-bentley/motorsport/north-american-racing/pirelli-world-challenge.html

In 2016, Bentley once again raced in the Pirelli World Challenge, beginning a new partnership in America with Team Absolute Racing. We are excited to be racing again in 2017. We have now revealed the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Bentley Motorsport racing programme - click here to view.


No drivers announced, the link in the quote goes to a page with the full 2017 PWC schedule.
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09 Feb 2017 06:01 #4719 by Ryan Lee
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New Chevrolet GT4.R for competition use in 2017

sportscar365.com/imsa/ctscc/chevrolet-launches-camaro-gt4-r/
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10 Feb 2017 00:45 #4766 by Mechanic Z
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Unsurprisingly, Lawson Aschenbach and Tony Gaples will be driving the Blackdog Speedshop Camaro GT4.Rs:
http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/aschenbach-gaples-confirmed-in-black-dog-speed-shop-camaro-gt4-rs/

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14 Feb 2017 05:32 #4867 by Ryan Lee
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14 Feb 2017 05:56 #4868 by Mechanic Z
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I like the blue car for Cooper, goes well with O'Connell's red car.

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14 Feb 2017 08:15 - 14 Feb 2017 09:21 #4869 by StueyB83
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I get the impression they may be using sprint x as a base for the Laguna Seca 8 hours at years end...

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14 Feb 2017 09:11 #4872 by Ryan Lee
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StueyB83 wrote: I get the impression they may be using sprint x as a base for the Leguna Seca 8 hours at years end...


I would say so. Not a bad team to attack with.

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14 Feb 2017 12:14 #4875 by Richo
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StueyB83 wrote: I get the impression they may be using sprint x as a base for the Laguna Seca 8 hours at years end...


I hope so, the prospect of taking on Cadillac may bring some others to take part. Hopefully Acura and Lexus amongst others. You would think that a IMSA GTD team would be more prepared for such a long race compared to the PWC teams.

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15 Feb 2017 05:43 - 15 Feb 2017 05:43 #4883 by Mechanic Z
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StueyB83 wrote: I get the impression they may be using sprint x as a base for the Laguna Seca 8 hours at years end...

I sure hope so, it would be awesome if the event could get off to a good start.
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15 Feb 2017 05:49 - 15 Feb 2017 05:50 #4884 by Mechanic Z
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Flying Lizard is working on preparing the KPAX McLarens for the season:



(Photos from Darren Law and Mike Hedlund on Twitter.)

In other McLaren news, Klenin Performance has taken delivery of their 570s GT4:
https://www.facebook.com/KleninPerformanceRacing/photos/a.1621316088140392.1073741830.1545789482359720/1853761048229227/?type=3&theater
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17 Feb 2017 05:16 - 17 Feb 2017 05:18 #4932 by Mechanic Z
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18 Feb 2017 11:22 - 18 Feb 2017 11:30 #4958 by Mechanic Z
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Some bad news, Nissan has pulled factory funding from Always Evolving. :(
http://sportscar365.com/sro/blancpain-gt/team-rjn-nissan-scales-back-blancpain-gt-program/

Nissan, meanwhile, revealed its other works-supported GT3 programs will be in Super GT and Super Taikyu, confirming the end of its factory effort in Pirelli World Challenge after a two-year run with the Always Evolving/AIM Autosport team.

According to RACER magazine, the team will scale back to only one car and won't run the season opener at St. Pete.
http://www.racer.com/pwc/item/138239-pwc-nissan-gt-r-program-set-for-changes
Really bummed by this news, Always Evolving brings a lot to the series, and personally I've grown to like the GT-R GT3 a lot more because of their efforts. Seems a shame for Nissan to pull the funding so late, especially since AE was evaluating expanding to three cars earlier in the off season.

On a much happier note, CRP Racing & Ryan Dalziel ran their first tests with their Mercedes at Sebring today:

CRP Racing ‏@goCRPracing 5h5 hours ago

Our @MercedesAMG GT3 is turning her first laps of the year today at @sebringraceway with @ryan_dalziel!

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18 Feb 2017 11:35 #4959 by maverick
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Mechanic Z wrote: Some bad news, Nissan has pulled factory funding from Always Evolving. :(
http://sportscar365.com/sro/blancpain-gt/team-rjn-nissan-scales-back-blancpain-gt-program/

Nissan, meanwhile, revealed its other works-supported GT3 programs will be in Super GT and Super Taikyu, confirming the end of its factory effort in Pirelli World Challenge after a two-year run with the Always Evolving/AIM Autosport team.

According to RACER magazine, the team will scale back to only one car and won't run the season opener at St. Pete.
http://www.racer.com/pwc/item/138239-pwc-nissan-gt-r-program-set-for-changes
Really bummed by this news, Always Evolving brings a lot to the series, and personally I've grown to like the GT-R GT3 a lot more because of their efforts. Seems a shame for Nissan to pull the funding so late, especially since AE was evaluating expanding to three cars earlier in the off season.

On a much happier note, CRP Racing & Ryan Dalziel ran their first tests with their Mercedes at Sebring today:

CRP Racing ‏@goCRPracing 5h5 hours ago

Our @MercedesAMG GT3 is turning her first laps of the year today at @sebringraceway with @ryan_dalziel!

Crushing blow for AE and could have an effect on Hobson Motorsport's future plans.

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18 Feb 2017 13:37 #4963 by Ryan Lee
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Nissan have dropped to only one car in Blancpain as well, it's in an effort to concentrate more staff onto their new car for 2018, no doubt Nissan will spread it's money wider again next year. It sucks, but big picture it's a net gain for everyone.

If anything it probably helps Hobson if they need to purchase a new car as there will be a few more not in use around the traps.

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18 Feb 2017 13:46 #4964 by maverick
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Ryan Lee wrote: Nissan have dropped to only one car in Blancpain as well, it's in an effort to concentrate more staff onto their new car for 2018, no doubt Nissan will spread it's money wider again next year. It sucks, but big picture it's a net gain for everyone.

If anything it probably helps Hobson if they need to purchase a new car as there will be a few more not in use around the traps.

Good point re Hobson.

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21 Feb 2017 23:38 #5078 by Mechanic Z
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Alec Udell will run the Sprint races in his GMG Porsche, and will join Preston Calvert in his Calvert Dynamics Porsche for Sprint-X:
http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/double-stint-alec-udell-preston-calvert-pwc-announcement/

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22 Feb 2017 10:49 #5084 by Mechanic Z
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Mechanic Z wrote: Alec Udell will run the Sprint races in his GMG Porsche, and will join Preston Calvert in his Calvert Dynamics Porsche for Sprint-X:
http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/double-stint-alec-udell-preston-calvert-pwc-announcement/

Seems the Sprint-X Calvert Dynamics car will actually be run by GMG as well, because of prior commitments of Calvert Dynamics usual team, Phoenix Performance.
http://www.gmgracing.com/alec-udell-preston-calvert-join-forces-with-gmg-for-pirelli-world-challenge-sprint-sprintx-championships/

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22 Feb 2017 10:51 #5085 by Mechanic Z
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James Davison will run St. Petersburg with The Racer's Group in an Aston GT3:
http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=9d2e12469adbad7c06238c0ef&id=5175af6034

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