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21 Nov 2017 05:59 - 21 Feb 2018 10:45 #9558 by Mechanic Z
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Huge announcement for Pirelli World Challenge today with Callaway confirming that they will run two factory Corvette C7 GT3-Rs in PWC in 2018.
http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Callaway-Competition-USA-Announces-Factory-Pirelli-World-Challenge-Program.html?soid=1112227709913&aid=gtwZ_XkmFNE

2018 Entry List (So Far)
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#26 Callaway Competition Corvette C7 GT3-R Daniel Keilwitz
#28 Callaway Competition Corvette C7 GT3-R Michael Cooper
#96 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3-R Scott Hargrove
#3 K-PAX Racing Bentley Continental GT3-R Rodrigo Baptista/Maxime Soulet
#9 K-PAX Racing Bentley Continental GT3-R Alvaro Parente/Andy Soucek
#61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 Toni Vilander
#31 TR3 Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 Daniel Mancinelli? (1+)
#17 GMG Racing Porsche 911 GT3-R Alec Udell (1+)
#101 TKO Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3-R Memo Gidley?
Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3-R Michael Christensen/Spencer Pumpelly
#19 TruSpeed Autosport Audi R8 LMS GT3 Parker Chase/Ryan Dalziel
TruSpeed Autosport Audi R8 LMS GT3 TBA
#54 Black Swan Racing Mercedes-Benz AMG GT3? Tim Pappas?
#07 Squadra Corse Garage Italia Ferrari 488 GT3 Caesar Bacarella/Martin Fuentes
#55 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Yuki Harata/Alessandro Bressan
#04 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 Jorge De La Torre


No official word yet from some other series regulars.

GTS
#1 Blackdog Speedshop Chevrolet Camaro GT4-R Lawson Aschenbach/Andy Pilgrim
#11 Blackdog Speedshop Chevrolet Camaro GT4-R Tony Gaples/Michael Cooper
#23 Flying Lizard Motorsports/Case It Audi R8 GT4 Adam Merzon/Ryan Eversley
#45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 GT4 Mike Hedlund
#50 Team Panoz Panoz Avezzano GT4 Ian James
#51 Team Panoz Panoz Avezzano GT4 Preston Calvert
#14 GMG Racing Audi R8 GT4 James Sofronas
GMG Racing Audi R8 GT4 TBA
GMG Racing Audi R8 GT4 TBA
#62 KPR McLaren 570s GT4 Mark Klenin/Max Riddle
Racer's Edge SIN R1 GT4 Harry Gottsacker
#2 M1GT Racing Audi R8 GT4 Jason Bell
#55 PF Racing Ford Mustang GT4 Jade Buford
PF Racing Ford Mustang GT4 TBA
PF Racing Ford Mustang GT4 TBA
#72 Robinson Racing Mercedes AMG GT4 Shane Lewis
#74 Robinson Racing Mercedes AMG GT4 Gar Robinson
Precision Driving BMW M4 GT4 Marco Radisic
Pfaff Motorsports Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR Orey Fidani
Muhlner Motorsport Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR Moritz Kranz
Muhlner Motorsport Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR TBA
#12 Ian Lacy Racing Ginetta G55 GT4 Drew Staveley
#24 Ian Lacy Racing Ginetta G55 GT4 Frank Gannett
Ian Lacy Racing Ginetta G55 GT4 Steve Burns
Samantha Tan Racing BMW M4 GT4 Samantha Tan/Nick Wittmer
Samantha Tan Racing BMW M4 GT4 Aurora Straus/Connor Bloum
Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4 TBA?


Some changes to the schedule for 2018, with Portland and Watkins Glen replacing Mid-Ohio and Sonoma: http://world-challenge.com/latest/series-news/pwc-announces-watkins-glen-intl-2018-season-finale-venue/
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21 Nov 2017 11:13 - 21 Nov 2017 11:14 #9560 by Richo
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Great to see Corvettes back in PWC. Be intrigued as to see what drivers they secure.

How about Michael Cooper as the Cadillac programme has been ended. Hes looking for a ride
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21 Nov 2017 14:52 #9566 by Mechanic Z
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Richo wrote: Great to see Corvettes back in PWC. Be intrigued as to see what drivers they secure.

How about Michael Cooper as the Cadillac programme has been ended. Hes looking for a ride

I'd love to see Callaway pick up either Cooper or Johnny O or both.

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26 Nov 2017 03:27 - 26 Nov 2017 03:29 #9608 by Mechanic Z
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Looks like K-PAX Racing is back, though possibly not with McLaren.
Flying Lizard is hoping to run a GTS program similar to this year's, but nothing is confirmed yet.

http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/k-pax-planning-pwc-return/

Also sounds like Wright Motorsports is planning to return with Patrick Long to defend their title: http://world-challenge.com/latest/series-news/patrick-long-2017-pwc-overall-gt-sprint-gt-champion/
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07 Dec 2017 03:07 #9747 by Mechanic Z
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07 Dec 2017 03:09 #9748 by Mechanic Z
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Huge changes at K-Pax Racing, they'll be running three Bentley Continental GT3s next year, instead of the McLarens they've been running since 2014: http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/k-pax-switches-to-bentley-for-2018/

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07 Dec 2017 16:15 #9757 by maverick
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Mechanic Z wrote: Huge changes at K-Pax Racing, they'll be running three Bentley Continental GT3s next year, instead of the McLarens they've been running since 2014: http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/k-pax-switches-to-bentley-for-2018/


Big news.

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08 Dec 2017 05:08 #9762 by Mechanic Z
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maverick wrote:

Mechanic Z wrote: Huge changes at K-Pax Racing, they'll be running three Bentley Continental GT3s next year, instead of the McLarens they've been running since 2014: http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/k-pax-switches-to-bentley-for-2018/


Big news.


Yep. I like the big Bentleys but I'm really going to miss the McLarens. Hopefully someone picks up a 650s and runs it.

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08 Dec 2017 05:13 - 08 Dec 2017 05:16 #9763 by Mechanic Z
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In other massive news, Callaway Competition USA have announced Michael Cooper and Daniel Keilwitz as their full season drivers. Sprint-X co-drivers and car liveries are to be revealed at a later date: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1112227709913&ca=1114fc06-51b7-47e3-ac1d-1b03af33a434

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16 Dec 2017 05:21 - 16 Dec 2017 05:23 #9919 by Mechanic Z
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Seems that GT champions Long and Wright Motorsports won't be back next year, but on the bright side, a brand new pro Porsche entry has been confirmed.
Canadian team Pfaff Motorsports will be running a 911 GT3-R for their fellow Canadian Scott Hargrove. Car looks really cool with Castrol colors: http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/hargrove-confirmed-in-new-pfaff-porsche-entry/
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16 Dec 2017 07:24 #9924 by maverick
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Yeah that looks nice.

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17 Dec 2017 13:49 #9952 by Richo
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Mechanic Z wrote: In other massive news, Callaway Competition USA have announced Michael Cooper and Daniel Keilwitz as their full season drivers. Sprint-X co-drivers and car liveries are to be revealed at a later date: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1112227709913&ca=1114fc06-51b7-47e3-ac1d-1b03af33a434


I was expecting Keilwitz and hoping for Cooper to pick up the second seat after Cadillac pulled the pin so good to hear.
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20 Dec 2017 11:23 #10011 by Mechanic Z
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21 Dec 2017 05:26 #10024 by Mechanic Z
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Another K-PAX driver announcement, Rodrigo Baptista moves from the Flying Lizard GTS Porsche program: http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/baptista-joins-k-pax-bentley-effort-for-2018/

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23 Dec 2017 15:14 - 23 Dec 2017 15:20 #10050 by Mechanic Z
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http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/sprintx-to-be-integrated-into-gts-season/
GTS is getting their own Sprint-X races seperate from GT. Several teams confirmed in the article: Ian Lacy Racing with three Ginettas for the full schedule, Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW & Samantha Tan Racing both move up to GTS with the new BMW M4 GT4.
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06 Jan 2018 09:16 - 06 Jan 2018 10:44 #10199 by Mechanic Z
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Mark Klenin is bringing back his McLaren GT4: http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/klenin-to-return-to-gtsa-competition-in-mclaren-gt4/

Also, sounds like PF Racing could be bringing three Mustang GT4s: http://nasportscar.com/2018-pirelli-world-challenge-entry-list-tracker-2/

Potential GTS entry is already nearly 25 cars, with some teams like Flying Lizard Motorsports, Jeff Courtney Racing and ANSA Motorsports yet to announce their 2018 plans. Fingers crossed.
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07 Jan 2018 08:55 #10206 by StueyB83
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I'm hoping for a few more entries in the GT3 space... not too big on sprint x format - and i wonder of it has hurt the series?

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08 Jan 2018 05:29 - 08 Jan 2018 05:30 #10214 by Mechanic Z
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StueyB83 wrote: I'm hoping for a few more entries in the GT3 space... not too big on sprint x format - and i wonder of it has hurt the series?

It would be nice to see a few more entries confirmed. It's been a bit tough to get an idea of who's even been looking at programs, because there hasn't been a lot of PWC silly season updates from S365, DSC etc.
NARacecar has a tracker , but they don't necessarily have the contacts that the pro sites do.
Sounds like Alec Udell will likely return with GMG, and TR3 will probably have a second Ferrari. R. Ferri's website has a countdown to St. Pete, so I think they'll probably be back as well. Might not reach last year's fields, but I think GT entry numbers will still be okay. Still a couple months until the season starts.

Sprint-X is a tough one to figure because a lot of racers don't really like it, but the Sprint-X rounds usually got pretty decent fields.
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