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Magnus Racing Confirms Pierre Kaffer, Spencer Pumpelly as Additional Drivers

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On Thursday, Magnus Racing completed their driver lineup for the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge season.  Previously, team owner John Potter announced a full-time GTA program for himself in the No. 44 Audi pictured above.  In the No. 4 Audi R8 LMS GT3 will be Pierre Kaffer for the vast majority of the season.  The exceptions …

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James Davison Returns to TRG in Pirelli World Challenge

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On Tuesday, The Racers Group (TRG) announced that they will be returning to Pirelli World Challenge’s GT class on a race-to-race basis.  The team has tapped James Davison to drive a Aston Martin Vantage GT3 starting at the season opener next month in St. Petersburg.  The effort will not affect TRG’s existing Porsche effort in …

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Cadillac Racing Announces Lineup, Taylor Brothers in for Sprint-X Races

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On Monday, Cadillac Racing announced their 2017 Pirelli World Challenge driver lineup.  Their full-time drivers will be unchanged.  Four-time GT class champion Johnny O’Connell will return to the No. 3 Cadillac ATS-VR for his seventh year with the team.  Meanwhile, Michael Cooper will return for his second year in the No. 8.  Cooper’s No. 8 will carry …

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Magnus Racing Switches to Pirelli World Challenge, Adds 2nd Car

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On Friday morning, Magnus Racing announced that they will move over to Pirelli World Challenge for the full 2017 season.  The team will also expand from one to two Audi R8 LMS GT3’s.  Team owner John Potter will drive in the GTA class full-time in both the Sprint and Sprint-X events starting with the first …

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Acura Announces 2017 NSX GT3 Driver Lineup

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On Tuesday, Acura unveiled their full-time driver lineup for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge factory efforts at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.  The lineup consists of solid, veteran talent.  Note that the car pictured above is the Acura TLX-GT, raced in Pirelli World Challenge by RealTime Racing.  It will be …

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Pirelli World Challenge Championship Scenarios

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This weekend, Pirelli World Challenge holds their final races of the season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  More than half a dozen championships are on the line in California.  This piece will show you what to look for.  All races this weekend can be watched live on Pirelli World Challenge’s live stream at world-challenge.com. Grand …

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WeatherTech Racing to Field PWC Entries in Final Two Events

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A little over two weeks ago, Alex Job Racing announced the withdrawal of the No. 22 WeatherTech Racing Porsche from the remainder of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, citing issues with Balance of Performance (BoP) that they believe renders the Porsche uncompetitive in the GT Daytona class.  At the time, RACER’s Marshall Pruett noted a …

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James Davison Suspended for PWC GT Round 16

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On Thursday afternoon, WC Vision announced that Pirelli World Challenge GT-class driver and part-time INDYCAR driver James (JD) Davison has been suspended and will have to sit out Saturday’s GT Round 16 at Utah Motorsports Campus (formerly Miller Motorsports Park) due to violating Section 1.11.3 of the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge Sporting Regulations. This section …

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Pirelli World Challenge Announces Driver Ranking Allocations for 2017

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For the past few years, driver rankings have played a fairly important role in determining who could get rides.  More than one contract has been voided because of a ranking change rendering someone ineligible for a ride. On Wednesday, WC Vision announced the driver ranking breakdown for the GT classes and the expanded Sprint-X category …

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Spencer Pumpelly to Race for RealTime While Cunningham Tests

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Earlier this week, Pirelli World Challenge competitiors RealTime Racing announced a testing program for the new Acura NSX GT3, which was unveiled to the public at the New York International Auto Show in April.  Veteran Dutch sports car racer Peter Kox has been retained to serve as a test driver for the program. How lucky …

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