sro-america News and Analysis
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March, one of the European countries hit most hard was Italy – the home of Pirelli. As lockdown spread around the world, it also meant months of downtime for the brand’s American motorsports operation – before restarting a season that would be condensed into a rescheduling nightmare.
Spencer Pumpelly’s polesitting TRG Porsche 718 Cayman CS led from start to finish to clinch the Pirelli GT4 America win at Long Beach, holding off Ian James’ Panoz Avezzano in the closing laps.
SRO chief Stephane Ratel believes this year’s bumper grid for the revamped Blancpain GT World Challenge is due to a revised format that offers teams better value for their race programs.
Jade Buford dominated the second Pirelli GT4 America Sprint stanza on the streets of St Petersburg in Florida on Sunday in his PF Racing Ford Mustang.
Alongside its headline-grabbing activity in Formula 1, Pirelli is a huge supporter of global GT racing. As a new era in the United States kicked off last weekend, with SRO taking control of the World Challenge, Motorsport.com was there to get the inside line on its involvement.
Ian James won the Pirelli GT4 America Sprint opener with a last-lap pass for victory on the streets of St Petersburg in Florida on Saturday, an event marred by a brutal crash that befell Nicholai Elghanayan.
The NTT IndyCar Series, plus all three categories of the Road To Indy and also SRO Americas’ GT4 and Touring Car classes are in action at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg this weekend. Here’s what’s on, when it’s on, and how to watch it.
Miguel Molina recovered from a slightly slow restart late in the race to send his R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 488 back past Andy Soucek’s K-PAX Bentley Continental and win the second Blancpain GT World Challenge America event at Circuit of The Americas.
Trent Hindman and Alan Brynjolfsson won round two of the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas, ahead of yesterday’s winners, Matt Travis and Jason Hart, who recovered from a pitstop penalty to finish a close second.
Bentley’s Rodrigo Baptista and Maxime Soulet overcame K-PAX Racing teammates Andy Soucek and Alvaro Parente to win the first round of the revamped Blancpain GT World Challenge America at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas on Saturday.
Texans Matt Travis and Jason Hart demolished the opposition in the SRO Pirelli GT4 SprintX season opener at Circuit of The Americas with the Nolasport Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR.
Robin Pemberton, who for over 10 years served as NASCAR’s vice president of competition, will oversee Andretti Autosport’s entry into the Pirelli GT4 America Series.
Jarett Andretti will race a McLaren 570S in the GT4 America Series which, under SRO’s stewardship, effectively replaces the Pirelli World Challenge’s GTS class this year.
Stephane Ratel's enormous contribution to the last quarter-century of GT sportscar racing was recognised with a Gregor Grant Award at the 2018 Autosport Awards.
The Stephane Ratel Organisation will link its three continental sprint series into an 18-round global championship for manufacturers in 2019 under the Blancpain GT World Challenge banner.
The US Panoz team will continue racing next season in tribute to its founder Don Panoz, who died earlier this month.
Miguel Molina and Toni Vilander won the second Pirelli World Challenge GT race at the Utah Grand Prix, sealing the SprintX title in the process in their R.Ferri Ferrari 488.
Harry Gottsacker won the second Pirelli World Challenge’s SprintX GTS race at the Utah Grand Prix, but missed out on winning the title at the final round.
Toni Vilander and Miguel Molina won race 1 for the Pirelli World Challenge’s Utah Grand Prix SprintX GT event in their Ferrari, after the challenge of qualifying dominators Bentley evaporated.
Ian James and Matt Keegan won race 1 of the GTS element of the Pirelli World Challenge SprintX for Panoz at Utah Motorsports Campus.
There could be as many as five or six new GT2 supercars ready to race by the second half of next year, according to class instigator Stephane Ratel.
Scott Hargrove and Wolf Henzler appeared to drive their Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R to victory at Portland International Raceway but were penalized 3sec for an on-track infringement and dropped to third.
Harry Gottsacker finally nailed his first GTS SprintX victory at Portland on Sunday in the Racers Edge SIN R1, turning the tables on Panoz’s Ian James and Matt Keegan who beat him in Saturday’s round
A fascinating late-race duel between the Panoz Avezzante of Ian James and the SIN R1 of Harry Gottsacker was resolved in the former’s favor with less than two minutes on the clock.
The R Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 488 of Toni Vilander and Miguel Molina emerged from its pitstop marginally ahead of the polesitting Alegra Motorsports Porsche and Molina then pulled away to an untroubled victory
Michael Christensen defeated Saturday’s PWC GT winner Alvaro Parente to clinch victory at Road America for Alegra Motorsports, while Ian James scored GTS victory for a second straight day in the Panoz Avezzano.
Alvaro Parente drove his K-PAX Bentley Continental to a relatively untroubled victory, his second of the year, after dominating the GT class in a combined GT/GTS race.
Porsche and Ferrari claimed the GT class SprintX victories at Lime Rock Park in two action-packed races on Memorial Day Monday.
A late-race problem thwarted Nicolai Elghanayan’s effort to sweep both GTS SprintX Pirelli World Challenge races in his KTM X-bow at Lime Rock on Monday, having dominated the opening race of the double-header.
Lawson Aschenbach doubled up at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the GTS class of the Pirelli World Challenge on Sunday morning in his Blackdog Chevrolet Camaro.
Local ace Daniel Morad recorded a dominant, if belated, victory in the first race of the Pirelli World Challenge GT class weekend at Candian Tire Motorsport Park.
Pole-sitter James Sofronas lost out on the opening lap, but he, Alex Welch and the GMG pitcrew were perfect thereafter to win ahead of the VOLT Mustang and the Blackdog Speed Shop Camaro of Lawson Aschenbach and Andy Pilgrim.
A late and opportunistic pass from Mike Skeen on yesterday’s winner Rodrigo Baptista ensured the Lone Star Racing Mercedes AMG GT he shares with Sean Heckert went to victory lane at Virginia International Raceway.
Rodrigo Baptista and Maxime Soulet scored a dominant win at Virginia International Raceway, but K-PAX Bentley teammate Alvaro Parente was shoved off and into a barrier on the opening lap.
Toni Vilander was the record-setting polesitter for R. Ferri Motorsports, but it was Daniel Mancinelli whose TR3 Ferrari 488 who conquered on raceday, after a long caution period reduced the 50min race to 32 laps.
Once Miguel Molina passed Jeff Segal for the lead on Lap 2 of the SprintX event, he and Toni Vilander's R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari had it all under control to complete a sweep of the weekend’s GT SprintX races at COTA.
The GMG Audi R8 of James Sofronas and Alex Welch had just made it into the lead ahead of a pair of BMW M4s before COTA’s second GTSX race ended under a full-course yellow for stranded cars on the racing surface.
A stunning final stint from ex-DTM racer Miguel Molina sealed the first Pirelli World Challenge GT SprintX victory of the season for the R.Ferri Motorsports Ferrari team, along with Toni Vilander.
Jade Buford and Scott Maxwell took full advantage of a slow stop from the SIN R1 of Harry Gottsacker to drive their PF Racing Ford Mustang to Victory Lane at COTA, winning by 1.3sec.
Lawson Aschenbach drove his Blackdog Speed Shop Camaro to his 26th Pirelli World Challenge victory in the second GTS race of the weekend at St Petersburg on Sunday, a race which ended early after a big crash near the end.
Scott Hargrove came from the back of an 11-car grid to clinch victory in the season-opening Pirelli World Challenge GT race at St. Petersburg, a venue where he has scored wins and podiums in Mazda Road To Indy open-wheelers.
K-PAX Racing has signed Bentley Motorsport factory drivers Andy Soucek and Maxime Soulet for the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge SprintX GT series.
Two of GM’s star tin-top racers of the past 20 years, Michael Cooper and Andy Pilgrim, will share driving duties with Tony Gaples and Lawson Aschenbach in the GTS-class SprintX races in this year’s Pirelli World Challenge.
A new team, Squadra Corse Garage Italia Americas, will contest the Pirelli World Challenge in 2018 with a Ferrari 488 GT3 driven by Martin Fuentes and Caesar Bacarella.
Blackdog Speed Shop has announced it will return to Pirelli World Challenge to defend its trio of GTS Sprint titles with the Lawson Aschenbach-Tony Gaples combo in a pair of Chevrolet Camaro GT4.Rs.
Young Canadian star excited about his PWC return in legendary marque
Flying Lizard Motorsports will return to the Pirelli World Challenge in 2018 for its second season in the GTS class but is switching from Porsche Caymans to Audi R8 LMS GT4s.
K-PAX Racing has added Rodrigo Baptista to its full-time roster for the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge season, as it switches to Bentley machinery from McLaren.
Callaway Competition USA has announced that Michael Cooper and Daniel Keilwitz will race the team’s pair of Corvette C7 GT3-R in next year’s Pirelli World Challenge.
2017 Trans Am Champion Gar Robinson and sportscar racing ace Shane Lewis will be competing for the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge GTS crown in 74 Ranch Resort Mercedes-AMG GT4s prepared by Robinson Racing.