Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge 2018 Season Preview

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CTSCC is in the midst of transformation and by the looks of it, the GS teams are in FULL GO mode.  30 cars will take the grid at Daytona International Speedway, helping us forget about the 4 GS cars from just two seasons ago.  We do see a major reduction in ST entries, but that is expected as 2018 is their swan song.  TCR makes it’s debut appearance with IMSA badges as one of the fastest growing classes in the world.  While changes are on-going and in full-swing, we’re set for one of the best CTSCC seasons ever, a great way to say thank you to Continental in their last year as the tire supplier and premier sponsor of the series.

As previously mentioned, the GS class will bring a whopping 30 GT4-spec cars from 7 different manufacturers to Daytona to kick-off the season.  The defending champions from RS1 will be bringing two Porsche Cayman GT4 MRs with Spencer Pumpelly and Dillon Machavern driving the #28.  The team will look to go after their third straight title in the series after also claiming ST honors in 2016.  BGB Motorsports and Bodymotion Racing will also each field Porsche GT4 MRs respectively.

McLaren will once again have a nice presence with one car from Motorsports in Action for Jesse Lazare and Corey Fergus and one car from Compass Racing for Paul Holton and Matt Plumb.

Automatic Racing will field two tried-and-true Aston Martin Vantage GT4s for Steven Philips, Aurora Strauss, Al Carter, Rob Ecklin Jr, Ramin Abdolvahabi and Brandon Kidd.

A whopping seven Mustang GT4s are set to race with two entries coming from KohR Motorsports for Jack Roush Jr, Joey Atterbury, Jade Buford, Nate Stacy and Kyle Marcelli on driving duties.  Multimatic will field three cars for Chad McCumbee, Patrick Gallagher, Scott Maxwell, Cole Custer, Ty Majeski, Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe.  Moving over from PWC’s GTS division with KTM Xbow GT4 machinery, Martin Barkey and Brett Sandberg will drive for AWA.  VOLT Racing will also bring a Mustang GT4 for Alan Brynjolfsson and Trent Hindman.

A slew of new cars and teams will try to take down the defending champs with Mercedes, BMW and Audi GT4 machines joining the show.  Winward Racing will bring two Mercedes for the full season with a third set for Daytona.  Team TGM makes the move from Porsche to Mercedes with Guy Cosmo, Owen Trinkler, Ted Giovanis and Hugh Plumb driving.  DXDT, Ramsey Racing, Murillo Racing and Stephen Cameron Racing will also all field the new-for-2018 Merc.  Nine (9!) Mercedes will take the green flag.

Four new Audi R8 GT4s will see the grid with GMG Racing running three and Carbahn Motorsports running one.

BMW and their new M4 GT4 will see Classic BMW and BimmerWorld each run one car apiece.

The new-for-2018 TCR division will see a hoard of Audi RS3 LMS cars with single entries from eEuroparts.com Racing, RS Werkes Racing, Murillo Racing.  Compass Racing will run three.  A single VW Golf GTI TCR will be run by Rumcastle LLC.  The TCR cars will see a slight adjustment from full-TCR spec in order to keep the cars separate from the GT4 machines.  At the Roar said adjustments appeared to work as expected, but some intermingling during race conditions and a full grid will still occur.  More TCR manufacturers are expected as the season goes on.

In its final season, the ST class sees only 6 cars entered for Daytona with half of the field coming from the MINI JCW Team, who is also working on developing a MINI TCR car.  Bodymotion Racing and Murillo Racing will each run a Porsche Cayman with BimmerWorld running their BMW 328i.

The green flag flies for the 2018 season on Friday January 26th @ 1:00pm ET for four hours of bumper to bumper racing.

 

 

 

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