Race Weekend Central

WeatherTech Racing to Field PWC Entries in Final Two Events

2016 Lime Rock IWSC Leh Keen Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

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

2016 Lime Rock PWC James Davison Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

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

2016 Lime Rock PWC Lawson Aschenbach Brett Sandberg Battle Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

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

2016 Lime Rock PWC Ryan Eversley Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

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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Andrew Palmer Still Hospitalized, Showing Improvement

2016 Lime Rock PWC Andrew Palmer Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday afternoon, the Palmer family released their first official statement on the condition of Andrew Palmer via Palmer’s manager, Mike Perry.  Palmer was injured in a practice crash during the Pirelli World Challenge race weekend at Lime Rock Park with Jorge de la Torre in Connecticut on May 28.  De la Torre suffered a number of broken bones …

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Jorge de la Torre Released from Hartford Hospital

2016 Lime Rock PWC Jorge de la Torre Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Wednesday morning, Aston Martin Racing announced that Jorge de la Torre, injured on May 28th in a practice crash at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, has been released from Hartford Hospital.  He has traveled back to his native Texas and will rehabilitate from his injuries there. After his release, de la Torre released a …

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Alvaro Parente Earns Lime Rock GT Sweep

2016 Lime Rock PWC Alvaro Parente Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

The Andrew Palmer–Jorge de la Torre crash Saturday morning took the sails out of what was going to be a great day of racing.  However, officials determined that the race would go on. The drivers in Pirelli World Challenge’s GT, GTA and GT Cup Classes obliged with 50 minutes of hard-fought action. K-PAX Racing’s Alvaro …

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Jade Buford Claims GTS Victory After Late Crash

2016 Lime Rock PWC Lawson Aschenbach Brett Sandberg Battle Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

All weekend at Lime Rock Park, Pirelli World Challenge’s GTS class has been a heads-up battle for supremacy between the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R of Blackdog Speed Shop’s Lawson Aschenbach and the ANSA Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4 of Brett Sandberg.  The two spent all of race No. 1 Friday fighting each other.  Race No. 2 was …

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2 Drivers Flown to Trauma Center Following Lime Rock Warmup Crash

2016 Lime Rock PWC Andrew Palmer Jorge de la Torre Practice Crash Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

The second day of Pirelli World Challenge’s sixth race weekend of 2016 was effectively ground to a halt at Lime Rock Park Saturday morning due to a serious crash at the end of the frontstretch involving Bentley Team Absolute‘s Andrew Palmer and Jorge de la Torre‘s Aston Martin.  Both drivers have been injured and taken to …

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Aschenbach Wins Lime Rock GTS Race No. 1, Wittmer wins TC

2016 Lime Rock PWC Lawson Aschenbach Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Pirelli World Challenge’s GT, GTA and GT Cup classes weren’t the only ones having at it on Saturday.  Four other classes were on track first. In the GTS class event, Brett Sandberg started his ANSA Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4 on pole with Lawson Aschenbach alongside in the No. 10 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R.  This was a …

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Friday Pirelli World Challenge Lime Rock Recap

2016 Lime Rock PWC Alvaro Parente Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

At Lime Rock Park, the action has been fast and furious all day.  Pirelli World Challenge’s GT-class saw parity with 12 drivers (including GTA-class pole sitter Martin Fuentes) all qualifying within a half-second of the pole position. It seemed like Round No. 10 for the GT and GTA-classes (Round No. 9 for GT Cup only) was going …

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Alvaro Parente and Andrew Palmer Tie for PWC Pole at Lime Rock

2016 Lime Rock PWC Alvaro Parente Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

At Lime Rock Park, the times have been very close on the 1.474-mile circuit all day.  The top 15 drivers in GT practice were within one second of each other and qualifying took that to the next level. During the 12-minute session, K-PAX Racing‘s Alvaro Parente and Bentley Team Absolute’s Andrew Palmer set identical 51.950-second …

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