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WTR Closing In on Lamborghini GTD Program

Wayne Taylor: “70% sure” on Lamborghini Huracan GT3 program…

Photo: Jamey Price/Lamborghini

Newly crowned Prototype champion Wayne Taylor Racing is poised for an expanded effort in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year, in operating up to two Lamborghini Huracan GT3s in the GT Daytona class.

Taylor has confirmed he’s closing in on a factory-supported deal with the Italian manufacturer, that would see the team mount a dual-class effort in 2018.

“Leaving the track, we’re at 70 percent sure we’ll end up running at least one car for Lamborghini,” Taylor told Sportscar365. “I think the team is up to it.”

The Indianapolis-based operation is no stranger to Lamborghini, having fielded multiple Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeos in the popular single-make series under the Prestige Performance banner over the last three years.

Prestige’s Trent Hindman and Riccardo Agostini currently lead the Pro class championship heading into next month’s Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America season finale and World Final in Imola.

“We’ll have to juggle between the GTD car and the Super Trofeos,” Taylor said. “That still has to work itself out.

“They might want to run two GTD cars. Depending on that, a decision will be made on how we will handle things on our Super Trofeo part of the business.”

Either way, Taylor indicated that Prestige will play a role in both programs next year.

Drivers for the potential two-car effort, meanwhile, have yet to be determined, although paddock rumors have linked a number of leading GT drivers to the Lamborghini-supported operation.

Hindman, for instance, is currently a Silver-rated driver, with the team needing at least one Bronze/Silver per car.

“It’s still early days,” Taylor said. “We have a couple of guys out of Super Trofeo that are really good. There’s also one or two drivers in our pit lane at the moment that want to make some moves.”

With a Lamborghini GTE program potentially in the pipeline for as early as 2019, it’s believed WTR could be positioning itself for the factory effort, should it get the green light.

It’s understood a final decision on whether to go ahead with a Huracan GTE car has not yet been made, and potentially delayed due to the introduction of the new ‘Super Season’ schedule in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

36 Comments

36 Comments

  1. Dan

    October 7, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    So another factory team in a class for privateer pro-am teams. They are already looking for fake AMS.

    • Tim

      October 7, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      One: Lambo is well passed the permitted 1 year factory support for a GTD team. So a “Factory” Lambo team in GTD is not happening. Mercedes, Lexus, Acuras suport ends at the end of this year. Next year should be all privateer trams in GTD.

      Two: The “factory rides” is talking about a GTE/GTLM Huracan not a GTD car

      • Guest

        October 7, 2017 at 7:04 pm

        “Taylor has confirmed he’s closing in on a factory-supported deal with the Italian manufacturer, that would see the team mount a dual-class effort in 2018.”

        • Dan

          October 7, 2017 at 9:58 pm

          Yeah he clearly can’t read.

        • Nipples

          October 9, 2017 at 8:23 am

          Factory supported does not mean factory team. They will get a handful of engineers from Lambo, like pretty much every other GTD team.

          • Dan

            October 9, 2017 at 2:18 pm

            Factory supported means they will get more than customer support, meaning direct cash into the team and free factory drivers that no customer would get. The term factory supported often gets used to disguise a works team.

  2. Brian

    October 7, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    They’d be better running a GM car like the Corvette in GTD…..

    • el_gordo

      October 7, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      Not if Lambo offers support and GM doesn’t

    • el_gordo

      October 7, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      Of which GM wouldn’t because the GT3 Corvette is a Callaway technically

      • Andy Flinn

        October 7, 2017 at 5:33 pm

        GM/Pratt and Miller don’t yet make a GTD car.

        • el_gordo

          October 7, 2017 at 6:57 pm

          ATSV that they just quit but they won’t sell it

          • Amlv20

            October 7, 2017 at 8:37 pm

            The ATS-v was built to gt3 specs but if I remember the fia never homlegated it.ill have to double check on that.

          • Dan

            October 7, 2017 at 10:00 pm

            The ATS was homolagated a GT3 car. Mr Ratel is none to happy it was never sold to customers, apparently GM lied about going to sell it.

      • Passenger

        October 7, 2017 at 10:15 pm

        GM allows Callaway Corvette also in GTD now. But there is a problem that is a highly entry fee who want to pay.

        • Jimbo

          October 8, 2017 at 12:23 am

          Pretty sure the entry fees are trickle-down. Remember the GTLM Vipers? After they left, Keating had to pickup the fee.

        • Andrew

          October 9, 2017 at 8:11 am

          As Chevy is in the series with the GTLM cars there is no ‘pay to play’ fee required for someone to run the GTD cars. IMSA has already said it’s one fee per manufacturer regardless of class, also why Nissan could be run by a privateer in GTD if desired and I think we could see Ed Brown in one for NAEC events next season.

          • el_gordo

            October 9, 2017 at 12:01 pm

            Nope, Callaway isn’t considered GM it is Callaway

          • Sorry El Gordo, reading is fundamental

            October 9, 2017 at 2:55 pm

            Nope El Gordo, it is listed as the builder not base chassis as updated by IMSA (GT3 regs don’t really matter for that as it is an IMSA rule), but hey why read when you can be an internet smarty pants.

          • el_gordo

            October 9, 2017 at 11:28 pm

            Reply to: Sorry El Gordo, reading is fundamental
            October 9, 2017 at 2:55 pm

            http://johndagys.wpengine.com/other-series/24hseries/callaway-corvette-c7-gt3-r-set-for-u-s-debut/

            Tell John Dagys he is wrong then

    • Matt

      October 7, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      Remind me again, what GT3 does GM offer? Hard to race a car that doesn’t exist.

      • Prototype 1

        October 8, 2017 at 12:58 pm

        Its called Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R and it has just won the 2017 ADAC GT Masters.

        • duh

          October 9, 2017 at 8:50 am

          The only relation GM has to this car is that they make a stock Corvette, then sell it to Callaway and go, “okay, you can use it”

  3. Bob

    October 7, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    I didnt know those Prestige Lambos in the ST Cup were run by WTR until I saw their WTR logo on the hauler at VIR last month. So it makes sense for the folks active in that program to want to graduate to IMSA racing in a Lambo.

    A Callaway GT3 Corvette in IMSA or PWC would be great to see. Hope news is forthcoming.

    • Prototype 1

      October 8, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Agreed.

  4. Andy Flinn

    October 7, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Bob, I’d love to see that, or a Pratt and Miller Corvette, too.

  5. Jeff Wagner

    October 7, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    AND yet there’s still people NOW that keep wanting P to be split up again, that have forgotten ALMS P2 was supposed to be non factory just like GTD is! Does anybody remember what happened in P2 ALMS? AMAZINGLY the same thing is happening since the start of this year with 2 manufacturers in GTD! With IMSA FINALLY having tires meant for professional Racing in 2019 merge GTD with GTLM too and put an end to this problem with manufacturers taking advantage of what is supposed to be private team only division! MOST IMPORTANTLY GTLM is ALREADY on Michelin now, GTD is not so their major pace gained going on Michelin will pace them a lot closer to GTLM anyways so its the PERFECT time to merge the two together. So much easier for the casual fan being one class too!

    • Mike S.

      October 9, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      GTLM is an open tire category and will remain so. Other classes all Michelin in 2019 so GTLM are on Michelin by choice but it isn’t closed. Michelin wants it that way as does IMSA. Yes, Falken came and went even Yokohama in ALMS. I think that the costs between the 2 classes are getting closer since GT3 is now not affordable or sustainable but the GTLM costs can’t be any better and are still more than a GTD team by far other than that the gap has maybe closed from spiraling GT3 costs. I don’t think IMSA wants to leave the Pro/Am format in GTD and that is the difference between the 2 classes as well and a major cost difference. So they aren’t as similar as you think.

      • Jeff Wagner

        October 9, 2017 at 10:41 pm

        I said: “GTLM is ALREADY on Michelin now”. That is a correct statement = 100% of the cars ARE running on Michelin in GTLM. I didn’t state what the GTLM Rule Book says: open tire choice. That could EASILY be changed! I’m sure you unintentionally missed my point and were debating semantics. The sooner GTD merges with GTLM the Pro/Am formula hindering the ENTIRE quality of the field and racing will be gone! MOST importantly it will be another “amateur hour” legacy from the Grand Am that will be FINALLY erased! Those AM drivers in GTD ruin the whole race getting in the way of EVERYBODY at fast tracks like Mosport. It is disgusting.

  6. Jimbo

    October 8, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Having one global GT class makes so much sense. GT3 cars are basically GTLM/GTE pace (IMSA slows them down+bad tires). Sucks that the talks a few years back broke down. Ironically it was GM and Corvette not wanting it.

    • Jeff Wagner

      October 8, 2017 at 10:43 am

      Yes and it will STOP the political bullshit that’s brewing with already 2 factory teams running in a non factory division with what sounds like a 3rd coming. Same old story as P2 in ALMS, and I’m a STRONG and PROUD supporter from the ALMS side but the facts are the facts, it WAS the start of major problems. IMSA is forgetting history and it’s repeating itself again and becoming one again in GTD. BOTH TIMES it’s involved ACURA!!!

      • Andrew

        October 9, 2017 at 8:25 am

        Given that Acura and Lexus cash is no gone, likely along with the Lexus cars, what exactly haven’t they learned? Or do you not actually pay attention?

        Acura is taking that money to DPi, MSR is looking for paying drivers for next season and I think likely will end up with Christina Nielsen running possibly with Andy Lally next season. Especially since Cooper has fired her by buying the team out from under her to get into a Ferrari so he can whine he’s not the fastest in another car. Lexus is likely gone, doubt 3GT racing can get the funding pulled in with all the shady insanity surrounding PG. But stranger things have happened and Tomy Drissi needs a place to run after LMPC is done.

        And GT3 is not close to GTE pace. They can get close but the sustained runs show the improved pace of GTE over GT3. Plus any racing fan would know there is ZERO, NONE, NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN chance of GTE becoming GT3, it’s another team’s rule book.

        And one outlet reported it was GM and they apparently weren’t even in the discussion at the time. It was the ACO/SRO disagreeing on the basis of the rules and each one wanting to be in charge. The manufacturers can whine and complain all they want, if the sanctioning bodies can’t agree then it’s a non-starter.

        • daedalus

          October 9, 2017 at 10:02 am

          GT3 and GTE cars can run the same times no problem as long as they are on the same tyres. The blancpain series GT3 cars sometimes set laptimes faster than WEC GTE cars at the same track so it’s a non issue really, some minor BOP here and there would be all that’s needed.

          However I agree that in reality the classes will never merge. There is too much pride on either side with the ACO and SRO and the manufactures could never stomach having factory teams getting beat by and identical privateer cars.

  7. Luna

    October 8, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Finally in Lamborghini someone has understood that selling cars is not enough. To win its necessary a real team, not the clowns of Dream Racing, the cheaters of Miller or Change who is good only at VIR.

  8. Mike S.

    October 9, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    WTR already has supported with Prestige Performance 4 Super Trofeo cars in North America so this isn’t some shot in the dark new thing other than doing it on their own. Different BoP in WT IMSA because the Super Trofeo cars aren’t dumbed down in horsepower like they are in GTD. Not sure what the issue is. Been involved with a Lambo a bit. Not new

    • swap meet

      October 10, 2017 at 10:22 am

      super trofeo cars are completely different than the GT3/GTD car. ST cars are not built to GT3 spec.

  9. abc

    October 9, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    just another boring VW

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