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TCR Class Added to California 8H

TCR class added to California 8 Hours at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca…

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TCR cars have been added to the California 8 Hours, which will expand into a four-class format for the Oct. 26-28 enduro at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

The Intercontinental GT Challenge season finale is expected to feature more than 30 total entries across the GT3, GT4, GT Cup and now TCR categories, including the emerging global touring car platform for the first time in a SRO-run event.

Its inclusion comes courtesy of the event’s partnership with Pirelli World Challenge, which launched a TCR class in its sprint race series this year.

At least five TCR entries are expected, alongside nearly 20 GT3 cars that have either already been confirmed or in the process of finalizing plans, plus up to a dozen GT4 cars.

Among the GT3 teams already committed to the IGTC round include full-season entrants WRT (Audi), Strakka Racing (Mercedes-AMG), Manthey Racing (Porsche) and Bentley Team M-Sport.

The race is also expected to see a large contingent of U.S.-based teams, in addition to full-season entrant Black Swan Racing, with entries from TruSpeed Autosport, WeatherTech Racing and DXDT Racing all provisionally entered.

PWC GTS teams GMG Racing, M1GT Racing, PF Racing, TRG, Rearden, Ian Lacy Racing, Racers Edge Motorsports and Robinson Racing, meanwhile, are among the early entries for GT4, alongside the previously confirmed efforts from RHC Strom and Classic BMW.

“Initial feedback for the second edition of the Laguna Seca Raceway California 8 Hours sounds very promising, and there’s no doubt the event is growing in stature in the context of an expanding Intercontinental GT Challenge,” said SRO founder and CEO Stephane Ratel.

“It’s imperative that North America has a major race where GT cars compete for overall victory, while the Pirelli World Challenge also requires a much-needed blue riband event that brings together its GT, GTS and TCR classes.

“I strongly believe Laguna Seca has the potential to achieve both of these aims.”

WC Vision President and CEO Greg Gill added: “The increased grid is being driven by European teams, as well as U.S.-based teams who wish to race in a global race with some of the best sports car brands, drivers and teams on the planet, at one of North America’s most beloved tracks.

“This second annual event has the potential to become one of the more iconic stops on the Intercontinental GT Challenge circuit.”

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

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. David D

    May 22, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Was it not supposed to be a GT3 race . Seems they can not get enough for a decent field.

    • Psychlops924

      May 26, 2018 at 12:29 am

      20 GT3 cars is decent, especially compared to last year. But for an 8 hour event, I can understand them wanting more than 30-35 cars

  2. Mike S.

    May 22, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Yeah bummed that this GT3 race is using filler a bit but there are few stand alone GT3 only endurance events I guess anyway.

  3. vanillachinchilla

    May 22, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    What will GT cup consist of? Porsches? I like the decision, it would be fun if the US could build an endurance race like Bathurst or the Nurburgring that kind of stands alone with its own character, and the various classes/cars in these events are what give them that. An all-GT3 race simply has no character. Laguna Seca certainly has the character as well but not sure its a long enough track to become a big event like the two aforementioned. A real world-class endurance circuit seems to be the one thing missing from the North American scene.

    • GT3 Racer

      May 23, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      GT Cup is mostly Porsche Cup cars but Ferrari Challenge 488 and Lamborghini Huracan ST EVO are also eligible.

  4. thomas

    May 23, 2018 at 4:16 am

    Given that there’s the Michelin 4 hour race at Sebring a week or so later it will be interesting to see how many TCR cars race in either

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