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Alegra Linked to PWC Switch

Alegra Motorsports tipped for switch to Pirelli World Challenge with at least one Porsche…

Photo: Peter Burke/IMSA

Following a breakout season in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition, Alegra Motorsports is poised to make the switch to Pirelli World Challenge for 2018, in a reshuffling of Porsche’s top customer GT3 outfits.

Multiple sources have indicated to Sportscar365 that the Carlos de Quesada-led team, which claimed class honors in last year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, is preparing for a PWC program with at least one Porsche 911 GT3 R.

It comes just one month after Wright Motorsports announced a switch to the WeatherTech Championship, fielding a Porsche for 2017 PWC champion Patrick Long and two-time GTD winner Christina Nielsen.

Alegra campaigned a single Porsche in GTD last year for Daniel Morad and a host of co-drivers, including Long, Michael Christensen, Mathieu Jaminet and Michael de Quesada.

Morad, who contested both the WeatherTech Championship and PWC full-time last year, finished 8th in the 2017 GTD standings, and could now be faced with having to choose which team to drive for in 2018.

The Florida-based Alegra outfit was present at last month’s IMSA-sanctioned test at Daytona with Joerg Bergmeister and de Quesada, at the request of IMSA to validate Porsche’s Evo kit, but has since been quiet on its 2018 plans.

It will not be present at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, having missed weekend’s Roar Before the 24, which is mandatory for participation in the race.

While Alegra’s PWC program has yet to be confirmed, the move would strengthen the German manufacturer’s involvement in the sprint race championship.

GMG Racing is expected to return with at least one Porsche in the GT class, joined by the recently announced Pfaff Motorsports effort with Scott Hargrove.

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

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. JD

    January 8, 2018 at 9:27 am

    I still find it hard to believe there’s only one fulltime Porsche program in GTD this year.

  2. Daniel Morad

    January 8, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Just an FYI, I’m not driving the Alegra car in PWC or any other at the moment. Just a heads up so the information can be accurate.

  3. jason

    January 8, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Well that clears things up for sure. Good article.

  4. Come Back!

    January 8, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Hopefully you guys come back to IMSA at some point, ya’ll were my favorite GTD team to cheer on!

    • Chips O'Toole

      January 8, 2018 at 11:11 am

      You could cheer for them in PWC….just say’in.

      • Please Come Back!

        January 8, 2018 at 11:59 am

        I will, but it would be great if they were in a series that’s easy to watch… and if PWC was exciting to watch… IMSA makes it a lot easier for fans to get connected imo…

        • Matt

          January 8, 2018 at 9:48 pm

          PWC is easy to watch… each race weekend is broadcast on a 1 week tape delay on CBSSN.

          • I Just Want To Watch Live Racing

            January 9, 2018 at 10:02 am

            So watching a series that is edited for time, compared to a series that livestreams there broadcasts? Also they are a series that livestreams their qualifying sessions… I think IMSA clearly has a better system in that aspect.

          • N8

            January 9, 2018 at 4:34 pm

            Live or tape delayed, it’s tough to sit through. I found it unappealing enough that I cancelled my MTOD subscription after the first Sprint-X round and stopped watching entirely.

            BUT, I get that it’s competitor focused rather than fan focused. Instead of trying to scrape together these mind-boggling GTD budgets, you can see that teams like GMG have a viable business going for pay-to-play amateurs in PWC.

  5. Kyle

    January 8, 2018 at 11:24 am

    OMG MORE FAKE NEW FROM THE FAILING JOHN DAGYS!!

    • Andy Flinn

      January 8, 2018 at 11:31 am

      OMG another useless comment from some nobody asshole!

      • haskellb

        January 8, 2018 at 12:05 pm

        Well said.

      • Jon

        January 8, 2018 at 2:13 pm

        I don’t think you guys understand sarcasm…

      • Andy Flinn

        January 8, 2018 at 4:48 pm

        John, the comment above is not from me.

        Instead, it was posted by some pathetic, gutless, tool troll.

        • Andy Flinn

          January 8, 2018 at 4:53 pm

          At 11:31 a.m. this morning I was busy WORKING unlike this scumbag.

    • Mike S.

      January 8, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      So failing that you follow Dagys and his so called fake news. Hypocrite

    • Jason

      January 8, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      Get lost troll!

  6. Thomas

    January 16, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    What does anyone think the car count will be for PWC GT at StPete??

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