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PWC Adds GTS Invitational Class for Long Beach

GTS cars added to Long Beach Grand Prix on invitational basis…

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GTS cars have been added to next month’s Pirelli World Challenge round at Long Beach, series officials confirmed on Friday.

As reported by Sportscar365, PWC had been planning the integration of selected GT4-spec cars on an invitational basis for the Long Beach event, which was initially announced as a GT-only race.

A total of 6-8  cars are expected to run alongside the GT and GTA classes on a non-points basis. 

It will mark the first combined GT-GTS race since 2014, prior to the separation of the two classes amid the GT3 platform’s rapid growth.

“The customer interest in the GTS class has been sensational already this year with 28 cars at St. Petersburg and 38 entries at COTA,” said WC Vision President and CEO Greg Gill.

“The manufacturers are extremely interested in the GT4 platform around the world and our teams wanted to participate at Long Beach too.

“So, we talked with the GTS group and made the GTS portion an invitational event.

“We believe racing fans at Long Beach will enjoy the GT4 machines at the iconic street course.”

The addition of selected GTS cars is expected to bring the total race entry to more than 20 cars.

PWC’s Sprint season-opener at St. Pete featured an 11-car starting field, although additional GT entries are expected from GMG Racing and TRG for the Long Beach round.

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

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. What in tarnation

    March 23, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Not really sure what half a dozen cars racing for nothing adds.

  2. Mark

    March 23, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    I only see teams running this race if they want to waste money. Unless it has points or incentive (prize purse), I seems a bit “pointless”….

    • It's about the money

      March 23, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      Do you really think any of the teams race for money? This would be a chance for them to make money the only way you can in racing, renting a seat for the event and LB is an EVENT for those in or from Southern California.

  3. Marc

    March 23, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    I’m sure there will be a few teams and drivers who want to race LB just for the sake of racing at the circuit.

    GMG for example is based in SoCal and they may be would like the opportunity to race on the iconic street circuit.

    As is the case for any sports car racing series, you don’t race for the money as the purses for a single race or for the championship are negligible compared to operating costs. So if they race not for the money, then it’s because they like to compete and for a chance to win. And being able to race at LB is just another chance to win.

  4. Mike S

    March 23, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Yeah no points I wouldnt run. Unless PWC is going to help recover some costs or some sponsor is for those that do run. That is only way this has happened and that’s probably why.

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