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PWC Heads to CTMP With 10-Car GT Entry

Season-low ten-car GT/GTA entry set for this weekend’s Victoria Day Speedfest…

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Pirelli World Challenge heads North of the Border this weekend for the third round of the Sprint season, with a season-low ten-car GT entry.

When combined with the 24 GTS/GTA cars that are set to do battle in separate 50-minute, single-driver races, it adds up to 34 total entries for the Victoria Day Speedfest at the classic Canadian venue.

ENTRY LIST: CTMP

The reduced GT entry comes following a 14-car GT/GTA field in the most recent Sprint race at Long Beach, which saw one-off entries from GMG Racing, TruSpeed Autosport and Black Swan Racing.

Additional entries, however, have been present for the SprintX events.

Despite the depleted field, the battle for the GT overall championship has remained fierce, with Pfaff Motorsports’ Scott Hargrove having extended his advantage over Toni Vilander, of R. Ferri Motorsport at last month’s SprintX round at Virginia International Raceway.

The pairing are separated by ten points heading into CTMP in the overall standings and 12 points in the Sprint championship.

K-PAX Racing, which broke through for its first overall win of the season at VIR with Rodrigo Baptista and Maxime Soulet, will be looking to get its season back on track with its No. 9 Bentley Continental GT3 entry of Alvaro Parente, who was forced out of the most recent weekend due to a crash on the opening lap of Race 1.

Despite initial spare parts concerns, the Portuguese driver is listed to drive this weekend.

Daniel Morad (CRP Racing), Daniel Mancinelli (TR3 Racing) and Michael Christensen (Alegra Motorsports) completes the GT field, with Parker Chase (TruSpeed), Yuki Harata (Dream Racing) and Martin Fuentes (Scuderia Corse Garage Italia) in GTA alongside Baptista.

24 Cars for Second GTS Sprint Round of Season

The GTS class features a 24-car entry this weekend, with the majority of entries again being in GTSA.

It will mark only the second points-paying Sprint round of the season, following the season-opener in St. Pete in March and the invite-only race at Long Beach to supplement the GT field.

Track action kicks off on Thursday with a Promoter Test Day, with a pair of practice sessions for both classes scheduled for Friday.

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

21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. DannyM

    May 15, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Greg Gill has really taken this series to the next level , kudos to him. 😂😂

  2. Geoff

    May 15, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Living within a 30 minute drive of Mosport, I always look forward to this weekend as the kickoff to racing season in the great white north, but after seeing this sad excuse for an entry list, I’ll stay home and save my money for another event.

    • Ash

      May 15, 2018 at 11:31 am

      I agree with you Geoff, but there’s other series racing as well. Its disappointing but too hard to stay away from Mosport, especially after a long winter.

      • Geoff

        May 15, 2018 at 1:11 pm

        Nothing else on the schedule this weekend makes me want to spend money. I also have a less than 2 month old son, so I’ll watch the live stream with him instead.

    • Matt

      May 15, 2018 at 11:53 am

      I feel ya. I’ve been coming up from the states for these races for the past few years but not this year… thanks Greg Gill. The dope couldn’t even leave TC on the schedule.

  3. Andy Flinn

    May 15, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Perhaps if they weren’t racing Bentleys, Mercedes, Ferraris and Lamborghinis….

    The IMSA GTD class is having the same issues. There were a dozen GTD cars at Mid-Ohio at the last round. Without the second Wright Porsche and Shank Acura and probably the extra associated factory support that comes with those cars, IMSA GTD would be about 10 regular entries as well.

    Maybe having a “cheapest” entry-level class of full GT3-spec “supercars” was not such an awesome idea after all.

    Hindsight is always 20/20.

    The post-merger expanded IMSA endurance schedule has a lot to do with the shrinking GTD grid, too.

    • Pay Driver

      May 15, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      PWC should not have fewer entries than GTD in any circumstance, no? Fewer races, shorter races, much less running time. Bentley still has a bit of a factory thing going on. Why can’t they get some more customers, even from IMSA, to run GT/A?

      PWC would seem, to me, to be one of the more cost-friendly GT3 series around.

      • Matt

        May 15, 2018 at 6:07 pm

        Because the officiating is the worst out there. Also, SprintX divided and destroyed the value of winning a championship. SprintX creates a whole other championship and drivers have to pick which championship they want to give their full effort. They then do not show up for the tracks where the Sprint championship races are held. The way PWC is run is completely idiotic. There’s no way there should be 2 different championships for the same class of cars. PWC should specialize in sprint racing like it always has. IMSA specializes in endurance racing.

  4. Almzkid

    May 15, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Poor Mosport
    Always the short end of the stick. Sticks with world challenge for 20 years through the many bad periods and even sprint x when it had 8 cars the first year and the sad excuse for a rain out last year. Then pwc yanks the better entry list sprint x this year and no touring car or tcr.

    • Dave

      May 15, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      It’s crazy because Mosport is arguably the best track in North America besides Road America.

      • Roman1984

        May 15, 2018 at 3:27 pm

        Probably not…

        • Matt

          May 15, 2018 at 6:09 pm

          You’ve probably never been there then. It’s one of the few tracks left with fast, ballsy, sweeping corners with little runoff. Catch fencing doesn’t clutter the whole track and the spectating experience is unparalleled.

    • Doug P

      May 15, 2018 at 3:22 pm

      Not having TC and especially TCR in a country where the best selling cars are compacts? Brilliant move….. Instead, arguably the weakest support races ever, except for Porsche. I’ll go because I already prepaid for tickets.

      Two years ago the PWC weekend was amazing, the best. All the classes, one after the other, great racing all day. Then last year, the one day that SprintX ran, stunk up the joint. Local announcers were used who were totally clueless, lighted position numbers on the cars didn’t work all the time and on some cars (including the winner) didn’t work at all. Cooper’s Caddy was at best a 7th place car and ended up winning by over half a lap, through luck. Because of this became the series champion too. Look back at the points. The most entertainment was after the race by a cleanup truck who dropped something then ran over it…. So for one I’m at least glad SprintX isn’t back, and the remnants of the class are at least top quality cars.

      • DEJ

        May 15, 2018 at 3:45 pm

        Sprin x Is bad. No REAL reason for it!. I said I wasn’t`t going to watch the Sprint X format. I haven’t and still do not. Bye Bye PWC .

      • Matt

        May 15, 2018 at 6:21 pm

        HAH you nailed it. Dropping TC was the nail in the coffin for my Mosport trip this year. How the hell can they have a 10 car GT class and not bring the TC cars to support them? I’ve been going the past few years and I loved the Canadian Touring Car races since it’s one of the only championships left where teams can build their own cars. Also have a video of the crowd cheering for that clean up truck.

    • Canadaeh

      May 17, 2018 at 10:20 pm

      People gotta realize that it’s not all on PWC. Mosport makes the schedule for this weekend and has cut a lot of track time from PWC leading to not having TCR/TC and not doing SX. It’s a real shame,would have been nice to have the full PWC field this weekend

      • Matt

        May 18, 2018 at 3:07 am

        I highly doubt Mosport would want less racing on one of their most important weekends of the year. Tons of fans show up to enjoy Victoria Day weekend and expect to see a full schedule. The schedule was full for as long as I can remember until this year.

  5. Nick1

    May 15, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Why is the Sprint grid struggling? Wasnt it supposed to be cheap and cheerful GT racing?

    • Matt

      May 15, 2018 at 6:23 pm

      Inconsistent, bad officiating. No value in series championship where there are two championships in the same class.

  6. CharlesV

    May 16, 2018 at 11:34 am

    They should combine GT with GTS, and allow pro drivers only (platinum/gold) in the GT4 class cars so those drivers can continue to earn their living which actually puts on a show. GTSA can be it’s own race with another group (TCR? TC?) over the weekend so the pros listed above can continue to earn money coaching their amateur drivers, and those paying amateurs can race for wins which keeps them coming back for more…

  7. Jeremy

    May 17, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Agreed Dave… I usually attend all Mosport events and have been to the PWC event every year in the past 8 years,the TC grids were always huge at this event because a lot of local guys would also show up running CTCC cars.. dropping the TC and TCR class is extremely idiotic. It has always been tough to get some of the GT class cars to make the trek north of the border but eliminating the bread and butter class from this event will be why I wont be attending this year. Ill save my money for the IMSA event which always produces a great race in both Weather tech and Conti series regardless of grid size! Hopefully any other team can beat PFAFF in their own playground this year.

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