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New GT4 Cars, Entry Influx Set for Daytona, CTSC Season

Twenty-eight GS cars entered for Continental Tire Challenge pre-season test at Daytona…

Photo: Brian Cleary/IMSA

The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge is set for further growth, with the debut of new GT4 machinery and TCR class, resulting in an influx of teams to both classes for 2018.

A total of 40 cars are on the provisional entry list for next weekend’s pre-season test at Daytona International Speedway, including 28 GS entries, which adopts full SRO GT4 regulations next year. 

ENTRY LIST: CTSC Roar

It’s highlighted by the arrival of new-for-2018 GT4 cars from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-AMG, new entries with Ford’s Mustang GT4, as well as returning efforts with the McLaren 570S GT4, Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR and Aston Martin Vantage GT4.

Six new Mercedes are expected for the three-day test, with entries from Winward Racing/HTP, Team TGM, DXDT Racing and 2017 ST class champion Murillo Racing, which steps up to the top class with Jeff Mosing and Eric Foss.

Audi’s new GT4 contender, meanwhile, will be represented by a two-car effort from GMG Racing, featuring James Sofronas and Andrew Davis, along with a to-be-announced lineup for Carbahn Motorsports.

There will also be three BMWs in GS, highlighted by longtime ST class competitors Bimmerworld, with an entry for James Clay and Tyler Cooke, alongside M4s for Stephen Cameron Racing and Classic BMW.

Ford, meanwhile, is expected to be the most-represented GS manufacturer at the test, with seven Mustang GT4s entered, including three from Multimatic.

Former class champion Trent Hindman is listed in the No. 7 VOLT Racing entry alongside Alan Brynjolfsson, with Jack Roush Jr. and Joey Atterbury set to drive a second KohR Motorsports-entered Mustang alongside the previously announced pairing of Nate Stacy and Kyle Marcelli.

The new AWA operation, run by former Mantella Autosport team manager Andrew Wojteczko, meanwhile, will feature Brett Sandberg and Martin Barkey, also in a Ford.

Reigning GS champions RS1 has expanded into a two-car Porsche GT4 operation, including an entry for Spencer Pumpelly, with Bodymotion Racing and BGB Racing also entering the MR-spec variant of the car, which is now mandatory for GS competition.

Compass Racing and Motorsports in Action both return with a pair of McLaren GT4s each, with Automatic Racing entering two Aston Martin GT4s.

Notable absences include CJ Wilson Racing, which campaigned Porsches this year, as well as the Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R, which is currently not represented on the grid after a partial-season campaign by the now-defunct Stevenson Motorsports operation.

Audi Dominates TCR Entry

The new-for-2018 TCR category is dominated by Audi, with six of its RS 3 LMS cars entered for the Roar, alongside a single Volkswagen Golf GTi.

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta, which was run at this month’s IMSA-sanctioned test at Daytona by Alfa TCR North America agent BAM! Racing, is not currently entered.

Series stalwarts Compass, Murillo and JDC-Miller Motorsports are among the teams that have entered Audi TCR cars, featuring the likes of Stephen Simpson, Kuno Wittmer and Justin Piscitell on its driving strength.

Five ST Entries for Test

Only five ST class cars are entered for the test, with additional cars expected for the four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge.

It includes entries from MINI JCW Team, Bodymotion Racing, Murllo and BimmerWorld.

The test runs from Jan. 5-7 alongside the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship testing and the season-opening round of the new-look IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda series.

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

25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. João Coelho

    December 28, 2017 at 10:00 am

    There won’t be any Camaro GT4?

    • John Dagys

      December 28, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Correct. As of now, no Camaro GT4.

      • Andy Flinn

        December 28, 2017 at 12:32 pm

        Smells fishy….

        It’s almost like GM has milked the PR on this project, in Car and Driver and elsewhere, for all it’s worth and is now done.

        • Andy Flinn

          December 28, 2017 at 12:40 pm

          Seven Mustangs on the list.

          So now we know who in Detroit is serious and who is not.

        • Guest

          December 28, 2017 at 5:05 pm

          I mean, when you can buy an Audi, Mercedes, Porsche, BMW, Maserati, or McLaren for less money…

  2. Lanky Turtle

    December 28, 2017 at 10:45 am

    At least with CTSC, unlike the WeatherTech series, the test isn’t mandatory so there’s always more cars added to the entry for the actual race.

  3. jason

    December 28, 2017 at 10:48 am

    What will probably be a pole qualifying lap time at Daytona for these new and improved GT4 cars now?

  4. almzkid

    December 28, 2017 at 11:11 am

    surprised to see no Turner M4

    • Mo

      December 28, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      I am surprised as well. I read where Turner was one of the North American teams to get the new M4/GT4. I guess it’s PWC for the Turner M4/GT4s.

  5. GDPGT3

    December 28, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Disappointed to not see CJWR on the docket for GT4 competition. I hope something comes together for them (a bridge program until the next Porsche contender is released). They are a class act and always strong. They definitely want to run up front and I am unsure that the Cayman is capable with the new machinery that is being brought to the table. Time for Porsche to step it up.

    • Larry

      December 31, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      The Cayman GT4 MR is homologated with a 3.8 flat 6. What exactly would you have them do?

  6. Sir Skidsalot

    December 28, 2017 at 11:30 am

    I’m surprised to see so few TCR and ST cars. How are the ST and TCR cars being scored this year, 2 classes? This is the final year for ST, right? I know there were lots of other manufacturers talking about running TCR car, where are they and when can we expect to see some of them. I know Ford was talking about running a Focus, but with Multimatic up to their ears in other projects, will it happen this year?

    • N8

      December 28, 2017 at 11:53 am

      Yes, 3 classes for Conti in total.

      I’m also a bit surprised there aren’t more ST cars, but it isn’t a mandatory test and there might be little value for a class with nothing new to test.

    • Sol Shine

      December 29, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Look at how much a TCR car costs and then you’ll see why the car count is down. The days of building your own car are gone, it’s all pay to play now, rich kids just get daddy to write a bigger cheque. And the guys who used workshop talent to substitute for money are left out.

  7. Tim

    December 28, 2017 at 11:54 am

    I thought there was an Alfa Romeo TRY. Different series? Also I thought TCR replaced ST

  8. Jon

    December 28, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Is it the same for Conti as IWSC where the team has to run the Roar or they are not allowed to enter the Daytona race?

    • WBrowning

      December 28, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      As stated above, NO, they don’t.

  9. Matt

    December 28, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Can’t believe Chevy doesn’t have a plan for the Camaro to be on the grid. I’m not surprised TCR isn’t popular, however. The cars are way overpriced, and there’s no diversity with each car being FWD with basically the same engine. IMSA should’ve fixed the TC class and followed along the lines of a showroom stock class. Stripped interior, exhaust, and coilovers.

    • Jack

      December 28, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      Where is TRG? They only seem to be racing randomly anymore.

  10. Lanky Turtle

    December 28, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    This year 28 cars tested at the Roar, 19 GS and 9 ST and 41 showed up to race, 21 GS and 20 ST, so I’d expect some of the missing ST (and TCR) entries for the race.

  11. Zone

    December 28, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Great to see the GS class is back with a lot of companies involved

  12. Jeremy

    December 28, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Does Honda have a TCR car stateside? Will we expect it later in the year in conti competition ? We need more diversity in that from
    Manufacturers. It seems to be affordable racing (all things considered)
    Watching 8 VAG cars dominate a class doesn’t sound promising

    • Sol Shine

      December 29, 2017 at 11:05 am

      TCR affordable? If you’re Lance Stroll I guess it’s chump change. But for Joe Bluecollar, it’s the end of the road.

  13. matt

    December 28, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    LOL 5 ST cars. Just give up already XD

    • thomas

      December 29, 2017 at 7:52 am

      it’s a non compulsory test…

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