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Hyundai TCR Penalized With Weight, Ride Height for Sebring

Compensation Weight declared for Sebring; 36 entries for season finale…

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The Hyundai Veloster N TCRs have received the biggest penalty to date in IMSA’s compensation weight system for next weekend’s season-ending Michelin Pilot Challenge round at Sebring.

Coming off its sixth TCR class win in nine races, all Hyundais will be running with 60 kg of additional weight as well as a 5 mm increase in ride height for the Alan Jay Automotive Network 120.

It marks a 10 kg increase in compensation weight from last weekend’s round at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca — which saw the No. 33 Bryan Herta Autosport entry of Ryan Norman and Gabby Chaves claim victory — and the first time IMSA has had to deploy a ride height change under the ruleset.

Audi’s RS 3 LMS TCR has also been given a 10 kg increase in weight with the Alfa Romeo and Honda TCR entries remaining unchanged.

A season-high six Hyundais are entered for the Nov. 13 race, including the debut of Van der Steur Racing’s entry for Rory van der Steur and Danny Formal.

Copeland Motorsports will make its second start of the season with 16-year-olds Tyler Maxson and Tyler Gonzalez while Atlanta Speedwerks’ Honda Civic Type-R TCR will return to action after skipping Laguna Seca.

Notable Returns in GS for Season Finale

The 12-car TCR grid will be joined by 24 GT4-spec machines in GS for a 36-car total entry.

Automatic Racing has returned with its pair of Aston Martin Vantage GT4s while LAP Motorsports and M1 Racing are also set to close out the season after skipping the last round.

An Ian Lacy Racing Ford Mustang GT4 is also entered, for Pirelli GT4 America regulars Drew Staveley and Frank Gannett, while both Indy Dontje and Philip Ellis will be back behind the wheel of Winward Racing’s Mercedes-AMG GT4s.

Marco Signoretti, meanwhile, is listed in the No. 22 Multimatic Motorsports Mustang GT4 alongside Seb Priaulx after Hailie Deegan was initially slated to contest the race.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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