Kuno Wittmer has joined AWA Racing’s IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge program, which will see the McLaren Automotive factory driver join Orey Fidani at the wheel of the team’s McLaren 570S GT4 for a full-season program.
The Toronto-based team, which made a mid-season switch from a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, produced results in the tail-end of the season, with Fidani and Chris Green scoring a top-five finish at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
Wittmer makes the move over from Compass Racing, where he teamed with fellow factory driver Paul Holton for victory in this year’s season-opener at Daytona.
“I am very pleased to be part of the team and joining forces with Orey as his co-driver,” said Wittmer.
“We had the chance to test the McLaren 570S GT4 in October at CTMP and my overall impressions were strong on how well the team and Orey performed.
“Orey has shown the pace and the will to elevate the AWA team to new levels of competition.
“No secrets here – we will fight hard all year round for the championship and race victories. Being part of IMSA and the Michelin Pilot Challenge elevates race programs, as you will not find any better racing anywhere on the globe.”
Team principal and engineer Andrew Wojteczko explained that Green’s role as general manager at McLaren Toronto meant a full Pilot Challenge season would have required too much time away from his day job.
“I’m excited to pick up where we finished off in 2019,” Wojteczko said. “We have a competitive platform and both McLaren Toronto and McLaren Customer Racing have been great partners to work with.
“Orey has enjoyed the 570S thoroughly, and produced impressive results including multiple top-10 qualifying finishes – especially considering 2019 presented circuits that he was seeing for the first time.
“All of the pieces are in place for a great season and I’m extremely grateful to Orey, Pfaff and Steve Bortolotti for the opportunity to campaign this program.”