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PWC SprintX Regulations 101

A look at the rules and regulations for PWC SprintX series…

Photo: Brian Cleary/

Photo: Brian Cleary/

Pirelli World Challenge kicks off a new era with the launch of the SprintX series this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, with a pair of 60-minute races for GT and GTS-class machinery.

Sportscar365 takes a look at the rules and regulations for the newest GT sprint racing series:

***Eligibility: GT/GT3, GTS/GT4 and Cup cars (Ferrari Challenge, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo).

***Races: Two 60-minute races per weekend, featuring mandatory pit stops and driver changes.

***Driver Lineups: Two drivers per car; Pro-Am or Am classifications utilizing FIA driver ratings. Platinum/Bronze, Gold/Silver, Gold/Bronze, Silver/Silver, Silver/Bronze and Bronze/Bronze allowed.

***Qualifying: Split between GT/Cup and GTS/GT4 cars; Designated Am driver must qualify and start Race 1. Fastest race lap from second driver in Race 1 sets grid for Race 2. Second driver starts Race 2.

***Starts: Rolling starts in both races.

***Pit Window: 25-35 minutes; Open for cars after passing checkered/green flag at start/finish line. Drive-through penalty assessed for cars not pitting within allocated pit window.

***Pit Stops: Mandatory driver change with one tire change permitted; Minimum 90-second pit time (from pit-in to pit-out), including 60 seconds in pit box.

***Points: Each driver scores points after completion of minimum drive time of 25 minutes or after taking checkered flag.  Points allocation identical to regular PWC races.

***Championship: Series will award the SprintX Sportsman Cup, which recognizes the highest year-end points gentleman competitor in SprintX. The team that accumulates the most points at the end of the season will be awarded the SprintX Championship cup.

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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