BMW’s new M6 GT3 is set for its Pirelli World Challenge debut, with Turner Motorsport confirming that it will enter one of its turbocharged GT3 contenders in the upcoming round at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
The former series champions will return for a one-off race with Bret Curtis at the wheel of the GTA class entry, utilizing the same chassis Curtis drives in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
“The timing is right because we have a break in the IMSA schedule to do PWC,” team owner Will Turner told Sportscar365.
With the WeatherTech Championship and PWC both embracing full GT3-spec machinery this year, it has made the transition between the two series almost seamless, according to Turner.
He said only a few minor changes will be needed to the car, such as running the SRO-homologated engine mapping and PWC-specific on-board cameras. He said the series will accept IMSA’s data logger system.
“We’re now really taking advantage of a GT3-spec car,” Turner said. “That’s what it’s built for. You can do multiple series with the same car.
“So it’s natural that we’ll go up to Canada and give it a shot.”
The program at CTMP, which will feature primary sponsorship from aFe Power, could also include an entry into the new Sprint X Series, a new three-event championship which kicks off on the same weekend.
Turner said BMW factory driver Jens Klingmann will be on-hand at CTMP and could co-drive with Curtis if they also commit to the pair of 60-minute Sprint X races.
Additional PWC rounds could be possible later in the year, although nothing has been confirmed.
“The deciding factor is more about how the season is going and just the scheduling,” Turner said. “We’d love to do as many races as we can.
“Bret is into this car and really likes driving the car. He’s like, ‘Let’s test and do as many races as possible.’ But logistically, it gets tough.”
Turner ran a pair of BMW Z4 GT3s in PWC last year, including one for Curtis.