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BHA Enters PWC with Hyundai TCR Cars for Lewis, Wilkins

Bryan Herta Autosport entera Pirelli World Challenge with Hyundai TCR program…

Photo: Mike Levitt/LAT

Bryan Herta Autosport has confirmed a new partnership with Hyundai to field two Hyundai i30 N TCR cars in Pirelli World Challenge competition.

The two-time Indianapolis 500-winning organization will develop Hyundai’s TCR car, currently available to customers in Europe, and build all aspects of the team, from vehicles and technicians to drivers, coaching and team management.

Veteran PWC drivers Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis will drive the new Hyundai TCR car in the new-for-2018  TCR class.

The announcement came Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show.

Wilkins is a multi-time PWC winner in the GT and GTS categories in addition in other major sports car events, while Lewis has won four races in GT Sprint and SprintX competition in the series.

“We couldn’t be more excited about our new relationship with Hyundai N in this highly competitive manufacturer-based Pirelli World Challenge TCR class,” said Bryan Herta, president and CEO, Bryan Herta Autosport.

“Having witnessed the untapped potential of i30 N TCR race platform for this series, we’re more than confident we can leverage the strength of Hyundai’s racing and performance groups to great success in the 2018 season.”

It marks the Korean manufacturer’s first step in North American sports car racing. 

“Hyundai is thrilled about the prospects for our new N branded racing team competing in the Touring Car Racing class of Pirelli World Challenge,” said Dean Evans, chief marketing officer, Hyundai Motor America.

“Our new partnership with world-renowned Bryan Herta Autosport and their phenomenal drivers coupled with the proven capabilities of our Hyundai i30 N racers puts us in a great position for success in the 2018 TCR season.”

 

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Jeremy

    February 8, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Would have much preferred Mark Wilkins in a Kinetic Motorsports built KIA TCR. For old times sake !

  2. Mario

    February 8, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    The i30 is sold as the Elantra GT in the States. Will the racecar still be called the i30 in the U.S.?

    • Nick1

      February 8, 2018 at 8:44 pm

      Apparently it’ll still be the i30…for some reason, even though PWC could ask them to rebadge it as a Elantra GT N or something

      • RickS

        February 12, 2018 at 12:24 pm

        Don;t worry, the announcers will call it an Elantra GT no matter what the team wants to call it. I just wonder what they are going to call the Alfa Giulietta a Jeep Cherokee. Both share the same platform.

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