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10 Jan 2018 11:09 #10240 by Mechanic Z
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Sportscar365 is reporting that Alegra Motorsports is set to switch to PWC with at least one Porsche:
http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/alegra-linked-to-pwc-switch/

And GMG is planning for 3-4 Audis in GTS, and at least one Porsche in GT.
http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/gmg-set-for-multi-car-audi-gt4-program/

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10 Jan 2018 11:46 #10243 by Richo
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Realtime sound like they're dropping down to TC so goodbye NSX :(

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17 Jan 2018 05:40 #10324 by Mechanic Z
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Great news: TruSpeed Autosport is making their PWC return with two Audi R8 LMS GT3s.
http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/truspeed-returns-to-pwc-with-two-car-audi-gt3-effort/

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18 Jan 2018 02:36 #10330 by Mechanic Z
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Flying Lizard Motorsports is back in GTS, but they are switching to Audi R8 GT4s: https://www.lizardms.com/flying-lizard-motorsports-reveals-changes-in-2018-manufacturer-and-drivers/
Mike Hedlund and Adam Merzon are set to drive the full season with Ryan Eversley joining Merzon for Sprint-X.

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20 Jan 2018 11:22 #10387 by Mechanic Z
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Mechanic Z wrote: Great news: TruSpeed Autosport is making their PWC return with two Audi R8 LMS GT3s.
http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/truspeed-returns-to-pwc-with-two-car-audi-gt3-effort/

Lineup for one of TruSpeed's Audi GT3s has been announced. Parker Chase will drive the full season, with Ryan Dalziel joining him for the Sprint-X rounds. http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/dalziel-chase-confirmed-in-truspeed-audi-gt3-effort/

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02 Feb 2018 05:31 #10618 by Mechanic Z
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Lots of PWC news today. Seems like they could pick a better time to announce programs than Bathurst week...
Alegra confirms a GT Porsche for Michael Christensen, with Spencer Pumpelly joining him for Sprint-X: http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/alegra-confirms-switch-to-pwc-christensen-pumpelly-as-drivers/
Black Swan confirms they will continue in PWC (to some extent) alongside their IGTC effort: http://sportscar365.com/sro/igtc/black-swan-commits-to-igtc-season/
Blackdog Speed Shop officially confirms Aschenbach and Gaples for Sprint: http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/aschenbach-gaples-return-to-blackdog/
ST Racing adds two drivers to their 2018 roster: http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/st-confirms-two-car-bmw-gt4-sprintx-effort/
Also came across this on Instagram, looks like Martin Fuentes and Caesar Bacarella will be driving a Ferrari in Sprint-X: https://www.instagram.com/p/BeG4wVPne2i/?taken-by=alphaprimenation
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02 Feb 2018 14:05 #10625 by The conversationalist formally known as Goat69
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Nice update mech z. Thanks

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06 Feb 2018 05:17 - 06 Feb 2018 05:21 #10726 by Mechanic Z
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Huge news from R. Ferri Motorsport: 2017 Bathurst 12 Hours winner Toni Vilander will be driving their Ferrari 488 GT3!
http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/r-ferri-motorsport-announces-vilander-for-pwc-season/

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06 Feb 2018 08:27 #10730 by maverick
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Mechanic Z wrote: Huge news from R. Ferri Motorsport: 2017 Bathurst 12 Hours winner Toni Vilander will be driving their Ferrari 488 GT3!
http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/r-ferri-motorsport-announces-vilander-for-pwc-season/


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11 Feb 2018 06:30 #10822 by Mechanic Z
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PWC news from the last few days:
KPAX has added Andy Soucek and Maxime Soulet for GT Sprint-X: http://world-challenge.com/latest/team-news/k-pax-racing-signs-two-bentley-m-sport-drivers-roster/ Soucek will co-drive with Parente, Soulet with Baptista. Third car is apparently up in the air.
Andy Pilgrim and Michael Cooper will join Blackdog Speedshop for GTS Sprint-X, Pilgrim in the #1 with Aschenbach, Cooper in the #11 with Gaples. http://world-challenge.com/latest/team-news/pilgrim-cooper-join-blackdog-speed-shop-roster-gts-x/
Bryan Herta Autosport and Hyundai will join the series' new TCR class with i30Ns for GT regulars Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins. http://world-challenge.com/latest/series-news/bryan-herta-autosport-teams-hyundai-2018-pwc-tcr-campaign/

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11 Feb 2018 07:05 #10823 by Mechanic Z
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Mechanic Z wrote: PWC news from the last few days:
KPAX has added Andy Soucek and Maxime Soulet for GT Sprint-X: http://world-challenge.com/latest/team-news/k-pax-racing-signs-two-bentley-m-sport-drivers-roster/ Soucek will co-drive with Parente, Soulet with Baptista. Third car is apparently up in the air.
Andy Pilgrim and Michael Cooper will join Blackdog Speedshop for GTS Sprint-X, Pilgrim in the #1 with Aschenbach, Cooper in the #11 with Gaples. http://world-challenge.com/latest/team-news/pilgrim-cooper-join-blackdog-speed-shop-roster-gts-x/
Bryan Herta Autosport and Hyundai will join the series' new TCR class with i30Ns for GT regulars Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins. http://world-challenge.com/latest/series-news/bryan-herta-autosport-teams-hyundai-2018-pwc-tcr-campaign/

Also, per Instagram:
Looks like Dream Racing's Yuki Harata/Alessandro Bressan will move up to the GT3 Huracan: https://www.instagram.com/p/Be2KtYilLlR/?taken-by=ale_brex
Jorge De La Torre looks set to continue with his GT3 Aston: https://www.instagram.com/j.delatorre04/

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21 Feb 2018 10:38 #10886 by Mechanic Z
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23 Feb 2018 16:52 #10906 by Richo
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Thats awesome news about Toni Vilander being with R Ferri this year. Very nice surprise.

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10 Mar 2018 13:32 - 10 Mar 2018 13:41 #11019 by Mechanic Z
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Been busy the last few weeks and haven't logged on in a while. PWC St. Petersburg races are this weekend. GT entry is small, only 12 cars, with a few expected entries not materializing. GTS, on the other hand, has pretty much doubled. http://files.world-challenge.com/events/2018-03-stpt/2018-PWC-STPT-EntryList.pdf
Qualifying, GT Race 1 and GTS Race 1 are tomorrow.
Not sure if it's able to be watched in Australia, but PWC's YouTube page live streamed the second GTS practice today. I'm wondering if they might carry qualifying and/or the races on YouTube as well. https://www.youtube.com/user/WorldChallengeTV
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11 Mar 2018 05:57 - 11 Mar 2018 05:57 #11020 by Mechanic Z
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Awesome news: No Geo-restrictions on the PWC stream/video page this year! http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/pwc-confirms-worldwide-web-stream-coverage/

GT Race 1 starts in a little less than two hours, link is here: http://world-challenge.com/streamvideo/
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11 Mar 2018 14:57 #11021 by The conversationalist formally known as Goat69
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Thanks mech z. Was good race in gt4.

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11 Mar 2018 16:35 #11023 by Mechanic Z
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The conversationalist formally known as Goat69 wrote: Thanks mech z. Was good race in gt4.

It sure was! Yellow in the middle was a bit long, but clean up always seems to take longer at St. Pete for some reason. A lot of good racing through the field though!

GT race was actually pretty good too, despite the really small grid and the mess/lengthy FCY at the start. Hargrove, Morad and Vilander battling for the lead was great, and Keilwitz's recovery and battle with Morad was awesome. Hoping the Vette has similar pace tomorrow, a duel between it and the Pfaff Porsche could be fantastic.

Wish GT had a bigger field, but I'm really happy you guys (and the rest of the world) are finally able to watch!

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11 Mar 2018 19:19 #11025 by The conversationalist formally known as Goat69
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Yeah i only caught the last 15min of the gt race. Corvette made some nice moves under brakes. Yeah the yellow in gt4 took ages. I thought the ginetta had become stuck on the wall!

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19 Mar 2018 14:45 #11061 by Mechanic Z
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Slightly better entry numbers for the first Sprint-X rounds at Circuit of the Americas: http://files.world-challenge.com/events/2018-03-cota/2018-PWC-COTA-EntryList.pdf
15 GT3 cars, plus 3 Cup cars in the GT races.
A massive 38 GT4 cars in GTS.
Solid numbers from the TCR, TC & TCA classes.

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21 Mar 2018 13:25 #11085 by Fast Eddie
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Was there a Video on Demand service if you weren't able to view the Race live?? And I'm a bit surprised there's no scheduled broadcast on Fox, or is there? Thanks, Eddie.
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