On March 24 – 25, Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) launches its 10-race SprintX title chase at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). Six Porsche customer cars are entered for the weekend at the Austin, Texas-area track, with four racing in the top GT SX class utilizing the 911 GT3 R and two Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR GTS SX class entries. North America’s premier sprint format GT racing series opened its overall 2018 season two weeks ago with the first two races of the Sprint Championship on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Porsche factory driver Michael Christensen (Denmark) will make his second career start in the GT3-spec series in the No. 24 Alegra Motorsports GT3 R. Spencer Pumpelly (Atlanta, Georgia) joins Christensen in the car. Porsche Young Professional Mathieu Jaminet (France) returns to the series co-driving with Texas’s own Alec Udell from The Woodlands. Jaminet and Udell, a Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate, will share the No. 41 GMG 911 GT3 R. The Black Swan Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Team Principal Timothy Pappas (Boston, Massachusetts) and longtime teammate Jeroen Bleekemolen (The Netherlands) will campaign the full PWC SprintX season in 2018 in addition to its Intercontinental GT Challenge efforts.
The No. 96 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R was the most successful car in St. Pete with Canadian Scott Hargrove earning victory in both rounds. At COTA, the 2014 Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate will team with veteran Porsche winner Wolf Henzler (German).
The GTS SX category places GT4-specification cars head-to-head in the multi-driver format. Pfaff Motorsports brings the No. 13 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR for Canadians Orey Findani and Kyle Marcelli, also a Porsche Young Driver Academy alumnus. Derek DeBoer (Ashland, Oregon) and Sean Gibbons (Argyle, Texas) are scheduled to drive for veteran Porsche team TRG in the No. 66 Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR.
The championship within a championship mandates two drivers per car, a 60-minute race and a pit stop in each event. Two races will be run on the 3.4-mile, 20-turn circuit: the first on Saturday, March 24, the second event on Sunday, March 25. Qualifying on Friday will order the cars on the grid for Race 1, with the fastest lap from that race setting the grid for Sunday.