Longtime Flying Lizard Motorsports customer Andy Wilzoch will return to the Pirelli World Challenge for the first time since 2016. That year, Wilzoch made his PWC GTA class debut at Road America, finishing third in both races. He will make his return in the No. 46 Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Due to the size of the course, the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Road America will feature all GT, GTA, GT Cup, GTS, and GTSA participants, marking the first time the series has combined all five fields. Forty entrants will compete on the 4.048 mile road course, with every session except qualifying featuring the combined field.
Following the SprintX double header at Lime Rock Park three weeks ago, the series returns to the regular race format for rounds three and four of the GTSA championship and rounds four and five for the GTA championship.
The Engineering: From Team Engineer Jim Bell
Road America is a very difficult track from an endurance standpoint, because if something happens, you’re a long way from the pits and have to limp the car back or park it. Dependability of car is serious because it’s a very fast place, and very long place. It’s technical for the driver, and very technical for the engineer.
You’re going to go as fast as the car will go into turn one. We probably won’t go faster anywhere else, any track we go to. There’s a heavy emphasis on braking into turn one because of the long, fast straightaway. It’s a technical run through the brake zone on the left hander, and into turn five, which is one of the few places at this track you can pass, and one of the more desirable places to get by.
We’ll make technical adjustments necessary to get through carousel, which is an off camber, constant decreasing radius, long right hander. After that, you have the kink, which is another gutsy technical scenario, because you’re going so fast. Then you have Canada corner, which is followed by a long straight, and hard breaking, and getting up the hill.
For this course, you have to set up for the high speed and mid speed parts of the track. The kink has to have mid speed and agility, and enough grip to be able to get through there. This is very important to the lap time.
Last but not least, it rains at Road America, and it rains a lot. It dries immediately here, which is amazing. It’s one of the fastest drying tracks we have now. Even in the rain, there’s grip on the track, but it’s a different rain line through the twists and technical parts. You have to always have a rain set up in your back pocket because the weather can come up quickly.
Andy Wilzoch | No. 46 Porsche 911 GT3 R | GTA Class
I am very excited to race and my wife is looking forward to cheese! Road America is always such a fun event, for competitors as well as fans. I’m excited to be returning to the Pirelli World Challenge, and looking forward to getting the Stiles Porsche on track! Hopefully we can again finish strong on the podium. The increased level of multi-class racing the series has introduced will make things interesting, and hopefully we can bring home some strong results.
Source. Flying Lizard Motorsports