Pirelli World Challenge Driver Ratings for GT & GTS
Silver and Bronze FIA Competitors Receive Adjusted Ratings in Sprint & SprintX
WC Vision, producers of the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC), announced on February, 22, 2018, that the North American GT Production-based road racing series will continue to exercise its option to revise driver classifications, a process also adopted by Stephane Ratel’s SRO organization. The option PWC started in 2017 allows provisions for self-funded amateurs classified as Silver by the FIA to compete in the PWC’s GTA and GTSA divisions.
“We have been in close contact with the SRO and the FIA about global driver rankings,” said Greg Gill, WC Vision president and CEO. “It is imperative to the spirit of competition that fairness be maintained in all classes of drivers within the Series.”
Marcus Haselgrove, PWC Series vice-president, explained that while the FIA system effectively covers the majority of its database, it has allowed for some paid professional drivers to be classified the same as some amateur drivers. As all major series regularly supply the FIA with their timing data, it is a process that is constantly improving. “For GT3, we were able to apply changes that created a great GTA battle in 2017,” said Haselgrove. “For 2018, we will continue to monitor average lap times and permit self-funded amateurs to run in GTA.”
Haselgrove explained that the GTS class now consisting exclusively of the SRO-homologated GT4 cars were defined from the beginning as a “customer class.” “The auto manufacturers around the world have all given a commitment of a customer-based model,” he said.
In GTS, FIA-rated Bronze drivers, who have previously raced professionally, are permitted to race as Bronze drivers but must carry an additional ballast of 2.5 % (percent) of the Appendix A vehicle weight. In SprintX, both GTS team drivers will accrue GTS SprintX points towards the overall championship.
GTS SprintX Silver-rated drivers, who are approved by the board as self-funded amateurs, will be permitted to drive alone in the GTS Sprint events with the addition of the 2.5% of the Appendix A vehicle weight.
Additionally, amateur drivers, who exhibit performance levels consistent with Bronze-rated drivers, may apply for or may be reclassified as Bronze* drivers.
(SR1.2.15) All decisions concerning the categorizations are taken under the authority of the FIA Drivers Categorization Committee. The PWC Competition Board retains the right to make any amendments to the FIA Categorization of any driver according to the criteria of the Pirelli World Challenge. Any drivers given a PWC classification will be indicated in the entry list with an asterisk.
The 2018 PWC GT and GTS seasons open with doubleheader races in the streets of St. Petersburg on March 9-11, while the SprintX GT, SprintX GTS and Touring Car divisions begin their first 2018 competitions at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) on March 23-25.
At Lime Rock for Memorial Day weekend (racing on May 26 and May 28), the PWC series brings all six PWC classes: GT/GTA, GTS, GT Cup, plus the three Touring Car classes – TC, TCA and TCB. PWC's featured class is GT, which are production-based cars in the international GT3 specification from manufacturers, including Cadillac, Bentley, Acura, Nissan, Lamborghini, Porsche, McLaren, Mercedes and more. (GTA cars are of the same type, but raced by high-level amatuers, not professionals.) The GTS cars are run to the less expensive international GT4 rules, and include Camaros, Mustangs, Audi TT and the like. GT Cup are the international spec-racer Porsches, Lamborghinis and Ferraris. The Touring Car classes are for smaller-engined BMWs, Porsches, Mustangs, Hondas, Mazdas, Chevrolets, Minis, Nissans and KIAs.
For more information on PWC at Lime Rock Park during Memorial Day Weekend, visit http://limerock.com/memorial-day-weekend