The 2017 Pirelli World Challenge season is the twenty-eighth consecutive year for the championship.
There are eleven race weekends. The Grand Touring Sport category title chase kicks-off in March at Saint Petersburg.
This event is followed by races at Virginia International Raceway, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Lime Rock Park, Road America,
Mid-Ohio and Utah Motorsport Complex.
The penultimate rounds are held a Circuit of the Americas with the finale taking place at Sonoma Raceway in mid-September.
An additional class was added to the Grand Touring Sport category in 2017:
Rounds thirteen and fourteen of the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Grand Touring Sport (GTS) season took place at the Utah Motorsports Campus.
The Grand Prix of Utah was presented by Security National Mortgage.
Seventeen Grand Touring Sport drivers competed in the two fifty-minute races around the fifteen-turn 3.048-mile ‘Outer Course’.
Rounds thirteen and fourteen of the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Grand Touring Sport (GTS) season took place at the Utah Motorsports Campus. The Grand Prix of Utah was presented by Security National Mortgage. Seventeen Grand Touring Sport drivers competed in the two fifty-minute races around the fifteen-turn 3.048-mile ‘Outer Course’.
|The first lap of round thirteen of the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge series for the Grand Touring Sport category. Leading the field of seventeen cars through ‘The Attitudes’ on the first lap is the pole-sitter, Rodrigo Baptista. Following Baptista is the Ginetta G55 of the second-fastest qualifier, Drew Staveley. Immediately behind Staveley are Martin Barky in a KTM Xbow GT4 and the Porsche Cayman GT4 of Nate Stacy.|
|The Panoz Avezzano GT was beginning to ‘hit its stride’ after suffering through a series of problems earlier in the season. Ian James scored two victories at Road America and earned another in the previous round at Mid-Ohio. James started the weekend at Utah with a third place after starting seventh. On Sunday, he was gridded third and moved into the lead for the final time on lap-7. James was able to hold off a hard-charging Drew Staveley for the win.|
|Rodrigo Baptista driving the Flying Lizard Motorsports prepared Porsche Cayman GT4 was the quickest in the final practice session and qualifying. Starting from the pole on Saturday, Baptista led all twenty-two laps to win by a margin of 1.03-seconds – this was his third victory of the season. The following day Baptista started fourth and was battling with Jeff Courtney when the two drivers made contact. He finished fourteenth.|
|A Balance of Performance adjustment implemented for Utah left the point’s leader, Lawson Aschenbach uncompetitive. In qualifying, Aschenbach driving the No.10 Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R recorded the tenth quickest time. In the race, he did not fare much better – a flat tire relegated him to a ninth-place finish. On Sunday, an incident between Rodrigo Baptista and Jeff Courtney allowed Aschenbach to grab fifth.|
|Qualifying fifth in the weekend’s first event and capturing a runner-up finish was Jeff Courtney. Courtney’s lap time in round thirteen earned him the pole for Sunday’s race. Driving the JCR Motorsports Maserati, he found himself contesting fifth place with Rodrigo Baptista when contact took the two drivers out of contention. Courtney finished four laps behind the winner in twelfth place.|
|The McLaren 570S GT4 of George Kurtz continues to dominate the Grand Touring Sport Amateur category. Kurtz did not score any points in rounds three and four at Virginia International Raceway but victories at CTMP, Road America and Mid-Ohio gave him the championship lead. At the Utah Motorsports Campus, he added to his tally by winning on Saturday and Sunday. Kurtz now leads the championship by thirty-eight points.|
|The No. 14 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche Cayman GT4 driven by Nate Stacy was gridded fourth for the weekend’s first event. Before the end of the first lap, Stacy had moved into second behind his teammate, Rodrigo Baptista. Unfortunately for him, the car fell off the pace and he was seventh at the checkered flag. On Sunday, Stacy started sixth but an incident between Baptista and Courtney and a last lap pass on Kurtz netted him a third-place.|
|Topping the time sheet in the opening session was Drew Staveley. Driving an Ian Lacy prepared Ginetta G55 Staveley shared the front row with the pole-sitter, Rodrigo Baptista. During round thirteen, he was passed by Jeff Courtney, Ian James and Martin Barky which resulted in a fifth-place finish. In the weekend’s second contest, Staveley was gridded fifth but moved through the field and finished second just 0.588-seconds behind the winner.|
|The round fourteen Pirelli World Challenge Grand Touring Sport podium at the Utah Motorsports Campus. On the left is the third-place finisher, Nate Stacy. To the right is local racer and runner-up, Drew Staveley. Between these two drivers is the winner for the fourth time this season driving the new Panoz Avezzano GT4, Ian James.|
|FINISH||CLASS||DRIVER||SPONSOR / CAR||LAPS|
|1||GTS||Rodrigo Baptista||Flying Lizard Motorsports / Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport||22|
|2||GTS||Jeff Courtney||JCR Motorsports / Maserati GT4||22|
|3||GTS||Ian James||Team Panoz Racing / Panoz Avezzano GT||22|
|4||GTS||Martin Barkey||Mantella Autosport / KTM Xbow GT4||22|
|5||GTS||Drew Stavely||Ian Lacy Racing / Ginetta G55||22|
|6||GTSA||George Kurtz||GMG Racing / McLaren 570S GT4||22|
|7||GTS||Nate Stacy||Flying Lizard Motorsports / Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport||22|
|8||GTSA||Frank Gannett||Ian Lacy Racing / Ginetta G55||22|
|9||GTS||Lawson Aschenbach||Blackdog Speed Shop / Chevrolet Camaro GT4||22|
|10||GTSA||Mark Klenin||KPR / McLaren 570S GT4||22|
|11||GTSA||Tony Gaples||Blackdog Speed Shop / Chevrolet Camaro GT4||22|
|12||GTSA||Adam Merzon||Case-it Racing / Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport||22|
|13||GTSA||Carter Yeung||GMG Racing / Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport||21|
|14||GTSA||Chris Beaufait||Racers Edge Motorsports / SIN R1 GT4||21|
|15||GTSA||Keith Jensen||NOLAsport / Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport||14|
|16||GTSA||Jason Bell||Racers Edge Motorsports / SIN R1 GT4||14|
|17||GTSA||Jason Alexandridis||Lasalle Solutions / Aston Martin Vantage GT4||13|
|FINISH||CLASS||DRIVER||SPONSOR / CAR||LAPS|
|1||GTS||Ian James||Team Panoz Racing / Panoz Avezzano GT||24|
|2||GTS||Drew Stavely||Ian Lacy Racing / Ginetta G55||24|
|3||GTS||Nate Stacy||Flying Lizard Motorsports / Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport||24|
|4||GTSA||George Kurtz||GMG Racing / McLaren 570S GT4||24|
|5||GTS||Lawson Aschenbach||Blackdog Speed Shop / Chevrolet Camaro GT4||24|
|6||GTSA||Frank Gannett||Ian Lacy Racing / Ginetta G55||24|
|7||GTSA||Adam Merzon||Case-it Racing / Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport||24|
|8||GTSA||Chris Beaufait||Racers Edge Motorsports / SIN R1 GT4||24|
|9||GTSA||Carter Yeung||GMG Racing / Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport||24|
|10||GTSA||Keith Jensen||NOLAsport / Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport||24|
|11||GTS||Martin Barkey||Mantella Autosport / KTM Xbow GT4||24|
|12||GTS||Jeff Courtney||JCR Motorsports / Maserati GT4||20|
|13||GTSA||Mark Klenin||KPR / McLaren 570S GT4||20|
|14||GTS||Rodrigo Baptista||Flying Lizard Motorsports / Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport||19|
|NC||GTSA||Tony Gaples||Blackdog Speed Shop / Chevrolet Camaro GT4||1|
|NC||GTSA||Jason Bell||Racers Edge Motorsports / SIN R1 GT4||0|
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