Strong Pirelli World Challenge GTS (GT4) Customer Interest Produces Additional Entries for Long Beach Sprint Race
Legendary street event to host GT & GTS cars on April 13-15
AUSTIN, Texas – The 2018 Pirelli World Challenge season has already seen tremendous growth in the GTS (GT4) class after St. Petersburg Grand Prix and Circuit of the Americas (COTA) rounds and that customer interest has now expanded to the GTS Category participation in the legendary Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 13-15.
In addition to the GT (GT3) Sprint division, a selected group of GTS competitors will compete in the 50-minute sprint event scheduled for 10 a.m. PDT Sunday (April 15) on the historic 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit next to the Long Beach harbor.
“The customer interest in the GTS class has been sensational already this year with 28 cars at St. Petersburg and 38 entries at COTA,” said Greg Gill, president and CEO of WC Vision, producers of the Pirelli World Challenge. “The manufacturers are extremely interested in the GT4 platform around the world and our teams wanted to participate at Long Beach too. So, we talked with the GTS group and made the GTS portion an invitational event. We believe racing fans at Long Beach will enjoy the GT4 machines at the iconic street course.”
The Pirelli World Challenge GTS category in 2018 has welcomed 12 different car makers in the class in the first two events at St. Petersburg and COTA.
Action for the GT and GTS entries will begin Friday (April 13) at 3:30 p.m. PDT with practice runs and qualifying taking place at 9:20 a.m. PDT Saturday (April 14).
The Round 3 event – set for 10 a.m. PDT Sunday (April 15) – can be viewed live on the www.world-challenge.com with a taped-delayed broadcast on CBS Sports Network April 22 at 3 p.m. EDT.