Bowmanville, Ont. – We are getting the band back together, man. Kris Wilson and Max Riddle will team up once again this weekend for TRG Motorsports as the Pirelli World Challenge stages its first-ever “Sprint-X” race weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP).
Staged as part of the well-established Victoria Day Speedfest event at CTMP, the World Challenge weekend will feature two rounds of Sprint-X competition this weekend. With longer race distances and driver changes, Sprint-X marks a departure from traditional World Challenge races as the series enters new ground in 2016.
For Riddle and Wilson, the Sprint-X format provides the opportunity to race together once again in an Aston Martin. The duo won two races together as co-drivers in IMSA competition, with Wilson scoring five wins in his solo Pirelli World Challenge outings in 2015 for TRG behind the wheel of the No. 07 Royal Purple/ORION/LaSalle/PassTime USA Aston Martin V8.
The CTMP weekend marks the return to competition for Riddle, who will arrive at the high-speed 2.49—mile circuit as the defending pole-winner from his 2015 Pirelli World Challenge outing at the track.
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend and this first-ever Sprint-X race,” said Riddle, who hails from Vancouver. “I have some good memories from Mosport and the Speedfest weekend is always a big event with a ton of great Canadian fans. It will be fun to share the car with Kris (Wilson) this weekend and we both are hoping to score some good results for TRG. This Sprint-X championship is a new opportunity that World Challenge is creating, and there is a lot of excitement about it so I’m happy that we can be a part of it, and also happy that we’ll have two races this weekend!”
A 2015 season with select Pirelli World Challenge outings still saw Wilson a factor in the overall championship, thanks to his five wins for TRG, something he’s hoping to deliver once again in 2016.
“I’m thrilled that Max (Riddle) is back and that we’ve got two bites at the apple this weekend with the double-header,” said Wilson. “The TRG guys have always done an awesome job with the Aston Martin prep, and Max was flat-out fast here last year. I think the Sprint-X races are going to be an interesting mix between the flat-out sprint races that World Challenge normally does and having to be smart with how much of the tires and car you use up to get to the finish. Max and I have raced a lot as co-drivers and know what each other like out of the cars, so we are just looking forward to getting going again this weekend.”