WC Vision has announced plans for an extended sprint format series to start in 2016. It will be named the Pirelli World Challenge Sprint-X GT Championship Series and will be a stand-alone series to the existing PWC.
The races will take place at 2016 Pirelli World Challenge headliner events, with the first race set to be held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX on March 4-6.
Sprint-X Races will be 60 minutes long and will have mandatory driver and tyre changes. They will run as separate races during the event weekends, in addition to the existing sprint championship. WC Vision believes that many teams will start racing in both series.
“The series has been studying the concept for the last 18 months and we see this as a natural evolution of the Pirelli World Challenge standing start sprint format brand and part of our long-term business development plans,” said WC Vision President and CEO Scott Bove. “An extended sprint race format within our existing sprint racing brand offers our customers, fans and partners more of what they already enjoy and are committed to, while opening the door for new teams, drivers and sponsors.”
“The start of a multi-driver sprint format further endorses our commitment to a sprint format, whilst also fulfilling many customer requests for multi-driver pro/am and pro/pro team racing,” added Marcus Haselgrove, Series Director of Competition.
More information is expected to be released in the coming months. The next races on the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge calendar will be rounds 10 and 11 of the GT and GTA championships, held this weekend at The Raceway at Belle Isle in Detroit, MI.