Introduced in 2016, the SprintX Championship for GT competitors is based on the very successful Blancpain Sprint Series in Europe.

There are a total of five rounds with the championship kicking off in April at Virginia International Raceway. This event is followed by races in May at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Lime Rock Park. The penultimate rounds are at Utah Motorsports Campus and the season ends at Circuit of the Americas on the Labour Day weekend. The races are 60-minutes in length and require a mandatory pit-stop for a driver change between the 25 and 35-minute mark of the contest.

The SprintX Championship has three classes:

  • Grand Touring X (GT-X) – This is the series quickest class and includes cars that predominantly fall into the FIA GT3 category. These are two-wheel drive vehicles that may use normally aspirated or turbocharged engines which produce approximately 500 horsepower. Examples of cars competing in this category include: Porsche 911 GT3 R, Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, Mercedes AMG GT3, McLaren 650S GT3, Cadillac ATS-V.R GT3, Acura NSX GT3, Bentley Continental GT3 and Ferrari 488 GT3.
  • Grand Touring Sport X (GTS-X) – The cars in this class are similar to the GT vehicles but have more preparation restrictions. Drivetrain layouts include all-wheel-drive and front and rear-wheel drive. These cars can be powered by forced induction or normally aspirated motors. In previous years, the GTS class was mainly comprised of Ford, Chevrolet and Porsche products. In 2016, this category witnessed an influx of FIA GT4 vehicles which proved to be very competitive – Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, KTM X-Box GT4, Ginetta G55 GT4 and SIN R1 GT4.
  • Grand Touring Cup X (GTC-X) – The GT Cup class was originally for 2015-2016 Porsche 991 GT Cup cars. It now includes vehicles from other spec series – the Lamborghini Super Trofeo and Ferrari Challenge championships.

    These cars are prepared to the same rules as those competing in the 50-minute sprint races.

    As the championship features a two-driver format which includes professional and sportsman racers, there was a need to categorize competitors. Within the three classes the driver combinations are grouped as Pro/Pro, Pro/Amateur or Amateur/Amateur – points are awarded accordingly.

    Rounds seven and eight of the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge SprintX season took place during the Grand Prix of Utah weekend. Presented by Security National Mortgage, thirty-one SprintX teams competed in the two sixty-minute races around the fifteen-turn 3.048-mile ‘Outer Course’.

  • The first lap of Saturday’s event and the pole-sitter, Peter Kox in the RealTime Racing prepared Acura NSX GT3 leads the field into ‘The Attitudes’. Behind Kox is the Ferrari 488 GT3 of Daniel Mancinelli. Mancinelli was gridded second and could not beat the NSX to corner one and settled for the second position. In third place is the Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Patrick Long.
    Daniel Mancinelli and Niccolo Schiro shared the TR3 Racing Ferrari 488 GT3. Mancinelli won the opening round at Virginia with Andrea Montermini. The pair qualified on the outside of the front row in the weekend’s first race and finished just 0.228-seconds behind the winning Acura. On Sunday, they started on the pole as a result of turning the fastest lap the previous day and went onto score the victory.
    Texans, Jason Hart and Matt Travis drove the No. 47 NOLAsport Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR. The pair competed in the Grand Sport Touring SprintX (GTS-X) category and were classified as amateurs. Despite being their first Pirelli World Challenge event, they start on the class pole and won the race. The next day they were gridded second in GTS and scored another victory.
    There were a couple of firsts for the new Acura NSX GT3 at Utah Motorsports Campus. Peter Kox was driving the No. 93 RealTime Racing entry and captured the car’s first pole by just 0.039-seconds. Sharing the driving duties with Kox was Canadian, Mark Wilkins. The duo also gave the NSX its maiden victory in round seventeen. The following day, they started on the outside of the front row and finished eleventh after making an extra stop for a flat tire.
    Quickest in the Grand Touring SprintX AM/AM category was the No. 30 NGT Motorsport Ferrari 458 GT3 of Henrique Cisneros and Jonathon Ziegelman. Heading into the Utah Motorsports Campus weekend, Cisneros had victories in all the events except round one at Virginia International Raceway. In both races at Utah, they were out qualified by the R. Ferri Motorsports Ferrari but took victories in rounds seven and eight.
    Grand Touring SprintX championship leaders, Jordan Taylor and Michael Cooper were gridded seventh for the weekend’s first race. At the checkered flag, the No. 8 Cadillac ATS-V.R was eighth. In round eight the duo fared much better, capturing the last spot on the podium. However, their main rival for the title, Daniel Mancinelli, reduced their lead from forty-two to twenty-seven-points.
    Erich Joiner teamed up with veteran Grand Touring Sport driver, Andy Lee. The pair shared the No. 95 Tool Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and competed in the Grand Touring Cup SprintX (GTC-X) PRO/AM category. They started round seven, second in class but took the victory. On Sunday, the duo was gridded third and captured the runner-up spot in GTC-X PRO/AM.
    The SprintX Grand Touring PRO/AM championship leaders were the drivers of the No. 16 Porsche 911 GT3 R, Michael Schein and Jan Heylen. In the weekend’s first event the car started on the class pole and at the end sixty-minutes of racing, they captured the win. On Sunday, the duo was first to the checkered flag but they were penalized thirty-two-seconds for not meeting the ninety-second pit lane requirement – they were classified sixth.
    At the Utah Motorsports Campus, World Challenge veteran, James Sofronas was paired with the French Porsche works driver, Mathieu Jaminet. The GMG Racing prepared Porsche 911 GT3 R was gridded second in the Grand Touring PRO/AM category for round seven. Despite a late charge by Jaminet, the pair was classified second in class. In Sunday’s race, they were the beneficiaries of the Wright Motorsports pit lane violation and inherited the victory.
    The second RealTime Racing entry was driven by Ryan Eversley and Tom Dyer. To date, the duos best result was a pair of fifths at Lime Rock Park. In race one, they were gridded fourth and racked up another fifth place finish after being passed by the Ricky Taylor/Johnny O’Connell Cadillac. In round eight, they started third but when their teammates Peter Kox and Mark Wilkins encountered a puncture, they took the runner-up spot on the podium.
    The highlight of Patrick Long’s season was a victory in round five at Lime Rock Park but poor results in the second race at Virginia International Raceway and Lime Rock meant that he was fourth in the championship standings. At Utah, he was paired with Jorg Bergmeister. They started third and held the position taking the final spot on the podium. In Sunday’s race, Long was third but on the final re-start, he slid back to a sixth-place finish.
    Frank Montecalvo and Mexican, Ricardo Sanchez teamed up to drive the Always Evolving/AIM Autosport Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3. The pair were competing in the Grand Touring PRO/AM category. Starting first in class, Montecalvo was leading when he had to pit to replace the left rear tire. The following day, they were gridded eighteenth overall and were third in class at the checkered flag but inherited the runner-up spot when the Wright Motorsports Porsche was penalized.
    Heading into Utah, co-drivers, Alessandro Bressan and Yuki Harata had a perfect record. In five races, the pair had five Grand Touring Cup SprintX PRO/AM victories driving the Dream Racing Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo. But this was about to change as they had to settle for third in round seven when they were beaten by the Porsches of Autometric Motorsports and Tool Racing. On Sunday, they returned to their winning ways.
    Magnus Racing had two Audi RS 8 LMS’s in the SprintX Grand Touring division of 2017 Pirelli World Challenge series. The No. 44 Audi was driven in the PRO/AM group by Marco Seefried and John Potter. Potter was fourth in the standings while Seefried was eighth after skipping the Lime Rock rounds for other commitments. At the Utah Motorsports Campus, they scored third and fourth-place finishes.

    FINISHCLASSDRIVERENTRANT / CARLAPS
    1SprintX - GT Pro/ProKox / WilkinsRealTime Racing / Acura NSX GT332
    2SprintX - GT Pro/ProSchiro / MancinelliTR3 Racing / Ferrari 488 GT332
    3SprintX - GT Pro/ProLong / BergmeisterWright Motorsports / Porsche 911 GT3 R32
    4SprintX - GT Pro/ProO'Connell / TaylorCadillac Racing / Cadillac ATS-V.R32
    5SprintX - GT Pro/ProEversley / DyerRealTime Racing / Acura NSX GT332
    6SprintX - GT Pro/ProParente / BarnicoatK-PAX Racing / McLaren 650S GT332
    7SprintX - GT Pro/ProFong / AbrilAbsolute Racing / Bentley Continental GT332
    8SprintX - GT Pro/ProCooper / TaylorCadillac Racing / Cadillac ATS-V.R32
    9SprintX - GT Pro/ProDalziel / MoradCRP Racing / Mercedes AMG GT332
    10SprintX - GT Pro/ProLewis / SellersK-PAX Racing / McLaren 650S GT332
    11SprintX - GT Pro/AmHeylen / ScheinWright Motorsports / Porsche 911 GT3 R32
    12SprintX - GT Pro/AmJaminet / SofronasGMG Racing / Porsche 911 GT3 R32
    13SprintX - GT Pro/AmSeefried / PotterMagnus Racing / Audi RS 8 LMS32
    14SprintX - GT Pro/AmKim / StevensAbsolute Racing / Bentley Continental GT332
    15SprintX - GT Pro/AmUdell / CalvertCalvert Dynamics / Porsche 911 GT3 R32
    16SprintX - GT Pro/AmBleekemolen / PappasBlack Swan Racing / Mercedes AMG GT332
    17SprintX - GT Pro/AmAskew / PovoledoDXDT Racing / Mercedes AMG GT332
    18SprintX - GT Am/AmCisneros / ZiegelmanMOMO/NGT / Ferrari 458 GT331
    19SprintX - GT Pro/ProHenzler / FogartyGainsco/Bob Stallings Racing / Porsche 911 GT3 R31
    20SprintX - GT AM/AMWilson / RegitzR. Ferri Motorsport / Ferrari 458 GT331
    21SprintX - GT Pro/AmSanchez / MontecalvoAIM Autosport / Nissan GT-R Nismo GT331
    22SprintX - GT Cup Pro/AmJoiner / LeeTool Racing / Porsche 911 GT3 Cup30
    23SprintX - GT Am/AmBell / DaysonM1GT Racing / Audi R8 LMS Ultra30
    24SprintX - GT Cup Am/AmToussaint / FriedmanAutometrics / Porsche 911 GT3 Cup30
    25SprintX - GT Cup Pro/AmBressan / HarataDream Racing / Lamborghini Huracan30
    26SprintX - GT Cup Pro/AmBurton / DavisDXDT Racing / Lamborghini LP620-230
    27SprintX - GTS Am/AmTravis / HartNOLAsport/ Porsche Cayman GT429
    28SprintX - GTS Am/AmAlexandridis / DeBoerTRG-AMR / Aston Martin Vantage GT429
    29SprintX - GTS Pro/AmMerzon / HindmanCase-it Racing / Porsche Cayman GT429
    30SprintX - GTS Am/AmLiefooghe / BaloghStephen Cameron / BMW M3 E4616
    NCSprintX - GT Pro/ProKaffer / PumpellyMagnus Racing / Audi RS 8 LMS5

    FINISHCLASSDRIVERENTRANT / CARLAPS
    1SprintX - GT Pro/ProSchiro / MancinelliTR3 Racing / Ferrari 488 GT326
    2SprintX - GT Pro/ProEversley / DyerRealTime Racing / Acura NSX GT326
    3SprintX - GT Pro/ProCooper / TaylorCadillac Racing / Cadillac ATS-V.R26
    4SprintX - GT Pro/ProParente / BarnicoatK-PAX Racing / McLaren 650S GT326
    5SprintX - GT Pro/ProO'Connell / TaylorCadillac Racing / Cadillac ATS-V.R26
    6SprintX - GT Pro/ProLong / BergmeisterWright Motorsports / Porsche 911 GT3 R26
    7SprintX - GT Pro/ProLewis / SellersK-PAX Racing / McLaren 650S GT326
    8SprintX - GT Pro/ProDalziel / MoradCRP Racing / Mercedes AMG GT326
    9SprintX - GT Pro/ProKaffer / PumpellyMagnus Racing / Audi RS 8 LMS26
    10SprintX - GT Pro/ProHenzler / FogartyGainsco/Bob Stallings Racing / Porsche 911 GT3 R26
    11SprintX - GT Pro/ProKox / WilkinsRealTime Racing / Acura NSX GT326
    12SprintX - GT Pro/AmJaminet / SofronasGMG Racing / Porsche 911 GT3 R26
    13SprintX - GT Pro/AmSanchez / MontecalvoAIM Autosport / Nissan GT-R Nismo GT326
    14SprintX - GT Pro/AmBleekemolen / PappasBlack Swan Racing / Mercedes AMG GT326
    15SprintX - GT Pro/AmSeefried / PotterMagnus Racing / Audi RS 8 LMS26
    16SprintX - GT Pro/AmUdell / CalvertCalvert Dynamics / Porsche 911 GT3 R26
    17SprintX - GT Pro/AmHeylen / ScheinWright Motorsports / Porsche 911 GT3 R26
    18SprintX - GT Am/AmCisneros / ZiegelmanMOMO/NGT / Ferrari 458 GT325
    19SprintX - GT AM/AMWilson / RegitzR. Ferri Motorsport / Ferrari 458 GT325
    20SprintX - GT Cup Pro/AmBressan / HarataDream Racing / Lamborghini Huracan25
    21SprintX - GT Am/AmBell / DaysonM1GT Racing / Audi R8 LMS Ultra25
    22SprintX - GT Cup Pro/AmJoiner / LeeTool Racing / Porsche 911 GT3 Cup25
    23SprintX - GT Cup Pro/AmBurton / DavisDXDT Racing / Lamborghini LP620-225
    24SprintX - GT Cup Am/AmToussaint / FriedmanAutometrics / Porsche 911 GT3 Cup25
    25SprintX - GTS Am/AmTravis / HartNOLAsport/ Porsche Cayman GT424
    26SprintX - GTS Pro/AmMerzon / HindmanCase-it Racing / Porsche Cayman GT424
    27SprintX - GT Pro/ProFong / AbrilAbsolute Racing / Bentley Continental GT321
    28SprintX - GT Pro/AmAskew / PovoledoDXDT Racing / Mercedes AMG GT320
    29SprintX - GTS Am/AmLiefooghe / BaloghStephen Cameron / BMW M3 E4620
    30SprintX - GTS Am/AmAlexandridis / DeBoerTRG-AMR / Aston Martin Vantage GT416
    31SprintX - GT Pro/AmKim / StevensAbsolute Racing / Bentley Continental GT314

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