The 2018 Pirelli World Challenge season is the twenty-ninth consecutive year for the championship.
There are six race weekends for the Touring Car categories. The title chase kicks-off in March at Circuit of the Americas.
This event is followed by races at Virginia International Raceway, Lime Rock Park and the Portland International Raceway.
The penultimate rounds are held at the Utah Motorsports Campus with the finale taking place at Watkins Glen International on the Labour Day weekend.
As in the previous year, there were three Touring groups; however, there were some significant changes. With dwindling entries in the Touring Car B class, series organizers decided it would not be included in the 2018 championship and was replaced by a new category, TCR.
Rounds three and four of the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car season took place during the Grand Prix of Virginia presented by Audi Sport. Fourteen drivers competed in the two forty-minute races around Virginia International Raceway’s seventeen-turn 3.270-mile road course.
|The first lap of round three for the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Cars at Virginia International Raceway. Leading the field of fourteen-starters into Virginia International’s ‘Nascar Bend’ is pole-sitter, Johan Schwartz in the Rooster Hall Racing BMW M235iR. Behind Schwartz is the Genesis Coupe of the third faster qualifier, Jeff Ricca. Trialing Ricca are the two Classic BMW entries driven the Karl Wittmer and Matt Travis.|
|2015 TCB Drivers’ champion, Johan Schwartz inherited the pole-position for round three when Vesko Kozarov’s Nissan 370Z failed the post-qualifying technical inspection. Schwartz made the most of this opportunity, he jumped into an early lead and won the forty-minute event. Sunday’s race did not go as well. Gridded fifth, Schwartz challenged the leaders but an off-course excursion dropped him out of contention.|
|The Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car podium for round three at Virginia International Raceway. In the center and taking his first victory of the season is the driver of the Rooster Hall Racing BMW M234iR, Johan Schwartz. To Schwartz’s left is the runner-up, Steve Streimer. Completing the rostrum is Canadian Touring Car veteran, Karl Wittmer.|
|Collecting the most Touring Car points at Virginia International Raceway was Steve Streimer. Streimer who drove the TechSport prepared Nissan 370Z started the weekend’s first contest in the fifth position. He passed Matt Travis, Karl Wittmer and Jeff Ricca to finish 0.112-seconds behind the winner, Johan Schwartz. On Sunday, Streimer was gridded second and after a terrific battle with Ricca and Wittmer, he took the win.|
|Vesko Kozarov and No. 3 Nissan 370Z TC Spec dominated the opening rounds at Circuit of the Americas. In qualifying, Kozarov topped the chart, however, the Nissan failed the post-qualifying technical inspection and he started the weekend’s first race last. He made good progress during the contest and was fourth at the checker. On Sunday, Kozarov made contact with another competitor and finished fifth.|
|At Circuit of the Americas, Jeff Ricca recorded a couple of top-ten finishes. At Virginia International Raceway, Ricca was much more competitive. He qualified third quickest Saturday and challenged the front runners but fell off the pace and finished ninth. In round four, Ricca started ninth but a great opening lap put him among the leaders. From there, he stayed in contention and captured the runner-up position.|
|Karl Wittmer drove the No. 91 BMW M235iR Cup. In qualifying for round three, Wittmer recorded the second quickest time. He challenged Johan Schwartz and Steve Streimer for the victory and managed to grab the last spot on the podium. The following day, Wittmer’s fastest race lap in round three gave him the sixth starting position. During the contest, he moved up the order and captured another third-place finish.|
|Sunday’s Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car podium at Virginia International Raceway. On the left and making his first Pirelli World Challenge podium appearance is the runner-up, Jeff Ricca. To the right and scoring his second third-place finish of the weekend is Classic BMW’s, Karl Wittmer. Between these two, on the top step of the rostrum is the first time victor, Steve Streimer.|
|FINISH||START||CLASS||DRIVER||TEAM / CAR||LAPS|
|1||1||TC||Johan Schwartz||Rooster Hall Racing / BMW M235iR Cup||18|
|2||5||TC||Steve Streimer||TechSport Racing / Nissan 370z TC Spec||18|
|3||2||TC||Karl Wittmer||Classic BMW / BMW M235iR Cup||18|
|4||14||TC||Vesko Kozarov||Rearden Racing / Nissan 370Z TC Spec||18|
|5||4||TC||Matt Travis||Classic BMW / BMW M235iR Cup||18|
|6||6||TC||Robert Nimkoff||AutoTechnic Racing / BMW M235iR Cup||18|
|7||8||TC||Jason Stanley||GenRacer / Genesis Coupe||18|
|8||12||TC||Henry Schmitt||Stephen Cameron Racing / BMW M235iR Cup||10|
|9||3||TC||Jeff Ricca||GenRacer / Genesis Coupe||18|
|10||11||TC||Joshua Foran||Team HMA / Honda Civic Type R||18|
|11||13||TC||C.J. Lett||AutoTechnic Racing / BMW M235iR Cup||18|
|12||9||TC||Mark Brummond||Classic BMW / BMW M235iR Cup||18|
|13||10||TC||Sean Quinlan||Stephen Cameron Racing / BMW M235iR Cup||18|
|14||7||TC||Paul Terry||Rearden Racing / Nissan 370z TC Spec||14|
|FINISH||START||CLASS||DRIVER||TEAM / CAR||LAPS|
|1||2||TC||Steve Streimer||TechSport Racing / Nissan 370z TC Spec||20|
|2||9||TC||Jeff Ricca||GenRacer / Genesis Coupe||20|
|3||6||TC||Karl Wittmer||Classic BMW / BMW M235iR Cup||20|
|4||3||TC||Matt Travis||Classic BMW / BMW M235iR Cup||20|
|5||4||TC||Vesko Kozarov||Rearden Racing / Nissan 370Z TC Spec||20|
|6||8||TC||Robert Nimkoff||AutoTechnic Racing / BMW M235iR Cup||20|
|7||10||TC||Sean Quinlan||Stephen Cameron Racing / BMW M235iR Cup||20|
|8||12||TC||Jason Stanley||GenRacer / Genesis Coupe||20|
|9||11||TC||Henry Schmitt||Stephen Cameron Racing / BMW M235iR Cup||20|
|10||1||TC||Mark Brummond||Classic BMW / BMW M235iR Cup||20|
|11||14||TC||C.J. Lett||AutoTechnic Racing / BMW M235iR Cup||20|
|12||7||TC||Paul Terry||Rearden Racing / Nissan 370z TC Spec||19|
|13||13||TC||Joshua Foran||Team HMA / Honda Civic Type R||17|
|14||5||TC||Johan Schwartz||Rooster Hall Racing / BMW M235iR Cup||11|
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