New for the 2016 season is the SprintX Championship for GT competitors. It is based on the very successful Blancpain Sprint Series in Europe.

There is a total of six rounds with two races at three different venues (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Utah Motorsports Campus and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca). The events are 60-minutes in length and require a mandatory pit-stop for a driver change between the 25 and 35-minute mark of the race.

The SprintX Championship has two classes:

  • Grand Touring X (GT-X) – This is the series quickest class and is predominantly cars competing in the FIA GT3 category. Examples of vehicles eligible in this class include: Porsche 911 GT3 R, Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3, McLaren 650S GT3, Cadillac ATS-V.R 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. In previous years, the GTS class which is the basis for GTS-X was mainly comprised of Ford, Chevrolet and Porsche products. In 2016, this category witnessed the appearance of a number of new vehicles which proved to be very competitive - KTM X-Box GT4, Ginetta G55 GT4 and SIN R1 GT4.

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

    Team points are awarded based on each competitor’s performance during their driving stint.

    To date, the average entry for each race has been eight teams. It has been suggested, that competitors are taking a ‘wait and see attitude’.

    Utah Motorsports Campus hosted rounds three and four of the Sprint X Championship in early August. Teams competed on the fifteen-turn 3.048-mile ‘Outer Course’.

  • The start of Sunday’s SprintX race and nine (five – GT-X and four – GTS-X) cars funnel into Utah Motorsports Campus’ very quick turn-one. Leading the way is the No. 98 Calvert Dynamics Porsche 911 GT3 shared by Preston Calvert and Michael Lewis. In second place is the James Sofronas / Brent Holden GMG Racing Porsche 911 GT3.
    Early in the first practice session, Andrew Davis was at the wheel when the Calvert Dynamics Porsche caught fire. The cause of the fire was not evident but it was believed to be fuelled by an oil leak or engine failure. Davis attempted to return the car to the pits but the fire was too intense and he parked it in the last corner. Fire crews were able to extinguish the flames but the damage to the Porsche was extensive.
    ‘What a difference a day makes’ or perhaps that should be ‘What a difference two days make’. After the No. 77 Calvert Dynamics Porsche 911 GT3 suffered a catastrophic fire on Friday the team entered a second car - the No. 98. Piloted by Preston Calvert and Michael Lewis the duo was successful in rounds three and four - capturing the overall and GT-X class win.
    The Mills BMW Z4 was driven by Kuno Wittmer and Michael Mills. The pair started Saturday’s race behind the local Audi R8 Ultra GT3 of James Burke and David Askew. Mills handed the car over to Wittmer for the final stint. Wittmer driving an ill-handling car led until the final lap when he was passed by the Calvert entry. In round four, it appeared that Mills would pass race leader Preston Calvert but he spun and finished third.
    Running in the practice sessions and drawing a lot of attention was the new Acura NSX GT3. Testing the car were RealTime principal Peter Cunningham and Dutch Touring Car veteran Peter Kox. This new Acura is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. Unfortunately, for those in attendance the team chose not to enter it in the Sprint or Sprint X races.
    The Racer’s Group entered two Aston Martin Vantage GT4s in the GTS-X class. The No. 07 was shared by Max Riddle and Kris Wilson. They started from the class pole in round three but from the outset suffered problems with the left front suspension and were in and out of the pits. They started last in Sunday’s race but after sixty-minutes of racing captured the class win.
    The second Racer’s Group Aston Martin Vantage GT4 was driven by Derek DeBoer and Jason Alexandridis. The demise of their teammates in Saturday’s race meant they were able to secure the GTS-X victory. With repairs made overnight to the quicker No. 07 Aston Martin, the pair finished sixth overall and second in class on Sunday.
    In round three the No. 23 Audi R8 was shared by Walt Bowlin and David Ostella. The car started fifth in GT-X and was fourth at the checkered flag. The following day Dion von Moltke an experienced Audi driver from the IMSA series replaced Bowlin. Von Moltke and Ostella moved from their fourth starting position to finish second overall and in the GT-X class.

    1GT-XPreston Calvert / Michael LewisCalvert Dynamics / Porsche 911 GT332-
    2GT-XMichael Mills / Kuno WittmerMills Racing / BMW Z432-
    3GT-XBrent Holden / James SofronasGMG Racing / Porsche 911 GT3 R32-
    4GT-XWalt Bowlin / David OstellaM1 GT Racing / Audi R832-
    5GTS-XJason Alexandridis / Derek DeBoerTRG-AMR / Aston Martin Vantage GT430-
    6GTS-XChris Beaufait / Scott HeckertRacers Edge Motorsports / SIN R1 GT429-
    7GTS-XMax Riddle / Kris WilsonTRG-AMR / Aston Martin Vantage GT427-
    8GT-XJames Burke / David AskewDXDT Racing / Audi R8 Ultra GT316-

    1GT-XMichael Lewis / Preston CalvertCalvert Dynamics / Porsche 911 GT332-
    2GT-XDavid Ostella / Dion Von MoltkeM1 GT Racing / Audi R832-
    3GT-XKuno Wittmer / Michael MillsMills Racing / BMW Z432-
    4GT-XJames Sofronas / Brent HoldenGMG Racing / Porsche 911 GT3 R32-
    5GTS-XKris Wilson / Max RiddleTRG-AMR / Aston Martin Vantage GT430-
    6GTS-XDerek DeBoer / Jason AlexandridisTRG-AMR / Aston Martin Vantage GT430-
    7GTS-XParker Chase / Harry GottsackerPerformance Motorsports / Ginetta GT430-
    8GTS-XScott Heckert / Chris BeaufaitRacers Edge Motorsports / SIN R1 GT429-
    9GT-XDavid Askew / James BurkeDXDT Racing / Audi R8 Ultra GT321-

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