The 2017 Pirelli World Challenge season is the twenty-eighth consecutive year for the championship. There are eleven race weekends. The Touring Car category title chase kicks-off in April at Virginia International Raceway. This event is followed by races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Lime Rock Park and the Utah Motorsport Complex. The penultimate rounds are held a Circuit of the Americas with the finale taking place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in mid-October.

As in the previous year, there were three Touring categories:

  • Touring Car (TC) – This class is for smaller sedans and sports cars which are allowed some performance modifications. These front or rear-wheel-drive vehicles may be powered by turbocharged or normally aspirated engines. Examples of vehicles competing in this category include: Honda Accord, Mazda MX-5, Porsche Boxster, BMW235iR and Audi RS 3 LMS.
  • Touring Car A (TCA) – Many of the cars competing in this class are the same as those found in Touring Car. What sets them apart is the minimum amount of modifications that can be made – most changes are to improve the safety of the vehicles. Using turbocharged or normally aspirated powerplants, these cars produce between 160 and 185-horsepower.
  • Touring Car B (TCB) - The slowest of all the World Challenge categories is based on the Sports Car Club of America’s B-Spec class. Examples of vehicles competing in this category include: Chevrolet Sonic, Honda Fit, Kia Rio, Mazda 2 and Mini Cooper. The horsepower range is 100 to 110.

    Rounds three and four of the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car season took at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Forty-nine drivers were scheduled to compete in the two forty-minute races around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course. However, Saturday’s race was red flagged after nine-laps due to a four car incident at corner three.

  • The start of round three for the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car category. Pole-sitter, Paul Holton leads the field of forty-three competitors into Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s corner three. Trailing Holton are the Wittmer brothers – Nick, driving the No. 91 ST Racing BMW M235iR and the No. 99 Honda Ste-Rose Racing Honda Accord piloted by Karl.
    Paul Holton driving the Compass 360 Racing Audi RS 3 LMS Clubsport won the opening round of the 2017 season at Virginia International Raceway and finished second the following day. At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, he led flag-to-flag in round three for the Touring Car win. In damp conditions on Sunday, Holton went with rain tires which proved to be the wrong decision and finished eighth.
    Touring Car B competitor, Jake Pipal finished on the podium in races one and two at Virginia International Raceway. In round three, Pipal shared the front row with pole-sitter, Canaan O’Connell. A mistake by O’Connell on the first lap allowed Pipal to take the class lead and victory. The following day, he scored his second win of the weekend.
    Mazda MX-5 Cup competitor, Dean Copeland is followed closely by the Mazdas of Elivan Goulart and Matthew Fassnacht. And, trailing the three Mazdas is the Honda Civic of Tom O’Gorman. Copeland would claim the Touring Class A victory in the race shortened round three and finish twenty-fifth overall and fifth in class on Sunday.
    It was a good weekend for local racer, P.J. Groenke. Groenke driving the Touring Car B Chevrolet Sonic prepared by Tech Sport Racing qualified third in class for the weekend’s first event. When his teammate, Canaan O’Connell, made an error on the first lap he moved into second and remained in the position for the remainder of the event. In round four, he captured the final spot on the podium.
    The Touring Class B pole-sitter, Canaan O’Connell entered corner three too hot on the first lap of Saturday’s race which allowed Jake Pipal to take the class lead. O’Connell went off course but did not hit the tire barriers. By the time he recovered, O’Connell had been passed by the remainder of the field.
    2016 Touring Class A champion, Elivan Goulart raced the previous generation of the Mazda MX-5 model in the opening rounds at Virginia International Raceway. At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, he competed using the new Mazda Global MX-5 Cup car. During the event, he scored two runner-up finishes.
    Eventual Touring Class A (TCA) winner, Dean Copeland leads the TCA and TCB classes through corner three on the first lap. Behind Copeland are the S.A.C. Racing Mazda MX-5s of Elivan Goulart and Matthew Fassnacht. Trailing the three Mazdas are the Honda Civics of Tom O’Gorman and Gary Kwok.
    Matthew Fassnacht won the first two Touring Car A rounds driving a S.A.C. Racing prepared Mazda MX-5. The class point’s leader qualified twenty-eighth overall and third in the TCA category for the weekend’s first event. At the checkered flag, Fassnacht was third in class. And, on Sunday he repeated his performance.
    In 2017, Karl Wittmer took over the seat vacated by his brother, Nick. The No. 99 Honda Accord was prepared by Honda Ste-Rose Racing. The racer from Quebec has a lot of experience competing in Touring cars at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and it showed. Wittmer took the final spot on the podium Saturday but an error the following day left him fifteenth in class.
    Tony Rivera started his Pirelli World Challenge career racing in the GT category – first in a Porsche 911 GT3 and then a Nissan GT-R. After not participating in the series for a couple of years, Rivera returned to the Touring class and in 2017, raced a Nissan 370Z. During the weekend’s first event he finished eleventh but in the damp conditions on Sunday, Rivera was third.
    Under gray skies on Sunday, Tom O’Gorman grabs the Touring Car A lead as the remainder of the class follows him into the first turn. Following O’Gorman are the Mazda MX-5s of – Matthew Fassnacht, Dean Copeland and Elivan Goulart - which have been dominant in the first three rounds.
    Canaan O’Connell, son of former Pirelli World Challenge champion, Johnny O’Connell won round one in a Tech Sport Racing Chevrolet Sonic. In the weekends, first race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park he qualified on the pole but an error dropped him to the rear of the field. To add ‘insult to injury,’ O’Connell was disqualified and started last on Sunday. By the conclusion of Sunday’s event, he was second in TCB.
    In the off season, 2016 Touring Car B Champion, Tom O’Gorman moved to the Touring Car A class driving a Honda Civic Si. O’Gorman’s first two outings, at VIR, netted him ninth and eleventh place finishes. At CTMP, he started the weekend with a fourth place finish. But on Sunday’s damp track, O’Gorman dominated and took the class victory by almost 30-seconds.
    The No. 12 Winding Road Team BMW M235iR was driven by series rookie Mason Filippi. In the first three rounds, Filippi had not finished in the top-ten but that was about to change at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. On Saturday, he started eleventh and finished thirteenth. The following day, on a damp track, he made the right tire choice and won by a margin of 25.904-seconds.
    The start of the weekend’s final Touring Car race. Leading the pack is Paul Holton in the Compass 360 Racing Audi RS 3 LMS Clubsport and the BMW M235iR of Greg Liefooghe. After three rounds these two driver’s accounted for all the Touring Car class wins and topped the point standings.
    Jason Coupal drove one of the four new Audi RS 3 LMS Clubsports entered at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Coupal’s best result after three rounds was an eighth. But on Sunday’s damp track, he moved through the field and at the checkered flag captured the runner-up position.
    Canadian, Nick Wittmer joined ST Racing in 2017 driving a new BMW M235iR. In round two at Virginia International Raceway, Wittmer was leading when a poorly timed pass on two back markers took him out of the race and resulted in severe damage to the BMW. It appears that the repairs were successful as Wittmer scored second and sixth place finishes at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
    Mini Cooper driver, Travis Washay was hot off a victory in round two at Virginia International Raceway. The Touring Car B competitor qualified thirty-eighth overall and fourth in class for the first event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Canaan O’Connell’s first lap mistake allowed Washay to finish third. On Sunday, he finished thirty-fourth overall and fourth in class.

    11TCPaul HoltonC360R / Audi RS 3 LMS Clubsport9
    22TCNick WittmerST Racing / BMW M235iR9
    33TCKarl WittmerHonda Ste-Rose Racing / Honda Accord9
    44TCCody EllsworthRacerInk Motorsports / Porsche Cayman9
    55TCToby GrahovecClassic BMW / BMW M235iR9
    66TCAnthony MagagnoliRooster Hall Racing / BMW M235iR9
    77TCAnthony GeraciS.A.C. Racing / Audi RS 3 LMS Clubsport9
    88TCAristotle BaloghStephen Cameron Racing / BMW M235iR9
    99TCGreg LiefoogheStephen Cameron Racing / BMW M235iR9
    1010TCJason CoupalBERG Racing / Audi RS 3 LMS Clubsport9
    1111TCTony RiveraBrass Monkey Racing / Nissan 370Z9
    1212TCJustin RaphaelClassic BMW / BMW M235iR9
    1313TCMason FilippiWinding Road Team TFB / BMW M235iR9
    1414TCHenry SchmittStephen Cameron Racing / BMW M235iR9
    1515TCRobert NimkoffAutoTechnic Racing / BMW M235iR9
    1616TCCameron MaugeriKRUGSPEED / Lotus Exige9
    1717TCJeff RiccaGenRacer / Genesis Coupe9
    1818TCDennis Hanratty JRKRUGSPEED / Lotus Exige9
    1919TCJohn WeisbergBERG Racing / Mazda MX-59
    2020TCShea HolbrookShea Racing / Honda Accord9
    2121TCStefan SajicZima Motorsports / BMW M235iR9
    2222TCChris OhmachtClassic BMW / BMW M235iR9
    2323TCSamantha TanST Racing / BMW M235iR9
    241TCADean CopelandCopeland Motorsports / Mazda MX-59
    252TCAElivan GoulartS.A.C. Racing / Mazda MX-59
    263TCAMatthew FassnachtS.A.C. Racing / Mazda MX-59
    274TCATom O'GormanShea Racing / Honda Civic Si9
    285TCAGary KwokM&S Racing / Honda Civic9
    296TCAEric PowellTech Sport Racing / Mazda MX-59
    307TCAEric LaporteLapse Motorsport / Honda Civic Si9
    318TCADaniel MoenS.A.C. Racing / Mazda MX-59
    321TCBJake PipalJake Pipal Racing / Honda Fit9
    332TCBP.J. GroenkeTech Sport Racing / Chevrolet Sonic9
    343TCBTravis WashayIndian Summer Racing / Mini Cooper8
    354TCBTaylor HandwerkIndian Summer Racing / Mini Cooper8
    365TCBBlake ThompsonISellMiataParts / Mazda 28
    376TCBTed SahleyBelieveland Motorsport / Mazda 28
    387TCBJasper DrenglerDrengler Racing / Honda Fit8
    3924TCJohn AllenBERG Racing / Audi RS 3 LMS Club Sport8
    4025TCChetan PuranikZima Motorsports / BMW M235iR4
    NC9TCAKevin AndersonTech Sport Racing / Scion FR-S3
    NC26TCRodrigo SalesStephen Cameron Racing / BMW M235iR1
    EX-TCBCanaan O'ConnellTech Sport Racing / Chevrolet Sonic-

    11TCMason FilippiWinding Road Team TFB / BMW M235iR25
    22TCJason CoupalBERG Racing / Audi RS 3 LMS Clubsport25
    33TCTony RiveraBrass Monkey Racing / Nissan 370Z25
    44TCJohn WeisbergBERG Racing / Mazda MX-525
    55TCAnthony MagagnoliRooster Hall Racing / BMW M235iR25
    66TCNick WittmerST Racing / BMW M235iR25
    77TCGreg LiefoogheStephen Cameron Racing / BMW M235iR25
    88TCPaul HoltonC360R / Audi RS 3 LMS Clubsport24
    99TCJeff RiccaGenRacer / Genesis Coupe24
    1010TCToby GrahovecClassic BMW / BMW M235iR24
    1111TCAnthony GeraciS.A.C. Racing / Audi RS 3 LMS Clubsport24
    121TCATom O'GormanShea Racing / Honda Civic Si24
    1312TCJustin RaphaelClassic BMW / BMW M235iR24
    1413TCRodrigo SalesStephen Cameron Racing / BMW M235iR24
    1514TCAristotle BaloghStephen Cameron Racing / BMW M235iR24
    162TCAElivan GoulartS.A.C. Racing / Mazda MX-524
    173TCAMatthew FassnachtS.A.C. Racing / Mazda MX-524
    1815TCKarl WittmerHonda Ste-Rose Racing / Honda Accord24
    1916TCRobert NimkoffAutoTechnic Racing / BMW M235iR24
    2017TCHenry SchmittStephen Cameron Racing / BMW M235iR24
    2118TCDennis Hanratty JRKRUGSPEED / Lotus Exige24
    224TCAGary KwokM&S Racing / Honda Civic24
    2319TCSamantha TanST Racing / BMW M235iR23
    2420TCChris OhmachtClassic BMW / BMW M235iR23
    255TCADean CopelandCopeland Motorsports / Mazda MX-523
    2621TCChetan PuranikZima Motorsports / BMW M235iR23
    276TCAEric PowellTech Sport Racing / Mazda MX-523
    287TCAEric LaporteLapse Motorsport / Honda Civic Si23
    2922TCShea HolbrookShea Racing / Honda Accord23
    308TCADaniel MoenS.A.C. Racing / Mazda MX-522
    311TCBJake PipalJake Pipal Racing / Honda Fit22
    322TCBCanaan O'ConnellTech Sport Racing / Chevrolet Sonic22
    333TCBP.J. GroenkeTech Sport Racing / Chevrolet Sonic22
    344TCBTravis WashayIndian Summer Racing / Mini Cooper22
    355TCBTaylor HandwerkIndian Summer Racing / Mini Cooper21
    366TCBJasper DrenglerDrengler Racing / Honda Fit21
    377TCBTed SahleyBelieveland Motorsport / Mazda 221
    3823TCCody EllsworthRacerInk Motorsports / Porsche Cayman14
    NC8TCBBlake ThompsonISellMiataParts / Mazda 29
    NC24TCStefan SajicZima Motorsports / BMW M235iR5
    NC25TCJohn AllenBERG Racing / Audi RS 3 LMS Clubsport0

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