Along with GTA, Pirelli World Challenge’s
GT Cup is another destination for the
gentleman driver, or one working his or
her way up, to compete on the big stage
without playing second fiddle to factory
teams and drivers. Using (at least for
now) Porsche GT Cup cars that also
race in several other one-make
championships, GT Cup races with GT and
GTA at most races. It’s another way for
drivers from GTS or Touring Car to move
up to GT without diving in headfirst.
“It’s a good gateway for GT,” says
Greg Gill, president and CEO of WC
Vision. “A purpose-built spec car ticks
that box for the driver who is used to
Porsche Cup and Ferrari Challenge.
That’s a very comfortable proposition
for certain drivers.”
GT Cup sent 2015 champ Colin
Thompson to GT with K-PAX Racing this
year. And in ’ 16 it has seen arrivals from
Touring Car (Corey Fergus) and GTS
(Preston Calvert). So it seems to be
fulfilling one role as a stepping stone.
However, with only four drivers running
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the full series this season, it’s clear that
the class isn’t fulfilling it’s potential –
part of which lies in what the class isn’t.
“This was started with tremendous
support from Porsche, and we’ve got a
great partnership with them,” says Gill.
“We’re going to be addressing [the low
entries] and look at what we do with GT
Cup going forward.
“We clearly named it GT Cup – we
didn’t name it Porsche GT Cup. And so
opportunities are there. We talked about
that; from the beginning we were very
honest that if there were other
manufacturers that could be balanced
into where that field ran, roughly four
seconds off the GT pace and able to run
competitively, we would entertain it.”
The series is trying that for the
longer SprintX races this year, and
expects a Ferrari Challenge car for the
race at Utah Motorsports Campus in
Tooele in September.
“We’ll beta test it for this season,” Gill
explains, “talk to members of the class
and see what they desire for the future.”
GT Cup provides another level of GT competition in Pirelli World Challenge.
For now, GT Cup is restricted to Porsche GT
Cup cars. However, the class could be opened
up in the future to help attract more entries.
The Pirelli World Challenge’s GT Cup
class offers yet another avenue for
non-pros to enjoy real GT competition.