SPRINTS VS. ENDUROS
here aren’t many classes in racing that
rival GT cars when it comes to versatility.
Put one on the track for a cut-and-thrust
Pirelli World Challenge race and it’s up to
the job. Ask it to run twice around the clock
at Le Mans and it’ll happily do that, too.
The demands of the two disciplines could
scarcely seem further removed. Endurance
racing – be it as long as 24 hours, or as
short as a 2h45m “sprint” in the TUDOR
United Sportscar Championship involves pit
stops, driver changes and, so you’d think, a
“big picture” mentality. A 50-minute PWC
sprint event, on the other hand, suggests
an all-out thrash from flag to flag.
Not surprisingly, there are differences
in how each style of racing is approached.
But there are more similarities than you
might expect, too. Dodge SRT
Motorsports factory driver Kuno Wittmer
is well placed to draw comparisons. The
Canadian is a TUDOR Championship GT
LM class frontrunner in his GTE Viper, but
has also raced a GT3 version of the car in
the Toronto round of the PWC. According
to him, the paths between the two split as
soon as the driver arrives at the track.
“The intensity level’s different right from
when the weekend starts,” he says. “In the
endurance races, every session’s vital
because you have two drivers and two or
three practice sessions of about an hour, so
you’ve got to divide up your time so both
drivers have a chance to get accustomed to
the track and setup changes, and all that.
“But at a PWC event? OK, the sessions
are shorter, but you never have to get out
of the car. You’re the one who’s tuning
Driving a GT car in a sprint and
an endurance race are two
totally different things, right?
Well, not so much actually...
2014 Pirelli World
competed in: two.
2014 Pirelli World
won: two. Those
were the stats for
Ryan Dalziel as
RACER went to
press. Not bad at all.
WORDS Mark Glendenning
MAIN IMAGE Camden Thrasher