CADILLAC’S WEIGHTY DILEMMA
(MAIN) Mid season Balance of
Performance tweaks took the competitive
edge off Cadillac Racing’s venerable
(ABOVE) another GT class drivers’ title.
With a wave of GT3-spec machinery joining the Pirelli World
Challenge GT class, Cadillac Racing knew it would have
to dig deep in 2014 to fight for another championship.
hat’s an easy way to topple a lion
from its place as king of the jungle? Take it
out of the jungle. Removed from its natural
environment and forced to survive in less
familiar surrounds, that same lion
suddenly looks a lot more vulnerable.
Cadillac Racing has been the dominant
force in the Pirelli World Challenge GT
class for three years on the bounce now.
Championship three-peats are what
dynasties are made of, but if the 2012
and ’ 13 titles were about the team being
master of its domain, 2014 was the
season where it was taken out of the
jungle – and retained its crown anyway.
The 2014 season marked a new era in
PWC, with a fleet of nimble FIA GT3-spec
cars crowding onto the grid to take
advantage of a change in the regulations.
Cadillac’s previously all-conquering CTS-V,
on the other hand, was entering its fourth
season of competition. Four years is a long
time for any current-spec racecar to try
and stay competitive; throw a rule change
into the mix as well, and the challenge
becomes exponentially tougher.
WORDS Mark Glendenning MAIN IMAGE Camden Thrasher