DENVER (Sept. 3, 2014) — The organizers of the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) will add a Porsche GT-Cup class beginning in 2015 to integrate the introduction of Porsche 991 Cup Cars, the next iteration of the GT3 class Porsche.
Running as part of the overall Pirelli World Challenge GT class, the new Porsche GT-Cup class will run within the GT Class races and have a separate victory circle presentation alongside that of the GT/GT-A class winners, according to WC Vision, the organizer of the PWC.
“The series is pleased to announce a class that will allow competitors to pilot the new GT3 Cup car,” said Scott Bove, president and CEO, WC Vision/Pirelli World Challenge.
The cars will compete under Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Rules “as delivered” by Porsche Motorsport North America with no modification allowed, WC Vision said.
“We anticipate 10 to 15 entries and look forward to the exciting competition within the Pirelli World Challenge GT class in 2015,” Mr. Bove said.
The Pirelli WC features six separate classes of competition—GT/GT-A, GTS, Touring Car, Touring Car A, and Touring Car B-Spec.
WC Vision defines the GT class as coupes, sedans and convertibles typically sold in the market as “sports” cars, “sport touring” cars, or performance versions of “luxury” cars. Forced induction is permitted on cars that come equipped with forced induction stock, or on cars that SCCA Pro Racing has determined need help reaching the target horsepower range of 425 to 525 hp.
Weight varies depending on power output and tire size. All of the vehicles in GT are rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
Pirelli World Challenge events are a maximum of 50 minutes start to finish and feature standing starts.
A Pirelli tire test for the new class will be planned before year-end, WC Vision said.