Canadians Participating in the WC Weekend at COTA

Canadians Participating in the WC Weekend at COTA

GT SprintX-Pro

#22 Alegra Motorsports Daniel Morad  Porsche 911 GT3 R (991) 

#58 Wright Motorsports Scott Hargrove Porsche 911 GT3 R (991) 

#61 R.Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3

GT SprintX-Pro/Am

#31 TR3 Racing Wei Lu Ferrari 488 GT3

#80 Racers Edge Motorsports Martin Barkey / Kyle Marcelli Acura NSX

GT4 SprintX-Am

#36 Andretti Autosport Karl Thomson McLaren 570S GT4

GT4 East-Am

#69 BGB Motorsports Group Thomas Collingwood Porsche Cayman GT4 CS-MR

GT4 East-Pro/Am

#22 Precision Driving Tech Karl Wittmer BMW M4 GT4

GT4 West-Pro/Am

#38 ST Racing Samantha Tan BMW M4 GT4

TCR Cup

#45 Alphasonic Motorsport Nelson Chan Audi Sport RS3 LMS

#47 Alphasonic Motorsport Alain Lauziere Audi Sport RS3 LMS

TCA

#22 TechSport Racing Damon Surzyshyn Suburu BRZ tS

#44 TechSport Racing P.J. Groenke Suburu BRZ tS

#91 TechSport Racing Nick Wittmer Suburu BRZ tS

Kyle Marcelli and Martin Barkey to join Racers Edge Motorsports in Blancpain GT

Kyle Marcelli and Martin Barkey to join Racers Edge Motorsports in Blancpain GT

Racers Edge Motorsports is excited to announce it will campaign an Acura NSX GT3 Evo in the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge America championship. The team, based in Florida, will compete in the Pro/Am class, with drivers Kyle Marcelli and Martin Barkey making up an all Canadian driver lineup. Official partners for the effort will be MBRP Performance Exhaust, FRAM, Autolite and Honda Performance Development (HPD).

The team will begin testing this month and is looking forward to the first race of the championship at Circuit of the Americas, March 1 – 3, 2019.

2019 Schedule

MAR 01-03Circuit of the Americas
APR 26-28VIRginia International Raceway
MAY 17-19Canadian Tire Motorsports Park
JUN 07-09Sonoma Raceway
AUG 30-SEP 01Watkins Glen International
SEP 20-22Road America
OCT 18-20Grand Finale TBA

Samantha Tan Racing Announces 2019 Plans

 

ST Racing Press Release:

Toronto, Ont. (December 17, 2018) – ST Racing announced today their plans for 2019 which include a new teammate for Canadian driver Samantha Tan. Twenty-four-year old Jason Wolfe will be co-driving the #38 GPI-BMW M4 GT4 in the GTS SprintX Pro-Am class alongside Tan.

I am extremely happy with the opportunity to be able to join Samantha in the beginning stages of her path to 24-hour races. Racing together with Sam back in 2015 with Kinetic Motorsports showed we worked well together as a team and I noticed right away she had a lot of passion for the sport. More importantly, during that time I saw a lot of things click and develop with her driving. To me, this shows a lot of promise for the years to come.  I have kept up on her racing these past few years and she has clearly grown as a driver. I am excited to see what we can accomplish together as we share the car in 2019.”

Born in Mount Vernon (Ohio) in 1994, Wolfe started karting in 2004, then moved over to open-wheel racing in 2010 with Skip Barber Racing, Formula BMW, and Formula Enterprise Club Racing. As he gained more experience, Wolfe went over to USF2000 in 2012-13. However, fate would take him to Pirelli World Challenge sports car racing in 2014 with Kinetic Motorsports where he promptly scored 11 podiums with six wins in the TCA class. It became clear that the young American was destined to succeed in sports cars, as the following year, he collected more podiums and captured the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge TCA Championship with eight wins. In 2016, Wolfe ran a mix of PWC TCA and GTS races, along with the 24-Hour of Portimao. In the last two years, Wolfe competed in Europe in the ADAC TCR German Touring Car Championship and then switched over to British GT driving a Jaguar GT4 in the PRO/AM class with Invictus games, racing with wounded ex-servicemen as co-drivers.

Samantha Tan holds fond memories of her racing days in 2015 with ex-teammate Wolfe and is looking forward to driving with him again in 2019.

 

“Thinking about the new season” said Tan, “I am extremely excited to be able to go racing again! I’d like to give a warm welcome to my new teammate Jason Wolfe. We actually first met and were teammates in my first year of Pirelli World Challenge with Kinetic Motorsports. I think it’s great that we are able to work together again and I am excited to see how this season goes for us! I’d also like to give a big thank you to my close friend and teammate Nick Wittmer”, she added. “He has definitely helped me develop into a better driver and made every weekend so much fun. Although we won’t be on the same team again this year, I wish him all the best!. I know that with his fast driving skills and extensive racing knowledge, he will be successful wherever he chooses to go.”  

Tan plans to continue to put all her energy and focus on both her university studies and her racing in the upcoming season. Being a full-time student means having two full-time jobs. Not an easy task. However, the young Canadian racer has everything it takes to succeed, and she plans on doing so, no matter what it takes. PWC’s changes to the GTS-SprintX program and schedule has made this slightly easier as she does not have to travel as far to the race tracks from her home in Irvine, CA.

A new coach with years of experience in motorsports has also been brought on board for both ST Racing drivers. Coach Niclas Jonnson, a racer himself, wasted no time in putting together an elaborate physical fitness program and nutritional performance diet for his proteges. Serious training starts after the Holidays. Jonnson will be coaching both drivers at all the races.

Team Principal Kenneth Tan commented on the Team’s goals for 2019. “We’re very excited about our plans for 2019 and the new direction we are undertaking for the years ahead.  It’s basically an evolutionary strategy for Samantha and the team and will improve our capabilities.  To help us make that goal a reality, we are joined by Nic Jonnson, a highly-respected and deeply experienced race car driver in both Europe and North America, and Jason Wolfe, a two-time champion at PWC, to become Samantha’s coach and co-driver, respectively.  Their addition tremendously increases our team’s capabilities and will be instrumental in fulfilling Samantha’s and the team’s goals.  Having said that, we do have a lot of work ahead of us but I feel we will have improved as a team for 2019.  I can’t wait for the new season to start!”

ST Racing’s season starts on March 1st at the famed F1 Circuit of the Americas (COTA). Four other race weekends will make up the 2019 West Championship for the Pirelli GT4 America. The schedule is as follows:

March 1-3                          COTA

March 29-31                    Laguna Seca

June 7-9                              Sonoma

July 12-14                         Portland

Oct 26-28                          Las Vegas

 

@WCRacing GP of Lime Rock Saturday Race Results

 

Listed below are how the Canadians placed in today’s races. Mark Wilkins lead the way with a pair of second place finishes in the TCR class.

TCR/TCA Round 5

SECOND #99 Mark Wilkins  Hyundai I30 N TCR – Bryan Herta Autosport with Cu

7th #2 Jerimy Daniel   Audi Sport RS3 LMS – The Racing Company

13th #8 David Ostella  Audi Sport RS3 LMS – M1 GT Racing

TCA 11th #25 P.J Groenke  Subaru BRZ tS – TechSport Racing

TC Round 5

FIRST #91 Karl WITTMER  BMW M235iR Cup – Classic BMW

7th #27 Jayson CLUNIE  BMW M235iR Cup – Classic BMW

TCR/TCA Round 6

SECOND #99 Mark Wilkins  Hyundai I30 N TCR – Bryan Herta Autosport with Cu

11th #2 Jerimy Daniel   Audi Sport RS3 LMS – The Racing Company

NC #8 David Ostella  Audi Sport RS3 LMS – M1 GT Racing

TCA 9th #25 P.J Groenke  Subaru BRZ tS – TechSport Racing

TC Round 6

4th #91 Karl WITTMER  BMW M235iR Cup – Classic BMW

8th #27 Jayson CLUNIE  BMW M235iR Cup – Classic BMW