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C360R Continues to Move with the Times

In just one year, C360R has experienced a sweeping transition in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

While the team has consistently and successfully competed in the series for more than a decade, the manufacturers, drivers and car counts have varied over time – but nothing like the last 12 months.

In 2017, the Toronto-based team, which formerly ran under the moniker Compass360, rejuvenated its effort in the GS class. The year prior, Paul Holton and Pierre Kleinubing had piloted the team’s lone Ford Shelby GT350R-C to three podium results in 10 races.

10 Big Questions for 2018: Continental Tire Challenge Edition

The 2018 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge might be the most anticipated season yet, with several key storylines already developing.

The third in a series of articles, here are 10 big questions surrounding the Continental Tire Challenge GT heading into next season:

1. Which manufacturers will field GT4 cars and how will they compare to returning manufacturers?

Christmas Comes Early for BimmerWorld with Delivery of BMW M4 GT4

It’s delivery time for some IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge teams and first on that list is BimmerWorld Racing.

Last week, BMW announced the distribution of its new M4 GT4 racecars to a handful of teams throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. The new car is eligible to compete in the Continental Tire Challenge Grand Sport (GS) class in 2018 and BimmerWorld, previously a Street Tuner (ST) class team, is the first to take advantage of the new opportunity.

Foss Continues to Write Name in IMSA Record Books

One can be either the best number or the loneliest number.

For IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge driver Eric Foss, being the standalone champion of the Street Tuner (ST) class feels like a little bit of both.

Foss’ second Continental Tire Challenge championship comes on the heels of one of his most historic seasons yet, but the success didn’t come without its trials.

Machavern and Murcott Climb IMSA Ladder to GS Championship

No matter how you spell it, Dillon and Dylan are IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge champions.

Dillon Machavern and Dylan Murcott, a young-gun, small-town duo, arrived on the Grand Sport (GS) championship scene midway through the 2017 season in the No. 28 RS1 Porsche Cayman GT4 MR. Not only was this the first season for the RS1 team in the GS class after winning the 2016 Street Tuner (ST) championship, it also was the first full season for both drivers in the Continental Tire Challenge.

Winward Racing, HTP Motorsport to Partner for 2018 Continental Tire Challenge Season

Today Winward Racing announced a partnership with German GT powerhouse, HTP Motorsport to run two brand new AMG GT4 cars in the 2018 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. The Houston based team has also announced a comprehensive 2017 test and race program which will see the car make it’s US debut at the 24 Hours of CoTA in November followed up by the team’s first ever entry at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill in early December.

Motorsports In Action Gets Long-Overdue Victory at Road Atlanta

After a string of bad luck that seemed to last for months, Motorsports In Action (MIA) finally took home its first Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge victory in the FOX Factory 120 at Road Atlanta Friday.

The race brought to a close the 2017 Continental Tire Challenge season, as well as MIA’s inaugural season in the series. For co-drivers Chris Green and Jesse Lazare, the race couldn’t have gone any better.

CRG Writes Cinderella Story in Possibly Final ST Race

Sarah Cattaneo and Owen Trinkler know how to win exactly when it matters most.

At VIRginia International Raceway in August, the co-drivers and the rest of the No. 44 CRG-I Do Borrow Nissan Altima team discovered they would not be competing full-time in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge next season. The next day, they brought home the Street Tuner (ST) class win.

Friday was no different.

Continental Tire Challenge Wraps Up Final Practice Sessions of 2017

The IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge has officially completed its final practice sessions of the year.

Ahead of Friday’s FOX Factory 120 at Road Atlanta, Matt Plumb in the No. 76 C360R McLaren GT4 posted the fastest lap of the day in the Grand Sport (GS) class at 1:28.879 (102.881 mph). The early speed is an encouraging sign for the team, which hasn’t finished in the top five since a third-place finish at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in July.

Grand Sport Sees Tremendous Growth One Year After Adopting GT4 Specs

While Friday’s Fox Factory 120 at Road Atlanta marks the end of the 2017 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season, it signifies only the beginning of good things to come for the series’ Grand Sport (GS) class.

It’s been a little over one year since IMSA announced its intention to adopt GT4 technical specifications in GS and with the first year of that plan coming to a close this weekend, the results have been nothing less than remarkable and the statistics are there to prove it.

Last year saw the average GS car count per race around eight. That number is now 15.

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