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Old 11 Oct 2017, 15:53 (Ref:3773695)   #1
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Continental Tires Sportscar Challenge 2018

This series is in line for some changes next year. There will be 3 classes: GT4, TCR, and ST. There is expected to be some new teams popping up and we are already starting to get some announcements.

HTP will be running a couple of the AMG GT4 cars for Winward Racing:
http://sportscar365.com/imsa/ctscc/w...mg-gt4-effort/
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I'm just hoping all the interviews and reports have a poor word choice, everything I've seen and the interview with the MB rep at Road Atlanta seemed to indicate factory assistance to the teams coming in. His interview was of course prior to the announcement so naming a team specifically wasn't in his program. But any factory involvement beyond a driver seems to be too much for a GT4 program, but then we've seen that seep year after year and class after class.
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You need to understand what "support" means. It's not throwing in factory drivers and a factory team, it's trackside services. Porsche set the standard for this 40 years ago and if you want to get others to purchase your produce, you better provide a truck full of spares and a 20 something year old guy who is a computer wiz with the car. Audi stepped up to the plate to do this and others will have to follow as it's become the norm. Even Ford brought a boatload of spares to the track for the Mustangs. If you want to sell a spec car, you better be there to support it.

I suspect you will see lots of Audis because they will be represented in 3 classes in IMSA (TCR, GS and GTD). They already bring good support but right now they are doing arrive and drives to get those rich guys hooked and thus purchase a car.

When you are looking to run a car, you run the one with the best trackside support because you've learned that the first go around of doing it because you are a fan and to be different, didn't work out so well.
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Seems like Turner and BimmerWorld racing will be flying the GT4 banner for BMW in 2018. I was concerned about where BimmerWorld would end up with TCR coming to replace their usual touring car routes. It sounds like Turner for PWC and CTSCC and BimmerWorld for CTSCC according to everyone's favorite Dagys and S365. $200k (170 euro) doesn't sound like a bad deal for a GT4 car.
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Seems like Turner and BimmerWorld racing will be flying the GT4 banner for BMW in 2018. I was concerned about where BimmerWorld would end up with TCR coming to replace their usual touring car routes. It sounds like Turner for PWC and CTSCC and BimmerWorld for CTSCC according to everyone's favorite Dagys and S365. $200k (170 euro) doesn't sound like a bad deal for a GT4 car.


Nice to see the new car well represented, and 2 Turner cars in PWC GTS too


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€170,000 brings it in almost €30,000 cheaper than the Audi R8 GT4. That's not an insignificant amount of money.
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Mercedes is expecting a large presence in the GT4 category:

http://sportscar365.com/imsa/ctscc/m...north-america/

At least 10 of their cars have been sold stateside.
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€170,000 brings it in almost €30,000 cheaper than the Audi R8 GT4. That's not an insignificant amount of money.
I thought the Audi costs around $205K, so not much more than the BMW. But I heard that price about 4 months ago, so things may have changed! Remember all these GT4 Manufacturers sell their cars delivered to the US in $$$, not Euros!
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I thought the Audi costs around $205K, so not much more than the BMW. But I heard that price about 4 months ago, so things may have changed!
Suppose it'll depend on local rates I guess, but this is from the Audi PR -

In April, Audi Sport customer racing presented the Audi R8 LMS GT4 as its third model range for customer sport. The GT4 sports car delivering up to 364 kW (495 hp) can now be ordered. The company offers the race car at a price of 198,000 euros (excluding VAT). Deliveries are planned to begin in December.

198,000 Euros is approx $230,000.
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