The Pirelli World Challenge came to Lime Rock Park for the fifth round in the championship on Saturday, May 28 2016. Why a Saturday? Because Lime Rock doesn’t allow racing on Sundays because of... reasons.
PWC cars are based on production models and cover a wide range of vehicles with a big difference in performance between the top and the bottom of the ladder. All of them are similar to their street-going counterparts and the main difference is in how fast their production equivalents can go.
The GTS cars were the first out on track. These cars are faster than the touring cars but not as quick as the featured GT cars. They put on some of the best racing of the day, with lots of hard charging and passing. These guys were definitely trying hard.
Lawson Aschenbach got his front wheels off the ground several times coming on the entrance to the chicane. He would lead for most of the race, but ended up finishing fourth after can incident with Brett Sandburg.
After the incident with Sandburg and Aschenbach, Chris Beaufait took first place. Full results can be seen here.
Touring cars in the TC, TCA, and TCB classes make up the “slowest” performance category. They are based on cars that wouldn’t look out of place picking up the kids from soccer practice but also include some track-focused cars like the Lotus Exige and bevy of Mazda Miatas.
Jasper Drengler’s Honda Fit was a personal favorite of mine, but that’s probably just because I drove a 2011 Honda Fit Sport for 4 years. Drengler’s version was quite a bit different from mine, but mostly in terms of what was missing: no extra seats, no trim, no carpets, etc. About the only things they added to make this Fit into a race car were a roll cage and some racing slicks.
It was definitely a hot and dusty day out there. This is not an image of from the Acropolis Rally. Someone just put a wheel off the track kicked up a huge dust cloud. This kind of thing would be a problem for the drivers all day.
Nick Wittmer took first in a Honda Accord. Full results can be seen here.
GT cars went out last. These are the fastest cars in the Pirelli World Challenge. Technically, they are based on production cars, but unlike the touring cars you are unlikely to ever see one of these on the street unless you go to a lot of Cars and Coffees.
After a race that was mostly a procession with little passing, Alvaro Parente took first place in the GT category. Full results can be seen here.
Bonus: Some of the corporate hospitality events involved taking spectators with more money than me around the track in high performance cars. Enjoy the sound of this Nissan GTR and Jaguar F-Type.