Ford ruins Camaro GT4 debut in Pirelli World Challenge GTS race in St. Pete
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MARCH 10, 2017
Andrew Aquilante, in a grandfathered-in Ford Mustang Boss 302R, spoiled the debut of the brand-new Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R in Friday’s Pirelli World Challenge GTS race, the season opener for the World Challenge series, and the opening race for the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg weekend.
Lawson Aschenbach had qualified the Camaro on the pole for Blackdog Speed Shop, but the tough Mustang from Phoenix Performance, the Aquilante family team, took the lead early in the race and never gave it up, as the race went caution-free. Jade Buford, in the Racer’s Edge Sin R1 GT4, took third place, after a strong fourth-place qualifying session. Finishing fourth was the Flying Lizard Porsche Cayman GT4, followed by the KTM X-Bow GT4 of Martin Barkey.
The PWC GTS class is one of the most eclectic groups of cars you’ll find on the course at the same time. The Sin R1 GT4, for instance, is a racer designed in Bulgaria but built in the U.K., powered by a Chevrolet 6.2-liter LS3 V-8. The KTM X-Bow (pronounce it “crossbow”) is a track-day car the motorcycle maker introduced in 2007, and began building a year later. The Ginetta G55 is a British race car that has been around since 2011. The PWC has managed to adjust all these oddballs to race against more pedestrian vehicles, such as the comparatively familiar McLaren 570S GT4.