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Marko Radisic Running Double-Duty at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 09-11

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Press Release
Sarasota, Florida
02/19/18

Marko Radisic of Precision Driving is running double-duty at the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 09-11. The team is campaigning a brand new BMW M4 GT4 in the GTS class as well as a Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO for GT Cup.

The Sarasota based team recently took delivery of its BMW M4 GT4 and will be running their cars through a shakedown test before the season debut.

The team believes the GTS series will produce some of the best racing in America. Radisic says, “I’m excited for the start of a new season and always extra special at a street circuit. Being our ‘home race’, we will have a lot of friends and family there to support us.”

Precision Driving is working with companies like SimCraft to bring real driving simulators for the fans race and compete.

Precision Driving is launching two new products at the race in St. Petersburg focused around safety and precision when driving on the streets. Go to www.precisiondriving.racing/products for more info.

Precision Driving Partners with SAT to Deliver Automotive Solutions to Market

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Sarasota, Florida
02/14/18
Pirelli World Challenge competitor Precision Driving and Search Automotive Technologies (SAT) have officially announced a global partnership to bring leading automotive products direct to market under a new brand – Precision Vision.
Team owner and driver Marko Radisic has worked closely with John Mangham Sr, Founder of SAT, to develop a product line that is congruent with the Precision brand and that will give his racing team a competitive edge. SAT has been at the forefront in developing automotive technology for twenty years.
Among the products that will be launched at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (March 9-11, 2018) include:

  • Precise Sight – a nanotech water repellent glass coating with a hardness rating of 6.5 on the mohs scale that will last for up to 2 years on windshields.
  • Precise Light – a patented UV resistant headlight restoration technology that comes with a 2 year written warranty.
    These two products are the initial thrust for Precision Driving and SAT in their joint venture to bring congruence between motorsports and safety on the roads.

Precision Driving will be campaigning a brand new BMW M4GT4 in the GT4/GTS class of Pirelli World Challenge as well as a Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO for GT Cup.
With this new partnership, Precision Vision will continue as one of the leading technology suppliers to the automotive industry worldwide.

PRECISION DRIVING AND HEAT TAGS FORM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

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GT Cup competitor Precision Driving and HEAT Tags, LLC, a global GPS asset tracking and protection business, have announced a partnership between the two companies for promotion and sponsorship.

The agreement officially kicked-off on September 1st and will be fully featured during the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge season as Precision Driving and Marko Radisic make the switch to GTS competition. While not officially confirmed, it is suspected that Radisic will pilot a BMW M4 GT4 for the 2018 season with the continuation of a GT Cup program also possible if the category has sufficient growth next year.

Look for future announcements around the program coming in the next couple of weeks.

Precision Driving Partners with Selah Freedom 

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Marko Radisic, Professional Pirelli World Challenge Racecar Driver, is taking a stand to the end sex trafficking of American children. He has partnered with Selah Freedom, a national anti-sex trafficking organization leading efforts in this battle against injustice and will highlight them in his upcoming race.

Selah Freedom serves thousands of young women and teenagers affected by sex trafficking and exploitation through four strong programs: Residential, Teen Prevention, Outreach and Awareness. They have been recognized for setting the highest outcomes and measurements serving this population. This partnership will shine a light on their mission to an entirely new audience.

“I am passionate about being the voice for children that are taken advantage of. There is no reason why any young girl in this country should wake up afraid,”…

says Radisic. His Ferrari will now represent a beacon of awareness and hope as it enters the track, with Selah Freedom’s mission featured front and center.

Selah Freedom’s President/CEO, Elizabeth Fisher stated, “We are so grateful for Marko to take on Selah Freedom as his cause and are excited to receive national coverage as he highlights our organization and the amazing results of the young ladies we serve, through this high profile race.” To learn more and donate to Selah Freedom visit www.SelahFreedom.com.

Contact: Elizabeth Fisher

Chief Executive Officer

941.348.9141

Elizabeth@selahfreedom.com

Dani Clos Joins Marko Radisic for SprintX Season

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Former HRT Formula One pilot Dani Clos, will join Marko Radisic for the full Pirelli World Challenge SprintX season the #11 Precision Driving Ferrari 458 Challenge Evo in the GTCup class.

We’ll be doing the full SprintX season along with my full Sprint season” said Ridisic, “Luckily with our fire at St Pete, the suppression system did it’s job. There was some good damage, but parts were ordered the Monday after and were quickly received and the team is getting the car back together. We’re a small privateer team, but very capable and look forward to the rest of the season“.

Spain’s Dani Clos has raced primarily in European openwheel series, taking wins in GP2 and then being signed as HRT’s Formula One test driver in 2012.

The 2017 SprintX Season kicksoff at VIR April 28-30th.

Source: Dani Clos Joins Marko Radisic for SprintX Season

Precision Driving Shirt Giveaway!

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Do you wear shirts?  Do you love the #11 Precision Driving Ferrari? We are going to hook you up!

Precision Driving is giving away one of our officially licensed Pirelli World Challenge crew shirts. These are the same sublimated, zipper-front shirts worn by our crew in the Hot Pits and Paddock at all World Challenge races and they are NOT FOR SALE. The only way to get one is through this giveaway. The sizes range from “Driver to Technician” (XS-XL). Who knows…we might include some extra swag. We might pick more than one winner.

All you have to do to enter is like our Facebook Page Precision Driving and follow our Twitter and Instagram feeds shown below. Comment on any platform your requested size (or comment and send a message) ;). Multiple posts equal multiple entries. Help us get the word out!

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PWC Expecting Increase in GT Cup Entries – Sportscar365

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Pirelli World Challenge GT Class Manager Rob Morgan is expecting an increase in GT Cup cars for the remainder of the season, after only two entries for this weekend’s season-opener on the streets of St. Pete.

The class, which has expanded eligibility to Ferrari 458 Challenge and Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo cars this year after two seasons exclusively with Porsche 911 GT3 Cup machinery, has seen three of its 2016 drivers go in different directions.

Reigning class champion Alec Udell has stepped up to GTA competition, while Corey Fergus has switched to the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA series, and 2016 runner-up Sloan Urry still yet to put together a program.

It’s left just Preston Calvert, in a one-off entry with his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, and a Ferrari Challenge car of Serbian Marko Radisic in the GT Cup class this weekend.

“I think it will increase,” Morgan told Sportscar365. “We’ve adjusted our numbers internally moving forward. You’ll definitely see that get higher.”

Morgan believes the slump in entries at St. Pete could be attributed to the proximity of next weekend’s IMSA GT3 Challenge race at Sebring as well as the tendency of some gentlemen drivers electing to skip often-treacherous street races.

While GT Cup cars are not in action at the next GT/GTA round at Long Beach, the class will return for Virginia International Raceway, as part of the first SprintX weekend of the year.

“When you look at the rising costs of GT3 racing, I think GT Cup is a great stepping stone and a natural step up,” Morgan said.

“There’s so many of those cars in the country now, whether it’d be the Ferrari or Lamborghinis, I like it a lot. I think with the schedules and the way things work, a lot of teams and drivers can double dip.”

Morgan wouldn’t be drawn on a target car count for the class moving forward but it’s understood up to a half-dozen cars could be on the grid later this year, supplementing the GT3-spec cars in both Sprint and SprintX competition.

PWC’s GTA class featured a similar slump last year, with eventual champion Martin Fuentes running virtually unopposed in the opening rounds, before additional cars arrived later in the year.

GTA has rebounded to a nine-car entry this weekend, including several high-profile additions.

Morgan confirmed only Gen-1 991-based Porsche Cup cars are allowed this year, with the new Gen-2 car, set to debut in Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and the two single-make IMSA series, becoming eligible in GT Cup in 2018.

 

Source: PWC Expecting Increase in GT Cup Entries – Sportscar365

Parente Opens PWC GT Title Defense With Victory Saturday at St. Pete; Udell, Calvert Win GTA and GT Cup Classes – Pirelli World Challenge

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reigning GT champion Alvaro Parente of Porto, Portugal opened his Pirelli World Challenge championship defense Saturday with an impressive 10.135-second victory Saturday in the 2017 season-opening PWC Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by Case●It at the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit near the beautiful harborside. Young Alec Udell of The Woodlands,Tex., took the GTA class top honors with Preston Calvert of Potomac,. Md., winning the GT Cup division Saturday in the sun-drenched 80-degree weather.

Parente, 32, took the lead from pole winner Daniel Mancinelli of Italy in turn four on the second lap of the 50-minute sprint race and never looked back in his No. 9 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S in Round 1 of the 2017 PWC trail. Parente won six GT races and five GT pole positions in 2016 in his first season competing in North America.

The personable sports car star was able to pull away from the GT field to a 2.2-second margin by lap 22 and increased his advantage in lapped traffic in the last ten laps of the event. The factory McLaren driver said he had to be conservative with his driving at times with the tough street circuit conditions.

“It is so much fun to return to St. Petersburg after my first visit last year,” said Parente. “The start was a little difficult as I didn’t really see the green flag. Not the best start. But, on the second lap, I was able to slide under Pierre Kaffer in the No. 4 car in turn one. Then Daniel (Mancinelli) in the Ferrari guarded the inside line entering turn four and I made the outside move. It was a little slippery but I got to the corner and made the pass. After that, the McLaren (650S for K-PAX Racing) felt very good. I know that there was some wild stuff happening behind but I focused on the track and keeping my pace. Racing on a street circuit is always tough. You can’t make a single mistake at a place like this or you will be in the wall. So you must drive hard but at a secure pace. Overall, I’m very happy with the win in the opening race of the season. After last year, I’m so comfortable with the K-PAX team and we have confidence entering 2017. I couldn’t ask for a better start with the victory.”

Australian JD Davison, now residing in Miami, Fla., made a sensational drive Saturday in the No. 007 TRG Aston Martin Vantage GT3 after starting sixth and taking the runner-up position Saturday. Davison battled Patrick Long and Pierre Kaffer throughout the 34-lap contest in some spirited action around the tricky street surfaces.

“It is great to be back at St. Petersburg this year,” Davison said. “We were second last year here and it feels great to take the Aston Martin and TRG to the podium today. Another second place but it was so competitive out there. It’s hard to believe that the Pirelli World Challenge has become more competitive than last year. But I think it has happened. I raced very hard with Pierre (Kaffer) before getting him for third. Then I got up to the Ferrari (Daniel Mancinelli) quickly and was able to slide inside. But Patrick (Long) was on me so quickly. We raced extremely hard today. I’m happy to take second.”

Long, the 2011 PWC GT champion, also fought hard in the 2017 season opener with his No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R to secure the final position in the victory podium in the GT category.

“We had quite a battle with Johnny (O’Connell) early in the race and later on with James (Davison),” said Long. “I had to look into passing in several areas today and it was extremely competitive. I came back to the Pirelli World Challenge last year after being away since 2011 and, boy, the competition level has really jumped up. Many of the newcomers to series this year like Pierre (Kaffer) found out the new level today. It’s a sprint race for 50 minutes and there is no give and take. It’s a constant push for the driver. I also wanted a good lap time for Sunday’s race lineup and I was able to do that in the middle of the race. But then (Alex) Riberas and Alvaro (Parente) turned just quicker at the end, so I missed out on the pole for Sunday.”

Taking fourth Saturday in the GT category was four-time GT champion Johnny O’Connell in the red No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS-V.R. followed by Parente’s K-PAX Racing teammate, PWC series newcomer Bryan Sellers in the No. 6 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S. Another new competitor to the PWC GT division took sixth with Spain’s Alex Riberas in the No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3. Riberas will start on the pole for Sunday’s 50-minute sprint Round 2 after setting the fastest race lap in Saturday’s GT event at 1:14.125 (87.41 miles per hour). Parente and Long will start Sunday’s GT race in second and third positions, respectively.

In the GTA class, young Clemson University student Udell made a strong showing in his first appearance in the category in the No. 17 GMG/Euroworld Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, leading the entire race and finishing ninth overall. The 2016 GT Cup champion, with 12 race wins, defeated veteran Michael Schein of Glen Cove, N.Y., a six-time GTA race winner in 2016, in the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R and James Sofronas of Villa Park, Calif., in the No. 14 GMG Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.

“It was very busy up front but it’s nice running with the big guys because they’re not going to do anything too crazy,” said Udell. “I was able to have good confidence running with all the big gang. I learned a lot, for sure. I had a good battle with Peter Kox which was awesome, and I was right there with Michael Cooper, as well. It’s obviously great to come out and debut in GTA class and get a win so I’m very happy with that. I’m also happy for the Euroworld Motorsports GMG Porsche GT3R. I was really nervous going into the race since it’s a street course and that’s a heck of a way to start in a GT3 car. I was keeping my nose clean, trying to race clean, as I knew the other guys would. It turned out with the GTA win today.”

Calvert took the GT Cup victory in his No. 77 Calvert Dynamics Porsche GT3 Cup over Marko Radisic of Belgrade, Serbia in the No. 11 Precision Driving Ferrari Challenge Evo.

“The race was my first session after the bump that I had in the first testing run on Thursday, so the first couple of laps I was bedding brakes, getting used to the new track at turn 3, and being prepared to race,” said Calvert. “I was just trying to make sure that I did my best and also stayed out of the way of the GT guys. You have to remember who’s earning the ring out here and who’s not.”

Sunday’s Round 2 of the GT/GTA/GT Cup divisions is scheduled for 3:15 pm EDT for another 50-minute sprint contest and will be broadcast live on the MotorTrendOnDemand YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/MotorTrend; simulcast will be handled at World-Challenge.com/StreamVideo. Check your local listings from CBS Sports Network television broadcast premieres starting March 18th.

Of note, the following awards were issued for the race:
The Optima Batteries Best Start award was issued to Bryan Sellers (Braselton, Georgia) for his 5 position gain from P11 at the start of the race.
The Cadillac Move of the Race was awarded to Italy’s Daniel Mancinelli for his pass of JD Davison (No. 007 TRG Aston Martin Vantage GT3) to capture the 4th position in the No. 31 TR3 Racing Ferrari 488 GT3.
The VP Racing Fuels Hard Charger award was given to Peter Kox fom Eindhoven, Netherlands, in the No. 93 RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 for his overall gain of 6 positions, finishing the race in eighth from his P14 qualifying position.


Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Case-it, March 9-12, 2017. GT/GTA Rd.1 GT Cup Rd.1 Race Results. Results are Provisional until posted Final.

Finishing Position, Car No., Class, Place in Class, Driver Name, Vehicle Entry, Laps completed, and Gap to Leader

POS,NO,CL,PIC,NAME,ENTRY,LAPS,GAP
1,9,GT,1,Alvaro PARENTE,GT – K-PAX Racing,34,
2,007,GT,2,James DAVISON,Aston Martin Vantage GT3 – TRG,34,10.135
3,58,GT,3,Patrick LONG,Porsche GT3R – Wright Motorsports,34,10.379
4,3,GT,4,Johnny O’CONNELL,Cadillac ATS-V.R – Cadillac Racing,34,12.090
5,6,GT,5,Bryan SELLERS,GT – K-PAX Racing,34,12.884
6,61,GT,6,Alex RIBERAS,Ferrari 488 GT3 – R. Ferri Motorsport,34,13.487
7,8,GT,7,Michael COOPER,Cadillac ATS-V.R – Cadillac Racing,34,13.987
8,93,GT,8,Peter KOX,Acura NSX GT3 – RealTime Racing,34,14.489
9,17,GTA,1,Alec UDELL,Porsche GT3R – GMG Racing,34,15.094
10,99,GT,9,Jon FOGARTY,Porsche GT3R – Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing,34,15.383
11,88,GT,10,Adderly FONG,Bentley Continental GT3 – Absolute Racing,34,15.770
12,16,GTA,2,Michael SCHEIN,Porsche GT3R – Wright Motorsports,34,21.020
13,14,GTA,3,James SOFRONAS,Porsche GT3R – GMG Racing,34,27.596
14,31,GT,11,Daniel MANCINELLI,Ferrari 488 GT3 – TR3 Racing,34,32.103
15,98,GTA,4,Mike HEDLUND,GTA – K-PAX Racing,34,43.604
16,2,GT,12,Ryan DALZIEL,Mercedes AMG – CRP Racing,34,1:00.804
17,54,GTA,5,Tim PAPPAS,Mercedes Benz AMG GT3 – Black Swan Racing,33,1 Lap
18,44,GTA,6,John POTTER,Audi RS 3 LMS – Magnus Racing,33,1 Lap
19,4,GT,13,Pierre KAFFER,Audi R8 – Magnus Racing,33,1 Lap
20,04,GTA,7,Jorge DE LA TORRE,Aston Martin Vantage GT3 – De La Torre Racing,32,2 Laps
21,77,GT Cup,1,Preston CALVERT,Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – Calvert Dynamics,32,2 Laps
22,43,GT,14,Ryan EVERSLEY,Acura NSX GT3 – RealTime Racing,27,7 Laps
23,78,GTA,8,Yufeng LUO,Bentley Continental GT3 – Absolute Racing,21,13 Laps
NC,11,GT Cup,,Marko RADISIC,Ferrari Challenge Evo – Precision Driving,2,32 Laps
NC,69,GTA,,Pablo Perez COMPANC,Mercedes AMG GT3 – Champ 1,1,33 Laps

Source: Parente Opens PWC GT Title Defense With Victory Saturday at St. Pete; Udell, Calvert Win GTA and GT Cup Classes – Pirelli World Challenge

St. Pete Entry Grows to 45 Cars – Sportscar365

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The entry list for next weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge Sprint season-opener at St. Pete has grown to 45 cars, with additional entries in both the GTA and GTS classes and further drivers confirmed.

ENTRY LIST: St. Pete

Jorge De La Torre has been added to the GTA grid with his Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, for a planned full-season Sprint effort, increasing the field to nine entries.

An additional Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, meanwhile, has been added for Cameron Maugeri, under the Krugspeed banner. It brings the total number of Clubsports in the GTS class up to five.

While the GT class has remained at 14 entires, a number of drivers have been confirmed, most notably Pierre Kaffer in the No. 4 Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS.

Chinese-born USF2000 driver Luo Yufeng, meanwhile, is now listed in the No. 78 Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3 alongside the returning Adderly Fong in the No. 88 car, both in the GT class.

Absolute has yet to officially communicate its PWC plans for this year, although it’s understood a two-car full-season effort is planned.

Only two TBAs remain on the entry list, for both ANSA Motorsports KTM X-Bow GT4s in the GTS class.

Track action for GT/GTA/GT Cup and GTS cars gets underway on Thursday.

Source: St. Pete Entry Grows to 45 Cars – Sportscar365