Now that Cadillac’s ATS-V.R has left the Pirelli World Challenge after three seasons, it’s opened the door for Callaway Competition to compete in North America next year with a pair of GT3-spec homologated Corvette C7 GT3-Rs.
“Joining the Pirelli World Challenge has been a long-term objective for Callaway Competition,” said Reeves Callaway. “Now the field is a roll-call of the most capable sports cars from every country. To do well here, you must beat the best in the world. What better way to showcase our iconic American car?”
Callaway will be running a factory team in 2018 to give them the best chance of continuing the championship record the Corvette has achieved in international competition, he said.
“For 2019, we will not race against our customers, but provide high-quality support to them in the tradition of other manufacturer customer racing support programs,” Callaway said. Acura did the same thing with its new NSX GT3, running it as a factory program in 2017 before letting customers compete in 2018.
The Corvette C7 GT3-R captured championship titles this year in the ADAC GT Masters in Europe, and now Callaway will be running a two-car squad in North America as a factory effort in 2018.
“For several years fans have asked when they would see the Callaway Corvette GT3 run in the Pirelli World Challenge,” said Greg Gill, president and CEO of PWC. “The wait is over, and we are very pleased to announce the arrival of the Callaway Corvette GT3 for the 2018 season.”
Next up is the unveiling of the Callaway Competition USA Corvette C7 GT3-R car and the full season drivers on Dec. 7 at the Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis at the Pirelli World Challenge booth. After the unveiling, the car will be displayed for the rest of the show.
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