Already, the Grand Sport category of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge is looking more exciting for the coming racing season as The Racers Group announces plans to field and Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 with Craig Lyons and Kris Wilson. The duo will pilot the No. 03 Stor-It Self Storage/Mobettah Collectible Cars V8 Vantage.
Wilson and Lyons have both driven for TRG in the past, but next year will be the first time the two drivers have teamed up. Lyons most recently competed full season in the Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy Series in a Cayman GT4 Clubsport fielded by TRG.
Coming off a strong 2016 season, Wilson returns for his fourth season with TRG; his fifth Continental Tire Challenge season. He was joined by Max Riddle in winning the Pirelli World Challenge SprintX GTS class championship in 2016.
“It’s great having Craig and Kris team up for this year’s IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series,” said Kevin Buckler, CEO. “We have participated in the series multiple times and are really looking forward to being back full-time in 2017. Craig and Kris will be an awesome team. Craig worked so hard on his driving this past year and it really showed at the end of the season where he was always contending for podiums and won his last race in Austin. After all the success with the Aston and with Kris, I almost feel like this is ‘Kris’s car.’ I think he knows this car better than anybody and has shown what he can do with it. The series is super competitive and also super well-run with the sanctioning body and the officials and the way things are moving up… it’s like Continental Challenge is the new GT!”
The Continental Tire Challenge season kicks off with the BMW Endurance Challenge at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona January 26-29, 2017.
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