Two teams confirmed their plans of monster efforts in the next season of the Pirelli World Challenge.
DragonSpeed in fact only confirmed their previously announced triple Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 attack, as well locking up an entry in the new GT Cup class.
In fact, when DragonSpeed owner Elton Julian announced his plans for 2015, he was already in discussions with possible drivers to fill the seats, and he got all of them in the GT-A category. At that time one of the drivers was already confirmed, being him Henrik Hedman, who ended 2nd in the GT-A class standings this year driving a Ferrari 458 Italia GT3.
The other two drivers to enter the Mercedes squad are Eric Lux and Frankie Montecalvo. Lux has lots of experience under his belt, as he ran in GTs, DPs, LMPs and a lot more, and he isn’t a new face at DragonSpeed, as he was part of the crew that ran in the 2013 12 Hours of Bathurst with an Audi R8 LMS Ultra. He comes from some races ran in the PC class of the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship with 8STAR Motorsports.
Montecalvo also come from a PC class spell, as he raced for PR1/Mathiasen this year, but he has some good GT experience too, as he drove GTE machinery in the European Le Mans Series and in the FIA World Endurance Chmapionship.
The GT Cup entry will be filled by the 18-year old Puerto Rican Victor Gomez Jr., that spent the last year competing in the American Ferrari Challenge championship.
From the Scuderia Corsa side, the commitment with the next PWC season is as big as DragonSpeed, as the Giacomo Mattioli-led team will enter three Ferraris 458 Italia GT3, two of them being full-time entries and the third competing in selected races.
Scuderia Corsa’s full season drivers will be Martin Fuentes and Duncan Ende, both coming from the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship PC class, respectively from Starworks Motorsport and RSR Racing. To Fuentes, it will be a new experience, as the most powerful GT machines he drove were GT4-like ones. To Ende, it marks his return to PWC after competing in 2013 for GMG, reaching a 2nd place best finish at Sonoma.
The part time entrant of Scuderia Corsa is Mike Hedlund, who knows the Ferrari machinery and the PWC very well, as he comes from some races with Los Angeles-based team this year, in a car that ran in partnership with Extreme Speed Motorsports, reaching a fourth place best finish at Sonoma. Hedlund will do a partial season due to commitments in the PC class in the TUSC, as well other races that he wants to enter.
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