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Christopher Bruce2012-05-01 17:01:22

Fiat 500 Wins First B-Spec Races in the US

Johnathan Start won the first two B-Spec races in a Fiat 500

Starting this year, the Pirelli World Challenge racing series in the US has a new class of cars called Touring Cars B-Spec that is meant as an entry-level racing series for inexpensive hatchbacks. The series held its first three races this weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. 

Johnathan Start won the first B-Spec race on April 28 in a Fiat 500500 (modern)Fiat 500 (modern)Italy, 2007 > present241 versions
581 photos
7 videos
with Shaun Bailey in a Mazda 22 Gen.3Mazda 2 Gen.3Japan, 2007 > present56 versions
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in second and Craig Capaldi in a Ford Fiesta in third. Start was also first in the second race with Capaldi in second and Bailey in third. In the third race, Sage Marie won the race in a Honda FitModel STesla Model SUnited States of America, 2012 > present7 versions
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with Connor Ford in a Honda Fit in second and Capaldi in third. Start was fourth in the third race.

The cars compete at the same time as the World Challenge Touring Car class in 30 minute races. 

The B-Spec class accepts the Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, Mazda 2, Chevrolet SonicSonicChevrolet SonicUnited States of America, 2011 > present38 versions
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, Honda Fit, Kia RioRio Gen.3Kia Rio Gen.3Republic of Korea, 2012 > present83 versions
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, Toyota YarisYaris 3Toyota Yaris 3Japan, 2011 > present124 versions
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, Accent Gen.3Hyundai Accent Gen.3Republic of Korea, 2005 > present13 versions
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and Nissan VersaVersaNissan VersaJapan, 2006 > 201216 versions
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tuned to Sports Car Club of America Showroom Stock C rules. The cars must retain their original design, structure and drive layout. The interiors may be removed. The cars may run OEM or aftermarket non-adjustable shock absorbers but are free to tune in up to 2.5° of negative camber and the minimum ride height is 5in. The engines and transmissions are stock. Each car runs stock rear brakes and has individual rules for the size of the front brakes. 

The B-Spec series will have their next three races at Mosport International Raceway on June 22, and their final three races for the season will be at the Infineon Raceway on August 24.

You can watch all three races on the Pirelli World Challenge web site here and here. There is a 10 minute delay on the first video between when the video starts and when the race starts. 

New 500New 500
Straight 2
29 cu in
Top Speed
53 mph
4, Manual
Maximum power
13 hp @ 4000 rpm
Saloon (sedan)
Fuel consumption (combined)
52.27 US MPG
annual ownership cost
$ 1.412

1 comment

Hope this will help raising interest in small cars in North America.
01.05.2012 @ 18:04


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