The PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series wrapped up its second successful event with an exciting finish during the 80-minute endurance race Sunday during the PCA Mardi Gras Cup 2016 at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana.
Keith Jensen, representing the Maverick PCA Region, swept the weekend after winning the 80-minute endurance race Sunday and both sprint races Saturday in the No. 51 NOLAsport Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport.
Jensen started the endurance race on pole. He led every lap, turning a quickest lap of 1 minute, 47.998 seconds at his team’s home track.
“I’m extremely happy to pull a trifecta,” Jensen said. “There’s a lot of really, really solid drivers out there, and I’m just delighted and honored to race with these guys. It will be even more fun at Watkins Glen and from here on out.”
David Baum, representing the Western Michigan PCA Region, finished second in the No. 24 Autometrics Motorsports entry. Baum finished third in Sprint 1 and improved to second place in Sprint 2.
“We got a good start and we stayed intact with Keith (Jensen) most of the race, so I was happy about that because I knew he was really fast here,” Baum said. “I was able to run consistent lap times pretty much the whole race.”
Father-and-son duo David and Russell Walker, representing the Maverick PCA Region, claimed third place in an exciting finish in the No. 28 TOPP Racing Porsche. Adam Merzon, representing the Connecticut Valley PCA Region, started fifth but got a jump at the green flag to secure third place for nearly the entire race. However, Merzon’s No. 7 DeMan Motorsport Porsche ran out of fuel on the last lap.
“Adam (Merzon) put on a great battle,” Russell Walker said. “We were going into Turn 13, and he was nailing a defensive maneuver that was going to be really tricky to accomplish, but I got lucky with that.”
The second trifecta of the weekend came from Ed Lane, from the Florida Crown PCA Region in the No. 66 Autometrics Motorsports Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. He was the top finisher in Masters Class for drivers 57 and older in the endurance race after sweeping both sprint races Saturday.
David Roberts, representing the Nord Stern PCA Region, finished second in the Masters Class in the No. 12 Team Hawk entry, for his first podium of the season. John Frank, from the Connecticut Valley PCA Region, was third in the No. 11 DeMan Motorsport Porsche.
PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series sponsor Pirelli awarded race tires to the three drivers who scored the most points throughout the weekend in the Championship and Masters Classes.
The next event in the new series is June 3-5 at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York.
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Endurance Race Post-Race Quotes:
KEITH JENSEN (No. 51 NOLAsport, winner): “I’m extremely happy to pull a trifecta. There’s a lot of really, really solid drivers out there, and I’m just delighted and honored to race with these guys. It’s a great series; they’re doing a great job. It’s really coming together. It will be even more fun at Watkins Glen and from here on out.”
DAVID BAUM (No. 24 Autometrics Motorsports, second): “I felt really good. We got a good start, and we stayed intact with Keith (Jensen) most of the race, so I was happy about that because I knew he was really fast here. I was able to run consistent lap times pretty much the whole race. I was really happy with my performance, and I had a really fun weekend. I’m looking forward to Watkins Glen.”
DAVID WALKER (No. 28 TOPP Racing, third): “My coach had to go back to Dallas for a charity function on Friday night, so I digressed on Saturday. I slowed down. He coached me back up last night, and I came back – took around two seconds off every lap, and I was able to pass Ed (Lane) and was leading the Masters.”
RUSSELL WALKER (No. 28 TOPP Racing, third): “Pops did everything he could. He laid it all out on the table and accomplished all of his goals. He put me in a good position to get out there and put the attack on. We didn’t know where we were going to land. So toward the end of the race, I started catching some guys. Adam (Merzon) put on a great battle, and I can’t wait for the next one. Adam ran out of gas. We were having a good battle going into Turn 13, and he was nailing a defensive maneuver that was going to be really tricky to accomplish, but I got lucky with that. I’m looking forward to another podium at Watkins Glen.”
ED LANE (No. 66 Autometrics Motorsports, first Masters): “We’ve got a great group of competitors that are a lot of fun to race against. I had no shortage of people to race with today, and I had a good time.”
DAVID ROBERTS (No. 12 Team Hawk, second Masters): “We finished second in the Masters Class, which is a first for us. We ran consistent laps, and that’s what I was happy about. But frankly, I was glad it was over. It was long for an old guy. I haven’t been to the Glen in six or seven years, so I’m anxious to go back.”
JOHN FRANK (No. 11 DeMan Motorsport, third Masters): “Another great race. I’m thrilled to be in this series, and PCA has done a great job. I’m happy to come in third. We had a little trouble in the pit stop. We messed that up a little bit, but we will do better next time, we hope.”
2016 PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East Remaining Events
June 3-5 Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York
June 24-26 VIRginia International Raceway, Danville, Virginia
Sept. 3-5 Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Oct. 21-23 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida
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