Keith Jensen, representing the Maverick PCA Region in the No. 32 NOLAsport Porsche entry, recorded his third sweep of the season after winning both sprint races Sunday and the endurance race Monday at Road America in the PCA Club Racing Porsche GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series.
Jensen also swept in April at NOLA Motorsports Park and in June at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR).
The sweep was the highlight of the fifth successful event for the series in its inaugural season. Drivers finished the event with an 80-minute endurance race on Labor Day under sunny skies at the iconic 14-turn, 4.048-mile circuit.
“It was a great race,” Jensen said. “I kept my pace up and once I got in the lead, I put my head down and tried to do what I was taught to do.”
David Baum, representing the Western Michigan PCA, and Billy Stevens, of the Maverick PCA Region, raced nose to tail while locked in an intense late duel for second and third. After gaining momentum and getting a run in the Carousel, Baum finished ahead of Stevens by .152 of a second to claim second overall.
“That was probably one of the most fun races I’ve ever had,” Baum said. “Billy got out front for the first six or seven laps, and we were running nose to tail.
Said Stevens: “That’s the most fun I’ve had in a long time. David is a great racer. He definitely took me to my limits. It was a blast.”
It was the second straight scintillating race between the duo. Stevens finished second with Baum third in Sprint 2 on Sunday as Stevens returned to the series for the first time since the inaugural event in early April at Road Atlanta.
Rene Robichaud, representing the Ohio Valley PCA Region, won the Masters class, designated for drivers ages 57 and older.
Robichaud led overall for a lap early in the race was in second place overall behind Jensen for most of the race. But he exited his mandatory five-minute pit stop in fourth overall and couldn’t catch Jensen, Baum and Stevens.
Roger Halvorsen, representing the Connecticut Valley PCA Region, placed second and John Frank, also representing the Connecticut Valley PCA Region, rounded out the podium for the Masters class in third.
Next up for the Cayman GT4 Clubsport drivers is the season finale Oct. 21-23 at Daytona International Speedway. An end-of-the-season championship celebration will follow the last race of the weekend Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Goodyear 500 Club. The celebration will include awards, prizes and a special guest speaker.
Porsche Design recently added to the Championship and Masters class winners’ prizes. Two Porsche Design timepieces, customized with the GT4 Clubsport logo embossed on the back, will be presented to the Championship class and Masters class winners. Stand 21 Racewear, an industry leader in custom head-to-toe, made-to-measure safety wear for drivers, also will present two suits to the winners at the celebration.
Endurance Post-Race Quotes:
KEITH JENSEN (winner, Championship): “It was a great race. Rene (Robichaud) was in front of me for a lap, and it was fun. It was a little faster pace, and he put on a good race. I kept my pace up and once I got in the lead, I put my head down and tried to do what I was taught to do.”
DAVID BAUM (second, Championship): “That was probably one of the most fun races I’ve ever had. Billy (Stevens) got out front for the first six or seven laps, and we were running nose to tail. Then I had a little run going into the Carousel on the track, and I took advantage of it. I was fortunate enough to keep him behind me the rest of the way. That was fun work.”
BILLY STEVENS (third, Championship): “That’s the most fun I’ve had in a long time. David (Baum) is a great racer. He definitely took me to my limits. It was a blast. He’s a good friend, and it makes it even better knowing that we raced like that the whole time. I’m so glad to be back. I want to thank my team, TOPP Racing, my coach, Darren Law, and the wife and kids at home.”
RENE ROBICHAUD (winner, Masters): “I had second place for the first half of the race, and I have to figure out what happened. When I came out from my pit stop, I was 16 seconds behind and in fourth. So we need to figure out what happened there. We had a lot of fun. My daughter Nicole (Robichaud) came in seventh place, and I’m just really happy about that.”
ROGER HALVORSEN (second, Masters): “I’m really pleased with this weekend; it’s been fantastic. I was in fifth overall at one point.”
JOHN FRANK (third, Masters): “I’m tired, but I kept the car in one piece and had a great time. I learned a lot, and I’m really pleased to be here with the Clubsport series. I want to thank Speedsport Tuning and Spencer Cox for putting together a great car and keeping me safe.”
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