Drivers in the PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series completed two exciting sprint races at the 2016 Oktoberfast at Daytona on Saturday with Roger Halvorsen winning his first Championship class title of the season and sweeping both sprints for the Masters class.
With sunny skies, a light breeze and weather in the mid-70’s, the drivers set out to gain additional points in the last two sprint races of the inaugural 2016 season at the iconic Daytona International Speedway. Both sprints offered families, friends and other spectators an exciting thrill as many drivers raced head-to-head and made great, clean passes throughout both races.
Halvorsen, representing the Connecticut Valley PCA Region with his No. 23 Musante Motorsports entry, dominated in both the overall Championship class and the Masters class, which is designated for drivers 57 and older. New to the Pro class for this event, Cameron Lawrence also swept both sprint races with a fastest lap time of 1:57.027.
Halvorsen came out strong in Sprint 1 and quickly came out in the lead for the Championship class with Rene Robichaud, representing the Ohio Valley PCA Region, following close behind. The two raced nose-to-tail for the entire race, with Halvorsen eventually winning by .132 of a second.
“Roger and I were nose-to-tail for so many laps,” Robichaud said. “It was a lot of fun and Roger (Halvorsen) did a great job. He’s as fast as I’ve ever seen him.”
Keith Jensen, representing the Maverick PCA Region, placed third. He managed to pass several drivers, including Frank (Seldorff), Curt (Swearingin) and David (Baum) to go from sixth to third throughout the course of the 30-minute sprint race.
Polesitter Lawrence had no problem with the banked turns at Daytona and placed first in the Pro class.
Both Halvorsen and Robichaud are also part of the Masters class, so they placed first and second in that class, respectively. John Frank, representing the Connecticut Valley Region, rounded out the Masters class podium in third.
Later in the afternoon during the second race of the day, Jensen led the competition in the Championship class and went on to win Sprint 2. He continuously built a gap over the rest of the Championship field to take a 10.008-second victory over Halvorsen, who placed second.
David Baum, representing the Western Michigan PCA Region, finished third in the No. 24 Autometrics Motorsports entry in the Championship class.
“I had a great race with Roger (Halvorsen) but I just couldn’t get up on him,” Baum said. “Both of us ran a super clean race.”
In the Pro class, Lawrence once again won and recorded the fastest lap time of the event thus far – 1:57.027.
“This event is my first time in a Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport,” Lawrence said. “The car is definitely a joy to drive. These drivers are a great group of people. It’s really been fun to do a few races with this series at their season finale.”
In the Masters Class, Halvorsen, Frank and David Walker, representing the Maverick PCA Region had a 1-2-3 finish.
“This is the greatest weekend I’ve had this whole season,” Halvorsen said. “I love Daytona and now everyone knows why.”
The third and final race of the weekend will be an 80-minute endurance race at 12:40 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Oct. 23. Following the last race, the championship celebration banquet will wrap up the 2016 season Sunday evening at the Goodyear 500 Club at Daytona International Speedway. The event will include awards, prizes and a special guest speaker.
Sprint 1 Post-Race Quotes:
ROGER HALVORSEN (winner, Championship, Masters): “This is the greatest weekend I’ve had this whole season. I love Daytona and now everyone knows why. I had a war with Rene (Robichaud) and he was all over me. But I hung in there and just did everything I could do to stay in front.”
RENE ROBICHAUD (second, Championship, Masters): “Roger (Halvorsen) and I were nose-to-tail for so many laps. It was a lot of fun. Roger did a great job. He’s as fast as I’ve ever seen him. I want to run a clean race again for Sprint 2. I want to make sure I don’t make any mistakes. I’ve got my family here and I want to keep it all clean.”
KEITH JENSEN (third, Championship): “I was trying to keep up with Cameron on the first lap in the race and I broke at the right spot and then I got out there and took a long, right-hand turn and got behind for a bit. I had some really fun racing with a bunch of great people. It was all clean racing and it was great racing with Frank (Seldorff) and Curt (Swearingin). Nicole (Robichaud) did very well too.”
CAMERON LAWRENCE (winner, Pro): “This was a lot of fun. It was my first time in the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. My initial impression is it’s a good, fun car. The car did everything very well and it was a really fun race.”
JOHN FRANK (second, Masters): “I had a great race here at Daytona. It’s great to be in this series. I’ve learned so much running in this series with these guys.”
Sprint 2 Post-Race Quotes:
KEITH JENSEN (winner, Championship): “This race was much better for me. I was happy because my last lap of the race was only two-tenths off of my best lap. I have room for improvement and I’m excited for the endurance race tomorrow.”
ROGER HALVORSEN (winner, Masters, second, Championship): “I’m finishing the season like I never would’ve anticipated – I’ve had four trips up to the podium today. David (Baum) was all over me and he was driving a great race. I was excited we pulled it off and came out ahead.”
DAVID BAUM (third, Championship): “The car ran great. I always seem to race better than I qualify. I had a great race with Roger (Halvorsen) but I just couldn’t get up on him. Both of us ran a super clean race and there were no mistakes. I’m glad to be on the podium, but tomorrow my goal is to beat Roger!”
CAMERON LAWRENCE (winner, Pro): “The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport is definitely a joy to drive. These drivers are a great group of people. It’s really been fun to do a few races with this series at their season finale.”
JOHN FRANK (second, Masters): “Another great, clean race. I love this series and I’m really looking forward to next year.”
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