The PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series has grown from six events in its inaugural season to eight events for the 2017 season at some of North America’s most challenging courses, including a new addition in Canada.
The series announced the tentative 2017 schedule at the championship celebration banquet on Sunday evening at the Daytona 500 Club at Daytona International Speedway following the last race of the 2016 season. Barber Motorsports Park, Monticello Motor Club and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will be three new additions, increasing the series’ growing profile with competitors and fans following an extremely successful first season. Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East is also welcoming several new drivers to the competitive, semi-professional series.
“The PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series is continuing to expand following our strong inaugural season,” said Vicki Earnshaw, PCA Club Racing chair. “We’re looking forward to our 2017 season with the addition of both new drivers and new tracks.”
The 2017 season will kick off March 31-April 2 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia. The second event will be May 19-21 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, which marks the series’ first visit to the iconic road circuit.
Two races will be held in June – the first June 2-4 at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York and the second June 23-25 at VIRginia International Raceway in Danville, Virginia. The series competed at both of these venues in 2016.
New this year, the series will visit Monticello Motor Club in Monticello, New York July 14-16. Monticello Motor Club is one of the most exclusive private country club racetracks in the world and has more than 400 car enthusiasts as members, including Cayman GT4 Clubsport drivers John Frank, Adam Merzon and Joe Courtney. Around 50 members of this club also have PCA Club Racing licenses.
“We only hold one PCA Club Race per year and we’re thrilled to add Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East to our lineup,” said Ari Straus, CEO and managing partner of Monticello Motor Club. “Because of our exclusive schedule, we offer double the track time for the drivers.”
Drivers and teams will then travel north to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario, Canada Aug. 4-6. This event marks the series’ first trip over the border of the United States.
Rounding out the season will be a race Sept. 15-17 at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana. This track is home to NOLAsport race team – the Championship class (Keith Jensen) and Pro class (Jason Hart) winners of the 2016 season. The Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series finished its 2016 season on a high note at Daytona International Speedway and will once again have the 2017 season finale at the iconic track in Daytona Beach, Florida Oct. 27-30.
Drivers compete in a separate group within the traditional PCA Club Racing races in the 385-horsepower, mid-engine racer, which features a sealed engine and transmission and a spec tire. The car was developed by Porsche Motorsport North America and based on the successful street-legal Cayman GT4 sports car.
The events feature three races in an exciting, varied format relative to PCA Club Racing standards. The first and second races are 30-minute sprint races. The third race is an endurance race lasting 80 minutes.
Racing in the PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series is divided into two classes – Championship class and Masters class. Each class is awarded with its own podium at the end of every race and individual champion at the end of every season.
Pirelli will return as the official tire provider of the series for the second season in 2017. Porsche Design and Stand 21 Racewear will also return as sponsors.
“We can’t wait for our series to head to some of the most iconic facilities in North America,” said Allen Shirley, PCA Club Racing Porsche GT4 Clubsport Trophy East Series coordinator and PCA national steward. “These new venues are important for the growth of the series and we know our teams and drivers will love the additions.”
2017 PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East Series Schedule*
March 31- April 2 Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia
May 19-21 Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama
June 2-4 Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York
June 23-25 VIRginia International Raceway, Danville, Virginia
July 14-16 Monticello Motor Club, Monticello, New York
Aug. 4-6 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Ontario, Canada
Sept. 15-17 NOLA Motorsports Park, Avondale, Louisiana
Oct. 27-30 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida
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