More than 20 drivers will compete in the track-only Cayman GT4 Clubsport as the Porsche Club of America (PCA) Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series launches its second season at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia.
Both returning and new drivers will compete on Road Atlanta’s 2.54-mile, 12-turn road course March 31 – April 2. Competitors receive points based on finish in each class – Championship, Masters and Pro – with podium recognition for the top three drivers.
The semi-professional series, which debuted in 2016, provides a bridge for Porsche racers to climb to the professional ranks. Drivers compete in the 385-horsepower, mid-engine racer, which features a sealed engine and transmission and a Pirelli spec tire.
New for the 2017 season is the Clubsport MR – a Manthey-Racing kit for the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport designed to make the car lighter and faster with a combination of an aero package, suspension upgrades and weight reduction. Drivers Jim Cox, Bruce McKee and Cameron Cassell will run in the series’ Pro class with the Porsche-supported Clubsport MR kit.
The Clubsport MR has been homologated by SRO as a GT4-spec racer, allowing drivers to participate in the United States and internationally in the respective series’ GT4 categories. Cox has already campaigned an MR this season with John Tecce and BGB Motorsports in International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) competition. Cassels has also competed within IMSA this year and is leading in points in the GS class.
Noteworthy returning competitors include the 2016 Championship class second-place driver David Baum, 2016 Championship class third-place driver Curt Swearingin, 2016 Masters class second-place driver Roger Halvorsen and 2016 Masters class third-place driver John Frank. PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East
has also welcomed several new drivers to the competitive series, including Charlie Craig and the sole female competitor – Kathy Mead – to name a couple.
The event at Road Atlanta will feature three races in an exciting, varied format relative to PCA Club Racing standards. The first and second races will be 30-minute sprint races.
The third race is an endurance race lasting 80 minutes.
There will be three practice sessions Friday, March 31. The first sprint race starts at 10:50 a.m. (ET) Saturday, April 1, with the second sprint race following at 2:35 p.m. The endurance race will start at 1:50 p.m. on Sunday, April 2.
The PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series grew from six events in its inaugural season to eight events for the upcoming 2017 season, increasing the series’ growing profile with competitors and fans following an extremely successful first season.
“We have an outstanding series lined up on some of America’s greatest tracks,” West Dillard, PCA Club Racing Porsche GT4 Clubsport Trophy East Series coordinator and PCA national steward, said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to work closely with the Clubsport drivers and teams. It is going to be an exciting year.”
ROAD ATLANTA RACE WEEKEND SCHEDULE
(All times local)
Friday, March 31
8:35 a.m. Practice 1
2 p.m. Practice 2
4:30 p.m. Practice 3
Saturday, April 1
8:35 a.m. Warm-up/ Qualifying
10:50 a.m. Sprint Race 1 (30 minutes)
2:35 p.m. Sprint Race 2 (30 minutes)
Sunday, April 2
8:45 a.m. Enduro Warm-up
1:50 p.m. Enduro Race (80 minutes)
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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