The Porsche Club of America (PCA) Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series is set to compete at scenic Barber Motorsports Park for the first time as part of the annual Barber Historics weekend May 19-21. Sanctioned by the Historic Motor Sports Association, the event features historically significant race cars from different time periods on Barber’s 2.38 mile, 17-turn course in Birmingham, Ala.
Following the first event of 2017 at Road Atlanta in late March, series newcomer Jim Cox, who represents the Central Florida PCA Region, is leading the Pro class in points. Cox runs in the No. 38 BGB Motorsports Clubsport MR entry, and leads 42-30 over BGB Motorsports teammate Bruce McKee. Road Atlanta marked the first race with drivers using the Porsche-supported Clubsport Manthey-Racing (MR) kit, which is designed to make the car lighter and faster.
McKee, who represents the Alabama PCA Region, said he is looking forward to running at Barber as it’s his home track.
“It’s my first year in the series, so I am very excited to see the series coming to my home track,” McKee said. “It is truly one of the most beautiful tracks in the country and the Alabama PCA Region has been working hard to make sure this is a great event for the group. Plus, the track is perfectly suited for our Clubsports as it favors balanced cars and handling over pure horsepower, and it will reward those drivers with technical expertise and stamina.”
This race will also be special for McKee as his daughter – the youngest competitor in Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series history – will be sharing the car with her father during Sunday’s Enduro race.
“I’m extremely excited to have my inaugural Enduro where I share the car with my daughter, Sydney,” McKee said. “I will be on pit lane with a great deal of excitement and pride as she takes over the Enduro for me for the second half of the 90-minute race. We are both looking forward to a fantastic weekend with the great group of drivers and teams that make up this series.”
In the Championship class, the 2016 third-place Championship class driver Curt Swearingin, who represents the Tennessee PCA Region, is leading in points 64-51 over 2016 second-place Championship-class driver David Baum. NOLAsport’s John Crosby, who is also part of the Masters class, is in third with 36 points.
In the Masters class, which is designated for drivers 57 and older, three series newcomers are currently leading in points. Crosby leads 38-33 over TOPP Racing’s Kathy Mead, and Charlie Craig, who drives the No. 76 Autometrics Motorsports entry, follows in third with 29 points.
Some of the world’s finest and most impressive historic cars are set to compete at Barber Motorsports Park, also the home of the Porsche Sport Driving School, in a variety of classes based on engine type, car size and age. Examples for 2017 include classic Minis and MGs to Lotuses and obviously, Porsches. This event is a rare and special opportunity to see and hear cars that have shaped the history of racing.
BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK RACE WEEKEND SCHEDULE
(All times local)
Friday, May 19
10:30 a.m. Practice 1
2:30 p.m. Practice 2
4:30 p.m. Practice 3
Saturday, May 20
8 a.m. Warm-up/ Qualifying
11 a.m. Sprint Race 1 (30 minutes)
3:35 p.m. Sprint Race 2 (30 minutes)
Sunday, May 21
8 a.m. Enduro Warm-up
11:55 a.m. Enduro Race (80 minutes)
Source. LST Marketing