We chat with Chris Karras, race chair of the Porsche of Conshohocken Presents the 2017 Riesentöter Stuttgart Challenge at Monticello Motor Club, as he fills us in on what to expect this weekend as the Riesentöter PCA Region celebrates its 60th anniversary.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEKEND
Just over 100 competitors will compete this weekend at Monticello Motor Club – around 25 of whom are members at this premier automotive country club. The 18-turn, 3.6-mile asphalt road course is about two hours north of New York City.
The Riesentöter PCA Region runs a silent auction for the race banners at the awards dinner Saturday evening to benefit the Riesentöter Foundation, a public charity and an affiliate of our Club – Riesentöter Region, Porsche Club of America, Inc.
The Foundation was founded in 2013 as a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation with the purpose of being an educational organization that teaches safe driving and road safety in southeastern Pennsylvania and adjacent areas through one-on-one “hands-on” training, with an emphasis on driver training for the teenage and over-age-55 driver populations.
The ability of traditional classroom driver education courses to improve students’ car handling in real life driving is limited. In order to have the maximum impact on improving driver safety, the Foundation’s driving courses operate by putting a highly-trained and experienced instructor in the passenger seat of each student’s car for one-on-one exercises. Please click here to learn more about the Foundation.
Monticello marks the first of four races this year that will feature a special race group for the new PCA series – PCA Club Racing Vintage Racing.
The unique series consists of any 1983 and older, air-cooled Porsche race cars. PCA Club Racing Vintage Racing was created to give the drivers of older, less powerful Porsches a way to race with cars of a similar period and performance level.
Around 15 drivers will compete here at Monticello. Dave Coleman is bringing a 911 that has raced for as long as PCA Club Racing has existed – since 1992. There will also be a 1967 911, 1968 911 and 1969 911, as well as several 1970 through 1975 914/6s.
Most of the Vintage drivers have not been to Monticello before and we expect a challenging, technical course and the kind of atmosphere available only at a private club motorsports facility.
BEST REPRESENTED CLASSES
The SPB class will be the largest class at MMC. The SPB class is for 1997 to 1999 Porsche Boxsters with 2.5-liter engines. It is an affordable and fun pathway to PCA Club Racing in a well-handling, mid-engine car and a class that provides for very close racing. It’s no surprise that it is so popular.
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