Black Swan Racing returned to the Porsche family for the Mazda Raceway California 8 Hour on October 15 and earned a victory as a result. The No. 54 captured the ProAm class win, fifth-place overall, in their first race with the Porsche 911 GT3 R in over a year. Jeroen Bleekemolen (The Netherlands), owner/driver Tim Pappas (Boston, Massachusetts) and David Calvert-Jones (Australia) ran a flawless event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (MRLS) over the course of the eight-hours to give Porsche its highest finishing position of the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC) race.
The No. 17 Hybrid Kinetic Motors by GMG 911 GT3 R with factory drivers Wolf Henzler (Germany), Sven Müller (Germany) and Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate Alec Udell (The Woodlands, Texas) was seventh overall just ahead of the No. 77 Calvert Dynamics Porsche 911 GT3 R. The No. 77, also prepared by GMG, was eighth-overall, second in ProAm class, with owner/driver Preston Calvert (Potomac, Maryland), Porsche Young Driver Academy alum Michael Lewis (Laguna Beach, California) and Andrew Davis (Athens, Georgia). The No. 58 Wright Motorsports 911 GT3 R with factory stars Jörg Bergmeister (Germany), Romain Dumas (France) and 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GT Champion Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) fought for the overall victory before a refueling problem ended their day in the final two hours of the race.
Jeroen Bleekemolen, Driver, No. 54 Black Swan Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R.
“It was a really good weekend. The GMG guys really prepared the car well. The Porsche has been sitting for a year; they dusted it off and really prepped it well. We had really good pace; we were up there with the fastest cars. Tim and C.J. really drove well. They were up there with the pros, hardly losing any time to some of the fastest GT guys in the world. The team did everything right. It was great to beat the Audi in the end. It was a tough fight. It had so much more pace than me at the start of the stint but he ran through his tires and we were able to hold him. It was a tough job but cool to do it.”
California Caymans. Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR Finishes 1-2 in 8 Hour
The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR finished first and second in the GT4 class of the Mazda Raceway California 8 Hour on October 15. The No. 26 Rearden Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR took its first professional endurance race victory with drivers Jeff Kearl, Sean McAlister and Jeff Westphal in the eight-hour race for GT3 and GT4 cars of the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC). The No. 8 HKG-GMG Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR chased the Rearden machine across the finish line with drivers Carter Yeung, Andy Lee and Jon Miller.
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