The Racers Group (TRG), is ready to push it to the limits in Portland as the team revs to full-throttle in the penultimate round of Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) SprintX GTS competition this coming weekend July 13-15. Fan favorites Derek DeBoer and Sean Gibbons are teaming up to take on the challenging — and quick — 12-turn, 1.967 mile circuit at Portland International Raceway (PIR) in the TRG #66 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport.
The team can’t wait to once again compete at the Portland circuit as TRG was a stalwart, running with PCA & IMSA from 1994-2002. The race is always a favorite, as the city is in full swing and the event runs in conjunction with the Rose Cup Festival. The last PWC event held at Portland International Raceway, part of the picturesque Delta Park complex just south of the Columbia River, was in 2005. PIR has a storied history, with all major North American series having raced here including IndyCar, IMSA, PWC and NASCAR.
With only two races left on the SprintX schedule, TRG and the multiple race-winning driving duo of DeBoer and Gibbons are looking forward to a top finish in Portland.
DeBoer had a breakout 2016 season with two wins and multiple podiums and took a hotly contested overall SprintX GTS driver championship down to the wire before ultimately finishing second, helping TRG to the 2016 PWC SprintX GTS championship title. He also scored two second-places in Lamborghini Super Trofeo racing action. Last year, DeBoer teamed up with Gibbons to win both multiple SprintX GTS races and finished the season with a stellar four wins, two second-place finishes and a third place.
“I’ve raced all over the world and it’s a real thrill to finally have a hometown race. I have so many memories from Portland International Raceway (PIR) growing up and to be part of the return of professional racing to Portland is a great feeling,” says Ashland, Oregon’s DeBoer. “Sean and I are excited to get back into the TRG #66 Porsche Cayman GT4 and we’re very thankful for the local support from Porsche Beaverton. Plus, Brooke and I have some exciting FastlifeTV news that we’ll be sharing in town, as well — stay tuned! There is so much to look forward to.”
Dallas’s Sean Gibbons, is no stranger to the podium, having achieved top three finishes in close to 70 percent of his races and is a top contender in everything he drives. He made his PWC debut in 2017 at St. Petersburg, breaking into the top 10 in both Florida contests, winning the Hard Charger award along the way.
“I’m excited to take on this track with Derek as a co-driver. He’s given me some great inside perspectives of this technical raceway and we’ve been building on our speed and strategy with every race. We feel really great about the upcoming event, and are very appreciative of our partners, supporters and fans!”
Source. The Racers Group/Photo Brian Cleary