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Around the Mountain: Porsche Division Returns to Pikes Peak in June

Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Organization (PPIHC) are pleased to announce the continuation of the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama division for a second consecutive year. Following the successful invitation-only class launch in 2018, the group makes its second-appearance, now as a one-make division and continues to focus on parity among the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport machines. 2019 marks the 97th Running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and takes place June 25 – 30. Six drivers have the opportunity to run the German marque’s mid-engine sports car in the “Race to the Clouds” with full support of PMNA, RennsportOne (RS1), Porsche Colorado Springs and Yokohama.

The recently debuted 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport and the previous generation Cayman GT4 race car are both eligible to compete in the division. Appropriate performance balancing will assure an equal field. All cars within the division will utilize Yokohama’s ADVAN A052 high-performance, street legal tires. Yokohama is a longtime partner of PMNA and supported the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama in last year’s inaugural run. The Japanese tire manufacturer is also the sole-supplier to both the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA and Canada one-make series. As they were in the first outing of the class, longtime Porsche race team RS1 and local dealer Porsche Colorado Springs will continue to be indispensable partners supporting the participants.

Travis Pastrana returns to defend his Division title. The three-time AMA Motocross and Supercross Champion, X-Game winner and stunt performer set the class-winning time with a 10-minute, 33.897-second lap up to the 14,115 foot high finish line in 2018. Joining Pastrana in his attempt to better that effort will be Blake Williams, George Hess, Phil Bloom, Marc Bunting and Gustav Lundh. Porsche legend Jeff Zwart will reprise his role and coach the six invited drivers providing insights and experience. The Long Beach, California-native is renowned for his prowess on the rally scene, particularly his mastery of the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb where he has won eight times (1994-’98, 2002, 2010, 2015), all in Porsche 911 models.

The first Pikes Peak Hill Climb was run in 1916 on a gravel circuit carved up to the Mountain’s summit. By 2012, the full 12.42-mile, 156-turn circuit was paved over, up to the 14,115-foot pinnacle. The race itself starts at the seven-mile marker giving competitors a 4,725-foot elevation change during their timed run.

As it has since first coming to “America’s Mountain” in 1958, Porsche proved its hill climb heritage in 2018 participating in four of the six PPIHC Divisions earning victories in two classes on the Pikes Peak, Colorado course.

Dr. Daniel Armbruster, President and CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America.
“We are very pleased to announce the continuation of the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama. The partnership with the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Organization and Yokohama exceeded every expectation in 2018. It is only natural that all three partners are excited about returning the class in 2019 and, I hope, for years to come. This fits perfectly within the objectives of Porsche Motorsport North America in providing our customers an excellent platform with the Cayman GT4 Clubsport, one which can participate in one of the world’s premier motorsport events.”

Travis Pastrana, Driver, Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport.
“I had more fun at last year’s Pikes Peak Hill Climb then I have had at any event in a very long time. It’s a week of driving an historic and epic road in a fun class with some amazing drivers. This year is going to be even more fun because my friend and competitor Bilko Williams will be racing against me in the same class. This year is going to be one hell of a close race and I can’t wait!”

Fardad Niknam, Senior Director of Consumer Product Planning and Product Marketing, Yokohama Tire.
“We’re honored to support Porsche again in this exciting class at Pikes Peak. Yokohama’s return last year to the mountain was a resounding success punctuated by Travis’ incredible victory. We can’t wait to see what he and the other competitors can do again driving the Cayman GT4 Clubsport machines on ADVAN A052 street tires.”

Megan Leatham, Executive Director, The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
“We are extremely excited to have the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama division returning in 2019. We pride ourselves in showcasing the best competition in hill climb racing and nothing is more competitive than six guys in basically the same car on the same course. Last year was really successful and our fans enjoyed seeing the all-Porsche class take on the mountain. We anticipate this year will be even more exciting and we’re eager to see who comes out as number one!”

Source. Porsche

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