The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport scored its first international victory during the opening weekend of the SRO America in Austin, Texas on March 2 and 3. The recently introduced mid-engine Porsche race car won from pole position in Saturday’s 60-minute Pirelli GT4 America event at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) forever locking the event as the site of the new GT4-class car’s inaugural win. The victory came in the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport’s second career race – the first outing coming at Daytona International Speedway in January as part of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is the German brand’s officially entry in international GT4-spec racing series.
Both Saturday and Sunday’s races were held in bitter weather conditions but the road-going based series did not fail to add Texas spice with both rounds being won by Porsche entries with direct ties to the “Lone Star State”. Going down in the record books as the first winner in the new-for-2019 Porsche on March 2 was the No. 47 NolaSport entry shared by Texas-residents Matt Travis (The Woodlands, Texas) and Jason Hart (Flower Mound, Texas). Crossing the finish line first on Sunday was the No. 77 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport entered by Dallas, Texas-Based Park Place Motorsports. The neon yellow machine driven by Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate Trent Hindman (West Long Branch, New Jersey) and Alan Brynjolfsson (Tampa, Florida) was awarded the GT4 East Pro-Am class win while the No. 47 took the SprintX class victory again on Sunday.
The new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is the latest development of the successful model from Porsche. The near-standard mid-engine racer focuses on improved drivability and faster lap times but also on the sustainable use of raw materials. The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is the first production Porsche race car to feature body parts made of natural-fiber composite material. The driver and co-driver doors and the rear wing are made of an organic fiber mix, sourced primarily from agricultural by-products such as flax or hemp fibers and feature similar properties to carbon fiber in terms of weight and stiffness.
Powering the 718 GT4 Clubsport is a 3.8-liter flat-six engine producing 425 hp (313 kW). Compared to its predecessor, this represents a 40-hp increase in performance. The power is transferred to the rear wheels via the Porsche PDK dual-clutch gearbox with six gears and mechanical rear axle differential lock. The lightweight spring-strut front suspension is taken from the 911 GT3 Cup car.
The SRO Pirelli GT4 America series travels directly to St. Petersburg, Florida for the first rounds of the Sprint Championship, March 8 – 10.
Daniel Armbruster, President/CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America.
“This is a marvelous start to the season. While we are very happy with the performance and results of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport right off the trailer, the SRO GT4 America field is very close across all the marques. This means that it requires a combination of car, driver and team to find this level of success so early on. All of the teams prepared the cars extremely well with NOLASPORT having an exceptional weekend but all of the teams were in the mix within the overall and their classes. There were no mistakes, no penalties by any of the teams. It was a failure-free race weekend. Everyone contributed with preparation and the 718 Cayman proved its reliability, which Porsche stands for. We are proud to be showing this brand new car in our market first. Being able to present the professionalism of North American racing with our partners in both GT World Challenge and IMSA is very gratifying. We are very proud of this start.”