Longtime Porsche customer team TRG ticked all of the boxes at the Streets of Long Beach April 12 – 14, round seven of the SRO GT4 America season. Saturday, Spencer Pumpelly earned the overall pole position for the GT4 America West Championship race with the No. 66 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. On Sunday, the Atlanta, Georgia-resident fought race-long pressure to cross under the checkered flag first overall in the familiar TRG-blue mid-engine Porsche. It was the first win of the season for Pumpelly and TRG in the new-for-2019 GT4 machine. The successful 50-minute race moves Pumpelly to the top-spot season-long drivers’ championship.
The cement wall-lined street course, which celebrated its 45th year of competition this weekend, puts a premium on qualifying and the California-based team put a great effort in to take the top-spot for the No. 66. Once there, Pumpelly used it to precision. At the initial start, and each subsequent restart, the veteran racer timed his acceleration out of the final hairpin turn perfectly pushing the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport out of reach of the chasing Ian James in the Panoz Avezzano GT4. James made multiple attempts on the Porsche but each time Pumpelly held back the assault taking the race victory leading flag-to-flag.
The Long Beach race, which started five of the Porsche-built GT4 customer cars, was only for GT4-specification cars. However, the next stop on the SRO Blancpain America schedule, April 26 – 28, will see a full-contingent of Porsche GT cars in multiple classes and categories: 911 GT3 R in GT3 and 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport in GT4. Rounds 7 and 8 at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia will see SprintX races when the GT3 cars return as well as Sprint and East Championship races with the GT4 cars.