Porsche GT3 and GT4 customer teams will close the SRO Blancpain GT World Challenge America season at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) road course on October 18 – 20. The GT battles comes down to the final two rounds of the season with three Porsche 911 GT3 R customer race cars entered in the 90-minute feature races. This marks the first time that SRO has raced on the “roval” at LVMS and will have the added challenge of both GT races scheduled for Saturday, October 19 with the final race taking the green flag at 7:30 p.m. local time.
Leading the Porsche customer squads is the No. 58 Porsche Consulting Wright Motorsports entry for Porsche factory driver Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) and Porsche Selected Driver Scott Hargrove (Canada). The pair has already stood in victory lane for the Pro-Pro class earlier this season. Wright Motorsports also brings the No. 91 Porsche 911 GT3 R with Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (Australia) joining Brooklyn, New York’s Anthony Imperato for the Pro-Am class. K2R Motorsports closes out its inaugural season in the Pro-Am class with veteran Indy car driver Alex Barron and Kevan Millstein in the No. 38 Porsche 911 GT3 R.
The weekend will also see two 50-minute SRO GT4 America Sprint races – one on Saturday and one on Sunday – as well as a pair of GT4 America SprintX races. The 60-minute, two-driver format races will also run on Saturday and Sunday. The Sprint race entry list has seven of the German marque’s international GT4-spec contender, the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport spread across seven teams. GMG Racing’s No. 2 entry will have Jason Bell while Park Place Motorsports brings the No. 7 for Alan Brynjolfsson’s pursuit of the international Porsche Cup to Vegas. Matt Brabham brings his racing family’s name to LVMS in the No. 20 CRP Porsche and Matt Travis slides behind the wheel of the NOLASPORT No. 46 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. TRG will have race winner Spencer Pumpelly in the No. 66 and Kevan Millstein will do double duty racing not only the K2R Porsche 911 GT3 R in the GT series but the No. 83 K2R-prepared 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport in the GT4 Sprint races. The famous Flying Lizard brand sees Michael Dinan racing the No. 210 Porsche in Sprint race.
The SprintX races will see seven more of the mid-engine road-based machines. For the 60-minute, two-driver races, GMG will pair Bell with team principal/driver James Sofronas in the No. 2. TRG, the longtime Porsche entrant, as two entries in the SprintX with Derek DeBoer and James Rappaport piloting the No. 17 and Chris Bellomo/Kevin Woods in the famous No. 67. Flying Lizard has the No. 21 on the entry list for Dinan and Robby Foley while NOLASPORT pairs Travis with Jason Hart for the longer GT4 race. BGB Motorsports has been a contender in GT4 races since the class’s inception and has Thomas Collingwood and John Tecce driving the No. 69. Park Place Motorsports enters Brynjolfsson and Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate Trent Hindman in the No. 77 VOLT Lightning race car.
Patrick Long, Driver, No. 58 Porsche Consulting Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
“Other than Daytona, rovals don’t factor into modern GT racing very often, but I have a lot of great memories racing at them. It’ll be my first time driving the oval in Las Vegas, but I’ve raced outside on the road course. From an objective standpoint, a victory to close out the season is the goal. There are a lot of unknowns, but we’re going to try to lead from the onset and finish the season strong.”
Scott Hargrove, Driver, No. 58 Porsche Consulting Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
“Heading to Las Vegas finale with Wright Motorsports is going to be very interesting. The track layout hasn’t been run in the past. It’s an unknown for everyone, but I wouldn’t want to be in any car other than the No. 58 Wright Motorsports/Porsche Consulting Porsche. Having Wright Motorsports on our car and Patrick Long as my teammate will give us a strong shot at a solid result. The goal is simply to finish out the year strong.”
Matt Campbell, Driver, No. 91 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
“I’m super excited to go into the last round of the SRO America championship with Anthony and Wright Motorsports. It’s a new track for everyone in the category. Going into the weekend there are a lot of unknowns because the particular track layout has never been raced on. The goal is to end the year on a high and get that top step. We’ve been so close on many occasions, but it’s always slipped away from us. Hopefully we can tick that final box in Vegas.”
Anthony Imperato, Driver, No. 91 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
“I’m excited to head to the SRO America finale with Matt [Campbell]. There are going to be a lot of unknowns in Vegas because of the new track layout. Our goal is to get our first win of the season and I’m confident that Wright Motorsports will give us the Porsche to get the job done.”