Porsche adds a New Series Star to the PCA Lineup
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by Patti Mascone

Porsche Club of America is celebrating the 25th anniversary of club racing by introducing the GT4 Clubsport Challenge East series, featured racecars developed by Porsche Motorsports North America. As a thoroughly modern "spec" battleground, this semi-professional series features virtually identical GT4 Clubsport Caymans, equipped with sealed 385-horsepower mid-engines, outfitted with paddle shifters, and sporting Pirelli tires.

The drivers were selected by PCA's Club Racing Committee, based on each driver's ability to commit to the series schedule and a proven history of good, safe racing. Twenty of these beauties, all told, were tested by Porsche before being delivered to each racer-customer and prior to the inaugural 2016 event at Road Atlanta in April. Once delivered, the turn-key Clubsport Caymans can be supported with parts and service by a local Porsche dealership.

Former PCA President Manny Alban, a racing aficionado and racer himself, sees the series as a foundation. "We saw this series as a bridge for our members to move into a Porsche-sanctioned series," he explains. "From the GT4 Clubsport Trophy series, they could move to the GT3 Cup, Tudor or beyond."

The Clubsport series will visit premier racetracks, all located east of the Rocky Mountains and included on the regular PCA schedule. In addition to Road Atlanta, the venues include NOLA Motorsports Park (Louisiana), Watkins Glen (New York), VIRginia Motorsports Pak, Road America (Wisconsin), and Daytona International Speedway (Florida).

PCA continues to build its spec racing line-up across the full range of Porsche models, both street-based and factory built. The most popular street-based series is the 944 Cup, offering three categories (SP1, 2, and 3) for front-engine 924/944/968 racecars. Other spec categories include SPB for the Boxster, SP996 and SP911 for Porsche's marquee rear-engine show-pieces, and SPC for the Cayman. The goal of these series is to keep costs down and provide equivalent platforms, so racers can engage in close racing at 32 sanctioned events around the country.

At the top end of racecar performance, PCA offers the Pirelli Cup Car Challenge for GTC competitors, who drive the same factory-built steeds featured internationally in Supercup and Carrera Cup competition.

For more information on categories, rules, race schedule, and competition results, visit: www.pca.org, and navigate to the Membership/Activities/Club Racing section.