BATAVIA, Ohio – Following a whirlwind season, Wright Motorsports has confirmed their return to the Intercontinental GT Challenge’s California 8 Hour at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with a single GT3 entry.
The all-factory driver lineup will feature Romain Dumas, Dirk Werner and Fred Makowiecki the wheel of the No. 911 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
This event molds together both new and familiar pieces as the trio of Makowiecki, Werner and Dumas — who have driven the greater half of the IGTC season with Manthey Racing — join the John Wright-led team for what will be their second straight California 8 Hours.
After a full season of IMSA competition with the Porsche 911 GT3 R, the Wright Motorsports team is eager to prepare the same chassis as the No. 911 and put their wits up against global competition.
Known for his recent Porsche LMP1 success, Frenchman Dumas brings a wealth of stateside experience to the table as he’s sprayed champagne at not only Laguna Seca, but prestigious endurance races such as the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans.
“I’m very happy to be back at Laguna Seca. This will be my second time doing the same event with Wright Motorsports and it was a very good experience last year,” noted Dumas. “We unfortunately didn’t finish the race last year, so of course this year’s first target will be to finish and be competitive to the end. I’m also very excited to try a different car and team; to see a different setup.
“I’m confident that we’ll all have good fun, good pace and get a good result.”
New to the Ohio-based group is Werner, who certainly doesn’t lack experience driving Porsches at North American venues. Hailing from Germany, Werner has seen four podiums at Laguna Seca and will be on the hunt for his first top slot come next Sunday night.
“I am looking forward to working with Wright Motorsports at Laguna Seca for the last IGTC race in 2018. I think we will have a good time and perform well,” said Werner. “Everybody involved knows the race car and the track very well. It’s also always interesting to work with a new team and learn from their experience.
“I really enjoy racing at Laguna Seca. The track has a good flow and I really like the whole area,” Werner continued. “To do an eight hour race on this track will be interesting, because overtaking isn’t very easy and one mistake can put you in the gravel trap, but with a clean race, I think we have a chance for a strong result.”
Still fresh off of Saturday’s Petit Le Mans victory, Makowiecki joins the team with a good bit of momentum rolling. The Frenchman, who like Werner has yet to see a victory at the famed Monterey road course, is no stranger to the podium.
Makowiecki has two Laguna Seca celebrations to his name.
“Going to Laguna Seca is always special because it’s a really awesome place with a lot of history. For us it will be a nice experience to drive with Wright Motorsports,” said Makowiecki. “We have a lot of motivation to do it well because it will be the last race of the season and to get a result would be really awesome there. We know that that’s the same case for everyone, but I have a lot of confidence that we can get into a good rhythm with this group.”