BATAVIA, Ohio — Coming off of a most successful championship season in Pirelli World Challenge, Wright Motorsports is preparing to enter the championship-winning No. 58 Porsche 911 GT3 R into endurance competition for the Intercontinental GT Challenge’s California 8-Hours at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
With the support of Porsche Motorsport North America, the lineup will feature PWC champion Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California), his season-long SprintX teammate, Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) and the addition of fellow Porsche works driver, Romain Dumas (France).
The California 8-Hours marks the first time that the four-stop Intercontinental GT Challenge series will race on U.S. soil. With GT3 specifications that align with Pirelli World Challenge, Wright Motorsports will be joined by a number of the same teams and drivers whom they competed against during the 2017 season. With the current PWC Overall, Sprint, Team and Manufacturer’s titles to their name, the John Wright-led group is eager to put their wits up against global competition.
“We are pleased to welcome the Intercontinental GT Challenge to North America, and are encouraged by the interest our customer teams have shown for the event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. It seems the challenge of competing in a true eight-hour endurance race was too good to pass up for many Pirelli World Challenge teams, even after a full season of intense competition,” said Daniel Armbruster, president/CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America
“The 911 GT3 R and Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR that currently compete in the Pirelli World Challenge Sprint, and Sprint X format, make ideal endurance race cars. For the only North American stop on the Intercontinental GT Challenge tour, PMNA is stepping up our usual high level of customer support for Wright Motorsports, the PWC Overall and Sprint Championship – winning team with a special livery and three of our factory ‘works’ drivers – including current PWC GT Champion Patrick Long, Jörg Bergmeister and Romain Dumas. The weekend promises to be a world class affair.”