Via Porsche Motorsport Communications:
Now in its 12th season, the Pirelli Trophy West USA championship has continued to grow as an outstanding series for Porsche customer racing. The paddock has a mix of drivers with different ambitions, but a strong common bond forged by the thrill of competition on board Porsche machinery.
With an event schedule that focuses on the Western half of North America, Pirelli Trophy West USA races on a great range of tracks including WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, the Thermal Club and the Circuit of the Americas.
Founded and operated by Greg Franz of Competent Motorsport, the series is making a significant step in 2018 by having the majority of its schedule feature stand-alone races. Also new in 2018 is the separation of the GT3 and GT4 classes, with each platform staging two races of their own each weekend.
There are five classes: Diamond and Diamond Masters (2017 – 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup), Platinum (2015 – 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup), Silver (Cayman Clubsport GT4 MR) and Bronze (2016 Cayman Clubsport GT4 Trophy). The classes are split into two races, with Diamond, Diamond Masters and Platinum (911 GT3 Cup) in the first race, and Silver and Bronze classes (Cayman GT4) in the second.
Part of the growth of the series has been fueled by a strong weekend experience for the Pirelli Trophy West USA racers.
Experienced motorsports veteran Steven Costello oversees the event weekends in his role as Series Director, managing the planning, logistics and execution of the events. Bringing his years of race school and race series management to the effort, Randy Buck focuses on the on-track program as Race Director. Experienced veteran Craig Stanton, who has years of experience racing Porsches from Daytona to Laguna, actively engages with the drivers as the Director of Coaching at every event.
The Pirelli Trophy West USA will be back in action next month, with two races June 8-10 at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Northern California.
Greg Franz, President and Founder Competent Motorsport.
“We have two key factors that have driven our growth. It comes down to our staff, and their preparation prior to the event, and to the teams and drivers, who really want to put on a quality show not only for their friends and the spectators, but for themselves as well. We’ve enjoyed races that had limited contact, and that gives our drivers more track time and less time having to work on their cars. We’ve carried that momentum from the first races of the season and we’ll carry that through next month, when we’ll be at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, California.”