US TEAM COMMITS TO BATHURST 12 HOUR
Pirelli World Challenge team, Black Swan Racing will contest next year’s Bathurst 12 as well as the new California 8 Hour at Laguna Seca, which concludes this year’s Intercontinental GT Challenge Hour in its Porsche 991 GT3 R.
The team is set to feature a star-studded line-up, which includes team owner Tim Pappas, Jeroen Bleekemolen and for California, David Calvert-Jones. The team also confirmed that it will have a technical alliance with the experienced Competition Motorsports team of Calvert-Jones at Bathurst, which finished second last year.
“We’re excited to return to our endurance roots with Porsche,” stated Black Swan Racing team owner Tim Pappas. “It goes without saying that Porsche is the most proven manufacturer in the history of endurance racing, and is the brand that our team has achieved the most success with.
“When we decided that we wanted to return our focus to international endurance racing, we felt they were the obvious choice between not only the car, but also the support structure in place with Porsche Motorsport. The Intercontinental GT Challenge has already proven to be a tremendous platform, and competing in the inaugural U.S. round is something we didn’t want to miss.
“Thanks to our partnership with David Calvert-Jones the opportunity to compete at Bathurst was also an unbeatable opportunity, and one we should relish in. We look forward to the program, which we’ll run alongside our efforts with Mercedes-AMG, which we’re still committed to for not only the rest of 2017, but 2018 as well.”
Calvert-Jones successfully took second and class victory in this year’s event and is looking forward to working alongside Black Swan Racing at both events after taking class victory at Bathurst this year.
“It’s great to partner with Tim and everyone at Black Swan Racing,” stated Calvert-Jones. “The team has one of the best records of success in endurance racing, and I look forward to integrating with them in Monterey. Bathurst is of course a race that is very close to my heart, and I look forward to bringing everyone over and showing them just how special an event it really is.”
The team will finish of the Pirelli World Challenge Sprint X program ahead of the California 8 Hour on October 15.
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Date posted: September 1, 2017