Dane Cameron and Jules Gounon will join RealTime Racing’s Pirelli World Challenge SprintX driver lineup for next month’s California 8 Hours at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Acura has confirmed.
As revealed by Sportscar365, the Peter Cunningham-owned team will enter a pair of Acura NSX GT3 cars in the Intercontinental GT Challenge round, marking the car’s debut in a SRO-sanctioned endurance race.
Newly named Team Penske Acura DPi driver Cameron will make his debut with the manufacturer in the No. 43 RealTime entry alongside Ryan Eversley and Tom Dyer, with rising star Gounon, who currently leads the ADAC GT Masters championship, set to join Peter Kox and Mark Wilkins in the No. 93 Acura.
“In addition to our regular RealTime SprintX driver line-up, we have a great pair of talents joining us for this event,” said Acura NSX GT3 Project Leader Lee Niffenegger.
“Dane is a new addition to the Acura Motorsports family, and it’s great to get him involved with the GT3 program, in addition to his duties in the new Acura DPi.
“We’ve added some international flair with Jules, and he will provide valuable feedback given his experience in multiple GT3 cars in 2017. He’s had a big year with podiums and wins in several major international events, so hopefully, we can keep that going.”
The pair of Acuras will race for overall honors in the GT3 Pro class, with an Audi R8 LMS entered by Audi Sport Team Land and a GMG Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R the only other cars so far confirmed for the top all-pro category.
An grid of nearly 30 cars are expected for the Oct. 13-15 event, including numerous GT4 and GT Cup entries.
“We are excited to race in the inaugural Intercontinental GT race in the United States,” Niffenegger added. “It will be a great conclusion to our first year of racing the NSX GT3, and a nice transition to the global racing program for the car in 2018.
“This also represents a final opportunity to dial in the settings we want to pass on to our new customers going forward.”