BGB Motorsports will return to IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS class competition this year with a new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR built by Porsche to SRO GT4 specifications.
Car owner James Cox and team owner John Tecce will partner to contest the opening two Florida events at Daytona and Sebring as well as two later season races at Virginia International Raceway and Road Atlanta.
The pair has spent the last two seasons working together and last month they completed a successful three-day test covering almost 500 miles in the new car at Daytona.
“This is a new approach for us. For over a decade we built and developed our own streetcar-based Porsche race cars to run in this series,” said Tecce.
“The new car is very well made, includes standard upgrades from Manthey Racing, is ready to race and win, but it is also now supported at the track by Porsche.
“I couldn’t be more excited about campaigning this car—both as driver and team owner.”
Throughout its history, BGB has been a leader in bringing the Cayman platform to the racetrack, including endurance racing cars equipped with Porsche’s 7-speed PDK transmission and the larger displacement 3.8 liter 911 engine.
BGB also was one of the first teams in the world to bring a privateer 3.8 liter Cayman to professional racing, having built and campaigned the Cayman that won the Rolex Sports Car Series GX class championship in 2013, which in many ways was a precursor to the factory built Clubsport.
Cox has been a BGB customer since 2014 and together, he and BGB have run nearly 40 races in a BGB-built Cayman each of the past two years to lay the foundation for his plan to race at increasing levels of competition.
The partnership between Cox and BGB has been rewarded with several regional class championships in various club racing series in 2015 and 2016 as well as a PCA National class championship in 2016.
“Jim is a great student and has absorbed everything we have taught him, and we do not sugar coat anything,” added Tecce.
“We have packed five years of track time into the last 30 months and have focused on all aspects of the sport.
“His race craft is solid, he is very committed to taking his education further and it is an honor to get the chance to be his racing partner.”