Alan Brynjolfsson has become the first American driver to win the Porsche Cup in more than a decade, with the Park Place Motorsports driver announced as this year’s winner during Saturday’s ‘Night of Champions’ awards ceremony in Stuttgart.
Brynjolfsson edged out two-time and reigning Porsche Cup winner Christian Ried to become the first American since Johannes van Overbeek in 2007 to claim the prestigious title, awarded to the most successful Porsche privateer driver annually since 1970.
The founder and CEO of Volt Lighting competed in both IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and Pirelli GT4 America competition this year in a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4s entered by the Texas-based team and becomes the first Porsche Cup winner from the GT4 ranks.
Brynjolfsson took home a brand-new Porsche road car, valued at more than 140,000 Euros, with Ried picking up 30,000 Euros in prize money and Brynjolfsson’s co-driver, Trent Hindman, finishing third in the standings and with a 25,000 Euro prize.
Gijs van Lennep, winner of the inaugural Porsche Cup, was present as well.
“It’s an incredible honor, something I will truly cherish for the rest of life,” said Brynjolfsson. “I want to thank my wife, Trish; we’re celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. She attended all 40 of my races, didn’t miss one.
“To my extraordinary teammate Trent Hindman and my team manager Michael Johnson and my entire team at Park Place Motorsports.
“For most of the young guns out there winning the Porsche Cup is a step in their career to their future as a professional. For me, as true gentleman driver, this is the [pinnacle] of my racing career.”