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Heylen, Hardwick to Drive Wright Porsche GT4 Entry

Wright Motorsports expands into Michelin Pilot Challenge competition…

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Wright Motorsports will expand into IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge competition this year with a full-season GS class entry for Jan Heylen and Ryan Hardwick.

The duo will pilot the team’s No. 16 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport in the ten-round series that kicks off at Daytona later this month.

It comes in addition to Hardwick’s full-season endeavor in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship alongside Porsche factory driver Patrick Long. Heylen, meanwhile, will serve as the team’s third driver for the Michelin Endurance Cup races.

“We met with Porsche and came to the decision that it would be beneficial to everyone to have the manufacturer represented by a great customer racing team like Wright Motorsports,” explained team principal John Wright.

“Jan will be able to continue his strong driving record in the series, and Ryan will be able to gain more experience to continue to improve his progression in GTD.

“We know they’ll be a strong pairing and we’ll take full advantage of the extra time on track.”

Hardwick and Long finished second in the 2020 GTD championship, in the Bronze-rated driver’s first full season of WeatherTech Championship competition that was curtailed by condensed race weekends.

“This opportunity will really be a blessing for me in gaining more track time,” he said.

“Jan and I can be competitive for podiums and wins, but I think this will also help us greatly in GTD as well.”

Heylen added: “There’s nothing like GT4 racing, with lots of action and close racing. It’s everything we love.

“With the continued support from Porsche Motorsport North America and Wright Motorsport, I know we’ll be at Daytona with a strong car.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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