Competitors in Porsche Carrera Cup North America presented by The Cayman Islands will be looking to break Kay van Berlo’s win streak this weekend’s rounds at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
The Dutchman enters the pair of 40-minute races undefeated in series’ competition this year, having swept the opening rounds of the season at Sebring International Raceway and on the streets of Long Beach, winning all four races from pole and scoring fastest lap in all but one race.
As a result, it has awarded him 111 points out of a possible 112 in the championship standings.
Challengers have not been lacking however, not even within the Kelly-Moss Road and Race camp itself, as teammate Riley Dickinson has consistently pressured in his No. 53 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.
Entering this weekend, the Texan is the only driver to prevent a perfect point tally by van Berlo having earned the fastest race lap in Round 2 at Sebring.
Parker Thompson, piloting the No. 9 JDX Racing Porsche, and the No. 6 MDK Motorsports Porsche of Trenton Estep have also been early season contenders for podiums and wins in the Pro class. T.J. Fischer stood on the podium at Long Beach with a pair of third-place finishes.
Adding to the Kelly Moss success, Alan Metni comes to the Monterey Peninsula with two Pro-Am class victories thus far. He also has a second-place in the No. 99 Porsche.
Justin Oakes secured the first win for Nolasport in series’ competition, taking the No. 47 to victory lane in the most recent round, Race 2 at Long Beach. 2021 Pro-Am class champion Efrin Castro – driving the No. 65 Kelly Moss Porsche – earned the class win at Sebring in Race 2.
Making his second start in the series is GMG Racing’s Kyle Washington. He competed at Long Beach in both the Carrera Cup and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GTD class.
This weekend Washington will repeat that with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in Carrera Cup and the Porsche 911 GT3 R racer in WeatherTech series plus add a third Porsche, a 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport, in Michelin Pilot Challenge.
Open to drivers 57 years old and older, the Am class has seen a dominating performance of its own by Mark Kvamme in the No. 43 MDK Motorsports Porsche.
The veteran racer who is in his rookie season of Carrera Cup but has taken three wins in four races – both rounds at Sebring and Round 4 at Long Beach. Wright Motorsports driver John Goetz piloted the No. 57 to a Round 3 win at Long Beach.
A total of 34 cars are entered for this weekend’s action, marking the series’ debut on the 2.238-mile Californian circuit.
Track action gets underway on Friday with Round 5 set for Saturday at 11:50 a.m. PT (2:50 p.m. ET) and Round 6 on Sunday at 8:40 a.m. PT (11:40 a.m. ET). Both races will be streamed live on the series’ official website as well as on Peacock and IMSA.tv.