Porsche Motorsport North America and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Organization have confirmed the continuation of the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama division for a second consecutive year.
Following the successful invitation-only class launch in 2018, the group makes its second appearance, now as a one-make division and continues to focus on parity among the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport machines.
2019 marks the 97th Running of the event, set for June 25 – 30, with six drivers to run the German marque’s mid-engine sports car with full support of PMNA, RS1, Porsche Colorado Springs and Yokohama.
The recently debuted 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport and the previous-generation Cayman GT4 race car are both eligible to compete in the division. Appropriate performance balancing will assure an equal field.
Travis Pastrana will return to defend his Division title. The three-time AMA Motocross and Supercross Champion, X-Game winner and stunt performer set the class-winning time with a 10-minute, 33.897-second lap up to the 14,115 foot high finish line in 2018.
Joining Pastrana in his attempt to better that effort will be Blake Williams, George Hess, Phil Bloom, Marc Bunting and Gustav Lundh.
Porsche legend Jeff Zwart will reprise his role and coach the six invited drivers providing insights and experience.
The Long Beach, California-native is renowned for his prowess on the rally scene, particularly his mastery of the legendary hill climb where he has won eight times, all in Porsche 911 models.
“We are very pleased to announce the continuation of the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama,” said Dr. Daniel Armbruster, President and CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America.
“The partnership with the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Organization and Yokohama exceeded every expectation in 2018. It is only natural that all three partners are excited about returning the class in 2019 and, I hope, for years to come.
“This fits perfectly within the objectives of Porsche Motorsport North America in providing our customers an excellent platform with the Cayman GT4 Clubsport, one which can participate in one of the world’s premier motorsport events.”