Wright Motorsports has confirmed its entry for next weekend’s California 8 Hours, with the all-factory Porsche lineup of Romain Dumas, Fred Makowiecki and Dirk Werner.
The trio, who took part in the opening three rounds of the Intercontinental GT Challenge with Manthey Racing, have been placed with the Ohio-based team for the season finale, amid Porsche’s decision for Manthey to forgo the Oct. 26-28 race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
It will mark Wright’s return to the event after fielding a single Porsche 911 GT3 R for Dumas, Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long last year.
“I’m very happy to be back at Laguna Seca,” Dumas said. “This will be my second time doing the same event with Wright Motorsports and it was a very good experience last year.
“We unfortunately didn’t finish the race last year, so of course this year’s first target will be to finish and be competitive to the end.”
Makowiecki, who is fresh off GT Le Mans class victory in last weekend’s Motul Petit Le Mans with Porsche, will make his debut with the team, alongside Werner.
“We have a lot of motivation to do it well because it will be the last race of the season and to get a result would be really awesome there,” Makowiecki said. “We know that that’s the same case for everyone, but I have a lot of confidence that we can get into a good rhythm with this group.”
Werner added: “It’s also always interesting to work with a new team and learn from their experience. I really enjoy racing at Laguna Seca. The track has a good flow and I really like the whole area.”
Wright’s GT3 Pro class entry is expected to be the only factory-backed Porsche in the field.