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Black Swan To Contest 2019 IGTC, IMSA Endurance Rounds

Pappas, Bleekemolen, Wener, Lieb, Bleekemolen, Seefried and Cairoli to feature

Black Swan Racing will contest the full 2019 IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup schedule and the 2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge races with a pair of Porsche 911 GT3 R.s

The team will run nine races across five countries resulting in 115 scheduled hours of endurance racing.

In IMSA, the team’s #540 Porsche will run with team principal/driver Tim Pappas and full endurance-season teammates Porsche factory driver Dirk Werner and Marco Seefried, and for Daytona-only, Porsche Young Driver Matteo Cairoli.

Throughout the team’s IMSA campaign they will carry the logo of famed motorsport icon Champion Porsche. Champion has a rich heritage in international sports car racing, which will be especially poignant as the group honours the memory of owner Dave Maraj.

The team’s Intercontinental GT Challenge programme meanwhile, will see the take on the five-race schedule with Jeroen Bleekemolen joining Pappas, with Marc Lieb for Bathurst and the Spa 24 Hours, while Werner will join the team for the races at Laguna Seca, Suzuka and Kyalami.

“I couldn’t be more excited to embark on our 2019 adventure,” said Pappas. “We’re taking in the two premier endurance categories for GT3 racing, but feel as prepared as we can. The all-new Porsche 911 GT3 R has proven incredible in testing so far, and when combined with their heritage in endurance racing, we’re set for a strong season.

“In IMSA, having Dirk Werner and Marco Seefried as teammates for the year, not to mention Matteo Cairoli for the Rolex 24, is a fantastic opportunity. In the IGTC, the band is ‘back together again’ with Jeroen, and the combination of Dirk and Marc Lieb throughout the year creates a dream scenario.

“We’ll be running the Champion Porsche badge throughout our IMSA campaign, which is an honour we hope to meet by continued results.”