Porsche’s new 911 GT2 RS Clubsport and 935 will make their race debuts this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps in the build-up to the Spa 24 Hours.
A selection of drivers will sample the new cars in two 30-minute races on Friday and Saturday, as part of a one-off event dubbed the “Porsche Motorsport GT2 Supersportscar Weekend”.
FIA WEC drivers Christian Ried and Egidio Perfetti race the GT2 model with American driver James Sofronas, who is a World Challenge America regular, as well as the two Creventic 24h Series drivers Steffen Görig and Mark Ineichen. Six-time Olympic gold medallist Chris Hoy, who raced at Spa last weekend in British GT, will also race a GT2.
As for the teams involved, Mathey-Racing, Herberth Motorsport, Frikadelli Racing Team, Iron Force Racing and Motopark will prepare and run the cars as part of the 15-car entry.
“The Spa 24-hour race is the perfect stage for the race debut of these spectacular GT2 models. Both vehicles can be fielded at Clubsport level and at selected motorsport events. We’re currently involved in fruitful discussions for the coming year,” says Fritz Enzinger, vice president Porsche Motorsport.
“We’re delighted that fans get to witness great drivers, professional teams and two incredibly spectacular vehicle types on the racetrack. This GT2 event, run exclusively with Porsche models, is the perfect chance for us to showcase just how competitive our clubsport vehicles are,” added Oliver Köppen, Porsche’s project manager of the Porsche Motorsport GT2 Supersportscar Weekend.
Lining up alongside the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport on the grid are three models of the new limited edition Porsche 935.
Porsche unveiled the new Porsche 935 in autumn 2018. The 515 KW (700 hp) racer featuring a body reminiscent of the legendary Porsche 935/78 will be produced in a limited run of just 77 units.
The Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport, which was also revealed at the tail end of last year at the LA Auto Show, will be limited to 200 units.
The GT2 RS Clubsport is one of the new cars which will compete in SRO’s new category. Fellow German marque Audi recently revealed its GT2 challenger, the R8 LMS GT2, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year. Glickenhaus also told DSC it is working on a GT2 project.